Winter 2017 New Graduate Student and TA Orientation

Winter Orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will take place on Friday, January 13, 2017 on the second floor of Richcraft Hall (formerly the River Building) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you are a graduate student or teaching assistant new to your role in January 2017 it is strongly recommended that you attend this orientation.

The sessions at Orientation will provide you with important information about starting your graduate studies and your role as a teaching assistant. You will also have the opportunity to meet other grad students, faculty, and members of the Graduate Students’ Association and CUPE 4600. Additionally, there will be a ‘Bell Ringer’ information session with campus service representatives.

The New Teaching Assistant Orientation (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) will count toward paid training hours for new teaching assistants who attend.

Please visit our registration page to let us know that you’ll be attending!

12:45-1:00 p.m. Registration, Coffee & Tea
1:00-2:00 p.m. New Graduate Student Orientation
2:00-3:00 p.m. Bell-Ringer Session with Campus Service Representatives
3:00-4:00 p.m. New Teaching Assistant Orientation

For after your session(s): the Graduate Students’ Association invites everyone for pizza and trivia in the GSA Lounge on the 6th floor of the University Centre, starting at 4:15 p.m. Those who are not attending the New Teaching Assistant Orientation can show up early (after 3 p.m.) for snacks and beverages.

If you have any questions about Winter Orientation, please contact David Lafferty at

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)

The GSA offers services and events to all graduate students. For more information, please visit or visit in person on the 6th floor of the University Centre.

International Graduate Student Orientation

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) offers an orientation specifically for international students held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Please visit the ISSO’s orientation page for more details.

Departmental Orientation

Your academic department, school, institute, or program may be offering a specific orientation just for you and your incoming cohort. More information is available from your academic department, school, institute or program.