Convocation day schedule

The convocation ceremony will be held in the Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC). The day of your ceremony, you should report to the James Daly Field House in the Max Bell Centre to pick up your gown and find your position in the procession.

  • Report to the James Daly Field House in the Max Bell Centre 90 min. before your ceremony.
  • Have photo ID with you to pick up your procession card. The card has your name, earned degree, and number in the procession line.
  • There is a phonetic pronunciation space at the bottom of the card. Please fill it in to help the presenter correctly pronounce your name.
  • Pick up your gown, hood and mortarboard at the Gaspard table.
  • If you received an Indigenous graduation scarf at the Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow, wear it for the ceremony. You can also pick up an Indigenous graduation scarf at the James Daly Field House the day of the ceremony. 
  • Have individual professional portraits taken. 
  • Follow the signs to join your group before and after the ceremony.
  • Line up as directed by the Registrar's Office staff. 
  • Attend the post-convocation reception with your guests. In the spring, the reception is held on the Curry Place Pedway and in the fall, the reception is held in the James Daly Field House.

What to wear to your convocation ceremony

The convocation ceremony is a formal occasion, so dress clothes are appropriate. Leave valuables with a friend or family member.

Wear only the university-approved regalia to cross the stage. University-approved academic regalia includes robes, mortarboards, hoods or stoles and Indigenous graduation scarves. 

Please avoid:

  • corsages and boutonnieres
  • fraternity or sorority adornments
  • flowers

Official graduation photos

Accessibility at convocation

If you require help with seating, sign language interpretation or other issues, contact Student Accessibility Services two weeks before your convocation ceremony. 

There are mobility-friendly seating areas on the main floor of IGAC. There is one wheelchair available to take guests from the front of IGAC to the accessible seating area, however the wheelchair is not available for use during the ceremony or reception. 

Any guests with accessibility or mobility challenges should approach an usher in a blue gown for assistance with seating. The ushers will be stationed at the front reception area of IGAC and room for one support person to be seated with you.

Accessible parking will be available in P Lot on Sidney Smith Street.

Parking at convocation

Free parking is available in U Lot off Chancellor Matheson Road and in Q Lot on Dysart Road, across from St. Paul's College. The public parkade, located on Ralph Campbell Road off Sidney Smith Street, is available for parking, but an hourly rate is charged. Accessible parking is also available in P Lot on Sidney Smith Street.

Family and friends attending convocation

Convocation is open to the public and no tickets are required. Guests should use the designated entrance to IGAC and should not accompany you to the Field House. 

Doors to IGAC open one hour before the scheduled start of the ceremony. Guests are advised to be in their seats at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. All guest seating is bleacher seating, which should be accessed from the third-floor level. Please use caution when going up or down the stairs.

Children are welcome, but keep in mind the ceremony is two to three hours long. Due to fire regulations, baby strollers cannot be left in the aisles of IGAC. 

For family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony, a live webcast of the convocation ceremony will be broadcast at

Available for purchase at the ceremony

Contact us

If you have questions about graduation or convocation, email us at, call us at 204-474-9420 or 1-877-474-9420 (toll free), or visit 400 University Centre between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday, Wednesday 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.