How it works

Understand and follow our health and safety protocol

All in-person guests including graduands, guests of graduands, staff, faculty and the university community will be required to adhere to provincial and university event safety protocols.

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Transportation and parking

We advise you to arrive early, car pool or take public transit. 

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


You should be on campus to pick up your parchment and regalia between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. for a morning ceremony and between 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. for an afternoon ceremony.

Proof of vaccination

Go to the northeast corner of the Academic Quadrangle (level 3000), where you will show PHO approved proof of vaccination and valid government photo ID. Graduands will need to be at least partially vaccinated with one dose. Once your proof of vaccination has been checked, you’ll proceed to pick up your parchment and regalia. We expect high volumes of people, so please have your documentation ready.

We invite graduands who are unable to show PHO approved proof of vaccination to participate in convocation virtually. The live broadcast will be available on the day of the event from the convocation website. Graduands who are unable to show PHO approved proof of vaccination will not be permitted to enter the event space.

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Sequence of events

Watch the video to see how convocation works in eight stages.

*Please note that the video does not show stage 1A (proof of vaccination) and that your professional photos with Artona will now happen in stage 7 not stage 6.


1A. Proof of vaccination
Show PHO approved proof of vaccination and identification before you access parchment pick up.

1B. Parchment pick up
Student ID is required to pick up your parchment.

2. Regalia pick up
A free coat check available for graduands.

3. Get hood pinned
Assistance can be provided.

4. Line up for procession
Convocation procession.

5. Ceremony seating in Convocation Mall
Ushers will guide graduands

6. Cross the stage
Smile! Artona will take your photo as you cross the stage.
Flip tassel to right before exiting stage.

7. Get photo taken
Artona will take your professional graduation photo.

8. Return regalia
Keep your cap (undergraduate gradunds)!

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

  • Undergraduates: 778.782.6930
  • Graduate students: 778.782.3042