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RockVIU 2023

Graduate Student Orientation



RockVIU 2023: Graduate Programs

We look forward to welcoming you to the VIU Nanaimo campus on Wednesday, August 30. Grad orientation starts at 10:30 am and wraps up around 6:00 pm. This is your chance to meet students from other programs and learn about everything available to you as a VIU student. 

Help make this event more environmentally friendly. Bring a reusable coffee mug and a fork and you'll be entered into a draw for some great prizes!

Grad Student Orientation Schedule 

Wednesday, August 30

10:30 am
Grab a tea or coffee and register.

10:45 am
Everything is more fun with friends!
Meet your group and leader.

11:45 am
What did you get yourself into?
What to expect in the next weeks and months from someone who knows. Leaders will take students through advice, questions and pointers.

12:30 pm
Grad Alumni Share
VIU Alumni tell their stories and offer useful tip

12:45 pm
Where did you come from? Where are you now?

Reflect on where we came from. What does it mean for you to be in Nanaimo on Snuneymuxw territory? You'll also learn Indigenous introduction protocol.

1:45 pm
Lunch time
Selection of sandwiches, salads and beverages. Don't forget your fork!

2:30 pm
Explore campus with your team and leader
Learn about VIU resources and how to find them. This includes:

  • research help from library
  • Writing Centre and International Academic Support
  • research engagement and funding
  • Career Studioemployment help
  • Off-campus Housing
  • food: where to get it 
  • busses, trails, walking, biking—how to get around Nanaimo
  • the bus loop, VIUSU, cafeteria, Campus Store, Starbucks and all the great little nooks and crannies—how to get around campus

5:30 pm
Grad Alumni Share

5:50 pm
Goodbye and closing


All students welcome

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

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