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Tuesday August 28

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Info Booth [Lobby 10]

The information booth is your one-stop-shop for all information about orientation events, and other campus services and resources. Orientation event tickets may also be purchased here. The MIT-Harvard cooperative student store (COOP) will be present for membership sign-up.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Initiatives Fair [outside 34-101]

Take this unique opportunity to talk to representatives from some of the largest student groups and initiatives about how their work relates to you. The contacts you make at the initiatives fair may lead you to avenues you wouldn’t otherwise stumble upon. Whether you start a business, pursue your passions in a global setting, lobby for sound science policy, or optimize the way your studies are taught you’ll be glad you came.

*The event is open to children, spouses & partners.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Grad School 102 [34-101]

This is the second day of the information rich portion of Orientation. The day will start of with tables set up to walk around and talk to representatives from the different on campus initiatives. Snacks will be provided after which we’ll have presentations on the different things to do at MIT and around Boston for fun. Grad 102 will end with presentation of everyday resources with plenty of time to ask any questions you have.

*The event is open to spouses & partners, but is not suitable for children.

11 a.m. – Initiatives fair

-Snacks-

1 p.m. – Activities

2 p.m. – Everyday resources

6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sidney-Pacific BBQ & Movie Night [Sidney-Pacific]

Come join your fellow students, break ice with new friends, and relax with the familiar ones. Treat yourselves with plenty of free hotdogs, burgers, sandwiches, fruits, and juices. Enjoy listening to music. Cap it all with a fun and entertaining outdoor movie. All in all, start your MIT career with memories that you’ll come to cherish forever. *The event is open to children, spouses & partners. *Admission open to all. Alcohol requires 21+ photo ID (US issued ID or passport). *Bar accepts cash only.

Wednesday August 29

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Info Booth [Lobby 10]

The information booth is your one-stop-shop for all information about orientation events, and other campus services and resources. Orientation event tickets may also be purchased here. The MIT-Harvard cooperative student store, (COOP) will be present for membership sign-up.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Spouses & Partners English Language Fair [W20-307 (Mezzanine)]

Want to improve your English? There are many resources at MIT for you! Come to the ESL Info Fair to learn about FREE English classes on campus and other opportunities to develop language skills. Have a snack, get information, meet teachers, and learn how to be matched up with an MIT conversation partner. A kid-friendly coloring activity table will be provided. The ESL fair is sponsored by the GSC and organized by MIT Spouses & Partners, a support and resource network for the significant others of MIT students, staff, visiting scholars, and faculty. We help newcomers to participate fully in MIT activities and the larger community by helping them pursue professional, educational, and parenting goals, as well as cultural and volunteer activities. Learn more at http://web.mit.edu/spouses.

6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Boston Harbor Cruise: Toast to the Sunset (21+, $)

[meet at Kendall T, 5 p.m.; boat leaves 6:30 p.m. at Seaport World Trade Center]

Come spend a breezy fall evening toasting the Skyline at sunset. A ticket to the Boston Harbor Cruise buys you a night of dancing under the moon that is often cited as one of people’s favorite social events of Orientation. Tickets can be bought for $15 at the Info Booth, but come early since tickets tend to sell out. *The event is open to spouses & partners but is not suitable for children. *Alcohol and admission require a 21+ photo ID (US issued ID or passport). *Bar accepts cash only. *Dress to impress.

Thursday August 30

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Presidential Welcome Address [Kresge]

1 p.m – 3 p.m.

Welcome Lunch [Johnson Ice Rink]

The Welcome Address is the official welcome given by MIT President L. Rafael Reif, and notable MIT luminaries including Nobel Laureate Peter Diamond. Lunch will be provided to attendees.

*The event is open to spouses & partners but is not suitable for children.

6 p.m – 9 p.m.

Techlink Welcome Banquet [Morss Hall]

The Banquet is one of Orientation’s largest social events with ample opportunities to bond with new friends or dance along to the live band. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Sponsored in part by Techlink

*The event is open to spouses & partners but is not suitable for children.

*Admission open to all. Alcohol requires a 21+ photo ID

($ = Ticket required, can be purchased at the Info Booth)