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During this week, all first year STUdents will be welcomed into the St. Thomas community by current students, staff, faculty, and more! This week will feature many exciting and educational events. 

This week also gives new STUdents a chance to meet their peers, become familiar with campus and the city of Fredericton, and make the transition into university classes.

If you have any questions regarding Welcome Week please contact the Welcome Week Chair at: su_chair@stu.ca. 


Saturday, September 2, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm - Sir James Dunn Hall/Forest Hill Cafeteria
A Giant Step for STUdents—Move-In Day! 

Come visit us and pick up your Student Card, Welcome Week Kit, and bracelet. Your student card acts as a bus pass and meal card, your bracelet is what gets you into all the events throughout the week, and your Welcome Week kit contains some amazing swag and essential gear for your first week of university.

Saturday, September 2, 2:00 PM – The Great Hall
Parents Welcome
Parents are invited to join faculty and staff in a welcome ceremony. Parents will receive an official welcome from the Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Management Scott Duguay, as well as tips to help their students with the transition to university. Refreshments will be provided. 

Saturday, September 2, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Lower Courtyard
Intergalactic Battle—Cheer Off

A popular Welcome Week tradition, the Cheer Off is an opportunity for first-year students to show their newly adopted pride for their residence and Off Campus communities. STU’s newest students will gather together, sporting house colours and screaming cheers, in hopes of claiming the title of the loudest and proudest house on campus. 

Sunday, September 3, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM - Gather in the Lower Courtyard
Mission: Downtown

Get ready to test your skills and abilities while exploring downtown Fredericton! This event will introduce students to the downtown core and its many landmarks to help them make the most of their years at STU! This is one event you definitely won’t want to miss!

Monday, September 4, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM - Kinsella Auditorium
James Mullinger Comedy Keynote Presentation

Award-winning comedian James Mullinger will deliver an inspiring presentation that encourages students to realize “anything is possible.” Everyone can benefit from this message as we enter a new school year.

Monday, September 4, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Kinsella Auditorium
Mark Black “Live Today” Presentation

We are proud to welcome Mark Black to our Welcome Week! His motivational speech will inspire students  to ignite their potential and live in the moment. Attending this talk will give students the tools they need to cope with the stress and worry that comes with stepping out of their comfort zone. Mark will show us how to be productive and creative with our time and energy—skills every student needs!

Monday, September 4, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Kinsella Auditorium
The Blanket Exercise

This influential exercise is a tool used to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. An interactive, educational and powerful experience, this exercise is one you will never forget.
Monday, September 4, 7:00 PM
James Mullinger Comedy Night
Acclaimed British comedian James Mullinger moved to Canada in 2014 and has been delighting audiences with his poignant insights into Maritime quirks. Students from near and far will be entertained by Mullinger’s witty style and pertinent jokes as they finish off the second day of their Welcome Week experience.

Tuesday, September 5, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Lower Courtyard
Shine Day

Students will hit the streets of Fredericton to flip burgers, sing songs and wash cars – whatever they can do to attract attention and raise money for St. Thomas’s annual Shinerama campaign. Students will be given the opportunity to raise money for a great cause, meet classmates, and become familiar with the Fredericton community. Let’s get out and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada! 

Tuesday, September 5, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM - Meet at the Student Union Building

Students will meet in the Vanier Parking lot to be bussed down to the Fredericton Exhibition—a wildly popular tradition! Welcome Week bracelets will provide students with FREE entrance into the FREX, where they will have the opportunity to play games, catch death defying acts, and much more! Busses will be running throughout the night to bring students back to campus. 

Wednesday, September 6, 8:45 AM – 12:30 PM - Kinsella Auditorium
Academic Transition Day
Academic Transition Day occurs the day before classes begin and provides incoming students with the chance to experience a university classroom, meet faculty, and chat with upper-year students. Students will also attend an Information Fair to learn about the many helpful services St. Thomas has to offer. 

Wednesday, September 6, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM - Forest Hill Ballrooms
STU Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is STU’s official welcome to new students joining the university community and marks the beginning of their university years. Each student will receive a T-Pin – the “T” is the symbol all St. Thomas students identify with while they are attending STU and long after they graduate. 

Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM - Fredericton Playhouse
Hypnotist Cyrus at The Fredericton Playhous
STUdents are invited to see the legendary Hypnotist Cyrus perform at the Fredericton Playhouse for FREE! This will be a one of a kind show that students won’t want to skip! The Fredericton Playhouse is a cultural staple in the downtown community, which hosts hundreds of amazing musical and theatrical performances all year long! 
Thursday, September 7, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM - Officer’s Square
Freddy Beach BBQ

Each year the City of Fredericton hosts a welcome back BBQ for the students of St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College, and other local campuses. Join your fellow classmates for live performances and free food in this exciting downtown event where dignitaries from the city and post-secondary institutions will welcome you to Fredericton!

Thursday, September 7, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Kinsella Auditorium
Ziggy Stardust’s Time to Shine Talent Show

The Time to Shine Talent Show allows first-year students to showcase their talent in a friendly competition with both a joke and serious category. This event will be an extension of Shine Day where Shinerama participants will be thanked for their hard work with an address from St. Thomas University President Dawn Russell. Our grand total of fundraising will also be announced!

Friday, September 8, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM - Forest Hill Ballroom
Mos Eisley Casino

You will never find a better hive of fun and foolery. Enjoy some mocktails in the Rigby Ballroom while you face off against your friends in a variety of casino games. At the end of the night, a prize auction will be held, during which students can use the monopoly money they’ve won to bid on prizes. 

Saturday, September 9th, 12:00PM-2:00PM – Forest Hill Ballroom
Sex Ethics and Alcohol Safety Presentation—Karla O’Regan, Natasha Glover, Rebecca Kingston

This presentation gives students tools to navigate various situations safely and ethically. Karla O’Regan, professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department, will deliver a presentation on consent. Natasha Glover, a STU alumna now working with AIDSNB, will talk about sexual health and the resources available to students in the city of Fredericton. Finally, Rebecca Kingston, a STU student organizing the Keep It Social Campaign on campus, will outline the harms of alcohol and the importance of maintaining safe habits. This presentation is mandatory for any students who wish to participate in the Paint Fight. 

Saturday, September 9, 2:00 PM -4:00 PM - Forest Hill Ballroom
Colours of the STUniverse—Paint Fight

If you thought colour runs were fun, you haven’t seen anything yet! The final event before the STU Social will be an enormous paint fight between residences. White shirts will be provided to all students. With over $1,000 spent on paint, the battle will continue until all of the paint is gone! 
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM - Forest Hill Ballroom
STUniverse Social

The grand finale of your first week at STU is the legendary STU Social! Throughout the night there will be contests and prizes, as well as great music produced by STU’s best DJ, Santiago Chavez. Arrive in style dressed as your favoUrite secret agent to ensure you are entered in the contests throughout the night!