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Graduate Student Orientation



RockVIU 2023: Graduate Programs

Graduate Student Orientation

These events will help you make the most of your time as a graduate student at VIU.

Please register so we can best plan the day.

Register for grad student orientation

Events Schedule

Thursday, January 5

Location: Trades Discovery Centre 

8:40 am

Grab a tea or coffee and get ready for the day!

9 am | Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces

VIU’s Positive Space Alliance presents an interactive session about how to make VIU a welcoming place for all people. This is part of student leadership training at VIU.

10:30 am


10:45 am | Dangers of a Single Story

Join VIU’s International Office for this session on unconscious bias. The presentation includes background on how to be aware of and possibly change biases. It’s a great starting point for intercultural competencies in the classroom.

12:15 pm | Lunch Break & Grad Services Scavenger Hunt

Enjoy a pizza lunch and then play the game. The scavenger hunt will get you out and moving and you’ll see where to go for services. There are prizes of course!

1:15 pm | Finding your Grad Voice

Effective communication is important in school, the workplace and life. This workshop will introduce a short and effective way to communicate: the Rant! Folks at the Office of Graduate Studies will take you through this fun session to help everyone find their voice, share it, and learn more about each other.

2:15 pm


2:30 pm | Show me the money!

A great VIU panel will share different ways to build your experience, showcase your skills and find work now and in the future. These are great resources to know about!

4 pm | Grads Connect

Get to know your fellow students after the workshop. Snacks provided!

Register for grad student orientation

Friday, January 6

Location: Building 200, Room 203

1 pm | Intro to your VIU Students' Union

Learn about your Students' Union and what it means to be a member. There are plenty of ways to get involved, build skills and relationships, and make a big impact during your time at VIU.

No registration required for this event.

Week Two Orientation events

The Week Two Orientation schedule is on the VIULearn site in the FOM Graduate Student Resource hub.

Go to VIULearn


All students welcome

You are invited to take part in the RockVIU events for all students. 

See RockVIU event page