University of Toronto

Office of Convocation

Family & Friends

As a friend or family member of one of our graduating students or honorary degree recipients, the University of Toronto welcomes you.

Ceremonies are held in Convocation Hall at 31 King’s College Circle located 2 blocks west of University Avenue, 1 block north off College Street. Each ceremony usually lasts one to one and a half hours, and consists of a procession, the opening of convocation, admission to degrees, welcoming remarks, conferring of honorary degrees, an address by the honorary graduand or speaker, presentation of graduates, closing remarks and the singing of O Canada.

You will need tickets to attend Convocation. Seating in Convocation Hall is limited. We, therefore, limit our graduands to two guest tickets.

Because there is no reserved seating, we recommend that guests arrive early and are seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to guarantee seating.

An online RSVP and Guest Ticket Request form will be available to graduands through the Student Web Service (ROSI) as of May 5th, 2014. The RSVP and Guest Ticket Request form will close on May 20th at 11:45 p.m. Please be advised that only the graduate can pick up his/her guest tickets. Please do not send an alternate. Also, please note that there is no charge for guest tickets.

For family and friends who are unable to attend Convocation, our ceremonies are webcast live. Shortly after each ceremony the webcast is archived and will be available on this website.

The graduating student procession begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony followed by the academic procession which begins 10 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. You are welcome to photograph your graduate as they receive their diploma.

The University of Toronto respects your privacy. Convocation ceremonies and related events are public and recorded in various ways including webcast, video and photography. These images and recordings may be used for official purposes, such as promoting the University of Toronto. If you have any questions, please contact terry.johnston@utoronto.ca.