Graduate organization changing its name

July 01, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Graduate Student Association, recognized by the University as the graduate and professional students’ central organization, will become the Graduate and Professional Student Association as of today (July 1). The name change more accurately reflects the mission and goals of the organization, which advocates the position of the graduate and professional student body to other University and external constituencies.

Professional students at Penn State are those who are pursuing a degree at Dickinson School of Law or Hershey Medical School, which are outside the Graduate School and prepare students for a particular profession by emphasizing skills and practical analysis over theory and research.

Over the years, the GSA took the lead on numerous issues affecting graduate students, has aided in shaping the way Penn State is today and continues to play a vital role in University life. The organization formally passed its constitution on Oct. 1, 1951, making it the oldest continuously existing student governing organization at Penn State.

For more information about the Graduate and Professional Student Association, visit online.

Last Updated July 01, 2014