IMPORTANT!!! This year we will be holding TWO sets of ceremonies - one for the class of 2022, and a week later ceremonies for 2020 & 2021 alumni grads who were unable to attend an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the information on this page applies to both ceremonies, unless specified otherwise.

Steps to Graduation

Eligible students will be sent an email advising them when graduation application is available. Application for graduation is available at:

UNTIL the 40th class day: WebAdvisor.

AFTER the 40th class day: Fill out the Application For Graduation form, print it out and submit it with payment to Student Client Services, Level 3, UC. For more information, please visit Graduation Application Instructions.

An acknowledgement email will be sent after the 40th class day and will indicate important timelines to be met by the student, and the date and time of ceremonies.

Application for graduation is available at:

In-person: Graduate Program Services, Level 3, University Centre.

Online: www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/forms.

Please be sure to check the Graduate Calendar for deadlines.

Register for Your Ceremony

Convocation Ceremonies

Ceremonies will be held in the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. Class of 2022 graduates MUST REGISTER in order to take part in a ceremony.

Winter 2022 Graduates (completed courses in December 2021) must register for a June 2022 convocation ceremony by contacting Registrar’s Office:

Summer 2022 Graduates (completed courses in April 2022) must register for a ceremony through WebAdvisor.

Graduating in Absentia

If you are a Class of 2022 graduate and are unable to attend your convocation you will graduate in absentia.

To participate in a future convocation, please contact:

All unclaimed degree/diploma parchments will be mailed to the home address the University of Guelph has on file for the graduate. If your address has changed please email the appropriate contact above.

Alumni Convocation Ceremonies

Ceremonies will be held in the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre. 2020 & 2021 alumni grads MUST REGISTER in order to take part in a ceremony.

  • 2020 graduates completed courses in December 2019, April 2020 or August 2020.
  • 2021 graduates completed courses in December 2020, April 2021 or August 2021.

Please note:

  • Alumni ceremonies are not assigned by degree program or year. Space permitting, grads can select any of the available dates or times.
  • There is limited capacity at each ceremony. Once you have registered for a ceremony, you will not be able to change to another date or time, you can only cancel your registration and then space permitting register for a new date and time.
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Additional Events for Alumni Grads

#GradGala

June 23 @ 8:00 pm
An enhanced graduation experience for all graduates who have not yet had the opportunity to cross the stage.

#GuelphGrad Red Carpet Experience

June 22, June 23, June 25
Walk the red carpet and capture photos of yourself with friends and family at a variety of U of G backdrops.

Deadline to Register

The deadline to register for an Alumni Grad ceremony, #GradGala and #GuelphGrad Red Carpet Experience is June 1st.

Pre-ceremony

Guest tickets are required for all ceremonies.

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).

Class of 2022 Grads: If you require additional tickets you should register for the waiting list. The last day to register for the waiting list is May 30th. If additional guest tickets become available, you will be advised by June 1st.

Class of 2020 & 2021 Alumni Grads: if you require additional tickets, you should register for the waiting list found on the Alumni Grad registration page.

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.

Each ticket has a unique QR and alphanumeric code and may be scanned only once for entry to the ceremony.

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. When required, we will work in consultation with Student Accessibility Services to accommodate your needs.

  Wheelchair

The Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre (GGAC) is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible drop off point outside the Larry Pearson Entrance.

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.

  Blind and Visually Impaired

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.

  Hearing Impaired

Each ceremony has a sign language interpreter. To ensure clear sight lines of the interpreter, please advise the convocation team if you or your guests will use this service.

Do You Require Accommodations?

We appreciate being advised, prior to the ceremony, of any accessibility requirements so that accommodations can be arranged. If graduands and/or guests require accommodations, please contact the convocation team.

Gown rental is required for each graduating student.

The rental cost is $25 (plus applicable taxes) and can be paid online using VISA or MasterCard when registering for your ceremony.

Day of Ceremony

IMPORTANT!!! This year we will be holding TWO sets of ceremonies - one for the class of 2022, and a week later ceremonies for 2020 & 2021 alumni grads who were unable to attend an in-person ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit the Schedule page for details on each ceremony.

During the ceremony, you may NOT carry any articles in your arms including purses, flowers, coats, etc. The University does not accept responsibility for articles lost, stolen or removed in error from the lining up area. We suggest asking your guests to attend to any items of value during the ceremony.

All ceremonies take place in the Event Centre of the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre (GGAC). Event staff will be present to ensure you find your way.

The week before: All graduands will be emailed their gown and guest tickets the Friday prior to their ceremony.

One hour before: All graduands must report to the West Gym of the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre to pick up their gown, name card and hood. Graduands must present their gown ticket in order to acquire their gown.

30 minutes before: The lining up process will begin. Graduands will then process from the West Gym to the GGAC Event Centre.

10 minutes before: graduands will be seated.

View the event maps

Immediately following each ceremony the college deans will host a tea in the Gryphon Fieldhouse for our newest alumni members, family, friends, faculty and staff.

Grads and their families will have a chance to walk along a red carpet and snap photos at a variety of U of G backdrops. Our U of G Ambassadors will be available to escort you along the carpet and take photos with your handheld device - they know all the best angles!

Please return your gown and hood to the Gryphon Fieldhouse or the west gym after you have taken all your photographs.

Updates

Effective February 2020, students graduating from the winter semester may attend a summer convocation ceremony.

As of 2019, Our campus is a tobacco-free 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.

Have Questions?

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.