McGill Alumni Association Send-Offs

Get ready. Get excited. Go!

The transition from high school, CEGEP or another university to McGill can be a challenging experience. That’s why the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) created the Send-Offs Program.

Held every summer in cities around the world, Send-Offs are a great way for incoming McGill students to meet other freshmen from their area before leaving for Montreal. Last year, we hosted close to 2,000 people at Send-Offs in 48 cities across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia – and our first ever Web Send-Off in Africa. See the photos >>

Who can attend?

Send-Offs are open to incoming McGill students and their parents. In relaxed settings like cafés, restaurants and the homes of local volunteers, our Send-Offs guests hear invaluable first-hand accounts of university life from current students and alumni, while getting answers to any remaining questions they might have about their first year at McGill. There are even prizes to win!


In addition, Send-Offs offer an opportunity for new McGill moms and dads to ask their own questions and connect with fellow parents from the local community.

Parents are automatically invited to all events held by their local branch as soon as they’ve signed up for the Parents Association.

Volunteers needed

Our Send-Offs could not happen without the tremendous efforts of the organizers in each city. These alumni, parent and student volunteers work to ensure the newest members of the McGill community feel welcome.

Interested in volunteering for Send-Offs? Please email us with your name, city and phone number at sendoff [dot] alumni [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Are you a born leader? Let us know if you’d be interested in a leadership role in organizing Send-Off events and helping to mentor and coordinate other volunteers. We also welcome your tips and hints on what a new student needs to know!

Hosting a Send-Off

We are always on the lookout for alumni, students or parents to host a Send-Off in their area. Hosts serve as the lead organizers for these events, acting as the MAA’s local point person. Duties include scouting and securing a venue, confirming a date, managing volunteers, and general event logistics.

Send-Off hosts receive access to a special toolkit for planning their event and the full support of MAA staff in Montreal. If you are interested in hosting a Send-Off, email us at sendoff [dot] alumni [at] mcgill [dot] ca.


For more information, please contact our Lead Send-Off Program Coordinator Joella Gencher by joella [dot] gencher [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) or by calling 514-398-4954 or (toll-free in North America) 1-800-567-5175, ext. 4954.

If you are a parent, please contact shana [dot] szikman [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Shana Szikman) by email or by calling 514-398-7278 or 1-800-567-5175, ext. 7278.

Social Media

There are many ways to connect before and after Send-Offs via social media. Useful resources for Send-Off participants include: