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Welcome New Mount Students!

Orientation Week 2018

September 2 - September 14

It's an exciting time for students who have decided to pursue or further post-secondary studies. Orientation includes a series of events and activities designed to help the newest Mount students explore all that awaits, both socially and academically.

Full schedule of events

Matriculation Ceremony

Students will wear their graduation robes and be officially welcomed into the Mount community by university officials. This ceremony marks the official start of your academic program at the Mount. You will be lead through your first (but not your last!) academic procession. 

Parents are encouraged to come (and bring Kleenex!) and witness their students be inducted into Mount Saint Vincent University. Have friends or family who can't make it, but would love to watch? They can tune in live on the Mount's Facebook page.

New Student Welcome Dinner

Kick off your university experience the right way by attending the annual Mount Saint Vincent University New Student Welcome Dinner! Please RSVP to or text 902-809-6788.

Next Steps Hub

You're a new Mount student. You've applied, been accepted, and paid your deposit. You're coming to the Mount - and we're thrilled you've chosen us as the next step on your educational journey! Well now it's time to take care of those things that come next. Be sure you've taken care of all the necessities. Check out the "Next Steps Hub" section for Mount students and take care of what comes next!

Get Started on Mount 101

Mount 101 is a free program for all incoming undergraduate students. It's your survival guide for your first year at the Mount, consisting of:

The Online Program: designed to help you transition to your new life at university, to help prepare you for class, and to let you know about all that the Mount has to offer.

The Mount Mentors: a team of upper-level students who can give you the tricks and tools to succeed at the Mount. Your Mount Mentor is here to support you throughout the whole year.

Check out the Mount 101 website for more information.

Orientation Kits

A Mount Orientation Kit is a SWAG BAG and is every new student's all-in-one Orientation package for events, university gear, and student specials.In each kit you will find:

  • Information about everything the Mount has to Offer
  • Your Orientation Week All Access Bracelet
  • Coupons for freebies and discounts at local and campus businesses
  • Tickets to all ORIENTATION events
  • Your official MOUNT ORIENTATION T-shirt
  • University gear and swag such as: lanyards, water bottles, clip boards, note pads, umbrellas, pens, flashlights, mugs etc. - all in a special Mount Orientation kit bag!

Stay Connected 

You do not need to purchase an Orientation Kit to take part in Orientation Week. For more information on Orientation Kits including purchasing online Click Here

We want you to be informed and up-to-date regarding all Orientation information! Be sure to connect with us via social media and online websites. These resources are the best way to ensure you are not missing out on any key announcements!Get the full Mount social media experience by checking out our Mount  Social  Media  Hub.   

 MountShinerama  @MSVU_Halifax @MSVU_Halifax MSVU
 MSVUSU  @vinniespubmsvu @VinniesPub 

Current Schedule of Events (More to come):


 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rosaria Dining Hall

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rosaria MPR

 International Student Orientation


 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Aboriginal Student Centre

 Aboriginal Student Orientation

 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rosaria Dining Hall

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Rosaria MPR

 International Student Orientation


 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rosaria Student Centre

 Residence Move-in
Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Pick up your keys and move in to your new home at the Mount!

 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Aboriginal Student Centre

 Aboriginal Students Open House
Welcome all new Aboriginal students! This is a special open house for you to visit the Mount Aboriginal Centre and meet staff and other students.

 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

McCain Centre 301-302

 International Students Reception

Welcome to all International students! This is a special reception for you to meet student leaders and learn how to get the most out of your Mount experience.

 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Rosaria Dining Hall

 Residence Life Orientation
Welcome to all new Mount residence students! Come meet your new residence community including your RA's, Don's and fellow residence students.

 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Rosaria 401

 Parent Session for Residence Students

A special session for parents and caregivers who have a student living in residence.

 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Vinnie's Pub

 Off-Campus Students Reception
Welcome to all off-campus students! Come meet student leaders, get in your Orientation team, make new friends and find out how to get involved!

 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Location TBA

 Orientation Groups

3:30 pm 

Seton Auditorium B&C

 Matriculation Ceremony
This ceremony marks the official start of your time at the Mount. You will be lead through your first academic procession. All are welcome to attend!

5:00 pm 

Rosaria MPR

 Mount New Student Welcome Dinner
All new Mount students are invited to join the MSVU Students' Union, the Residence Life team, and your Orientation leaders for a unique welcome dinner to kick off the 2018-19 year!

 7:00 pm

Evaristus Lawn

Orientation Photo

 It's time to gather everyone for the annual Orientation photo!

 8:00 pm

Seton Auditorium


Cyrus the Hypnotist

 Make your way to the Seton Auditorium and prepare to be wowed by Cyrus the Hypnotist. Have your mind blown... and read! A performance like no other.


 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Rosaria Dining Hall

             Becoming a Mystic Breakfast - All new students welcome!                This is your introduction to what it means to be a Mount student. Get the important survival tips from fellow Mystics. You don't want to miss it!

 11:00 am - 11:30 am 

Rosaria Dining Hall

 Shinerama Guest Speaker

 Emma Philpitt

 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

McCain Atrium &    McCain 105/106

 Mount Carnival and the One Stop Essential Shop
This event will introduce you to the many services and resources available on campus. Visit the various booths and get the inside scoop on fitness, campus jobs, counselling, health services, your health & dental plan, and many more! You'll be able to get your student ID, UPASS, parking pass, and meal cards!

 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

McCain Courtyard

Join your Students' Union outside for our annual orientation BBQ. Burgers, dogs, and fun in the sun while you continue exploring the Mount Carnival!

 2:00 - 6:00 pm

Race around Halifax performing fun tasks with your new friends, all while raising money for Shinerama and Cystic Fibrosis awareness. Do not miss the fun!

 6:30 pm

Rosaria Dining Hall
 Chartwell's Welcome Dinner

Welcome to all new students, and welcome back to returning students! It's the annual themed welcome dinner in the Rosaria Dining Hall. No charge for off campus students!

 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Rosaria Lobby & Terrace

Monte Carlo Night

 Get dressed up and hit up our unique Mount themed casino, complete with prizes, treats and music!


 8:30 am

Rosaria MPR

                              Bachelor of Education Orientation                                   This is your introduction to what it means to be a Mount student. Get the important survival tips from fellow Mystics. You don't want to miss it!

 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Seton 304

 Academic Advising & Testing

Come visit the NEW Centre for Academic Advising and Student Success if you require Academic Advising or if you still need to take placement tests.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Rosaria Dining Hall
 Wellness Welcome Lunch

This lunch & learn and fair features all info and services to ensure your wellness throughout your first year. Booths include: sexual health, Health Office, Counselling Services, Pride Centre, and the Wellness Centre.

 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

McCain Atrium
 Academic Welcome

Dr. Elizabeth Church, Vice President Academic welcomes you to the beginning of your new academic journey. Be sure to bring your class schedule to receive a personalized academic tour of your classrooms with our Mount Mentors!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Dean & Degree Meet and Greet

Your Deans and Faculty will officially welcome you to the Mount. Get to know your new faculty and learn more about what to expect in your degree.

Professional Studies: McCain Centre, Arts: Seton 404, Science: Evaristus C409

 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Seton 404
 Graduate Student Orientation

Join the graduate studies faculty and Deans as they welcome you to the Mount's Graduate family. Get all the information you need to start this next chapter.

 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vinnie's Pub
Transfer/Mature/Graduate Student Social

Drop by to meet other transfer, mature, and Graduate students. Enjoy some great pub food and ask questions from staff, in a relaxed atmosphere.

 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Rosaria MPR

 Pre-Class Stay and Play Party

 The perfect way to unwind before classes start: virtual reality, video games, mini-putt golf and more!


 8:30 am

Entire campus

First Day of Classes      

 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Vinnie's Pub

 Glow Dance Party

Celebrate your first day of classes with dancing, energy, and glow excitement! It's the party you've been waiting for.


 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Evaristus Parking Lot

Mystic Mayhem Olympics

Join your Orientation team as they compete in the mayhem that is inflatable games and obstacle courses. Can your team make their way to the top of the score board?

 9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Vinnie's Pub

Welcome Back Pub (19+)

Welcome to all students - new and returning. It's the first Vinnie's night of the year. Enjoy the patio, order a round, meet new people, and get ready for a night of awesome live music.


 Friday, Sept 7

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Vinnie's Pub


Orientation Summer Social

Don't let summer fade too quickly. We're taking the afternoon for some summer fun, complete with a sundae bar, live music, lawn games and more!


Saturday, Sept 8

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Halifax Waterfront


14th Annual Spike & Shine Amateur Shinerama Volleyball Tournament

Sunday, Sept 9

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Halifax Mainland Common

Mystics Soccer Home Opening Games

Come cheer on your men's and women's soccer teams in their opening home games!


Monday, Sept 10

7:00 pm

Rosaria MPR


Glow Dance Fit

Join us for glow in the dark DANCE FIT. Super fun, and FREE!

 Weds. Sept 12

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

McCain Centre


Mount Mash-up Community and Vendor Fair

A fair like no other: get tons of free stuff, meet new people and local businesses, listen to great music, and play games! Going back to school has never been so fun!

 Thursday, Sept. 13

9:00 pm - 1:00 am

Vinnie's Pub

Beach Blast Pub

Get dressed up in your best Hawaiian shirt and beach attire and get ready for the tropical party of a lifetime!

 Monday, Sept 17

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Rosaria MPR

 MSVU Volunteer & Society Fair