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Welcome Day

September 7, 2021

Note, this event is virtual. Watch the Welcome Ceremony and access the other sessions below.

The beginning of a new school year is always exciting, but what makes it more special is that YOU are now a UM student!  Welcome Day 2021 is today and we can’t wait to connect with you!

Find out who to know and where to go for answers to the most common questions new UM students have.  We know you’re new to this, so we’ve got your back!  You’ll hear from students, advisors and support staff, faculty members and more!  We all are dedicated to helping you succeed at UM, so don’t miss out!   

Check out the schedule below and enter the sessions with the links provided!
We are so happy that you have joined us, new Bisons!

Want to participate but didn't register in advance? No problem, we have you covered. View the schedule and click on the session links to join.

September 7 Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 | Welcome Ceremony

It’s finally here!  The official start of the 2021-2022 school year.   So many members of the University of Manitoba are excited to welcome you! The President and other VIPs will provide special greetings, and former and current students will share meaningful words of encouragement.  The ceremony will end with the Chancellor officially declaring the start of the new academic year!  

We’re so glad you’re here. Welcome to the Herd! Welcome to the U of M!


9:00 - 10:00 | Concurrent Sessions

All first year students have been assigned a session group, corresponding below to your surname. If you've have transfered from another university, are in an advanced degree program or working on your second degree, please use the 'Transfer/Advanced Degree/Second' Degree Students link instead of 'Ready, Set, Go!'.

Ready Set Go!

Everything you need to know to start classes and have a great term! Join First Year Centre advisors, and upper year students, to learn what you should expect as you begin U of M courses.  We’ll share our best tips and strategies, so you’ll feel ready to start classes remotely.  Learn how to access your courses, the differences between high school and university, and where to get help if you need it.

Please use the Zoom link that corresponds to the first letter of your surname (last name, not first name) from the selections below. 

Surname begins with A, B, C, D, E, F

Surname begins with G, H, I, J, K, L, M

Surname begins with N, O, P, Q, R

Surname begins with S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Transfer/Advanced Degree/Second Degree Students

New to UM but not to post-secondary studies? We’ll show you the UM tools we have and introduce you to the people who are here to guide you to completion of your UM degree in a seamless and efficient manner. Let us show you what you need to be a great UM student!

Transfer/Advanced Degree/Second Degree Students


For the following sessions, please join us via the YouTube Livestream

  • 10:15 - 11:00 | Welcome to the UM: Your Path to Success

    Being a new university student is an exciting time, filled with new experiences and situations. However, along with new situations, come new expectations. In this session, you will learn more about your rights as a student, as well as your responsibilities and expectations for maintaining a climate of respect at the UM.

  • 11:15 - 11:45 | Remote Learning. Getting Started

    Let us take you through the first 6 weeks of the term so you’ll know what’s ahead!


12:30 | Concurrent Faculty Offerings

Spend the afternoon connecting to your new home faculty and to your student government leaders. Find out where to go, who to ask, and what’s available in your program. Hear how to excel at university from staff, profs, and other students in your faculty. Join UMSU at 2:30 pm for in introduction to what your student union has to offer.

Some faculties offered orientation programming in advance of Welcome Day. Please check your @myumanitoba.ca email account for details. Don’t see your program below? Attend one of our "Advice for our First Year Selves" sessions held from 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm.

12:00 - 12:30 | Advice for our First Year selves

Please use the Zoom link that corresponds to the first letter of your surname (last name, not first name) from the selections below. 

Zoom link to the session
for surnames A-F

Zoom link to the session
for surnames G-M

Zoom link to the session
for surnames N-R

Zoom link to the session
for surnames S-Z

12:30 - 1:00 | Advice for our First Year selves

Please use the Zoom link that corresponds to the first letter of your surname (last name, not first name) from the selections below. 

Zoom link to the session
for surnames A-F

Zoom link to the session
for surnames G-M

Zoom link to the session
for surnames N-R

Zoom link to the session
for surnames S-Z

12:30 | Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Thriving in First Year of Agricultural, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences!

Learn about how to get involved, start your career off right and thrive in your first year with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences! Meet fellow first-year students in an informal setting following short introductions from Student Ambassadors, Academic Advisors and the Co-op Coordinator.

School of Art

Students enrolled in the School of Art have received instructions on accessing this session via email to their @myumanitoba.ca outlook. Please connect with School of Art Advising Office if you are having trouble joining.

12:30 | Faculty of Arts

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts!

Meet the Dean and fellow students who will help you learn about your new Faculty. Plus, get some tips on how to survive and thrive in your first year in Arts.

You need to sign up for the Faculty of Arts session in advance. Please use the link below to register onto their session list.

Asper School of Business

Students enrolled in the Asper School of Business have received instructions on accessing this session via email to their @myumanitoba.ca outlook. Please connect with Asper School of Business Advising Office if you are having trouble joining.

Dental Hygiene

Students enrolled in Dental Hygiene, please participate in Advice for our First Year selves and UMSU sessions.

Price Faculty of Engineering

Students enrolled in the Price Faculty of Engineering have received instructions on accessing this session via email to their @myumanitoba.ca outlook. Please connect with Price Faculty of Engineering Advising Office if you are having trouble joining.

12:30 | Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

Riddell Faculty - Virtual Welcome Day

We will kick off the day with a Welcome by Dean, Dr. Stephan Pflugmacher Lima and Associate Dean (Academic), Dr. Jonathan Peyton. This will be followed by a panel discussion where Faculty, our Advising Staff and students from our student organizations will be on hand to let you know how you can get the most out of your University experience! This is the time to ask any and all questions you may have about the upcoming year!

You may discover how much you are in the same boat as many of your future peers and learn the biggest tips and changes to look out for regarding academics, seeking out help, getting involved, and personal wellness!

12:30 | Interdisciplinary Health Program

IHP New Student Orientation

Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Program have received instructions on accessing this session via email to their @myumanitoba.ca outlook. Please contact the Welcome Day Help Centre if you are having trouble joining.

2:00 | Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management Welcome Day Session

We’ve missed meeting with you in-person and would like to give you an opportunity to meet the KRM Faculty’s undergraduate academic advising team. It will be a brief information session followed by an invite to contact us individually for those of you who would like to ask questions later. We hope this session helps to better familiarize yourselves with us and learn about some upcoming faculty-specific events.

12:30 - 1:30 | Desautels Faculty of Music

Welcome to the Desautels Faculty of Music!

This student led session connects you with your Faculty of Music Student Association! Hear what you can expect in your first year, find out what the FMSA has to offer and how you can get involved! We'll share tips and tricks that will help you get started and let you know how to connect with us through the term.

12:30 | Faculty of Science

Faculty of Science Afternoon Programming

12:30-1:30pm - Welcome Day Science Panel - Hosted by the Faculty of Science
1:30-4pm - Science Students' Association Programming & Activities

2:30 | University of Manitoba Students' Union

Get Involved with UMSU!

Learn about the basics of the students' union, and how you can become more involved on campus, access services and resources, and make the most of your year at the University of Manitoba!

Co-Curricular Record - what you need to know

You can get formal recognition for all of your learning and start adding to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) before you even start your classes! The CCR is an official document that summarizes each student's participation in university-approved activities that aren't for academic credit.

Three requirements are all that you need to qualify for Orientation co-curricular recognition

  1. Full participation in Prep Week,
  2. Completion of UM Essentials, and
  3. Participation in Welcome Day.

Full participation in Prep Week is defined as participating in a minimum of five sessions. Keep in mind the following:

  • streaming the live official Welcome Ceremony, and;
  • attending the “Ready, Set, Go!” session by the First Year Centre.

Once you view / attend, and reflect on these sessions, you will have completed the Welcome Day requirements for co-curricular recognition!