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.

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 through WebAdvisor in order to take part in a ceremony.

*Deadline to register for an October 2022 ceremony is September 26.

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:

  • The Alumni ceremony is not assigned by degree program or year.
  • There is limited capacity at the ceremony.
  • The deadline to register for an Alumni Grad ceremony is September 26.
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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).

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

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.

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 September 26. If additional guest tickets become available, you will be advised before the end of the week of September 26.

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.

Class of 2020 & 2021 Alumni Grads: Grads will have the option to register for a guest ticket waiting list when registering for the ceremony. If you have already registered for the ceremony and require additional guest tickets, please contact eventreg@hrs.uoguelph.ca

The last day to register for the waiting list is September 26. If additional guest tickets become available, you will be advised before the end of the week of September 26.

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

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.

A few days prior to convocation, graduating students will receive an email invitation from our partner Name Coach to voice-record your name for your graduation ceremony.

Recording your name on the Name Coach site will help ensure that it's announced or pronounced correctly at the ceremony.

Day of Ceremony

IMPORTANT!!! This year we will be holding TWO sets of ceremonies - one for the class of 2022, and one 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 guest tickets the guest tickets.

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.

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

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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 after you have taken all your photographs. Failure to return your regalia may result in suspension of access to university services.

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.

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.