Planning Your Day

Audience seating

Because we have limited seating, you may bring a maximum of four people.

You will find guest seating on the covered Convocation Mall, right behind the graduating students' seats. No reservations or tickets are necessary; however, family and friends should find their seats well before the procession begins.

Things to know

  • Only certified guide/service animals are allowed to cross the stage with graduands. 
  • You should make arrangements with family or friends for child-minding while you are convocating.
  • Note that the Mall is under cover but open on both ends and can be quite cold, so audience members should dress warmly.
  • Elderly guests and anyone with special needs regarding seating should identify themselves to any of our ushers on the Mall.
  • Each convocation ceremony lasts approximately two hours.

A reception for graduands and their guests is held in the James Douglas Study Area, east of Freedom Square, following each ceremony.


See the Convocation in 8 stages video.

For further information or assistance on the day of your ceremony, please contact:

  • Undergraduates: 778.782.6930
  • Graduate students: 778.782.3042