University of Saskatchewan welcomes students back to campus

More than 2,500 new students are signed up to attend the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) Orientation this year—an event that welcomes and orients students to the U of S community. Orientation is the first welcome activity among many that take place throughout the first few weeks of September. Other events include the Huskies football season opener, a dorm burn, a ceremonial horse dance and the U of S Students’ Union Welcome Week.

Schedule of welcome activities


Thursday, September 1

International Student Welcome

1-7 pm

Check-in starts at 12:30 pm in room 143 in the Arts Building

Students new to Canada are invited to attend this event hosted by the International Student and Study Abroad Centre and sponsored by SaskTel.


Aboriginal Students’ Centre Welcome

11 am-3:30 pm
Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre

New First Nations, Métis and Inuit student are invited to attend this welcome. The day will begin with a lunch hosted by the Aboriginal Students’ Centre followed by welcoming remarks and programming, including our annual World Café mini fair where you will learn about services offered and colleges on campus. Throughout the day participants will have the chance to make friends and win great prizes.


Friday, September 2


A full day of activities are planned for all new students entering these colleges:

  • Agriculture and Bioresources
  • Arts and Science
  • Education
  • Edwards School of Business
  • Engineering
  • Kinesiology
  • St. Thomas More College
  • Graduate Studies and Research


In the Bowl
8-9 am: Student check-in
8-9:30 am: Student activities
9-9:25 am: Indigenous welcome and addresses from U of S President and Vice-Chancellor Peter Stoicheff, Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) President Ziad Ghaith, and U of S Students’ Union (USSU) President Kehan Fu

Across campus
9:30 am-noon: College-led orientation programming
Noon-1 pm: Lunch
1:15-4 pm: Campus Expo: Learn about university services, programs and student groups.
1:15-4 pm: Student activities


Friday, September 2, 7 pm

Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park

Football season opener, support our troops game

The U of S Huskies take on the University of Regina Rams in the season opener.


Saturday, September 3

Campus tours

More than 200 new students signed up to go on a tour of campus at 11:30 am or 1 pm. On the campus tour, students will see buildings where they may have classes, popular student hang-outs and study areas, athletic facilities, and student services.


Tuesday, September 6

Dorm burn, 2 pm, Nobel Plaza, the Bowl

To promote fire safety on campus, the Saskatoon Fire Department will simulate an actual fire on campus by building a replica dorm room and setting it ablaze using common situational items (such as a lit cigarette or an over-heated laptop).


September 6-9

U of S Students' Union Welcome Week

This year the U of S Students’ Union has four days to celebrate being back on campus. Students will see food trucks, campus groups, beer gardens, DJs and live music, the Carless Drive-In and the dorm room burn demonstration.


September 7

Horse Dance (no photography or film/audio recording)

1 pm (U of S President Peter Stoicheff available at 12:45 pm)

The University of Saskatchewan will host a Horse Dance at Wanuskewin Heritage Park in conjunction with the family of the late Gordon Oakes Red Bear. All students, faculty, staff and members of the university community are welcome to attend. This is the final of four Horse Dances that were planned to prepare the university for the opening of the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre.


The Horse Dance is a ceremony to ask for good fortunes, in this case for the students, faculty and staff of the U of S and the surrounding communities of campus.




For more information, please contact:


Meghan Sired
Communications Co-ordinator

Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning Service Team

University of Saskatchewan

Office: 306-966-6068

Cell: 306-381-7992

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