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Strategic Theme Events

Creating a supportive, inclusive campus and environment is an important goal during Welcome Week, which is why we have strategic themes. Our Strategic Theme Events are an opportunity to gain access to information and programs related to this year’s strategic themes of supporting mental health and well-being; responding to sexual violence; responsible substance use; and, community engagement.

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

Student Services Carnival

Signature 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.

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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

Signature Event

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.

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

Monday Night Lights

Signature Event

Monday Night Lights is the Welcome Week 2019 block party! Everyone is invited, reps and first-years alike!

For strategic theme events happening at Monday Night Lights, we recommend:

  • Rock Painting – Mills Plaza (Rain Location: TwelvEighty)
  • What’s In Your Cup – MUSC Marketplace

Monday, August 26, 2019

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Various locations

Student rock painting

Paint Night

Come join us for a fun night of painting, pizza and good conversation. Get a chance to unwind and paint while meeting new people and making long lasting friendships! Whether you’ve painted for years or have never lifted up a paintbrush before, join Spark for some good music, company and show a little of your artistic side. Pizza will be first-come first-serve and you’ll get to keep your painting afterwards!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Atrium

Student painting a dog
Two students painting

Movie Night

Watch a movie with the class of 2023 outdoors on a giant inflatable screen under the stars. We will be talking about some important themes going into your first year such as relationships, mental wellness, and more! We will have free blankets for the first 200 attendees and all the popcorn you could ever dream of! All first-year students living in residence, off-campus, or commuting are welcome to attend!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

8:00 p.m.

Field behind Edwards Hall

IS&S x ArtSci: Local Land – Trip to Six Nations

Indigenous Students and Studies Event

Join IS&S and Arts & Science on a day trip to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to connect with the largest Indigenous community in Canada, and the one closest to McMaster University. Students will travel by bus from McMaster to the Community Hall and Gaylord Powless Arena in Ohsweken, Six Nations, to learn about Haudenosaunee culture, history, foods, and activities through participation in archery, lacrosse & traditional games, acorn husk doll workshop, Haudenosaunee-catered lunch and discussion on traditional foods, and hands-on learning about Indigenous plants and medicines. All students are welcome to register, with preference given to Indigenous students, Indigenous Studies students, and Arts & Science students.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meeting in the LR Wilson Courtyard at 10:45 a.m.


So, you made it to Mac? What about Hamilton? Explore your city, new or old! We’re going to check out some cool places all over Hamilton! All first-year students living in residence, off-campus, or commuting are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Bus pick-ups at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Mary Keyes (near the Greyhound stop)

Photo of a waterfall.
Image of buildings in Hamilton.

Puppies, Popsicles and Peers

Have a love for dogs? And popsicles? This is the perfect event for YOU! Come join MSU Spark and our fellow therapy dogs and chill out. You will be able to hang around with some upper-year students, pet some therapy dogs and have some snacks. We will be using old T-shirts to make some dog toys and donating them afterwards to the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary in Dundas. Join us for a fun time!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kenneth Taylor Hall (KTH) Lobby

Students petting a dog
Two students petting a dog

Mac Factor

Do you have a talent for performing or music? Grab your new friends and perform for other students at MacFactor! Join a team with your residence or off-campus group and get ready to shine! We have some bracelets you can make and some free stuff, because who doesn’t like free stuff? All first-year students living in residence, off-campus or commuting are welcome to attend!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

BSB Field

Photo of students singing at MacFactor