The graduation ceremony consists of the following components:
- Academic procession:
- Student procession
- Faculty procession
- Chancellor's procession
- National anthem
- Welcoming remarks
- Honorary doctorate and title presentation(s)
- Convocation address
- General presentation of candidates
- Valedictory address (June convocation ceremonies only)
- Provost's address
- Conferment of degrees
- Presentation of the Distinguished Teacher Award, University Professor, and Award of Excellence in Graduate Supervision
- Presentation of the medals and awards
- Closing remarks
When the ceremony is ready to begin, the graduating class will be led to the main gymnasium and enter the gymnasium in procession. They will be directed to the graduand seating areas and should remain standing until the Chancellor and the faculty procession have been seated.
Honorary degrees and titles
Honorary degrees are generally awarded for one of three reasons: To recognize extraordinary intellectual or artistic achievement, to honour service to the University and to the wider society and to recognize men and women who might serve as examples to the institution's student body.
General presentation of candidates
At the point in the proceedings when the earned degrees are to be conferred, the vice-chancellor will request the members of the graduating class to rise in their places and then will address the chancellor as follows:
Mister Chancellor, I present to you those scholars who have fulfilled the statutory requirements laid down by the Senate of the University that they may be admitted to their various and several degrees.
The chancellor will reply as follows:
By virtue of the authority vested in me, and in the University, I hereby admit you to your various and several degrees, with all the rights and privileges thereto appertaining.
The graduating class will again be seated.
Conferment of degrees
When the vice-chancellor introduces the conferring of degrees, a convocation marshal will direct each group of graduands to rise and proceed, row by row, to the right hand side of the stage. A hood that coincides with the degree/program (no hood for diplomas/certificates) will be draped over the graduand's arm just before going onto the stage. Graduands will proceed to the stage right stairway, present their line-up/name card to the stage marshal and wait for the stage marshal to direct them to proceed onto the stage. At centre stage, the hood will be removed from the arm and placed over the head at the same time when the graduates receive congratulations from the president, chancellor or vice-president, Academic and Provost.
Bachelor's and Master's degrees are conferred three-at-a-time by the president, chancellor and the vice-president, Academic and Provost. Bachelor's degrees are awarded first, followed by the Master's degrees.
Doctoral (PhD) degrees are presented one-at-a-time with candidates standing before the chancellor to receive their degrees. The PhD hat should be carried, not worn, until after the degree is conferred at which point it should be placed on the head (tassel to the left).
Graduates then proceed across the stage to the left and down the steps to receive their diploma before returning to their seat by way of the centre aisle.
At this time, guests are welcome to take pictures of their graduates. Those guests wishing to take pictures of individual graduates should stand in the designated area at the left of the stage.
To avoid congestion of the photo area, guests are asked to wait to come forward until their particular graduand is ready to proceed across the stage from the right.
Medal and prize winners
Following the presentation of degrees and diplomas, medal and prize winners (including the Governor General Award, Alumni Gold Medals and other student and alumni awards) will be called to the stage to receive their awards.
Please remain in your seats until convocation has been dismissed.