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Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Orientation

Macdonald Campus Grad Orientation

Snowflake graphicWelcome to our Newly Admitted Macdonald Graduate Students!

Discover McGill Graduate Orientation 2021

Graduate Orientation will take place (virtually) in early January 2021. Being part of the Macdonald community is special and so we want to give our students a warm “Mac” welcome!

With the help of the Macdonald Graduate Student Society, MCGSS, new Mac students will have a chance to connect with a Mac Grad Buddy Group before arriving at Mac Campus or starting their program remotely. Students will receive an email invitation to join!

International Students are also invited to attend Orientation for International Students.

We also encourage you to reach out to your graduate student societies, MCGSS (mcgss.pgss [at] and PGSS for ongoing virtual activities!


Macdonald Campus Graduate Orientation Schedule

January 5, 2021

Graduate Welcome Meeting

Prof. Ian Strachan, Associate Dean, Graduate Education (AES)

Meha Sharma, MCGSS President

The Welcome Meeting covers important information, including where to find guidance and support on your road to success as a graduate student at McGill, in both thesis and non-thesis programs. You will also meet representatives from your graduate student society, MCGSS. They will share ways you can connect with the Mac Grad Student Community!

January 6, 2021

10:00 AM – noon EST (via webinar/ Zoom)

Discover McGill Graduate Orientation

Campus Life and Engagement

All new McGill graduate students are invited to attend (especially Mac students)! The event will feature a Welcome Address, Services Fair, and Student Panel “What I Wish I’d Known (Before Starting Grad School)”.


Be sure to join CLE’s ongoing Winter Orientation Socials as well! (Dec. 17, 18, Jan 13, 14)

January 8, 2021

6:30 pm EST


Winter Wonderland Gaming Event on Discord


Please write to MCGSS at mcgss.pgss [at] or view their Facebook page for more info.

If you want to meet new students from around the world in a fun social setting, this is the event for you! MCGSS is hosting online games such as Jackbox party games and/or The games will take place on the free online platform, Discord (make sure to download it prior to the day of the event). Everyone will be sorted into groups based on their departments.

January 11, 2020

10:15 – 11:15 AM EST (via webinar/ Zoom)

Coping with the Challenges of Grad School

Devon Simpson, Local Wellness Advisor (Grad Students Across McGill)

A talk given by our Local Wellness Advisor on how to cope with mental health challenges, such as stress or anxiety that you may encounter as you begin your grad studies, especially during this time of pandemic measures. You will learn about the wellness resources available for you at McGill and Macdonald Campus. A very valuable session! Open to returning students as well.

Glimpse the “Mac” Experience

As a special “Mac” feature, your Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society, MCGSS, recorded a light-hearted welcome video, Mac Campus Covid Diaries, to bring you a glimpse of life at Mac Campus during the latter part of summer 2020.

Watch our Macdonald Campus Virtual Send-Off webinar to gain even more insight into the Mac Experience!

For an introduction to McGill-wide services and resources for student academic success, take a few minutes to view a Welcome Video for McGill graduate students.

Contact Us

With the new pandemic reality, the Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (MacOGS) has added new ways for you to connect with us and your fellow grad students. Check out our Facebook group, Blog, and Virtual Check-Ins which are held periodically during the semester.

While the our office (MS2-074) is presently closed due to pandemic measures, remember you can contact your Graduate Program Coordinator directly by e-mail or send us a message with any questions you may have, to gradstudies.macdonald [at]


Student Life and Campus News

Stay on top of news and events at Mac by reading the informative newsletters you will receive including Mac Connections and the MCSS Mouthpiece. Students can also reach out to the Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society (MCGSS) to find out the latest at Mac from a grad student’s perspective.

It’s also important to stay informed on the latest policies and procedures at McGill and Macdonald Campus regarding Covid pandemic measures.

Additional Resources for Grad Students

McGill Campus Life and Engagement provides a list of resources available to ensure the success of graduate and postdoctoral students. Mini-courses, seminars, and workshops on how to manage, how to learn and evolve, and how to thrive and excel during your time as a graduate student at McGill. You can also check out tips on how to succeed in grad studies at McGill in the McGill GradLife Blog.

Also available for download are CLE’s Summer 2020 Emails for New Graduate Students, highly relevant and current information to prepare you for coming to McGill. Newly issued emails are added after each sending.

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