Welcoming new students with a busy orientation week – News and events


There could be a lot of uncertainty during the fall semester, but one thing is for sure, first and second year students will receive an exciting welcome at Ryerson with everything they need to make a successful transition to the school. university.

With over 200 events taking place in person and online, Road to RU, external link will be a two-week orientation experience from August 23 to September 6, 2021.

The event lineup includes many favorites from years past as well as new ways for students to connect with each other and be part of the vibrant Ryerson community.

With a gradual return to on-campus activities, the Student Life and Learning Support team at Ryerson University is excited to host in-person events so that small groups of students can come together as appropriate. public health and social distancing guidelines.

“Our goal for this year’s Orientation Week is to have a strong online programming offering while creating unique and valuable in-person experiences that cannot be replicated at home. The events will provide students with the opportunity to participate in on-campus activities intentionally designed to create a sense of belonging to the Ryerson community, ”said Andrew Bisnauth, Head of Student Life and Campus Engagement, who leads the planning of the orientation week.

The coming weeks will be full of activities that support academic success and connect students to the broader campus community, as well as active learning experiences that enhance student engagement in social and academic environments.

New students can also join the campus experts for in-person guided tours of the Ryerson campus during most days of the orientation week.

Below is an overview of the exciting events students can expect. For a full list of events visit the Road to RU page, external link. Eligible registrants have also received a unique link and can find their personal invitation in their inbox.

Campus events

Art attack

Monday August 30; Tuesday August 31; Wednesday September 3; several times. Hybrid.

Channel your inner artist and relax as you paint your next masterpiece, fold origami, or create your own personalized tote bag. Get creative, learn new skills with live instructors, or just hang out and make new friends!

O’Fest campus street fair

Tuesday August 31; Wednesday September 1; Tuesday September 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Taking place over three days on Gould Street in the heart of campus, O’Fest is a crowded street festival full of music, carnival games and more! It also presents many services available to students, such as the Student Learning Center, Ryerson Eats and Athletics & Recreation.

Night care

Tuesday, August 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hybrid.

The importance of self-esteem and self-care is greater during tough times, and we all deserve a break right now. At the Self-Care Night, students can get tips and strategies for taking care of their physical and mental health, while doing face masks, meditating, practicing gratitude, creating positive affirmations, and doing well. Moreover.

GrooveFit and Zumba

Wednesday September 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

With in-person group fitness classes available almost daily, students are sure to stay energetic and stress-free. These GrooveFit and Zumba classes are a great way to take a dance break while doing some daily cardio, toning, and stretching.

Triad of talents: comedy x magic x improvisation

Wednesday September 1 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hybrid.

What is life without a little magic and laughter? This event will have a lot of both! It combines a show of magic and humor for a special afternoon that will make you laugh until your stomach hurts.

ISS Welcome Party

Thursday September 2, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Hybrid.

Organized by International Student Support, this annual party welcomes students from around the world to the community of Ryerson and Toronto. Open to all students, the event offers great food, entertainment, special prizes, and a cultural celebration. This is an opportunity to make new friends and discover the many resources and services available to international students at the university.

Online Events

Summon: kick off the #RoadtoRU

Monday August 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join us for the Orientation Opening Ceremony hosted by Ryerson Alumnus and Kiss 92.5 host Deepa Prashad. We will officially welcome all students to the Ryerson community and start orientation on the right foot! From summoning to summoning, we want you to be a part of it all.

RU Concert Series

Monday August 23 to Friday September 3 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With 10 performances over two weeks of orientation, sessions Monday through Thursday will include intimate concerts, where students will have the chance to connect with the artists, interact with them through a question-and-answer session and to access exclusive decors.

The Friday sessions will be bigger concerts, featuring Rock N ‘Rams and Finale Fest showcased by established talent. The UK concert series lineup includes two-spirit Indigenous artist Shawnee Kish, external link, East Asian queer rock band cutaway, external link, Ryland James, Juno Award nominated pop singer, external link, and much more.

Stride forward

From Monday August 23 to Friday September 3, multiple hours.

Offered as part of the Tri-Mentoring program, Stride Forward is a series of sessions that will provide transitional support to incoming students to help them become familiar with the resources and programming of the university. Each session is tailored to aspects of student identity and is also designed to foster community with current students, faculty and staff in the same group deserving of equity.

The program offers sessions for mature students, students with disabilities, 2SLGBTQ + students, women in STEM, Latinx, Lusophone and Filipino communities, Muslim women, and black students.

Slumber party

Tuesday August 24 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

What better way to meet new people and make new friends than a slumber party? The Orientation Slumber Party will help students break the ice while learning to navigate the Ryerson campus. With music, games, dancing, and a virtual campus tour, this is a unique opportunity for students to bond with current and incoming students.

Streamz: play online at home

Friday, August 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

This one is for all players, regardless of your skill level or experience. Make new friends and play your favorite games like WarZone, 2K21, GTA 5, Among us, Fortnite and more! The first 20 students to enroll also earn a $ 20 gift card, just in case you still need to convince.

Body positivity parade

Friday August 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Presented by Student Health and Wellness, this event provides a space for students to showcase their individual dress style while embracing all shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds of Ryerson students. Orientation Week’s favorite, you don’t want to miss this great event which celebrates body diversity.

Multicultural night

Monday August 30 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A night dedicated to embracing your cultural pride, this event is a fun opportunity to connect with other people from your home country as well as meet new people from new places. We invite you to wear your cultural attire, share your music, traditions, food and more.

Virtual escape room

Tuesday August 31 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students will be placed in Zoom study rooms with seven other people and will have one hour to solve different scenarios in order to free themselves. Bring your mystery-solving skills and competitive spirit to claim your prize – a $ 25 gift card each!

Quiz night

Tuesday August 31 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

With categories such as art, science, sports, entertainment, geography, and history, students can put their knowledge to work and win prizes, including gift cards to local businesses.

Indigenous Pearls Webinar

Thursday September 2 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Students will learn about the beadwork process and its meaning while watching Cree-Métis artist and educator Marissa Magneson bead live on Zoom.


Friday September 3 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you are tired of singing in the shower and miss the thrill of performing in front of a live audience, this event is your chance to sing with all your heart! Release all your stress on the virtual stage with your favorite karaoke song. Exaggerated performance is highly recommended.

Registration is required for all Orientation Week events. To register and participate, visit the Road to RU website, external link.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to pass a health exam prior to entering campus each day, through the RyersonSafe app. For more information, visit the Ryerson COVID-19 information website.


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