Winter 2020 New Graduate Student and TA Orientation

Winter orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will take place on

Friday, January 10, 2020 in Richcraft Hall, second floor


Locations or timing may change, so please check back before the date of the event.

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. New Graduate Student Orientation
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Coffee and Tea, Campus Service Representatives
3:00 to 4:00 p.m. New Teaching Assistant Orientation

If you are a graduate student or teaching assistant new to your role in Winter 2020 it is strongly recommended that you attend Winter orientation. The sessions 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, members of the Graduate Students’ Association and CUPE 4600, and a variety of campus service representatives.

The TA Orientation session counts toward paid training hours for new teaching assistants who attend.

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

Grad Orientation Social – Hosted by the Graduate Students’ Association

Everyone who attended Winter Orientation is invited to a social hosted by the Graduate Students’ Association at 4:30 p.m. in the GSA Lounge (on the sixth floor of the Unicentre). Come to chat with GSA representatives and have some free pizza!

International Graduate Student Orientations (I-Start)

If you are an international student, you should also attend one of the I-Start orientation sessions being offered by the International Student Services Office (ISSO).

  • Monday, January 6 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (482 MacOdrum Library)
  • Thursday, January 9 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (482 MacOdrum Library)
  • Tuesday, January 14 – 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (482 MacOdrum Library)
  • Friday, January 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (481 MacOdrum Library)
  • Thursday, January 23 – 1:30 p.m to 3:00 p.m. (482 MacOdrum Library)
  • Wednesday, January 29 – 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (482 MacOdrum Library)

Please visit the ISSO’s orientation page for details. For information about other ISSO initiatives, please click here.

Departmental Orientations

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