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Schedule and Highlights

Brescia is excited to welcome our new students this fall!

It is important to us that our incoming students have a positive and welcoming introduction to our community, no matter where they are located. Ongoing details will be updated on this page and our social media channels throughout the summer, and communication will be sent to all incoming students via their Western email account on a weekly bases in the weeks leading up to Orientation Week.

Just a reminder that although we have orientation events scheduled until Sunday, September 12th and into the academic year, classes start on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021.

Orientation Week Schedule

Please note that some details on the schedules we provide may change as we receive more details from the Western community, and as we work through the precautions needed ensure the health and safety of our students. 

OWeek Schedule

Event Highlights

The OWeek schedule is packed full of fun events that aim to prepare you for your transition to university life. That being said, it is a busy week! Below we've highlighted the core events that we recommend all students attend in order for you to feel confident in your upcoming journey at Brescia. 

Welcome Rally

Date: Monday, September 6th, 2021
Time: 9:30am-10:30am (EST)
Location: Mother St. James (MSJ) Auditorium

Event Description:
Welcome to Brescia! During this event you will be introduced to the Brescia President, Academic Dean, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC) President, Orientation Head Soph and the entire Brescia Soph Team. Alongside your official welcome to campus, this event will breakdown what to expect during OWeek, staying up-to-date on events via the Socio app, and so much more!


Date: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm (EST)
Location: Various

Event Description:
In collaboration with Brescia faculty, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC) Faculty Representatives and Sophs, Edvantage is an opportunity for you to get to know your professors and your peers in your program while engaging in interactive, program-specific activities developed specifically with you in mind! This a great opportunity for students to start building connections while exploring the possibilities of their program.

Brescia Resource Fair

Date: Tuesday, September 7th, 2021
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST)
Location: Mercato

Event Description:
At Brescia, we've got the resources you need to be successful in all aspects of your university experience! During the Brescia Resource Fair you'll have the opportunity to connect with representatives from a number of campus supports and services to learn more about how they can help you build an experience at Brescia that will help you get to where you want to be.

Diversity Celebration

Date: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm (EST)
Location: Clare Hall Mercato and Mother St. James Auditorium

Event Description:
Get ready to travel around the world here at Brescia! Spend the evening learning about and celebrating various cultures found in our Brescia community and beyond through interactive artistic and cultural activities. This event showcases our Keynote Speaker Sierra Jamieson, an Indigenous Student Activist, as well as our amazing community partners who are excited to share their histories and traditions while creating lasting memories with our new-to-Brescia students. Students will be given a passport to get stamped at every booth, and those who get theirs filled, will be entered into a draw to win a Fujifilm camera!

Thriving in University

Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm (EST)
Location: Mother St. James Auditorium

Event Description:
Join us for an interactive and engaging session to reflect on your first day of classes. We will be doing some proactive coping by completing a wellness plan together. Learn more about the amazing resources that Brescia offers, such as the Baines Peer Support Space, and meet some of our amazing Wellness Peers. We are here to help you succeed and share some self-care tips that can help make your university experience thrive. Those who attend will be entered into a draw to win a wellness gift basket, consisting of affirmation cards, a gratitude journal, a tea set, essential oil roller, and lots more!