School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies


Whether you are a new or current student, as your academic year approaches, there is lots for you to do to get ready. Below is a summary of tasks and events to help you start your graduate degree with as much information as possible. Please also see our checklist for newly admitted students.

Photo of Orientation resource fair.

Welcome and Resource Fair

Mark the dates as throughout the first few 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. More details on whether you need to register for an event, venue etc will be provided as we receive it. For details on program specific activities, contact the Graduate Assistant in your program directly.

Expanding Horizons Workshop Series

Other topics to be covered during the Fall term as part of our Expanding Horizons workshop series and to help you get oriented to Grad School, Queen’s and Kingston are:

  • Workshops on Tips on applying for scholarships
  • Workshops on student/supervisor relationship
  • Workshops on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
  • Workshop on Staying Well in Grad School

Society of Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS)

The SGPS will have social activities throughout the first week and weekend (including some family friendly activities). For all things SGPS, go to

Event Sanctioning for Student Groups

A process has been put in place by the Society for Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) with respect to the sanctioning of events organized by students/student groups who are members of the SGPS. This process provides for liability insurance coverage for these events and applies to students in the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law and all graduate students in the School of Graduate Studies. Student groups/organizations must be formally registered with the SGPS as a society in order to apply for event sanctioning.

Any group that is not registered with the SGPS will not have their event approved for sanctioning and therefore will not have insurance coverage for their event through the SGPS. Further, these unsanctioned events are not covered by the university’s insurance. Holding an unsanctioned event carries considerable risk as the organizers will be held personally liable in the event of an incident.

Any group that is planning to hold an event during the fall orientation must register with the SGPS as a society by July of the preceding summer. The SGPS website contains information on registering a student group with the SGPS. Student societies that are registered with the SGPS and that plan on hosting an event must apply to have the event sanctioned no later than 4 weeks before the date of the event. Information about applying to have an event sanctioned can be found on the SGPS website. Questions can be directed to Andria Burke, SGPS Interim Director at