August 28, 2023 to September 01, 2023

Let’s start the year together!

First of all, congratulations and welcome to our Marauder family! We’re committed to providing you and the entire incoming class with the best transition and orientation experience to get you ready for university life at McMaster. We’ve planned an exciting Welcome Week for you that includes academic and social programming, interactive games and activities, Faculty-based events and opportunities to connect with other incoming and upper-year students along with staff and faculty.

Check your McMaster email for updates and announcements, and follow us on Instagram, @MacSSC and @MacWelcomeWeek.

Plan your Welcome Week on Presence, the student experience platform and app

You don’t need to register in advance for most events. However, there are some things you need to do in advance to prepare and plan your Welcome Week experience. Here’s a quick checklist to help you get started.

Once you’ve been added to the Presence platform, you’ll get an email confirming that you have access to the Welcome Week schedule and all other information you need to participate. Then, visit the website and go to the top right corner to log in with your McMaster email (MacID). Next, explore all the events on the Welcome Week organization page.

Tip! Add your favourite events to your calendar to keep track of what’s happening. You can also use tags to customize your experience and filter by Faculty, program, residence, signature events and more.

Note: Residence and additional events will be added later in the week, so check back often.

We require your parent or guardian’s informed consent so you can participate in some Welcome Week events (indicated on Presence).

Learn more and access the informed consent form.

Note: When attending events that require informed consent, you must show a signed copy (printed paper or digital) at the event when you arrive.

Some Welcome Week events require you to sign a waiver to participate. These events have waiver forms attached to their event pages. You can also find all waiver forms on the Presence homepage by clicking the “Welcome Week 2023: Waivers and Informed Consent” button.

Learn more and access Welcome Week waivers.

Note: After you complete each waiver, check your McMaster email for the confirmation and a copy of your signed waiver, which you’ll need to display at the event when you arrive.

Find the app on the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Log in to the app with your McMaster email to access to your unique QR code. You’ll need this code to check in at Welcome Week events.

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