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O-DAYS WELCOMES NEW STUDENTS TO CAMPUS

Students gather at O-DAYS. Photo by Brent Everett James.
Students gather at O-DAYS. Photo by Brent Everett James.
Lillian Allen. Photo courtesy Lillian Allen.
Lillian Allen. Photo courtesy Lillian Allen.

You wouldn’t expect OCAD U’s welcome and orientation week to be like it is at every other university, would you? O-DAYS brings all new students together from every program and discipline to connect with each other, be inspired and become a part of the OCAD U community from the outset of their student experience. No other Canadian campus has the godmother of rap on hand, or is hosting an interactive performance art event inspired by reality-TV.

“It’s a celebration that’s unique to OCAD U,” says Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, Student Success Programs. “Students enjoy it, and our goal is to make it as accessible as possible and accommodate everyone’s needs, including food.”

O-DAYS gathers 1000 to 1200 new students every September for workshops, special campus tours, an introduction to campus services, a community fair, parties and barbecues. It’s the official transition into student life here, whether you’re arriving at university for the first time, or you’re a mature student who’s studied elsewhere.

The main event takes place in Butterfield Park. This year’s Big Welcome Day (September 3) includes a traditional welcome ceremony organized by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, greetings by Dr. Sara Diamond, the university’s President, a welcome by the OCAD Student Union (OCADSU) and a keynote talk by Lillian Allen.

Lillian Allen, a Creative Writing professor at OCAD U is a multi-talented and internationally acclaimed writer, dub poet and performer and considered the literary godmother of rap, hip hop and spoken word. She’s also worked in film, radio and video, and will be presenting a seminar at Harvard University this fall. 

The Student Union Day (September 4) is a full day of activities, entertainment and free food in Butterfield Park.

The O-Team spends months planning and organizing O-DAYS, working together with volunteers from across the university community, student union members and student peer mentors.

Are you a new student? Here’s how to get involved:

-Introduce yourself with a selfie on a Face2Face postcard

-Come out to all of the events! Check out the schedule to find out what’s happening 

-Don’t forget to RSVP 

-Party at XPACE on Friday, September 6 and enjoy Future Talk, a live reality-TV inspired talk show 

-Party with the Student Union on Friday, September 13 

-Use the OOOHLALA app to find your way around campus




Students gather at O-DAYS. Photo by Brent Everett James.
Lillian Allen. Photo courtesy Lillian Allen.

You wouldn’t expect OCAD U’s welcome and orientation week to be like it is at every other university, would you? O-DAYS brings all new students together from every program and discipline to connect with each other, be inspired and become a part of the OCAD U community from the outset of their student experience. No other Canadian campus has the godmother of rap on hand, or is hosting an interactive performance art event inspired by reality-TV.

“It’s a celebration that’s unique to OCAD U,” says Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, Student Success Programs. “Students enjoy it, and our goal is to make it as accessible as possible and accommodate everyone’s needs, including food.”

O-DAYS gathers 1000 to 1200 new students every September for workshops, special campus tours, an introduction to campus services, a community fair, parties and barbecues. It’s the official transition into student life here, whether you’re arriving at university for the first time, or you’re a mature student who’s studied elsewhere.

The main event takes place in Butterfield Park. This year’s Big Welcome Day (September 3) includes a traditional welcome ceremony organized by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, greetings by Dr. Sara Diamond, the university’s President, a welcome by the OCAD Student Union (OCADSU) and a keynote talk by Lillian Allen.

Lillian Allen, a Creative Writing professor at OCAD U is a multi-talented and internationally acclaimed writer, dub poet and performer and considered the literary godmother of rap, hip hop and spoken word. She’s also worked in film, radio and video, and will be presenting a seminar at Harvard University this fall. 

The Student Union Day (September 4) is a full day of activities, entertainment and free food in Butterfield Park.

The O-Team spends months planning and organizing O-DAYS, working together with volunteers from across the university community, student union members and student peer mentors.

Are you a new student? Here’s how to get involved:

-Introduce yourself with a selfie on a Face2Face postcard

-Come out to all of the events! Check out the schedule to find out what’s happening 

-Don’t forget to RSVP 

-Party at XPACE on Friday, September 6 and enjoy Future Talk, a live reality-TV inspired talk show 

-Party with the Student Union on Friday, September 13 

-Use the OOOHLALA app to find your way around campus