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Memorable moments captured at Orientation Week 2022

New students celebrate the Road to TMU with over 120 in-person events
By: Tania Ulrich
September 09, 2022
Students in the midst of throwing brightly coloured powder on eachother.

TMU Orientation Week had more than 120 in-person and interactive events to welcome first-year students to campus and university life this year. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

There was something for everyone at this year’s exciting in-person Orientation Week. From a group Macarena dance world record attempt to a Body Positivity Fashion Show, and from Caribana Colour Splash to a lively street festival, we captured some of this year’s  event highlights as students celebrated the start of university life. 

Orientation Week took place Sunday Aug. 28 to Monday, Sept. 5, with a variety of events to engage students and which recognized the rich diversity of TMU’s student community.

Young woman pulls a trolley with two large duffle bags stacked on top of each other

TMU welcomed students back to a full residence experience for the first time since 2019, giving students the opportunity to build meaningful friendships and connections. 1,089 students will be living across three residence buildings this year, including 316 international students arriving from 51 countries, and 773 domestic students, 78 per cent of whom are from Ontario.

A large group of students in the midst of doing a dance routine outdoors

The well-attended Orientation Kick-Off event offered a traditional welcome to new students with a variety of in-person opportunities to make friends, explore campus resources and transition to university life. Events included a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest Macarena group dance, a live brass band and a class photo. TMU President Mohamed Lachemi and Vice-Provost, Students, Jen McMillen offered a warm welcome and words of encouragement. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

TMU Orientation Kicks-Off with Guinness World Record attempt for the largest Macarena group dance.

Numerous students pose for a group photo with a large sign reading ‘Incoming Class of 2022’

TMU’s Orientation Week took place the week before classes, giving incoming students the chance to connect with other students, get familiar with their academic program, and get to know their way around campus. Welcome week included program specific orientations, information about how to access on-campus supports, and many engaging performances, concerts and giveaways. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

Two students holding footballs as they smile in front of a carnival throwing game

The Street Festival, one of the largest TMU Orientation events, took place over four days on Gould Street in the heart of TMU’s campus and offered fun carnival games, interactive inflatables, lots of great music and more. The festival made it certain there was never a dull moment during O-Week. Students got together to play and win prizes, take advantage of partner promotions, and enjoy treats like cotton candy. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

Three young Black women hold up green coconuts with straws and event signs

Caribana Colour Splash was the first of its kind at O-Week, transporting students to island life and paying homage to the Caribbean Carnival. The spectacular festival included a vividly colourful powder toss party, rhythmic soca music, paint smearing, dancing, and more, all in celebration of the vibrancy of Caribbean life and culture. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

Students line up on a elevated runway with a range of outfits expressing their individual style

Students cheer on models participating in the Body Positivity Fashion Show during Orientation Week. Student models promoted self-love and acceptance as they shared their chic self-styled looks on the runway. The event, aimed at embracing students of all body types, invited the Toronto Met community to celebrate diversity and enjoy creative self-expression through each student’s personal ensemble. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

Student wearing a mask hugs a Golden Retriever therapy dog.

TMU brings the Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dogs to students with a cuddly introduction to these helpful pooches during Orientation Week. These pups will be on campus once a week throughout the year to help students de-stress. Photo by Alyssa K. Faoro

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