​​​Events and Recreation


The Graduate Events and Recreation office serves the extracurricular needs of the graduate students of the University. Meeting these needs may take the form of offering a mid-week social to coordinating visits of cultural and historical sites within the Kingdom. Graduate Events and Recreation furthermore offers the opportunity for individuals to create and participate in student groups, student chapters, and professional associations that indirectly enhance their studies and offer them leadership opportunities. In offering our graduate students a wide variety of recreational events and services, the office hopes to inspire their futures, foster their senses of learning and engagement, and promote a distinct sense of 'community' to augment their academic lives on campus.

Programs and Services

The programs and services of Graduate Events and Recreation are designed to encourage an active and vibrant campus life which fosters graduate student learning, engagement, and involvement. Graduate Events and Recreation organizes a number of special events throughout the academic year such as the Graduation Gala Dinner, Graduate Group Expos, and events during the commencement period and during enrichment programs. It also plays a key role during the orientation of new graduate students each summer.

Communication with students typically occurs through student group liaisons and to all students electronically, including the Graduate Affairs Weekly Bulletin, which details upcoming events and activities; a new Facebook page designed specifically for graduate students; and the new CORQ app for smart phones, in support of the Student Life Forum platform. Graduate Events and Recreation furthermore manages and coordinates services to students such as:
  • Advising graduate student-led groups
  • Group registration
  • Event planning, organization and delivery
  • Group funding
  • Planning and logistics
  • Coordinating visits and trips across the Kingdom to areas of cultural, historical, natural and educational interest
Graduate Events and Recreation advises on the governance of graduate student groups and facilitates staffing, technology, and logistical support to the many graduate student groups it serves. These groups include:
  • Culture and Language Exchange
  • Theater Troupe
  • Intramural Football and other sports
  • Graduate Association of Musicians (GAM)
  • Toastmasters
  • Underwater Photography
  • SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers)
  • AAEE (American Academy of Environmental Engineers)
  • ACS (American Chemical Society)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers)
  • IET (Institution for Engineering and Technology)
  • ACM (Association of Computing Machinery)
  • University Basketball Association
  • University Badminton Association
  • Red Sea Runners
  • Health Lifestyle
  • MRS (Material Research Society)
  • Amateur Astronomy Association

Contact us

The Graduate Affairs Weekly Bulletin is sent out weekly via e-mail and covers events, programs and activities planned by Graduate Events and Recreation. You can also find us on Facebook, and find scheduling details and more at the Student Life Forum, which is accessible via your iPhone or Android mobile devices from our CORQ app. Please can contact the Graduate Events and Recreation office directly with questions regarding involvement.

For further details please contact Paul Bennett, Manager of Graduate Events and Recreation: 

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