Wearing a mask is an easy way to help protect yourself and your community. You are strongly encouraged to wear a tight-fitting, multi-layer mask while at convocation. A medical-style mask is best. Many graduates choose to remove their masks as they cross the stage and for pictures. Any updates on our masking requirement will be shared as they become available.

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COVID-19

The University continues to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and will post any changes affecting convocation as soon as they are available. The most up to date information on public health requirements on the U of G campus are available on our COVID-19 Communication Updates page.

Accessibility

Yes, both the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre and the Gryphon Fieldhouse are wheelchair accessible and can be accessed by the Larry Pearson entrance via Lang Way (formerly Powerhouse Lane).

We appreciate being advised of any accessible requirements graduands and guests have prior to the ceremony so that we can ensure everyone is able to fully participate. For more information on accessibility requirements, please contact the convocation team.

Closed captioning is provided at every ceremony but a sign language interpreter on site will only receive priority for scheduling by the Canadian Hearing Society if the service is specifically requested by an individual. If you or your guest require a sign language interpreter and to ensure clear sight lines of the interpreter please contactMorgan Marini.

The GGAC is equipped with the electronic wayfinding system called BlindSquare to help blind and visually impaired people find their way around the facility. Download BlindSquare from the Apple Store.

Please contact the convocation team ahead of time to make arrangements for your guest. More information on accessibility can be found on the Family and Guests page, under the Day of Ceremony section.

Ceremony

Class of 2020 & 2021 alumni grads may also register to attend a fall convocation ceremony on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, through the designated registration link found on the Students page.

Students who have applied to graduate and successfully met their degree requirements will be approved by Senate to graduate from their program. Students who have been approved to graduate will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Registrarial Services after the clearance to graduate deadline and you will receive your degree in the mail.

Students who have graduated but have not yet attended a convocation ceremony may request to attend a future ceremony, usually at the next scheduled date of ceremonies. Arrangements must be made prior to the assigned convocation ceremony date.

To request permission to participate in a future convocation, please contact the Registrar’s Office:

For the schedule of ceremonies, please visit the Schedule webpage for details.

To register for your ceremony, please visit the Students webpage.

PLEASE NOTE: there are separate registration processes for Fall 2022 and Class of 2020 & 2021 alumni grads.

Only graduating students may purchase tickets. Upon registering for a ceremony, each student will receive two (2) complimentary tickets and may purchase one (1) additional ticket for $25 (space permitting).

Waitlist info: Two weeks before the ceremony, students will receive an email to indicate whether any further guest tickets (beyond the single purchased ticket) are available to purchase.

Please visit the Students page for waitlist details.

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Convocation Parchments

All students approved to graduate, who do not attend a ceremony, will receive their degree parchment at the mailing address on file.

Please check WebAdvisor to ensure we have your most up to date mailing address.

Graduates who are on sanction for outstanding payments will not receive their parchment until their account is paid in full. Once you have cleared your outstanding sanction please contact Enrolment Services requesting that your diploma be released to you.

Yes, the University will re-issue a parchment for a fee. Visit uoguelph.ca/registrar/downloads for more information.

Please contact the Office of Registrarial Services.

Family & Guests

Only graduating students may purchase tickets. Upon registering for a ceremony, each student will receive two (2) complimentary tickets and may purchase one (1) additional ticket for $25 (space permitting).

Two weeks before the ceremony, students will receive an email to indicate whether any further guest tickets (beyond the single purchased ticket) are available to purchase.

All electronic tickets will be sent to graduates by the week prior to their ceremony. Tickets may be printed or scanned directly from a smartphone.

Children, typically under two, who will be sitting on a lap do not require a ticket. Children who will be sitting in a seat do require a ticket.

Yes, you can visit the Watch & Engage page, which streams the live video from our YouTube Channel.

Yes, a professional photographer is at each ceremony and will take both an on-stage and off-stage photo of each graduate. These are available for purchase at orderphotos.ca

Fresh flowers & commemorative gifts will be available for purchase at University of Guelph Convocation ceremonies and are available for pre-order now through our partner Convocation Flowers.

To further contribute to a safe and efficient environment for your graduates, guests, and faculty, we are strongly encouraging customers to take advantage of our online pre-order service. We will have a contact-free customer experience for guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product. This will also increase overall physical distancing measures.

Faculty & Staff

Visit our Staff and Faculty volunteer page to register.

Ceremonies are expected to last approximately 90 minutes.

If you are unable to find a replacement, please contact Claire Alexander the day of the ceremony.

The beadle will hood students if a doctoral advisor is unable to attend.

No, only doctoral students are hooded by advisors.

The honor of hooding your child is reserved for University of Guelph faculty. If you are from another institution you are welcome to join the academic procession but the hooding will be done by the beadle or their doctoral advisor.

Visit our Staff and Faculty volunteer page to register for the procession.

Need Help?

If you have additional questions about graduation and convocation, please contact the convocation team.

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