Fall 2019 Graduate Orientation

Welcome to all our newly-admitted grad students!

Events for the Graduate Orientation will take place on Thursday, August 29th on the downtown Montreal campus, and on Friday, August 30th at the Macdonald campus. There will also be an Activity Day at Mac Campus on Saturday, August 31st.  Macdonald Campus graduate students are encouraged to attend Orientation activities on the downtown campus.

On-line registration will be required for all activities. Certain activities will have a separate link to registration: Macdonald Library tour, Tour of Macdonald Campus, and any downtown and PGSS activities. Registration for all Macdonald events is now open, and will close on Monday, August 26th. For registration after this date, or any other questions related to the Orientation, please contact us by e-mail at: gradstudies.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

Download information on travel between the Macdonald and downtown campuses during Orientation Week.


Fall 2019 Orientation Schedule

MONDAY to WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26th to 28th – Downtown Campus

Discover McGill Academic Expectations for Grads (Downtown Campus)

Attend special workshops geared toward students new to graduate and postdoctoral studies. These workshops will introduce many of the services here at McGill, and explain how to navigate and best use these services during your studies. A special series of workshops on applying for funding is also offered.

Macdonald Students are welcome to attend these valuable information sessions – if you need guidance on travelling downtown from the Mac campus during this period, please contact MCGSS representative karuna.kapoor [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29th – DOWNTOWN CAMPUS
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION DESCRIPTION
9:30 AM- 2:30 PM

Grads Connect – Social Networking and Team- Building Activities

Campus Life and Engagement

Downtown Campus

Mount Royal Park

Take the Macdonald shuttle to the downtown campus to tour the downtown campus area while taking part in fun social activities to connect graduate students with one another. Lunch will be provided!

Please contact karuna.kapoor [at] mail.mcgill.ca for more information on departure from Mac Campus in the morning. Note that the shuttle has a maximum capacity. Information on return travel to Macdonald Campus is provided here.

2:30 - 4:30 PM Discover McGill- Downtown Campus

New Residence Hall Ballroom

This session will provide you with information and introductions that will help ensure you have a strong start to your graduate and/or postdoctoral career at McGill. Representatives from each of the Student Services as well as the University administrative and support services will be available for you to meet and to provide you with answers to your questions.

Note: Much of the information shared at this downtown Orientation session will be given at Macdonald Campus on Friday morning, Aug. 30th.

Following the Discover McGill Orientation

(~4 pm onward)

Welcome Back Barbecue Bash

Hosted by PGSS (McGill’s Postgraduate Student Society)

Thomson House,
3650 McTavish, Montreal

New and returning Mac Students, come discover McGill's central hub for graduate student life! In a lovely limestone building housing a bistro and a bar and hosting many activities and resources, come enjoy a fun-filled and delicious barbecue (free for new students) and meet grad students from many places around the world! For more information, please contact karuna.kapoor [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Register now. Information on return travel to Macdonald Campus is provided here.
FRIDAY, AUG. 30th – MACDONALD CAMPUS
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION DESCRIPTION

8h30-8h55

Student Check-In / Registration

Raymond Building, R2-046

Students check in or register at the classroom entrance. Please have your McGill ID ready.

9h00-9h45

Graduate Orientation Welcome Presentation

Raymond Building, R2-046

Welcome messages from the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Dean and Associate Dean (Graduate Education) of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Welcome Presentation covers important information, including where to find guidance and support on your road to success as a graduate student at McGill. Introduction to the Skillsets program and graduate student society representatives as well.

Attendance to this session is part of your responsibility as a graduate student to be aware of relevant McGill procedures and regulations.

9h45-10h45

Discover McGill – Macdonald Services Fair

Coffee and snacks will be offered during the Fair, courtesy of MCGSS. Bring your own mug!

Macdonald-Stewart Foyer
 

After the Welcome Presentation, students are invited to mingle and chat with representatives from multiple McGill Offices and Services.

Many of your new student colleagues will also be present to greet you from all departments in our Faculty!

McGill Services present will include:

11h00-11h45

Academic Expectations: Coping with the Challenges of Graduate School

McGill Wellness Hub

Raymond Building, R2-046

A talk given by our Local Wellness Advisor on how to cope with the mental health challenges, such as stress or anxiety, that you may encounter as you begin your grad studies and what resources are available for you at McGill and Macdonald Campus. A very valuable session! Open to returning students as well.

12h00-13h00

Sustainable Welcome Lunch for New Grad Students

Hosted by MCGSS

Sponsored by the Dean’s Office, AES

 

The Macdonald Campus Graduate Students’ Society is pleased to host new Mac grad students for a complimentary lunch. Lunch tickets will be distributed at the Orientation morning check-in table, and are required in order to collect your lunch. Please bring your own reusable cup, cutlery, etc. The goal is for this event to be held in a manner as sustainable as possible.

Registration for this lunch will be required.

Representatives from Montreal-area banking institutions will also be available during the lunch period to provide information on their services.

13h00-14h00

International Student Information & Orientation

McGill International Student Services (ISS)

Macdonald-Stewart Faculty Lounge, MS2-022

For international students. Come learn about the services McGill provides for its international graduate students! International Student Services offers:

  • Study & student-related immigration information
  • Health insurance guidance
  • Social and cultural events
  • The International Buddy Program
  • The International Student Leadership Program
  • Workshops and webinars on a variety of topics of interest to international students
  • Information sessions on permanent residency
  • And much more!

13h00 - 14h00

(concurrent to ISS Orientation)

Library Tour for Graduate Students

Macdonald Campus Library (Barton Building 2nd Floor - access via Macdonald Stewart “Link”)

A tour of the Macdonald Campus Library followed by a workshop introducing library essentials for new students. For those not able to attend this session, additional tours will be available early in the term. Please check Mac Library workshop schedule.

Register now for Mac Library Tour.

14h30 and onward

Discover Macdonald – Tour of Mac Campus

Hosted by MCGSS

Sponsored by: University Advancement, Macdonald Grad Studies Office, Macdonald Farm

Meet at Ceilidh Pub (Centennial Centre)

Join other new Mac grad students on a bus tour to discover our beautiful Macdonald Campus. Stops on the tour will also include the Macdonald Campus Farm and the nearby Ecomuseum. Current students will be your tour guides. Snacks and drinks will be served.

There will be a nominal charge of $5 for this event to cover bus rental. No refunds or cancellations – Event will be held rain or shine!

Register now. For more information, please contact karuna.kapoor [at] mail.mcgill.ca.
SATURDAY, AUG. 31st – MACDONALD CAMPUS
TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Morning and afternoon

PGSS Macdonald Activity Day

Hosted by PGSS and MCGSS

Meet at Ceilidh Pub (Centennial Centre)

Downtown students come to join Mac students for water and other sports activities at Macdonald Campus! For more information, please contact karuna.kapoor [at] mail.mcgill.ca.

Register now for Macdonald Activity Day