Guests attending in-person

Convocation is an exciting and proud moment to mark the achievements of our graduands! 

The health and well-being of the SFU community is of the utmost importance. The planning of safe in-person convocation ceremonies during a pandemic is complex and requires all of us to continue our vigilance with respect to COVID-19 and for everyone in our community to follow all public health guidelines.

To make your make the most of your experience, follow these steps:

Check the convocation schedule

You should note the schedule of dates and times and plan to arrive early on the campus to ensure you have enough time to park, have your BC Vaccine Card checked, check-in and get ushered to your seat(s).

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Get registered

Note: Guests planning to attend in-person must be registered. Additional guest seats are available for some ceremonies - open the toggle for more information.

Each graduand may register up to two guests to participate in-person (see below for additional guests). Registrations are non-transferable. In order to offer the safest environment for all participants, SFU is following the Provincial Health Orders and ensuring that the safest protocols are implemented. 

All graduands are required to register guest information using our EventBrite forms so that they can be contacted directly with our health and safety protocols and other information about convocation. 

Guests will be pre-assigned to their seat(s) based on their registration date. Seat numbers will be assigned to guests and they will need to check-in under their graduands' name. No physical tickets are required.

Additional Guest Seats  (Updated September 29)

A limited amount of seats are still available for some ceremonies. The deadline to register up to 2 additional guests is Friday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. PT or when capacity has been reached.










Understand and follow our health and safety protocol

All attendees including graduands and guests will be required to adhere to provincial and university event safety protocols.

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Prepare for convocation

  • Only certified guide/service animals are allowed in Convocation Mall.
  • Convocation Mall is under cover but open on both ends and can be quite cold, so guests should dress warmly.
  • Elderly guests and anyone with special needs regarding seating should request accessible seating when registering.
  • Each convocation ceremony lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Convocation day

Give yourself lots of time to find parking, go through the process of having your proof of vaccination checked, check-in and get ushered to your seat. We expect high volumes of people and want to ensure everyone is seated before the procession begins.

Transportation and parking

We advise you to arrive early, car pool or take public transit. Due to high volumes of people on campus, it can take up to 30 minutes to find parking and walk to Convocation Mall.

Follow the directions on convocation signage and traffic control staff will direct you to the complimentary convocation parking areas on campus.

Proof of vaccination check

Follow the signage to West Convocation Mall, where you will have your PHO approved proof of vaccination and valid government ID checked. 
*Note: Youth aged 12-18 are not required to show valid government ID.

The Vaccine Card check station will open at 9:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

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Once your PHO approved proof of vaccination has been checked, proceed to our check-in desks where staff and volunteers will confirm you have been registered by your graduand.

Check-in will open at 9:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

Audience seating

Guests will be seated under the covered part of Convocation Mall, behind the graduand seats. Following Provincial Health Orders, guests will be pre-assigned seats and will be ushered to their seat after they've completed the check-in process.

Guests attending virtually

Live broadcast of ceremonies

Each ceremony will be live broadcast through YouTube and then available afterwards to watch on demand for guests unable to attend in-person, but want to celebrate this academic achievement at home.

Links to view the ceremonies will be published on the convocation website on October 4.

Inviting guests from outside of Canada?

If you wish to invite guests from outside Canada, please download and review Inviting Guests to Visit.