Western welcomes students back to London, kicks off O-Week

Western University is set to welcome nearly 38,000 students to London in the days ahead as they embark on the 2016 fall term.

A full schedule of O-Week activities has been designed for more than 5,200 first-year students to help them get to know their new home, prepare for academic life, and highlight how to stay healthy and safe.

“Western is known nationally and internationally for providing Canada’s best student experience, and that all begins with O-Week when we have the opportunity to welcome new students and help them transition to a new phase of their lives,” said Jana Luker, Associate VP (Student Experience). “Programming is designed to bring students together, introduce them to our Campus and the city so that they can approach their academic goals with confidence.”

Some O-Week events that may be of interest to media include:

Residence Move In

Students will move into Western’s nine residences from Sunday, September 4 through to Wednesday, September 7. Media are welcome to attend Move In Days, but are not permitted inside the residences.

O-Week Opening Ceremonies

O-Week officially begins with the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, September 5 at 7:00pm at the main stage located outdoors in the Talbot Bowl at the base of University College Hill where the class of 2020 will come together in a show of school spirit and to celebrate their new home at Western.

One Love

On Wednesday September 7 at 8:00pm, Western’s One Love speaker series will aim to unite students as a community, exploring various topics chosen to broaden understanding of the experiences some students at Western may face. Host Jessi Cruickshank will welcome speakers, Ivan Coyote, Glen Canning, Kim Katrin Milan, Tiq Milan and musical guest Sean McCann.

A full O-Week schedule is available at www.oweek.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, Western University, 519-661-2111 x85283, sledgley@uwo.ca


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