Durham College celebrates the new academic year in style with Fall Orientation

To kick off the 2022-2023 academic year, Durham College (DC) welcomed first-year domestic and international students to campus with an exciting roster of in-person events for Orientation week.

The transition into college life can be intimidating, but DC’s Orientation week helps students put their best foot forward by introducing them to student services, offering study tips, and providing ample opportunity to mix and mingle with the rest of their cohort while learning to navigate the Oshawa and Whitby campuses.

To start the festivities, DC faculty helped lead the way to a successful academic year by sharing insights and setting course expectations at Program Orientation. After that, everyone switched gears to attend DC’s first-ever Block Party and, later that night, the coveted Campus Cup, where students got to embrace their sense of school pride and cheer on the DC Lords in the annual varsity soccer game against Ontario Tech University.

The excitement didn’t stop there! Fall Orientation featured a long list of social mixers, such as an outdoor movie night under the stars, a fabulous drag brunch hosted by the DC Student Association (DCSA) and DC Pride Coalition, and a jaw-dropping performance from the Great Canadian Lumberjacks, who wowed the crowd with axe throwing, chainsaw carving, wood chopping, and more. Students were also encouraged to visit the open house at the First Peoples Indigenous Centre, take a campus tour, meet members of the DCSA, and attend an in-person Ask a Student, or parent and family session.

On the last day of Orientation week, DC students closed out the celebrations by making their way to the Rogers Centre for University & College Night, where they watched the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3.

This year’s Orientation week saw a promising demonstration of enthusiasm and excitement for learning – DC can’t wait to see what this new semester has in store.