The DeGroote Start-Up Experience

Preparing you for university.

Throughout July and August DeGroote is committed to ensuring that you are successful in your transition from high school to university. Your start-up experience will focus on three goals:

  • Connecting you with your first-year classmates
  • Building relationships with your instructors and TAs
  • Getting you involved with the DeGroote community

How do you participate? It’s simple, we will contact you through email and you just need to participate. That’s it.

Please note: there are two times listed to ensure that any student who is joining DeGroote will have the opportunity to participate in one of these events. 

Your startup timeline

August 24 to 27


Day 1 – Welcome to the DeGroote Family Dean Len Waverman, Dr. Sue McCracken and DeGroote Commerce Society (DCS) President Craig Dawdy will officially welcome you to the DeGroote family. Don’t miss this day as you will learn the rules of the game we are running this week. More information is available below. August 24
(2 – 3 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m. EDT)
Register for 2 – 3 p.m. session or Register for 8 – 9 p.m. session
Day 2 -Your Experience @ DeGroote and Career Journey The Student Experience staff kicks off the day to share how they support your life at DeGroote.
Director of Student Experience, Jennifer McCleary, will walk you through what your life as a university student will look like and will introduce you to some of the resources and community that also support you all along, including upper-year students, DeGroote Commerce Society (DCS), Archway, ambassadors, and many more.
As well, you will meet Cynthia Bishop, Manager of Career and Professional Development. She will share strategies and tips so you can get started on your career journey in Year 1!
August 25
(2 – 3 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m. EDT)
Register for 2 – 3 p.m. session or Register for 8 – 9 p.m. session
Day 3 – Your Academic Journey and First-Year Faculty Meet-Up Start the day meeting Greg Rombough, Manager of Undergraduate Programs, who will answer these questions and more: How do Academic Advisors help me? What resources are available to me? Where do I go to ask for help? How are international students supported? Can I study abroad? Next, put faces to the names on your class schedule! Dr. Sue McCracken, Associate Dean (Academic) will introduce your first-year professors. You will be able to learn more about their teaching style and expectations for each of their courses. August 26
(2 – 3 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m. EDT)
Register for 2 – 3 p.m. session or Register for 8 – 9 p.m. session
Day 4 – Getting Involved @ DeGroote From the DCS to Mentorship to the First Year Orientation group – connect with our student leaders. Additionally, you’ll be invited to attend our closing event with Sue McCracken where she’ll cover what’s next; welcome week; McMaster University’s Welcome Week; what you’ll need to do before classes start; what to do in the first week and prizes!!! August 27
(2 – 3 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m. EDT)
Register for 2 – 3 p.m. session or Register for 8 – 9 p.m. session

DeGroote’s Startup will ultimately require you to attend 1-hour live sessions daily and you will be challenged to attend and complete activities in our online portal – Avenue to Learn. Attending these sessions will give you important information to prepare you for a fulfilling first year,while interacting and getting to know key members of DeGroote’s family.

Here’s the bonus: Those who complete all the activities of the week in Avenue receive a prize!

Your Startup Toolkit

What is your toolkit? This is going to be your go-to resource. Save it. Print it. Keep it somewhere. We’ll continue to update and upload new information as we see it, but this will help you in your first-year journey.