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.

Registration

Faculty and staff play a vital role throughout the university career of each graduate. Their presence and participation at the convocation ceremony is important and meaningful.

We thank all faculty and staff who help make convocation a truly special occasion. Registration links and details on the various roles can be found below. Registration for: Ushers, Hooding a Doctoral Student or Academic Procession

  • Visiting faculty are welcome to join the platform party and should register using this link.
  • These roles are exclusive and you will choose one per ceremony.
  • Registration for: Handing out Name Cards, Hoods, and Degree Parchments

  • These roles are not exclusive. You may serve in both at a ceremony.
  • Roles

    Pay tribute to the graduating students as members of the platform party, dressed in regalia, on stage throughout the ceremony. Please plan to arrive to Gryphon Lounge (Room 131) of the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre (accessed from Reynolds Walk) at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

    Please visit our Maps page for more details.

    Typically, this role is reserved for Program Counsellors.

    Faculty advisors of doctoral students are invited to hood their student on stage. You may choose to sit in the audience with your doctoral student or join the academic procession to sit on stage and meet them as they cross the stage. You should plan to arrive to Gryphon Lounge (room 131) in the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

    Please visit our Maps page for more details.

    At this station, in the West Gym, students receive their name card and hood along with instructions on how to correctly carry their hood. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the West Gym of the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and are not required to remain for the entire ceremony.

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    Usher's Duties

    Stationed in the Event Centre of the Guelph Gryphon Athletics Centre, ushers welcome guests as they arrive, hand out programs and direct graduands during the convocation ceremony.

    When to Arrive

    Ushers are asked to arrive at the Gryphon Lounge (room 131) of the WF Mitchell Athletics Centre 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and remain for the duration of the ceremony.

    Training Session

    Ushers will be invited to attend a training session in the week prior to the ceremony to become familiar with roles and responsibilities in the new location. Details will be sent closer to the date.

    Have Questions?

    For more information, please visit the Faculty & Staff section of the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.