Graduate Orientation

At Graduate Orientation (GradO) you'll discover the resources and meet the people that will help you succeed at the University of Calgary

87% of students feel better prepared for graduate school after attending GradO, and 96% of survey respondents said the content was helpful.

GradO Survey

The next graduate orientation (GradO) takes place January 3, 2024 from 1 - 4 p.m. (MT) in ENC 070.

Please note that you will be enrolled in a D2L module a week before orientation called Graduate Student Orientation (GradO) and a recording of the orientation will be posted there at a later date. If you do not see an Orientation module, please email

You can also watch orientation videos to help answer some of your questions - see below.

Students attend Graduate Orientation for the Fall 2022 semester

GradO D2L module

As you prepare to start your program, be sure to check D2L for a comprehensive list of resources for graduate students. 

This module will be available one week prior to the GradO event.

Winter Graduate Orientation Agenda

Join us on January 3, 2024 for day filled with informative sessions, networking opportunities, and engaging activities to kickstart your academic journey.

  Time Location

GradO Check-in and Registration

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Engineering Block C:

Room 70 (ENC 070) 

GradO Welcome and Introduction

1:30 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

Engineering Block C:

Room 70 (ENC 070)

Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) and

Graduate Students' Association (GSA) Information Session

1:40 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Engineering Block C:

Room 70 (ENC 070)

Refreshment Break/Service Fair 2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Lobby outside of ENC 070

GSA Social Event (Optional):

Course-based Students

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Last Defence Lounge

GradO Bonus Thesis Session 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Engineering Block C:

Room 70 (ENC 070)

GSA Social Event (Optional):

Thesis-based Students

3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Last Defence Lounge

The Graduate Calendar

Learn about the University of Calgary's Graduate Calendar - an essential and authoritative source of information for every UCalgary graduate student.

Health and Wellbeing

Learn about the University of Calgary's resources supporting the health and wellness of graduate students.

Graduate Supervisors

Learn about the importance of your graduate supervisor, along with some key practices for a successful relationship with your supervisor.

Newcomers to Calgary

Find important information for students relocating to Calgary from other cities, provinces or countries.

Student Services

Learn about the university’s graduate student services and supports including My GradSkills, a service that will help prepare you for life after graduate school.


Learn about the Graduate Students' Association (GSA), and all of the services and supports that the GSA provides to graduate students.