Western welcomes back 33,000 students

O-Week on the Hill (Photo by Dave Chidley)

Western University is set to welcome approximately 33,000 students to London as Orientation Week and the 2018 fall term begins.

A full schedule of O-Week activities has been designed for 5,400 first-year students to help them get to know their new home, prepare for academic life, and highlight how to stay healthy and safe.

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

Residence Move In

More than 5,300 students will move into Western’s residences on September 2 – 3. 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 Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30pm at the main stage located outdoors in the Talbot Bowl at the base of University College Hill where the incoming class will come together in a show of school spirit to celebrate their new home at Western.

One Love

On Wednesday September 5 at 7:00pm, 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.

Orientation Serves

Western’s Orientation Serves program gets underway across London on Saturday, September 8. Students have the opportunity to learn about and volunteer with a local London organization for the afternoon. Last year, more than 2,500 students provided more than 7,000 hours of service to 27 different organizations.

A full O-Week list of events is available at www.oweek.ca

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Marnoch, Director of Media and Community Relations, 226-927-3471, kmarnoch@uwo.ca


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