Graduate Student Orientation 2019

Every year, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Student Life, and the Graduate Students' Union (GSU) host Graduate Orientation for all new graduate students at Memorial University (those students admitted to graduate programs for the current year, from Winter to Fall semesters). Graduate Orientation is designed to help graduate students in their unique transition to graduate school.

We invite you to Graduate Orientation 2019 on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, from 8:30 am t0 3 pm. Please RSVP by clicking below:


About the event:

The Graduate Orientation will include: greetings from university's senior administrators, information sessions, a resources fair, free food and giveaways!

A continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided throughout the morning. A BBQ for all graduate students will also be hosted by the Graduate Students' Union (GSU) and the Teaching Assistants' Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland (TAUMUN) at Bitters Pub.

If you are a student with a disability and have questions regarding accessibility, we encourage you to contact the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre.


 Agenda Time
 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Resources Fair8:30 - 9:15 am
 Greetings: Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor9:15 - 9:20 am
 Welcome: Jennifer Browne, Associate Director, Student Life9:20  - 9:25 am
 Keynote Address: Dr. Danine Farquharson, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies9:25 - 10:00 am
 Networking Activity: Getting to Know Each Other!10:00 - 10:25 am
 Introduction to TAUMUN, GSU and Resources Fair10:25 - 10:45 am
 Refreshment Break and Resources Fair10:45 - 11:30 am
 Being Academically Successful: Dr. Amanda Bittner, Associate Professor & Graduate Officer, Department of   Political Science11:30 am - 12:00 pm
 Graduate Life at Memorial:
 Dr. Mandy Rowsell, Alumna, Department of English
 Sonja Knutson, Director, Internationalization Office & Arif Abu, International Student Advisor,   Internationalization Office
12:00 - 12:30 pm
 Campus Tour (sign up at registration table)12:45 - 1:45 pm
 GSU/TAUMUN BBQ at Bitters1:00 - 3:00 pm

Booth Presenters: 

Other Orientation Events: 

Graduate Orientation 2019 is part of a series of events to help all new graduate students to prepare for, transition to, and excel in graduate studies. In August, SGS will host a series of Pre-Arrival Webinars for new graduate students. An Online Graduate Student Orientation for students in online or mixed mode programs will also be held at this time. Stay tuned for more information on these events.

Individual academic units also hold departmental or program orientations, in person or online. We encourage you to contact the graduate officer of your academic unit to inquire about departmental or program orientations.

Family Orientation 

Family members of graduate students are invited to Family Orientation on Monday, September 2, 2019. The event includes presentations, workshops and campus tours. Staff and faculty provide their knowledge and expertise on resources and supports available for student families. More information coming soon!

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact We will respond to your email within one business day.

We look forward to meeting you all!


School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000