Family & Guests
Summer 2020 Convocation
Students graduating from the winter semester may attend a summer convocation ceremony. More information can be found on the Timing & Dates page.
Smoke-Free Campus - New in 2019
Our campus is a tobacco- and smoke-free environment. Smoking, vaping and the use of smokeless tobacco is not permitted on campus. A map of campus boundaries is available at uoguelph.ca/smokefree.
Planning for the Day
For driving directions to the University of Guelph campus, please visit Parking Services.
Please note, if you use Google Maps to plan your route, the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre (GGAC) is not labelled on the interactive map. The GGAC is an extension of the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre.
Free parking is available the day of convocation in P14/P15 off of South Ring Road. There will be signage on campus providing easy to follow directions.
A complimentary shuttle service will be circulating throughout the day, transporting guests to and from P14/P15, the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre and the Gryphon Fieldhouse. Please refer to the campus map for shuttle stop locations.
Guests with accessibility needs can be dropped off at the Larry Pearson entrance of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre off of Reynolds walk via the northeast corner of P12.
There is accessible parking available in P12 off of East Ring Road adjacent to the John T. Powell Building. If you require accessible parking, please contact Parking Services or call 519-824-4120 x52118.
PLEASE NOTE: this lot is not controlled and medical use parking spots cannot be guaranteed. However, if guests requiring an accessible parking spot have made arrangements ahead of time, they may park in any available spot in this lot, excluding the Health and Performance Centre spots. Please be advised that marked medical spots are available to those with a valid medical permit only.
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-to-three 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 Friday prior to their ceremony. Tickets may be printed or scanned directly from a smartphone.
PLEASE NOTE: Each ticket has a unique QR and alphanumeric code and may be scanned only once for entry to the ceremony.
If guests are travelling from out of town to be part of this special day, please take advantage of the information provided by City of Guelph Tourism. Whether you are looking for a hotel or a special place to get that celebratory dinner, it has the answers for you.
Day of Ceremony
Tickets and Seating
The doors of the Event Centre will only open 1 hour before the ceremony begins.
Guests enter through the Larry Pearson entrance of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre and should be seated in the Event Centre at least fifteen minutes before the ceremony begins.
View virtual tour of the Guelph Gryphons Athletic Centre
We actively address the needs of our graduands and their guests who require accommodations including but not limited to physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, gender inclusivity and mental health issues. We appreciate being advised, prior to the ceremony, of accessibility requirements of graduands and guests so that appropriate seating, mobility aids, parking or other accommodations can be arranged.
The Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible drop off point outside the Larry Pearson entrance of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. Following each ceremony, a Convocation Tea will be held in the Gryphon Fieldhouse. Please be advised the route to the Fieldhouse involves several flights of stairs, however an alternative accessible route is available. Event staff will be available to assist any guests with mobility challenges.
The Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre is equipped with the electronic wayfinding system called BlindSquare to help blind and visually impaired people find their way around the facility. Graduands and guests can can download the event version of the app for free from the Apple Store. For more information, please visit blindsquare.com/userguide.
We appreciate being advised in advance of any accessibility requirements you or your guests may need. Please contact Morgan Marini for more information.
Convocation Tea - Graduates' First Alumni Event
Immediately following each ceremony the college deans will host a tea in the Gryphons Fieldhouse for our newest alumni members, family, friends, faculty and staff. For a virtual tour of the Gryphon Fieldhouse, follow the Google Street View link.
Located in the Gryphon Fieldhouse you will find degree frames, U of G memorabilia and order forms for grad rings, hoods and more.