Guests

Students smiling at convocation

Guest seating

Guests are welcome at the convocation ceremony and graduands may invite up to five guests. RSVPs and tickets are not required for guest admission to the ceremony.

Guests sit in bleacher-style seating and there is no reserved seating for guests; seating is on a first-come, first-choice basis. Guests requiring accommodations should consult the accessibility accommodations page.

The doors open one hour prior to the ceremony (i.e., 9:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony, 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony, and 5:30 p.m. for the evening ceremony). Guests should be seated 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony so that they can see the academic procession march into the Convocation hall.

Photos during the ceremony

Guests are welcome to take pictures of the graduates as they receive their diplomas but are asked not to block the aisles when taking photos during the ceremony. A designated area to the left of the stage is available for those who would like to take pictures.

Note: To avoid congestion of the photo area, guests are asked to wait to come forward until their graduate is ready to proceed across the stage from the right.

Flowers and giftware

Flowers for the graduate

Complete the graduate's day with a beautiful convocation bouquet! Choose from a large selection, available at the Physical Activities Complex, South entrance. Bouquets are available on Convocation day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Flowers range in price from $23 to $35 plus tax. Methods of payment include cash, debit, Visa, and Master Card.

Rings and giftware

The W Store has just the right graduation gift for your special graduate. Visit our W Store located in South Campus Hall (SCH) to see our selection, or visit our W Store website to view our rings and line of giftware products.

Diploma frames

Frames for diplomas and graduate portraits are available through Alumni Relations. Frames can be ordered online or purchased the day of the Convocation ceremony in the Student Life Centre. Visit the Alumni website to view the selection of frames.

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