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Signature Events

Signature events are Welcome Week events that have been offered over many years and have become known, cherished traditions. As a new McMaster student, they are events you don’t want to miss!

We will share more as event details get confirmed. Come back to this page for updates throughout the summer.

Welcome Week Rep holding a sign that says welcome to mcmaster


An acronym for “Inspiration, Reflection, Integrity, Success,” IRIS is McMaster’s theatrical arts production for first-year students. IRIS is a unique and interactive production that offers a glimpse of the issues, challenges and opportunities students may encounter throughout their time at McMaster. Come and experience an impactful performance created by upper-year students!

Sunday, August 25, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

MDCL 1305/1307

IRIS cast on stage
IRIS cast on stage. There are three people in the shot.
IRIS 2019 Cast

SSC Academics

Academic Event

Have you enjoyed our summer academic programs? Did you miss our SCC Academic Skills Orientation?

Don’t worry. We will have sessions covering different topics throughout the week, offering you many opportunities to learn about how we can support you academically during your time at McMaster. Learn about the skills that will help you be successful in university – from effective note-taking and time management strategies to goal-setting and using the libraries. Find out from current McMaster students what they wish they knew in first-year and join us for Faculty-specific sessions.

Photo of McMaster students in a classroom.

Student Services Carnival

Strategic Theme Event

Big news – we’re bringing a McMaster favourite to Welcome Week! Students who attended last year rated this event 4.7/5! The Student Services Carnival will give you a chance to connect with on-campus partners before the school year begins. The event includes a BBQ and carnival treats!

Student services across campus will participate in this event, including the following:

  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Campus Store
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 3906
  • Chaplaincy Centre
  • Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Hamilton Fire Department
  • Indigenous Student Services
  • International Student Services
  • Libraries
  • Maccess/WGEN/SHEC
  • Mac’s Money Centre
  • McMaster Exchange Program
  • McMaster Hospitality
  • McMaster Student Union
  • McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners
  • MSU Spark
  • Office of Academic Integrity

  • Office of the Registrar
  • Pride Community Centre
  • Res Life
  • Security Services
  • Student Accessibility Services
  • Student Accounts
  • Student Navigator Program
  • Student Open Circles
  • Student Success Centre
  • Student Wellness Centre
  • University Technology Services
  • WAWG

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Off-Campus Students, Edwards, Hedden, Mary Keyes, Matthews, McKay, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Bates, Brandon, Les Prince, Peter George, Woodstock

Burke Science Building (BSB) Field. You will be brought to the carnival by Welcome Week reps, based on your allotted time.

A person wearing a giant clown themed bow
Student services carnival graphic. There is a circus tent with a McMaster arch in it.
Photo of a stiltwalker in a ringmaster outfit
Two students playing a carnival game

McMaster Welcome

Partnered with the Student Services Carnival is McMaster Welcome, a not-to-be-missed McMaster tradition. You will experience what it means to be a Marauder – shake hands with the University President and travel through the world’s longest rep tunnel! More information to come.

Monday, August 26, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bates, Brandon, Les Prince, Peter George, Woodstock

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Off-Campus Students, Edwards, Hedden, Mary Keyes, Matthews, McKay, Moulton, Wallingford, Whidden

Sport Hall in David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC). You will be brought to the carnival by Welcome Week reps, based on your allotted time.

Welcome Week Rep holding a sign that says welcome to mcmaster
Faculty reps during Welcome Week

Monday Night Lights

Strategic Theme Event

Monday Night Lights is the Welcome Week 2019 block party! Everyone is invited, reps and first-years alike! Come out and enjoy a night of events including:

  • MSU Shinerama Charity Casino – MUSC Marketplace
  • Karaoke – The Grind
  • Rock Painting – Mills Plaza (Rain Location: TwelvEighty)
  • What’s In Your Cup – MUSC Marketplace
  • Board Games – MUSC Cafeteria

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Various locations

Student rock painting
Photo of a blackjack table.

Faculty Day

Meet professors, academic advisors, deans and associate deans, and your peers at this all-day event on-campus. Each Faculty society has a schedule of events unique to your area of study. We will provide updates throughout the summer, so check your email and social media!

Two faculty reps on McMaster's campus smiling

Faculty Fusion

All Faculties will be gathering on Ron Joyce Stadium for a fun faculty cheer off! Bring your hype and come on by to see the multi-coloured stadium! And don’t forget to get a little R O W D Y!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Ron Joyce Stadium

Faculty Fusion cup
Reps cheering at Faculty Fusion
Faculty Fusion event showing the different faculty colours

Faculty Night

Faculty society night is a chance to socialize with new friends and classmates. Each Faculty society does something different, so check back throughout the summer to find out what your Faculty is doing and ask your Welcome Week reps for more information!

Photo of students from different faculties.

Faculty Fest

Get to know your Faculty and peers at this on-campus event. Faculties are gathered in one central location to take you on campus tours, answer your academic questions and attend academic workshops that will help you prepare to start classes.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Two reps at McMaster
Students on BSB field
Two reps at faculty fest

MacPass Concert

MSU Campus Events is pleased to bring Bryce Vine with special guest DUCKWRTH to McMaster for your MacPass Concert!

This concert is only open to McMaster University undergraduates. Students must present either their MacPass wristband OR an upper year ticket, as well as a valid McMaster undergraduate student card at the gates.

Visit the MSU Campus Events Facebook page for artist announcements coming soon!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

JHE Main Stage

Bryce Vine poster


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!

Friday, August 30, 2019

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

JHE Main Stage

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