Welcome New Graduate Students

Orientation Live Stream

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Congratulations again on your admission to graduate school! We’re excited that you’ll be starting your graduate studies at Memorial University. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS), your academic unit, and all of Memorial’s service units are here to support you at every stage of your journey. Please ensure you review and follow the steps for new graduate students (including information on registration, fees payment, IT services for graduate students, etc.) before you commence your program. Also, please review the University Diary for specific information about the semester.

To help you prepare and start your graduate program on the right foot, we’ve pulled together a number of online meetings, information sessions, and resources that are available for you to view. These include the welcome sessions for new graduate students, as well as our online orientation (called MUN 501), and other resources and workshops. 

School of Graduate Studies Graduate Orientation 
|  Fall 2022

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to host new students to Graduate Orientation 2022. Graduate Orientation is designed to help graduate students in their unique transition to graduate school. Students can attend in person or virtually. 

Graduate Orientation will include greetings from university's senior administrators and the interim dean of Graduate Studies, information sessions, refreshments and a campus tour!

We invite you to Graduate Orientation 2022 on Friday, September 2, 2022 in the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, from 8:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Orientation Live Stream

In-person registration has closed. If you would like to attend orientation virtually, please click below to view the live stream.


Agenda Time
Registration, Breakfast, Resource Fair Visit 8:30 am - 9:15 am

Greetings and Welcome:

• Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor

• Lynn Walsh, Manager, Internationalization Office

• Susmita Dev Burman, Executive Director of Campus Life, Graduate Students Union

9:15 am - 9:40 am
Keynote Address:

Dr. Amy Warren, Associate Vice-President (Academic) and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
9:45 am - 10:20 am
Activity: Hometown Maps 10:20 am – 10:35 am

Refreshment Break

10:35 am – 11:20 am 
Information Sessions  
Session 1: Wellness Session

Wellness and Self-Care for Graduate Students
with staff from the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre
11:20 am – 11:50 am
Break 11:50 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: Student Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr. Thi Mai Hanh Do
Topic: Graduate Life at Memorial University
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
GSU Campus Tour
Location: Starting from registration table in the Bruneau Centre, ending in Field Hall
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
GSU Lunch Event
Location: University Centre (UC) Food Court, on the Third Floor
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


We strongly encourage you to contact the graduate officer of your academic unit to inquire about any departmental orientation sessions that may be held for new graduate students.

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

We look forward to meeting you all!

Graduate Students' Union Event

The GSU is hosting an Orientation Dinner and Welcome Package Distribution event on Friday, September 9th, 2022 from 4:30-6:30PM in SN-2019. New graduate students arriving for Fall semester are invited! Deadline to register is August 30, 2022. If you have questions, please contact campuslife@gsumun.ca.



Virtual Sessions for New Students

Open Meetings for New Graduate Students: Join other new graduate students to meet online each week, and learn everything you need to know before starting your journey at Memorial University. Faculty and staff from SGS, academic units, and the Internationalization Office will be present to answer any questions you might have as you prepare to commence your graduate program. These Q&A-style sessions are designed to get you acquainted with the procedures, opportunities and supports available to you as a graduate student at MUN.

Beginning your Immigration Journey at Memorial: These sessions are designed for students who are newly admitted to Memorial for the Fall 2022 semester or who have recently arrived in Canada, but began their studies outside of Canada. Representatives will review important information that you need to know about your immigration status to set you up for success on your immigration journey as an international student at Memorial.

Pre-Arrival Orientation Webinars: Will you be a new graduate student this fall? Please join these weekly sessions to learn everything you need to know about graduate studies, including available supports, first week activities, and tips for success for your upcoming journey at Memorial University.

Housing Information Sessions for New Graduate Students: Each Thursday in August at noon, Memorial University Student Residences and the Internationalization Office are hosting information sessions about housing options in St. John's for incoming graduate students. 

EDGE workshops: There are many other opportunities for you to get engaged and connected now as a graduate student. Please consider the free online resources and workshops on academic and professional skills development available to you now through our EDGE website. EDGE also includes a number of resources to prepare you with your transition to graduate school.

Upcoming sessions:

Date and Time Meeting/Session Host/Presenter Format Register
August 31, 2022
12-1pm NDT
Pre-Arrival Webinar:
Succeeding as a Part-Time Student
Dr. Rhonda Joy
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Research
(Faculty of Education)
September 1, 2022
12-1pm NDT
Beginning your Immigration Journey at Memorial Internationalization Office Online (Brightspace) REGISTER
September 2, 2022
12-1pm NDT
Open Meetings for New Graduate Students Representatives from the School of Graduate Studies and Internationalization Office Online REGISTER
September 9, 2022
12-1pm NDT
Open Meetings for New Graduate Students Representatives from the School of Graduate Studies and Internationalization Office Online REGISTER



Your graduate diploma/degree is an important milestone. We are so happy that you have chosen to pursue your graduate education at Memorial, and we want to assure you that Memorial will continue to maintain the very high quality of graduate teaching, supervision, and student experience that we are known for. Please remember that the faculty and staff at Memorial are here to help you. If you ever have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact your supervisor (for research programs) or graduate officer or email us at sgs@mun.ca. We’ll get back to you right away.