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Orientation - September 2015

Throughout the first two weeks of September, there will be many activities to help you get familiar with Queen's, Kingston and be ready for your academic studies.  Some activities will be specifically for your program, others will be campus wide and will give you the opportunity to find out valuable information and meet fellow graduate students.

Tuesday, September 8th: Pancake Breakfast, Welcome and Resources Fair
Time Event Location
8am-9am Pancake breakfast
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies & Division of Student Affairs
  • Register for the pancake breakfast directly with the SGS at sgsevent@queensu.ca 
Outside the back of the PEC (between PEC and Queen's Centre)
9am-9.30am Welcome Presentation
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies and Division of Student Affairs
  • An overview of specific information on what to expect from your student experience, highlighting some of the major resources you need to know about and to give you an opportunity for Q&A.
Bartlett Gym, Physical Education Centre​ (PEC)
9.30am-11am Resources Fair
  • Hosted by the School of Graduate Studies, Division of Student Affairs and the Society of Graduate & Professional Students.
  • Resources and support groups for grad students, post-docs and their families at Queen’s and within Kingston.
  • Campus tours will also be available.-  assembling and departing from Bartlett Gym at 9.30am, 10am, 10.30am
  • Booth information available soon
Ross Gym, PEC
Wednesday, September 9th: Teaching Development Day
Time Event Location
All day
  • Teaching Development Day
  • Hosted by Centre for Teaching & Learning.
  • Register for this event directly with CTL.
  • This day-long conference will be an opportunity for all students and post-doctoral fellows interested in teaching to meet and learn about new and interesting developments in teaching and learning.
Thursday, September 10th: Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) Meet and Greet
Time Event Location
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Hosted by Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre

Queen’s SAGE is an interdisciplinary and cross-institutional peer-mentoring program designed to support Aboriginal graduate students with the successful transition into and completion of their graduate programs.

SAGE is also a student-driven mentor/support program, designed to increase Indigenous graduate students’ comfort level and relative ease within their programs, the university and the community as a whole. We will have quarterly meetings where students can socialize, share experiences as students and researchers, and support each other throughout the graduate experience.

FDASC house (Barrie Street)
Thursday, September 10th: Photo ID Pickup
Time Event Location
8:30am-12pm Photo ID Pickup Surnames A-M
  • Hosted by the Office of the Registrar
Wallace Hall, JDUC
12pm-4:30pm Photo ID Pickup Surnames N-Z
  • Hosted by the Office of the Registrar
Wallace Hall, JDUC

If any students are unable to pick up their photo id on this day, they will be able to the following Monday 14th September back in Gordon Hall.

Friday, September 11th: Side-Walk Sale
Time Event Location
9:00am - 4:00pm Come along and check out Queen's clubs, bargains from the Campus Bookstore and Athletics & Recreation, buy a plant or two, pick up goodies from Kingston organisations and much much more.

University Avenue

Between Union and Stuart Streets

Tuesday, September 15th: Athletics & Recreation Open House
Time Event Location
  • Athletics & Recreation Open House
  • Hosted by Athletics and Recreation & the AMS
  • Everything Extracurricular at Queen’s - In the main gym of the ARC find out about athletic clubs, intramurals, fitness programs and aquatic programs. In the Queen’s Centre take a look at all the AMS Clubs.
  • And don't forget "Fitness Free-For-All" September 14th-18th - Try any Fitness & Wellness Program for Free!
Main Gym the ARC
Wednesday, September 16th: International Grad Student Orientation
Time Event Location
Beginning at 5pm International Grad Student Orientation
  • Hosted by Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC)
  • This event is for international students to help you transition into life at Queen's, Kingston and Canada. This is an opportunity to be acquainted with some of the issues that graduate student might encounter as well as the support resources available. Social time and light refreshments to follow.
  • Note: The QUIC offices will be open for extended hours in the lead up to the start of classes. From August 27th to September 7th their hours will be 8.30am - 8pm daily
Queen's University International Centre (QUIC), John-Deutsch University Centre (JDUC)
Wednesday, September 16th: Welcome Back BBQ for Aboriginal Students
Time Event Location
5pm - 7pm

Aboriginal Students

Come and join in our BBQ to meet new and continuing aboriginal students on campus.

Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, Barrie Street

Besides the events listed above, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) has many social activities organised. Many are in the evening or on the weekend. Go to the SGPS website to see all details of the social activities during orientation week and how to register for them.