An evening with Ken Jeong - with a special performance by Salma Hindy
7:00 PM19:00

An evening with Ken Jeong - with a special performance by Salma Hindy

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Actor, producer and writer Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy The Hangover also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which earned him 3 Teen Choice Nominations and an MTV Movie Award. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by The Hangover 2, which grossed $581 million worldwide. 

Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in Knocked Up in 2007, Jeong has gone on to a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. In 2008, Jeong had his first major role opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as the villain in Judd Appatow’s Role Models, which went on to gross $219 million at the worldwide box office. That same year he also appeared in the cult comedy hits Pineapple Express and Step Brothers. 

Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Bud Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.

Once in Los Angeles, he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including The Office, Entourage, and MADtv.  It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as “Dr. Kuni” in Knocked Up, that he solidified himself as a feature film actor. 

This event is open to McMaster University students only. All attendees must present their ticket, plus a current McMaster student ID card at the entry.

McMaster University alumni are welcome, please visit the the Alumni Association website for alumni specific tickets and information.

Rules & Regulations about this event:

  • McMaster Student ID required on entry.

  • No Refunds/exchanges.

  • Backpacks, large bags, beverages, selfie sticks, lawn chairs, or potential weapons are prohibited.

  • No re-entry allowed.

  • Passes deemed to be lost or stolen will not be honoured.

  • General admission seating in effect. Guests will be seated as per venue discretion. Specific seating is not guaranteed.


Q: I do not own a credit card, can I pay by debit or cash?
A: YES. Tickets will be sold at the Compass Information Centre, located in the MUSC

Q: I forgot my McMaster student ID at home, can I still attend by showing my class
schedule, or a photo of my ID?
A: NO. You must show a physical, valid McMaster student ID alongside a ticket to enter the

Q: Can I choose my seat? 
A: NO. To ensure all seats are filled, all those entering will be seated at the venues
discretion, starting from the front row and moving back. Specific seating is not

Q: Can I bring a guest? How many guests can I bring?
A: Yes. There are a limited amount of guest tickets now available. Guests must present a Government
issued ID and be signed in by a McMaster Student. (1) Guest permitted per student. 

Q: I can no longer attend the event but bought a ticket already, can I get a refund?
A: Tickets are non refundable. Perhaps there is another student that would be willing to
buy this ticket from you.

Q: Where can I find the tickets sold for alumni?
A: Alumni tickets can be purchased here.

For any additional questions, please contact us at

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Salma Hindy (opening for Ken Jeong)
5:30 PM17:30

Salma Hindy (opening for Ken Jeong)

Salma Hindy will take the stage in advance of Ken Jeong’s performance on Friday, January 11. For more information about the show, please click here. To purchase tickets, please click here.

Salma Hindy is a graduate from McMaster University's Electrical & Biomedical Engineering program. She took up stand up comedy during the pursuit of her Masters in Engineering in Toronto. With her fast rise to comedy, Salma Hindy has opened for Maz Jobrani, performed at Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, the Stand Up Round Up Fest in Dallas and the Chicago Women Funny Fest. Salma has been featured on the CBC, Globe and Mail, CityNews and in various magazines and podcasts. Salma finished 2nd place in this year's Toronto Comedy Brawl competition with over 400 comedians. She was nominated for Notable Life Awards "Stand Up Comedian” and just got back from a 12 city UK Super Muslim Comedy Tour. The only terrorism Salma partakes in is shooting down stereotypes on stage.

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Alumni Launch (CIBC Hall)
1:30 PM13:30

Alumni Launch (CIBC Hall)

Come visit any of the numerous speakers in CIBC Hall on the third floor of MUSC, to learn about everything you need to succeed in your life after graduation! The McMaster Alumni Association wants your transition to be a successful one so they have gathered everything in one place. Drop in to any of the sessions below, no registration is required:

Money Management: 1:30pm-2:15pm

  • Presented by TD Bank, this session will delve into the necessities of financial planning, as you prepare for Life After Mac.

Résumé Review and LinkedIn Photo taking: 2:30pm-3:15pm

  • Visit with experts to have your résumé reviewed and critiqued in advance of your next job search. Also, pro photographers will be on hand to equip you with a premium head shot for your online profile.

Money Management: 3:30pm - 4:15pm

  • Presented by TD Bank this session will delve into the necessities of financial planning, as you prepare for Life After Mac.

Five Networking Lessons Learned from Mac Alumni Success Stories: 4:30pm - 5:15pm

  • Relationship building is the key to fostering a professional reputation and learning about the hidden job market. Learn networking best practices to help you reach your career goals.

Alumni Panel: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

  • Join us for a moderated Q&A with recent graduates from different faculties as they share their stories about the transition out of McMaster into Life After Mac.

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The Game of Life: IRL  (CIBC Hall)
11:00 AM11:00

The Game of Life: IRL (CIBC Hall)

It’s time to play The Game of Life, but this time, In Real Life. Chance and luck will play a part in this journey as you learn more about getting prepared, setting goals, building a budget, and then successfully transitioning from University to Life After Mac.

Taking place in CIBC Hall on January 9 from 11am until 3pm, this fun and interactive game will introduce you to the services and resources provided by the Student Success Centre. You never know what ups and downs you’ll encounter along the way and we can’t wait for you to come on out and play.

Spin the spinner for your chance to win some great prizes at the end of the game! Register to reserve your spot in the game on

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Networking for Success – Presence, Impact and Influence (CIBC Hall)
6:00 PM18:00

Networking for Success – Presence, Impact and Influence (CIBC Hall)

How you network, stand out in your market, make an impression, and brand YOU is 'the' most important business skill you can polish and improve.

Impressions and decisions and are made in seconds whether in public events, on stage or in interview situations.  Your control of the interaction and conversation will set you apart from others in a competitive environment.

This powerful workshop will help you strengthen your presence, human relations, understanding body language, and leave a strong impact on others.

Objectives and Key learning points include:

  • Key concepts to make a strong and memorable impression

  • How to stand out in a crowded marketplace

  • Utilize and practice a proven conversation tool

  • Understand the fundamental of non-verbal and body language cues

  • Comfort and dis-comfort signals when interacting

  • Speaking and presentation advice  

All are welcome, no registration is required.

As President of The Thornton Group and author of his upcoming second book Presence, Impact and Influence, Neil Thorton brings 20 years of experience to business development, coaching and entrepreneurship. A hands-on consultant, he’s met clients everywhere from job sites to shop floors, boardrooms and everywhere in between.


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President's New Year's Levée
2:00 PM14:00

President's New Year's Levée

Graduating students are invited to join McMaster University President and Vice-Chancellor, Patrick Deane inside Convocation Hall, for a traditional New Year’s Levée. Come out to celebrate your time at McMaster with your fellow classmates and toast to your final semester at Mac. Food, dessert, and champagne/sparkling cider for the toast will be provided.

This event is available exclusively to graduating students and email invites will be sent out via McMaster email.


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