Attending Convocation - Information for Family and Guests

Convocation Dates and Times

Each Faculty awarding degrees is assigned to one specific ceremony. Please review the Convocation Ceremony Schedule to see which day to attend.

Attending Convocation

The convocation ceremonies will be held in the Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC). Please see Directions & Parking for more information about the location.

Tickets are not required, and there is no maximum number of guests that graduates may invite.

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 exercise extreme caution when going up or down the bleacher stairs.

There is a designated seating area for guests who are disabled or who are in wheelchairs. For more detailed information, see Special Needs.

Children are welcome to attend the ceremony. However, please keep in mind that the ceremony lasts 2 – 2.5 hours. Due to fire regulations, baby strollers cannot be accommodated in the aisles of IGAC. This is just a "heads up" that you will need to hold your baby or toddler during the ceremony.

**For family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony but would like to see your graduate receive his/her degree parchment, a live Webcast of the Convocation ceremony will be broadcast at umanitoba.ca/convocation/live.

How long is the ceremony?

Depending upon the number of graduates in the ceremony, the length of the speeches, and the number of special awards granted at convocation, the length of the ceremonies can vary. Generally speaking, you can expect the ceremony to last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

What happens after the ceremony?

At the end of each ceremony graduates will process out of IGAC to a reception area. This is an excellent location to meet your graduates. Do not arrange to meet at the exit doors of IGAC as this area must be kept clear.

Where can I stand to take pictures?

Due to the high number of graduates and the size of the crowds attending ceremonies, guests may take photos only from their seats. Guests are not permitted on the floor during the ceremony due to fire regulations.

However, a university photographer will be taking a photo of each graduate as the degree parchment is presented. Portrait photography is also available before and after the ceremony. Please see Flowers, Souvenirs & Photos for links to download, print, and fill out the order forms for these services.

Directions and Parking

Ceremonies are held in the Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC). There will be signage from the parking areas directing you to IGAC.  Signs will be posted on the days of the ceremonies.

Parking options:

  • Free parking is available in 'U' Lot off Chancellor Matheson Rd and in 'Q' Lot on Dysart Rd, across from St. Paul's College.  Guests who park in U Lot may use the Max Bell complex as an entrance to the IGAC.
  • The public parkade (located on Ralph Campbell Rd. off Sidney Smith St.) is available for parking, but you will be charged an hourly rate.
  • Handicapped parking will be available in 'P' Lot on Sidney Smith St. University Security Services staff will be on hand to assist in directing drivers to the handicapped area.

To avoid congestion, family and friends should use the designated entrances to IGAC (wheelchair accessible); please do not accompany graduands to their assembly area.

Special Needs

There is a designated seating area for guests who are disabled or who are in wheelchairs. While there will be a wheelchair available to move guests from the front of the Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC) to the disabled seating area, please be aware that the University does not provide wheelchairs for the use of any guest for the duration of the ceremony. If any guest requires a wheelchair, it is the responsibility of the guest/family to make provision.

Any disabled guests (for example those in wheelchairs or who have difficulty walking) should look for any usher wearing a blue gown for directions to seating. Due to the limited seating in this area, one able bodied guest may accompany.

Handicapped parking will be available in 'P' Lot on Sidney Smith St. University Security Services staff will be on hand to assist in directing drivers to the handicapped area.

Flowers, Souvenirs & Photos

U Floria florists will have tables set up in the mezzanine outside the guest seating area in the Investors Group Athletic Centre prior to the ceremonies for guests to purchase flowers for their favourite graduate. Visit their website ufloria.ca to view their work.

Memorabilia of the University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba BookStore has a wide selection of merchandise for sale.  You can find such items as lapel pins and watches, plush toy bears and bison, sweatshirts and t-shirts, and even the furry bison hat!  You can visit the BookStore website to see some of the merchandise available.

In Spring, there will be a table in the mezzanine outside the guest seating area in the Investors Group Athletic Centre.

Class Rings

Jostens Canada sells school rings through the University of Manitoba BookStore.  A Jostens representative will be available in the mezzanine for ordering school rings.  For further information contact the BookStore.

Degree Frames

Alumni Relations offers frames for parchments. Frames feature the University of Manitoba crest or logo, are manufactured in Canada, and help to support important alumni programming.  They will be available for purchase before and after the ceremonies as well as online at umanitoba.ca/alumni, or throughout the year at either Fort Garry or Bannatyne Campus BookStores.

Portraits

Arrangements have been made for Barney Charach Paramount Studio photographers to be located in the James Daly Field House (Max Bell Centre) for graduates’ individual and family portraits for 2 hours after the Convocation ceremonies. If you are interested in having a portrait done, you are asked to visit the website, download the order form, fill it out, and bring it along to Convocation.

Photos of Grads Receiving Their Parchments

REMEMBER THIS DAY FOREVER! Alumni Relations has teamed up with professional photographers from Artona Group Inc. to help you remember this important occasion.

Photographers will be at Convocation to capture two photos of graduates: one on stage receiving their parchment, and one after they have exited the stage.

To receive the previews and order information from Artona Group Inc. you must select Yes to the Additional Question on the order form when reserving your academic attire.

Updated April 25, 2017