Schedule of NCHD17

The big day is almost here! For students and teachers trying to plan their schedules, here is the agenda for the day. Please remember that this year’s event takes place at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall, formerly the River Building. Same location, new name!


When you hear the bagpipes, it’s time for the Opening Ceremonies! Hurry to auditorium in Richcraft Hall …

7:30 – 8:20 a.m.: Student arrivals. Please proceed to check-in stations in the atrium of Richcraft Hall. Please allow plenty of time for travel — there is some construction around campus and the Hog’s Back Bridge may be closed on Friday.

8 a.m.: Judges’ orientation begins.

8:25 a.m.: Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band piper Matthew Yuen summons everyone to the opening ceremonies. Please proceed to the gymnasium when you hear the skirl of the pipes!

8:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony

8:50 a.m.: Opening ceremony ends and is followed by a 10-minute break. Students and judges proceed to interviews/workshops.

9 a.m.: Workshops Begin. Judging of all categories begins.

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Most workshops end. Students may proceed to their complimentary lunch in the food court (located in the nearby University Centre).

12 p.m.: All judging ends.

12:05 p.m.: Please join us in the auditorium for our keynote speaker and awards ceremony — as well a chance to win great prizes from our National Capital History Day Supporters.

12:15 p.m.: A special address from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

12:30 p.m.: Keynote: Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.

1 p.m.: Awards Ceremony. Medal presentations

2 p.m.: Awards Ceremony ends.

2:15 p.m.: Students board buses for departure. Please be sure to collect your projects before you go as they cannot be stored or collected later.

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