Header that says Schedule. Photo of students on campus holding signs that say We Love First Year Students.

Friday, August 30

We will share more details as events get confirmed. Check back throughout the summer!

Reps performing at airbands

MacPass Pick-Up

The MacPass is your all-access pass to all Welcome Week activities. Stop by to pick up your MacPass bracelet and your one-of-a-kind Faculty t-shirt! Please note that shirt sizing and selection will take place on a first come, first served basis.

Note: First-year students will need to show their MacPass bracelet to enter the concert.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gilmour Hall 110

Two students receiving their MacPass
Student receiving their MacPass

Shine Day

Are you interested in charitable work? Come out to Shine Day for an opportunity to explore what’s off-campus while also working with fellow students to raise money for Shinerama! All proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meet in David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC) Sport Hall

Photo of students with Shinerama signs.
Photo of reps with signs welcoming mac students
  • Goal-Setting, 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m., LR Wilson (LRW) B1007
  • Using the Libraries, 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m., Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1110
  • Reading Academic Articles and Textbooks, 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., LR Wilson (LRW) B1007
  • Time Management and Procrastination, 2:30 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., LR Wilson (LRW) B1007

Photo of McMaster students in a classroom.
Photo of students in a classroom

McMaster Student 101 Workshop

International Students Event

What’s a MUSC? Where is Avenue to Learn – I can’t seem to find it on Google Maps?

You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers! Come hang out with us and our upper-year student Buddies to learn all the tips and tricks of being a Mac student to help you in your personal and academic student life!

Register for your spot on OSCARplus.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall 111)

Painting Workshop with Aura

Indigenous Students and Studies Event

Join Aura (Monique Bedard) for a painting workshop in ISP! Aura is an Oneida artist located in Tkaronto, Ontario, and is the creator of the IS&S T shirt design this year! All students are welcome to participate to learn about Aura’s work, techniques, and influences, while painting their own creation on wooden boards. No art skills necessary, refreshments provided.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

A large group of students painting
Three students painting

Home Away from Home Workshop

International Students Event

Is it your first time in Hamilton, or even Canada? Join us for some snacks and chat with our student Buddies about everything you need to know about living in Hamilton. We will talk about everything from cultural differences, to common slang/words used, to how to set up a phone.

Register for your spot on OSCARplus.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers (Gilmour Hall 111)

HeArt Sci (Health Sciences and ArtSci)

A fun adventure to a local Hamiton centre, The Scottish Rite, where you can sing your heart out in karaoke, show your best strategy in board games and indulge in delicious food. This event is a Health Sciences and Arts & Science collab, where you’ll get to interact with students from both Faculties! HeArt Sci forever!

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Meet at Camp ArtSci (McMaster Museum of Art)

Meet our Elders: Self-Care Outdoors Kathy Knott

Indigenous Students and Studies Event

Indigenous students can join Kathy Knott in learning about pathways to self care and wellbeing in the beauty of Cootes Paradise! Kathy will discuss ways to maintain mental health during the school year, while leading a walk from the Outdoor Classroom through one of the trails in Cootes. Bring your own refillable waterbottle – water station and refreshments provided. Register as spots are limited.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Outdoor Classroom between Alpine Tower and Les Prince Hall

Tea & Bannock poster.

Come to the ISP space to learn the basics of creating your own beaded earrings or other beadwork from a few of your IS&S reps! Amy Thomson (Nursing, Cayuga) and Abby Simms (HealthSci, Métis) will lead this workshop for all levels of beaders – no experience required! All students welcome on a drop-in basis. Refreshments and materials provided.

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Indigenous Studies Program Office – 1811 LR Wilson Hall

Beading Workshop Poster. Includes beads in the shape of a flower.

Join your off-campus reps for one final hoorah! We are having a pep rally in the lead up to the final event of the week – Airbands! Join us in Mills Plaza for churros, music, dance, face paint and fun times!

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Mills Plaza

Photo of Welcome Week reps cheering.
Photo of Welcome Week reps on a soccer field.


Signature Event

This exciting event is a Welcome Week favourite! First-year students have the chance to participate in the fun and watch Faculty and campus groups compete for the title of the best Airband. Involved in this event is a whole lot of music, dancing and cheering!

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

JHE Main Stage

Reps performing at airbands
Airbands performance with a student jumping in the air
Two reps performing at airbands