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CONVOCATION

Guest Information

Schedule of Events
Accomodation Seating
Ryerson Theatre
Ceremony Online
The Ceremony
Exiting the Theatre
Guest Services
Flowers and Telegrams
Souvenirs
Convocation DVDs and Photographs
Returning Academic Regalia
Parking
Accommodations


Schedule of Events for Guests the Day of Convocation

Please arrive on time.

9:30 a.m. Ceremony
1:00 p.m.
Ceremony
2:30 p.m. Ceremony
6:00 p.m. Ceremony
Steps Location  
8:15 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 1:15 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Guests with accommodation requests arrive and are seated. Ryerson Theatre (KHN)
8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m Theatre opens for general guest seating. Please have your tickets for admittance to the Theatre. Guest Services will be located outside of the Ryerson Theatre for your convenience. Ryerson Theatre (KHN)
9:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. All guests seated and processions begin moving into the Theatre. Ryerson Theatre (KHN)
9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Ceremony begins

Ryerson Theatre (KHN)

 

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Accommodation Seating


If you or a guest has an accommodation request (such as wheelchair seating, hearing devices, etc.) contact Lise Payne by e-mail at l2payne@ryerson.ca or at 416-979-5000 ext. 7857 to ensure all needs are addressed. Guests will be asked to arrive one and one quarter hours prior to the ceremony. When e-mailing, include the name of the person needing the accommodation, details of their requirements, the name of anyone attending with them, ceremony date and time and, the name of the graduating student. Please ensure they bring their theatre tickets with them.

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Ryerson Theatre

All Convocation ceremonies take place in the Ryerson Theatre, located at 43 Gerrard Street East KHN on map. To be admitted to the Ryerson Theatre each guest will need to present a Convocation Ceremony ticket. Seating is on first-come first-served basis.  Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony. Guests seated in the Ryerson Theatre are asked to remain seated until the completion of the ceremony. We suggest that guests arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony and be seated in the theatre at least 15 minutes before the ceremony. Late arrivals will be asked to wait outside the Theatre until the Chancellor's and Academic processions have entered the Theatre.

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Ceremony Online

Convocation ceremonies are available as 'live' streaming video webcasts and are archived for later viewing.  Please test your software before the event using the archive.  

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The Ceremony

The graduation ceremony consists of the following: Student Procession
Academic Procession
Invocation
University Orator
Welcoming Remarks
Provost's Remarks
Convocation Address
General Presentation of Candidates
Awarding of Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees
(Student Awards)
Alumni Representative
Concluding Remarks
National Anthem  

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Exiting the Theatre

Participants will leave the Ryerson Theatre in the following order: stage party first; graduates next (in the same order as they entered); then the general audience.  

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The Reception

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony. Details may come in advance, but they will also be announced at the end of each ceremony.  

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Guest Services

Outside the Ryerson Theatre before the start of the Convocation ceremony, the following services are available for your convenience. Available for sale:

  • Flowers
  • Convocation DVD Order Forms

Flower Delivery: see below  

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Flowers and Telegrams

May be delivered on the day of the ceremony to the floral delivery table located outside and across from the Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East, (south side of Gerrard, east of Yonge).  Deliveries will be accepted after 8:15 am for the 9:30 am ceremony, after 11:45 am for 1:00 pm ceremony, after 1:15 pm for the 2:30 pm ceremony and after 4:45 pm for the 6:00 pm ceremony.  All floral arrangements and messages must be clearly marked with the student's first and last name and program of study.  Volunteers will then deliver the flowers and messages to students in the gowning area.  Please note that this table is not attended to prior to the times listed above. Flowers are also available for sale on the ceremony date outside the Ryerson Theatre.  These sales are done by company Graduation Flowers. If you would like to order flowers in advance please use the link to their website below to place your order.

www.ConvocationFlowers.ca/index.php/Ryerson
 

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Souvenirs Available at the Reception

Ryerson University pens, rings, watches and degree frames, T-shirts and other Ryerson memorabilia will be available for sale after the ceremony.  The Ryerson Bookstore provides this onsite service.  

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Convocation DVDs

DVDs of the entire Convocation proceedings will be available for $32.00 each, including taxes and shipping (make cheques payable to Ryerson University).


Purchase Spring 2016 DVD

Purchase Fall 2016 DVD


For previous Convocation ceremonies:

Please email convocation@ryerson.ca to check the availability of previous Convocation ceremonies DVDs.

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Photographs

A photographer from Lifetouch will photograph each graduate as awards are conferred on stage. 

If you have a question or concern about the photographs taken during the ceremony, contact Lifetouch by email specialevents@lifetouch.com or by phone 800-505-9496 Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm EST.

You will be emailed your login information to view your proof shortly after convocation.

If you have a question or concern about the composite class photographs, contact the Ryerson Student Union's Internal Coordinator at 416-979-5255 extension 2325. If you have a question or concern about the photographs taken during the academic year, contact Lassman Studios by e-mail at questions@lassmanstudios.com or at 905-889-1241.  

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Returning Academic Regalia

Graduands are required to return their regalia immediately upon completion of the ceremony. If they do not return the regalia they will be invoiced the cost of replacement regalia and will not be able to obtain transcripts etc. until payment is made.  

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Parking

There is parking at Ryerson University.  Payment for parking on campus is cash only. Rates and hours of operations are posted at the kiosks. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis at:

  • Victoria St. between Gould and Dundas Streets  (entrance at 300 Victoria St.)
  • Mutual St. between Gerrard and Gould Streets  (entrance at 160 Mutual St.)

There are also parking lots at the Eaton Centre and on Carlton, Church, Dundas and Gerrard Streets.

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Accommodations

There are a number of hotels in the downtown area. Below is a list of hotels if you are coming from out of town and plan to arrive before Convocation.

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