Graduate Student Day: September 5

Graduate Student Day is an annual event organized by the Centre for Leadership in Learning, the school of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association.

The day will kick off with a series of CLL-organized sessions for new and experienced graduate students and undergraduate TAs focused on teaching and learning skills, students learning, professional development and campus communities.

The School of Graduate Studies will host a welcome lunch with a talk by best-selling author Firoozeh Dumas.

Be sure to also check out the Graduate Student Day Resource Fair during lunch to find out about student services on campus! During the final portion of the day, many students will return to their home departments for orientation activities and welcome events.

Graduate students will have another opportunity to meet their colleagues at the GSA’s Welcome Barbecue, held on September 6 at the new Phoenix from

CLL’s high quality workshops are a valuable addition to feature on participants’ resumes, and with Firoozeh Dumas’ presentation, the Resource Fair, SGS lunch and GSA BBQ, new and returning graduate students and TAs have many excellent opportunities to make new connections, reignite old friendships, and learn about graduate student life at McMaster.


An Exploration of Teaching and Learning

8:00 to 8:50 a.m. Registration and Coffee (BSB, Room 136)

8:50 to 10:40 a.m. Concurrent Sessions (BSB, various rooms)

Refreshment Break and Networking

10:40 to 11:10 a.m., BSB Room 137

An Exploration of Teaching and Learning Continued

11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions (BSB, various rooms)

School of Graduate Studies Lunch & Welcome Event; Graduate Student Day Resource Fair

12:00 p.m., Burridge Gym (Ivor Wynne Centre)

Special Guest: Bestselling Author Firoozeh Dumas (Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and Laughing Without an Accent)

Departmental Orientation and Activities

2:00 to 5:30pm (consult department for details)

*To see detailed information and to register for CLL’s workshops:

Registration is opened until September 3, 2012. Students are encouraged to pre-register online because spots fill up fast!  Please contact Elizabeth Jackson at with any inquiries.

*To register for the SGS Lunch and Welcome Event: