Orientation Week has ended and our first-year students are getting comfortable in their new lives as Gryphons.

O-Week is such a success thanks to our orientation volunteers (OVs). Their welcoming faces and inclusive spirit help make our first-year students feel at home.

From hauling boxes up endless flights of stairs on Move-In Day, to keeping their fellow OVs hydrated, to teaching new students how to wind their toy, and guiding them through way-finding, an intro to academics, social life and more, they’re making a major impact on our newest students’ success as learners. Thank you!

See the highlights of O-Week on social media by searching #UofGoweek on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Orientation Week activities focus on five core objectives:

  • community establishment
  • academic transition
  • health and well-being
  • inclusive campus, and
  • way-finding

OV Impact by the Numbers:

  • 9 hours of in-person training taken by each OV
  • 1,000 volunteers across campus
  • 5,500 new students welcomed
  • 22,000 hours of volunteering over nine days
  • Orientation Volunteers at info booth OVs greeting students