Graduate Student Orientation 2018

2018 Graduate Orientation

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 2018 on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, from 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. RSVP for the Graduate Orientation 2018 by clicking here.


A separate orientation session is being planned in August for new graduate students admitted to online and mixed mode graduate programs. Please monitor your inbox for an email invitation soon.

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 GSU and Teaching Assistants' Union of Memorial University of Newfoundland (TAUMUN) at Bitters Pub, hosted by the Graduate Students' Union (GSU).

A FREE Apple iPad will be drawn for during the Graduate Orientation 2018. Students must be registered for the event and present during the draw to be eligible.  To be eligible for the FREE Apple iPad, RSVP and register by August 31, 2018.

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


 Event Time
 Registration, Continental Breakfast, Resources Fair8:30 - 9:15 am
 Greetings from President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Gary Kachanoski9:15 - 9:20 am
 Welcome from Interim Director, Student Life, Jennifer Browne9:20  - 9:25 am
 Keynote Address from Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Aimée Surprenant9:25 - 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. Leonard Lye, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), Engineering and Applied   Science11:30 am - 12:00 pm
 Graduate Life at Memorial: Hayley Alloway, PhD Candidate, Cognitive and Behavioral Ecology/ Sonja  Knutson,   Director, Internationalization Office & Arif Abu, International Student Advisor, Internationalization Office12:00 - 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 student orientation activities and events: 

Graduate Orientation 2018 is part of a series of activities and events intended to help all new graduate students to prepare for, transition to, and excel in graduate studies. SGS also hosts a series of pre-arrival webinars for new graduate students in July and August. For graduate students in online or mixed mode programs, please visit Online Graduate Student Orientation page for online orientation webinars.

Individual academic units also hold departmental or program orientations, in person or online. We’d 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 the full-day Family Orientation event on Monday, September 3, 2018. The event includes presentations, workshops and campus tours. Staff and faculty of the university provide their knowledge and expertise on how to help students and families when they need it and introduce supports available for families. Click here to register. Space is limited, so make sure you register as early as possible. Kids are welcome.

Grad Orientation 2018

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out by contacting We’ll 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