Western students return to London for fall term

Western University will welcome approximately 31,000 students to London as Orientation Week and the 2019 fall term begins.

A full schedule of O-Week activities has been designed for 5,300 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 1 – 2. 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 3 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 4 at 7:30pm, 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.

Welcome Back to Campus Social
The Western community is invited to a Welcome Back to Campus Social hosted by new President Alan Shepard. The informal drop-in gathering takes place on Thursday, September 5 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Mustang Lounge, University Community Centre, and will include complimentary refreshments, and a chance to re-connect with colleagues and friends.

Orientation Serves
Western’s Orientation Serves program gets underway across London on Saturday, September 7. Students have the opportunity to learn about and volunteer with a local London organization for the afternoon.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Marnoch, Director of Media & Community Relations, 519-661-2111 x85468, kmarnoch@uwo.ca

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