Ready to Begin: Orientation Week at the Marine Institute Approaching
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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Orientation Week at the Marine Institute Approaching

Getting ready to start your first year of studies at the Marine Institute?

The Marine Institute is preparing a comprehensive slate of orientation activities to help the incoming student body and their families transition into life at the Marine Institute.

Dr. Rob Shea is the Institute’s Associate Vice-President (Academic and Student Affairs) and throughout his career has met hundreds of new students during their transition to post-secondary.

“Coming to campus for the first time as a student is an amazing milestone. They’ll always remember their first day, who they meet and what they discovered,” said Dr. Shea.

Angie Clarke, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, says orientation activities provide students the opportunity for initial engagement with the MI campus so they are comfortable in asking questions, knowing where to access assistance and prepared for success in their new programs of study.

“We know those first days and months can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Students are in new surroundings, learning in different ways, and encountering new responsibilities and expectations in their programs,” explained Ms. Clarke.

“Our hope is that our orientation activities provide a successfully foundation to the student experience in our programs” she said.  “Our goal is to inform our students and their families that we are here for them if and when they need us.”

MI Orientation 2019

Full Week of Orientation Activities

Orientation week is more than just a welcome. It’s a chance for students to familiarize themselves with the campus, get to know classmates and contacts, and settle into the Marine Institute community.

The Marine Institute has multiple orientation session designed especially for the specific needs and questions of international students, graduate students, those transition from high school and family members

For the most up to date information about each session, visit

Parent and Family Orientation

Orientation week kicks off with a special welcome for parents and family members of new students on Monday, Sept. 2.

The MI Family Orientation introduces the family to the Marine Institute, and the resources available to support a student’s successful transition to life at the Institute.

To stay up to date on important dates and announcements throughout the year, family members can also subscribe our Parent Newsletter.

Monday September 2, 2019 at 10:00am

Schedule of Events:

10:00am     Welcome to the Marine Institute – Hampton Hall
10:15am    Welcome Greetings from the Vice President (MI)
10:30am    Student Affairs and Support
11:00am    The Student Experience – Question and Answer Panel
11:45am    Networking Coffee Break
12:00pm    Campus Tour (optional)

Diploma and Certificate Student Orientation

Begin the Marine Institute experience on the right foot with this session designed for new students starting our diploma and certificate programs.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:00 am

Schedule of Events:

9:00am         Welcome to the Marine Institute
9:30am         Alumni Coffee Break
9:45am         Program Specific Breakout Sessions
11:00am      Marine Institute 101 (Student Affairs)
11:30am      Student and Alumni Experience – Question & Answer Panel
12:30pm      BBQ Lunch hosted by the MI Student Union
1:15pm         Closing – Door Prize draw
1:30pm         Campus Tours

Bachelor and Graduate Student Orientation

Join us for this orientation session where you’ll be provided with the information that will benefit you as a degree and graduate student. This session is open to on-campus Advanced Diploma, Port-Graduate Certificate, Bachelor, Master, and PhD students.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:00pm.

Schedule of Events:

6:00pm         Welcome and Introduction to the Marine Institute
6:30pm         Program Specific Sessions and Tour
7:30pm         Networking Reception
8:00pm         Closing

Online Student Orientation

The Institute will be live Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30pm Eastern (8:00pm NL) to chat with those studying online about resources they can access throughout their program.  Subjects from how to log into BrightSpace, access materials and services to connecting with program advisors and university contacts with be covered. An email will be sent to online students on how to join the session.

International Student Orientation

This session will give new international students an opportunity to learn important information for their studies, as well as meet new classmates. All new MI international students should attend the MI International Student Welcome Session in the MI Student Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:00-6:00pm for returning students and 5:00-7:00pm for new students.

After this date, students can attend an alternate session offered through the Internationalization Office at the St. John’s Campus: