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Experience Orientation Week in-person this year

Road to TMU is an opportunity for students to kick off their university adventure with fun, laughter and learning
By: Irina Vukosavic
August 23, 2022
A group of five students on campus.

This year’s one-week orientation will take place before classes begin and gives students a chance to connect with others, get familiar with their academic program and get to know the campus

After two years of mostly online orientation events, students will be coming back to campus for a fun week of in-person activities!

This year from August 28 to September 5, students will have more than 120 events to choose from at Road to TMU (external link) . There will be academic program and faculty specific orientations, information about how to access on-campus supports, and tons of engaging performances, concerts and giveaways.

Make sure to check it out because there will be something for everyone! From a Muslim women mixer to an LGBTQ2S+ and Allies drag brunch, this year the emphasis is on community building events that include everyone.

The university continues to actively monitor the impact of COVID-19 in the city. As we look ahead to September, the university is planning for a full return to in-person learning and teaching.

Below is a roundup of some key events that students can look forward to. For a full list of events, visit the Road to TMU page. (external link)  Register  (external link) today.

Students sitting at the quad.

Students should come to campus to connect with others and learn about how they can hit the ground running this fall semester

Invocation: Orientation Kick-Off

Monday, Aug. 29 12:00 p.m., Kerr Hall Quad

Join us for the opening ceremony where we officially welcome students to the Toronto Metropolitan University family. We will be kicking off the week at the Kerr Hall Quad with a high-energy performance and executive speeches. After the kick-off students are invited to help Toronto Met break a Guinness World Record - challenge to be revealed on site!

Campus Tours

Sunday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 2; multiple times. SLC front steps, Student Learning Centre (SLC).

Join us for a tour of Toronto Metropolitan University. You’ll find the buildings where your classes will be held, where there are services on campus, and insider tips on how to navigate campus like a pro! Don't forget to  (google form) sign-up (external link)  now as spots are limited! 

Please note that this tour is only open to students attending Toronto Metropolitan University and participants will be required to sign-in with the tour guide upon arrival.

Muslim Women Mixer - Stride Forward

Monday, Aug. 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. POD-54, Podium Building (POD)

Are you an incoming student who self-identifies as a Muslim woman? The Tri-Mentoring Program invites you to attend the Muslim Women Mixer. Join us for a fun activity, a fireside chat, and of course, good food. Meet new people and support your community!

Wellness Room

Monday, Aug. 29 to Friday, Sept. 2; multiple times. SLC 4th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Join us at the Wellness Room, a space for TMU students to focus on all aspects of health - mind, body, and soul. It’s a fun space to visit during Orientation Week with new activities each day!

Three students at the intersection of Church Street and Gould Street.

There will be a lot of activities to choose from that appeal to a broad range of students

Sustainable Scavenger Hunt

Monday, Aug. 29 - Friday, Sept. 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Multiple locations.

The sustainability office is hosting a campus-wide scavenger hunt.

Come along as we uncover how Toronto Metropolitan University is striving to become a greener campus and how you can get involved in campus sustainability during your time here. Participate in the hunt to be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $100 Presto card and a TMU branded sweatshirt.

This scavenger hunt is open to TMU students - you must have a university email address to complete the Google form and be entered into the draw.

TMU Summer Games

Monday, Aug. 29, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Kerr Hall Quad, Kerr Hall (KHE, KHW, KHS, KHN).

Ever wish you could’ve been part of the Disney Channel games? Here's your chance! Meet us in Kerr Quad to compete in teams in various exciting challenges and games. The winning team will be decorated with commemorative medals and win a grand prize! No skills or athletic abilities required.

Street festival

Tuesday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Gould Street.

Join us at one of the largest TMU orientation events: the street festival! Taking place over a few days on Gould Street, it will be a popular event with music, carnival games, inflatables and more! 

Body Positivity Fashion Show

Tuesday, Aug. 30 from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at SLC Amphitheatre

The annual show celebrates students of all body types that represent the Toronto Met community, culture, and individuality through their personal style! Stick around after the event to chat about body positivity and finding your own personal style. Come show some love to fellow TMU students and together, let’s make it known that all bodies are good bodies!

Caribana Colour Splash

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Kerr Hall Quad, Kerr Hall (KHE, KHW, KHS, KHN).

This homage to Caribbean carnival will be a festival of colour that celebrates the vibrancy of soca music and the immaculate vibes of the Caribbean. This experience will include tossing powdered colours, smearing paint, dancing, reveling in sweet soca and all around good vibes.

Career Boost Info Session

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. POD-60 Lounge, Podium Building (POD)

Are you interested in part-time jobs on-campus? Join us as we share more about the Career Boost program and dive into the eligibility criteria and application process. This presentation will be followed by a general question and answer session.

DanceFire in the Quad

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Kerr Hall Quad, Kerr Hall (KHE, KHW, KHS, KHN)

Kick your morning off with an energetic dance fire session featuring the musical genres of dancehall, reggaeton, Latin dance and more!

LGBTQ2S+ and Allies Drag Brunch

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. SLC 6th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

This event, in collaboration with RyePride, is for TMU LGBTQ2S+ community members and allies. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show or sing your heart out with some fabulous drag queens!

Life in Canada

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. SLC 8th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Students will learn about being an international student at TMU, from insurance, visas, and working to exploring downtown Toronto through restaurants, shopping and weekend activities.

Laser Tag

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Upper Gym, Kerr Hall (KHE, KHW, KHS, KHN)

Get ready to dodge obstacles, nab your targets and avoid getting tagged. Work with your team to earn a high score and have an awesome time!

East/South East Asian Mixer Bubble Tea

Thursday, Sept. 1, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. SLC 6th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Do you like bubble tea? If yes, make sure you come to this mixer for Southeast Asian students where the bubble tea will be flowing!

Fight Club: Cardio Kickboxing

Thursday, Sept. 1, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC) Room, Recreation and Athletics Centre (RAC).

Knock out those first-year jitters with an energy-filled kickboxing session where students of all skill levels are welcome to come and throw some punches!

Annual International Student Welcome Party

Thursday, Sept. 1,  12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

It's time to party! We are so excited to meet you as you begin your university life! The welcome party is a great way to start your first semester and prepare yourself for the year and a great way to connect with other international communities.

LGBTQ2S+ DIY Tote Bags

Friday, Sept. 2, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. SLC 6th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

DIY tote bags, beanies, and more! Come hang out and meet other queer students. This LGBTQ2S+ members only event gives queer students a safe space to make connections with other community members

Black on Campus: Black Student Orientation - Mixer

Friday, Sept. 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. SLC 8th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Mix and mingle with other Black-identifying students.

Nuit Vibrant

Friday, Sept. 2, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Nelson Mandela Walkway

Toronto Metropolitan University's version of a public art gallery offers a night filled with art and inspiration! In collaboration with the Sustainability Office, we will also be showcasing the Eco-Vibrant exhibit that features sustainable art from TMU students.

Studio Ghibli Movie Night

Friday, Sept. 2, 8:00 - 10:30 p.m. SLC 6th Floor, Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Are you a fan of Studio Ghibli films? Join other TMU students for a fun movie night viewing of Howl's Moving Castle at the SLC. Enjoy a night of watching films while connecting with other students who have the same interests as you! At the end of the event, three lucky draw winners will win a swag bag filled with Studio Ghibli items. Feel free to come in comfortable clothing or pajamas. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided.

CCS Kahoot

Sunday, Sept. 4, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

This fun trivia night will focus on the services offered by Computing and Communications Services at TMU. In order to successfully participate in this session, you must attend the CCS session as well as the Career Boost information session. The trivia night will be conducted using the Kahoot platform and will run for 30-40 minutes. Winners will be announced at the end of the session and will be presented with a prize. Access to the presentation slide deck will be provided.

Registration is required for all Orientation Week events. To register and attend, visit the Road to TMU website (external link) .

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