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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Signature Events

Signature Events are annual Welcome Week events that happen on a larger scale.

Click here to download our printable schedule of Signature Events.

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All Students

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Off-Campus Students

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Residence Students

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International Students

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MacPass Pick-up

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Student Success Centre, Gilmour Hall 110

This is your first stop to experiencing all things Welcome Week! Drop by to pick-up your t-shirt, faculty swag, and “all-access pass” to events. You can’t miss us. We’re the ones in the lime green and bright pink t-shirts!

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Various locations and
start times

Explore your campus. Connect with the community. Discover your home.

MacQuest is a unique Welcome Week experience that allows you to choose from a wide selection of tours/activities happening throughout the day. MacQuest tours and activities are a chance to make connections with other students who share similar interests. This year, there are over 50 experiences available!

Steps to Register for MacQuest:

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MacQuest: Cultivating a Culture of Consent: Supporting Survivors

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
MDCL 1309

This is a workshop that uses the anti-oppression frame work to understand and confront rape culture and the mechanisms by which it manifests inside institutions, interpersonal dynamics and community spaces. Practices and principles for fostering brave spaces and a culture of consent will be explored, along with problematizing existing models and practices. Survivor centered and trauma informed approaches to interventions and healing are key elements of the discussion. The session is deeply rooted in transformative justice practices and a culture of care built on 15 meaningful, survivor centred interventions. This workshop is open to survivors and centers our healing. Allies and those who wish to address internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalize manifestations of rape culture are invited to attend and contribute to a space that centers accountability and collective wisdom.

Register for this MacQuest morning activity.

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MacQuest: Hamilton is Home Speaker Series

12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
L.R. Wilson Concert Hall

Hamilton is Home Navy Nation, Residence Life and Off-Campus are proud to present McMaster’s very own Welcome Week speaker series! The theme of this series is local entrepreneurship and innovative career paths. Learn more about how your undergraduate degree can lead to a fulfilling career by engaging with the stories of four amazing speakers, which will include local Hamilton business owners and volunteer coordinators! The event will be held in the L.R. Wilson Concert Hall. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., with snacks and beverages in the foyer at 12:30 p.m.

Register for this MacQuest afternoon activity.

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Wellness Fair

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mills Plaza

Starting a new chapter of your life can come with a variety of new experiences. Some may even be challenging and stressful. Come drop-by the Wellness Fair to engage with some of the support services we have right here on McMaster’s Campus and also in the community. There will be different interactive activities such as slime making and photo booths – where you can explore some ways to stay well during your time at McMaster!

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Faculty Night

Multiple times

The biggest Faculty event of the week! Join your Faculty Reps and fellow first years for a night of fun and activities! Each program is different depending on which Faculty you belong to, so check with your reps for more information! Some Faculties have multiple buses throughout the night! Pick-up times from Residence and MUSC are listed below:

  • Engineering 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Meet at JHE Annex)
  • Humanities: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Health Sciences: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Science: 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Social Sciences: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • ArtSci: 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
  • Business: 6:20 p.m.
  • Nursing: 5:30 p.m.
  • Kinesiology: 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Other Amazing Welcome Week Events

We recommend checking out all of these other amazing Welcome Week events!

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International Student Services

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Indigenous Student Services

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Shine Café

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Grind

Come by and play some board games with us while snacking on delicious sweet and savoury crêpes, and the best premium coffee, at the hottest café on campus! A portion of all proceeds go toward Shinerama, Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care.

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Shinerama Bling Bling

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mills Plaza

Bring dimes to earn points toward your Faculty/Residence Cup, or kindly bring down another Faculty/Residence’s points with other denominations of coins! All change goes toward Shinerama, Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care.

(dimes = +10, nickels = -5, quarters = -25, loonies = -100, and so on.)

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