Return of Graduate Student Services to 63 St. George Street

From: Locke Rowe, Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Date: December 1, 2016
Re: Return of Graduate Student Services to 63 St. George Street

I am pleased to announce the reopening of 63 St. George Street upon the successful completion of the historic building’s extensive renovation. This vital hub for Graduate Student Services – including Student Academic Services, Graduate Awards, and the Postdoctoral Fellows Office – has been newly transformed to improve graduate student experience from the first day of orientation, to graduation and beyond. State-of-the-art oral exam rooms, gender-neutral washrooms, and a fully accessible first floor are among the new features of the building, which was the residence of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, during the 1870s.

Student Services have also been redistributed throughout the building so that students can find the assistance they need more easily and regardless of their program or cohort. We hope that by including an accessible and very comfortable student lounge as well as bookable meeting rooms, we’ll be able to provide a welcoming space that graduate students can call their own. The lounge and a number of other rooms also showcase some beautiful 19th-century interior finishes, connecting the University to a very real piece of Canadian history.

The School of Graduate Studies will host welcome receptions in early 2017 to encourage members of the graduate community to explore the new space. Temporary offices at 704 Spadina Avenue will continue as an interim centre for graduate professional development. There, The Office of English Language & Writing Support (ELWS) and Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) will offer programming, consultation services, and meetings until moving to a new home.

For more information, please contact:

Alison Kenzie
Communications Officer, School of Graduate Studies