“The beginning of a new fall term is always exciting as we welcome new and returning students to the OCAD U campus,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD U’s president. “As the university of the imagination, OCAD U’s strengths and vitality springs from the unique and incredible energy and talent that each of our students bring. We look forward to inspiring all of our students to learn and grow on their journeys to becoming the artists, designers, media makers, critical thinkers and practitioners, and the innovators and leaders that our world needs.”
As the fall term begins, O-DAYS is ushering over 1000 new students to campus, and at the same time, the university welcomes back the familiar faces of our returning students.
O-DAYS is a student celebration unique to OCAD U that 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.
“O-DAYS continues to be a successful collaboration with the OCAD U Student Union,” said Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, Student Success Programs. “We work together to help make sure it’s as accessible and inclusive as possible, and to make everyone feel welcome.”
O-DAYS kicked off this year with a Compass Program orientation for first generation students, workshops and an annual social for mature students and a welcome reception for international students. The highlight of this year’s events is the Big O-Day (all-day orientation) for new students on Tuesday, September 2, featuring the annual Above Ground Art Materials Fair, Annual Community Fair, O-DAYS BBQ, entertainment and the OCAD U Student Union (OCADSU) Carnival, which, for the first time this year shuts down McCaul Street.
Also new this year are the O-DAYS souvenir T-shirts, available in the Campus Bookstore and at the carnival, a selfie scavenger hunt during the Big-O-Day with chances to win prize packs courtesy of the day’s sponsors and H20 To Go, the City of Toronto water bottle free campaign. Look for the blue trailer to fill your drinking bottles and cups for free.
As in previous years the annual face-2-face postcard exhibition featuring self-portrait postcards by incoming students is on at Transit Space (Level 2, 200 McCaul Street), from September 2 to 12.
On September 3, the first day of classes, the Indigenous Visual Culture program hosts a buffalo lunch in Butterfield Park. Through the week there’s also special programming at the XPACE Cultural Centre, a membership driven artist-run centre supported by OCADSU, a grad student mingle and an OCADSU dance party.
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Full schedule of O-DAYS 2014 Activities