At McGill, parents are a vital part of the University community and the McGill Parents Association has designed a number of programs specifically for you. We hope you will consider getting involved in some of the activities we offer, whether at McGill or in your own region.
As you may have read in our introductory section, the McGill Parents Association was founded in 1963 and aims to offer families of McGill students an additional way to participate in the life of the University.
Now operating under the umbrella of the McGill Alumni Association, the Parents Association is the parents’ gateway to McGill University. As we aspire to achieve through this guide, we are here to help you become familiar with the many resources available to you and your students at McGill. By providing an overview of our University, its many offices and resources, we hope to provide you the tools necessary to get the information you need and assist your student through this important academic journey.
We also encourage you to be an active part in the broad and diverse community that is McGill. We organize a wide array of activities of social, academic and cultural interest, at McGill and in many regions around the world. Parents are an integral part our of University community and there is something for every type of interest!
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All parents, guardians and grandparents of students registered in full-time undergraduate and professional courses can become members of the McGill Parents Association – all you have to do is register!
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For parents around the world who are interested in taking on a more active role, we welcome your involvement in the McGill International Parents Council (IPC). Members of this advisory group serve as a link between McGill and other parents who live in their communities.
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The Parents Fund is instrumental in maintaining and upgrading the University’s library system, an essential resource that serves all McGill students. Parents’ donations facilitate the acquisition of new books, journals, periodicals and electronic resources, and the creation of computer-supported study space.
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Every August the Parents Association welcomes new McGill families to the University with its Parents Tent. During Orientation Week, we set up shop (or a giant white tent) on McGill’s picturesque downtown campus. Here, new McGill parents and their students can get answers to their questions, sign up for services, or just chat with our volunteers over snacks and a cup of coffee.
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The mandate of the McGill Alumni Association is to foster long-term relationships with graduates and friends for their shared benefit and for the support and development of McGill. Over the course of its lengthy history, the Alumni Association has established a worldwide network of branches, and parents are welcome to attend regional branch events which include lectures, receptions, tours, concerts, picnics and sporting events.
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