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Due to continued government and public health protocols, the university will host fall 2021 convocation ceremonies virtually. Please refer to the Graduation and Convocation section of our central COVID-19 website as this situation continues to evolve.

Visit the convocation main page for information regarding virtual ceremonies this fall 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Ceremony Questions

These will include answers to questions regarding virtual ceremonies as well as information regarding COVID-19 and its affects on in-person ceremonies in 2020 and beyond.

Question Answer  
Is convocation happening in Fall 2021?

Yes! From November 16 to 18, virtual convocation ceremonies will take place.

Search our detailed ceremony times to see when your specific program/faculty will hold convocation.

 
How do I apply to attend my virtual convocation ceremony?

All approved graduates will have their name announced and appear on screen during their convocation ceremony.

However, when you apply to your virtual convocation ceremony through our application system, it is to submit a photo for your ceremony and sign up for a convocation celebration box.

Applications to submit a photo and receive a convocation celebration box close October 5, 2021, 11:59 p.m.

Only students who have been deemed eligible to graduate will receive a confirmation email to attend their virtual ceremony. Students will be notified of their graduation status by September 22, 2021.

 
If I choose to attend my virtual convocation ceremony, will I be able to attend an in-person ceremony when it is permitted to do so? Yes. You may attend and participate in your virtual convocation ceremony and you will also be invited to attend an in-person ceremony when it is permitted to do so.  
How many guests may I invite to view my virtual convocation?

There is no attendance limit for your virtual ceremony. Once you've been confirmed to graduate, and are formally invited to attend your virtual ceremony, you will receive a PDF invitation with the link to view your ceremony. You may share this invitation with as many of your guests as you'd like.

Only students who have been deemed eligible to graduate will receive a confirmation email to attend their virtual ceremony. Students will be notified of their graduation status by September 22, 2021.

 
Will there be celebratory convocation reception held by my faculty/program? Celebratory receptions for specific programs, faculties, or campus groups will be listed on our dates page. This page will be updated as these events are shared.
 
Will I be able to get a convocation celebration box?

You will only be sent a convocation celebration box if you are approved to graduate and have also opted-in to receive one.

Note, shipping outside of Canada is not offered for convocation celebration boxes.

Applying for a convocation celebration box does not guarantee you will receive one. Only students who have been deemed eligible to graduate and who have also opted-in to receive a convocation celebration box will receive one.

Students will be notified of their status by September 22, 2021. You may track your graduation status in RAMSS.

 
What is in the convocation celebration box?
The convocation celebration box will include a blue mortarboard and special 2021 tassel, an alumni welcome package, and more fun surprises. The deadline to request a box is October 5, 2021 at 12:00p.m.  Continue the celebration on social media by sharing your unboxing experience using #RUgrad2021    
When will the convocation celebration box be mailed?
How quickly will I get my celebration box?

We anticipate mailing the convocation celebration box near the end of October. A UPS tracking number will be sent directly to the email you provided once your package is ready for shipment.

We anticipate delivery before your virtual convocation ceremony during the week of November 16, 2021.  

Note, shipping outside of Canada is not offered for convocation celebration boxes.

 
Do I or my guests need tickets to attend my virtual convocation ceremony?

No. Virtual ceremonies will be streamed online via YouTube.

There is no attendance limit for your virtual ceremony. Once you've been confirmed to graduate, and are formally invited to attend your virtual ceremony, you will receive a PDF invitation with the link to view your ceremony. You may share this invitation with as many of your guests as you'd like.

 
Why has Ryerson postponed convocation ceremonies for fall 2021? The university is continuing to follow the advice and guidance of public health agencies and government in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


In light of the government and public health protocols, the university will postpone all in-person fall 2021 convocation ceremonies and celebrate our graduates virtually.
 
When will I get notification that I’ve been approved to graduate? If you have a current application to graduate, you’ll receive a confirmation of your eligibility to graduate status by September 22, 2021 via your Ryerson email address.  
Will I still graduate since convocation is postponed? Yes. If you have applied to graduate, and have completed your program requirements successfully, you will still graduate and be awarded your degree/certificate.

Please check your Graduation Status on RAMSS, and consult with your program department if you are unsure of your graduation status.
 
Will I still receive my degree/certificate? Yes. Students who are approved to graduate will receive an email confirming when they will receive their e-parchment and when they can expect to receive their paper parchment in the mail.  
What are the alternative plans you have made for fall 2021 ceremonies? While we cannot hold our traditional fall events, Ryerson will hold a virtual convocation ceremonies to honour our graduates. Visit our dates page for more details.  
When can I participate in an in-person convocation ceremony? All 2020/21 graduates will be given the opportunity to cross the convocation stage.

Please be assured that once it is safe to hold large in-person gatherings again, the university will reach out to invite all 2020/21 graduates to participate in future convocation ceremonies.
 
What about all of the 2020/21 graduates who had their ceremonies postponed? All 2020/21 graduates who had their in person ceremonies postponed will be given the opportunity to cross the convocation stage. Please know that we look forward to celebrating this milestone in-person when it is safe to do so.
 
When will my name be called during my ceremony?

During your ceremony, your name will be announced ​in alphabetical order of your program, then alphabetically according to your last name.​

 
​Do I need to wear regalia (gown, cap, hat, hood, sash, etc.) for my virtual ceremony?

No. You are not required to wear any regalia for your virtual ceremony.

On your ceremony day, feel free to wear the cap that will come in your convocation celebration box. Share your big day on social media using #RUgrad2021 - so dress to impress!

 
Can I rent/purchase regalia (gown, hood, sash, etc.) for my virtual ceremony?
While it is not required that you wear regalia for your virtual ceremony, students who would like to rent/purchase a gown and hood are permitted to do so.

Visit the the Harcourts website, external link, opens in new window to purchase an keepsake hood and gown. Note, this is not required to attend convocation; you will be given the opportunity to rent a gown and hood for your ceremony.
 

With the university proposing a name change, what happens to my degree? Will the university be replacing it?

The university will establish a framework as to the process and timeline on which we will arrive at a new name for the institution. 

We will provide regular updates to our community on the process, including decisions regarding degrees and certificates. 

 
Will my degree still be valid with the university changing the name?

Absolutely! Your hard-earned degree remains an accomplishment to celebrate and a credential worthy of promotion. The changing of the name of the university does not change your experience. For the last 73 years, the faculty and staff at the university have worked hard to provide an exceptional educational experience for students. The university's programs and graduates are recognized internationally for their innovative and career-ready approach. Potential employers will continue to recognize your degree for what it says about your skills, training and expertise, regardless of the name change. 

The institution we currently call Ryerson University has had four names since it was founded in 1948 as the Ryerson Institute of Technology. Each name change reflected both the institution's evolving roles in society and its aspirations for the future. 

While the name of the university is changing, your hard work and dedication to your degree will not change. The values and mission of the university remain the same; the renaming is just another step in our history. 

 

In-Person Ceremony Questions

This section will include answers to questions regarding in-person ceremonies prior to March 2020 or once large gatherings and in-person ceremonies are again permitted.

Question Answer
What do I need to know as a graduating student? Head over to our student checklist to make sure you check off all that needs to get done before your ceremony. There, you will also find information of what to expect leading up to your ceremony and and on the day of.
How do I get tickets? What do I need to know about tickets? To obtain tickets, you must request them when you register for your convocation ceremony. Please note that you may only register if you are eligible to graduate.

Each grad is eligible to receive four or five guest tickets (depending on ceremony size) each with a unique barcode. Each ticket may be sent directly to guests (via email) or downloaded and distributed to each of your guests manually.

Each ticket may only be scanned once – please ensure that each of your guests has a unique ticket in hand (either on their mobile device or a hard copy) for the ceremony. If they don’t bring their tickets, seating cannot be guaranteed.

Extra tickets for seating are not available for any convocation ceremony.
When do I arrive for my ceremony? Arrive on time for your ceremony (8:45 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. ceremony; 1:45 p.m. for 3:30 p.m. ceremony) and sign in using your registration confirmation or OneCard. The procession starts 30 minutes before the ceremony, so it is very important for you to arrive on time.
What do I do with personal items on the day of my ceremony? Personal items may be left in the line up area (this area is unsupervised) or you may bring them with you into the convocation arena. If you are arriving with your guests you may also leave items with them. Hold on to your phone for photos of your big day!
What should I tell my guests? Let guests know that doors open 1h45min before the ceremony. They may arrive then or anytime before the graduand procession (10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m, depending on your ceremony time). There is no assigned seating.

Note, no helium balloons are allowed inside of the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Should you or your guests bring any, you will be asked to dispose of them at the entrance.
What do I wear to my ceremony? Wear comfortable shoes – you will be standing for some time and walking up a few flights of stairs. For more information about what you can wear, read our regalia guidelines.
What happens during the ceremony? You will be guided through your convocation ceremony by experienced marshals. They will seat you, line you up before crossing the stage, and answer your questions along the way. The most important things to remember are: don’t lose your namecard and have fun!

Check out the student checklist for more information on how to prepare for your big day.

Convocation ceremonies are typically two hours.
What happens after the ceremony? Where do receptions happen? Post-ceremony celebrations are held on the fourth floor – they include light refreshments. Enjoy and celebrate!

You will need to retain your RSVP confirmation or your OneCard to checkout of the ceremony.
Where do I return my regalia? Return your regalia to Grad Gown Return no later than one hour after your ceremony. If you do not return your gown and hood you will be invoiced $300. You will not be able to obtain transcripts until payment is made or the regalia is returned in good condition.
I have an accommodation request for myself or my guest. What do I do? You will have an opportunity to make an accommodation request for you or a guest when you register for your convocation ceremony.

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office.
I'm not planning, or cannot attend my convocation. What do I do? If you are not attending convocation, you may graduate in absentia. If extenuating circumstances arise that affect your ability to attend your convocation ceremony, a case-file may be started to evaluate your attendance eligibility. To start this process, please contact Curriculum Management at gradinfo@ryerson.ca.

When graduating in absentia, after July 1 or November 1 (for spring or fall convocation), you may arrange a courier of your document by logging into your RAMSS account and submitting an Online Graduation Document Courier Request.

Alternatively, your award document will be made available for pick-up at the ServiceHub, POD150.

If you are unable to pick up your document yourself you may authorize someone else to pick it up on your behalf. You must provide this individual with a letter of authorization, which must include: your signature, your full name, your student number, your program name, term of graduation, and the full name of the person you are authorizing to pick up your document. The individual picking up your document must also provide photo identification proving they are the person stated in the authorization letter.

With the university proposing a name change, what happens to my degree? Will the university be replacing it?   
The university will establish a framework as to the process and timeline on which we will arrive at a new name for the institution.

We will provide regular updates to our community on the process, including decisions regarding degrees and certificates.
Will my degree still be valid with the university changing the name?   Absolutely! Your hard-earned degree remains an accomplishment to celebrate and a credential worthy of promotion. The changing of the name of the unviersity does not change your experience. For the last 73 years, the faculty and staff at the university have worked hard to provide an exceptional educational experience for students. The university's programs and graduates are recognized internationally for their innovative and career-ready approach. Potential employers will continue to recognize your degree for what it says about your skills, training and expertise, regardless of the name change.

The institution we currently call Ryerson University has had four names since it was founded in 1948 as the Ryerson Institute of Technology. Each name change reflected both the institution's evolving roles in society and its aspirations for the future.

While the name of the university is changing, your hard work and dedication to your degree will not change. The values and mission of the university remain the same; the renaming is just another step in our history.
Question Answer
Can I get extra tickets? No. There are a limited number of seats for all convocation ceremonies.

Each allotted ticket has a unique barcode that may only be scanned once - please ensure that each of your guests has a unique ticket.
Can I change the email on my guest ticket? Can I change the guest I am bringing? No, you may not change the email on your guest ticket. You may go into the registration system and download the tickets to manually send them to each new guest attending.

Yes, you may decide to bring a different guest later on.

Each allotted ticket has a unique barcode that may only be scanned once - please ensure that each of your guests has a unique ticket.
Do children need tickets to attend the ceremony? Anyone older than five years will need their own ticket. Younger children can attend without a ticket but must sit in a guest's lap.

Please keep in mind the ceremonies are typically two hours long. We encourage guests with young children to sit near exits in case you need to step outside.
How do I find out if I am eligible to graduate? Your eligibility to graduate will be determined once Curriculum Management has received your application to graduate and your final grades. You can Track your Application to Graduate Status and view all of your graduation communications to keep up to date on your application.
How do I get tickets to my ceremony? To obtain tickets, request them during the registration process for your ceremony.

If you are attempting to RSVP to your convocation ceremony, please note that you may only do so once your eligibility to graduate is confirmed.
How do I submit an accommodation request? You will have an opportunity to make an accommodation request for you or a guest when you register for your convocation ceremony. Our office will then contact you to ensure all needs are addressed.

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office.
How do I take a grad photo? Grad photos and class composites are a service provided by the Ryerson Students' Union.
How long is the ceremony? Convocation ceremonies are typically two hours long. There are also post-ceremony celebrations held for all graduates and their guests.
How many guest tickets can I request? Each grad is eligible to receive up to five guest tickets for their convocation ceremony at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Extra tickets are not available.
I have lost my guest tickets, what should I do? Your guest tickets will be sent to you via email once you submit your registration to attend convocation. You can always go back to this confirmation email to access your tickets or forward them to your guests to print or upload onto their mobile device.
I missed my convocation ceremony - can I attend the next one? If extenuating circumstances arise that affect your ability to attend your convocation ceremony, a case-file may be started to evaluate your attendance eligibility. To start this process, please contact Curriculum Management at gradinfo@ryerson.ca.
If I am unable to attend convocation, what should I do? If you are eligible to graduate but will not attend your convocation ceremony, you will be graduating in absentia. If extenuating circumstances arise that affect your ability to attend your convocation ceremony, a case-file may be started to evaluate your attendance eligibility. To start this process, please contact Curriculum Management at gradinfo@ryerson.ca.

When graduating in absentia, after July 1 or November 1 (for spring or fall convocation), you may arrange a courier of your document by logging into your RAMSS account and submitting an Online Graduation Document Courier Request.

Alternatively, your award document will be made available for pick-up at the ServiceHub, POD150.

If you are unable to pick up your document yourself you may authorize someone else to pick it up on your behalf. You must provide this individual with a letter of authorization, which must include: your signature, your full name, your student number, your program name, term of graduation, and the full name of the person you are authorizing to pick up your document. The individual picking up your document must also provide photo identification proving they are the person stated in the authorization letter.
Is there a difference between graduation and convocation? Graduation is the term used to acknowledge that you have completed your degree requirements and have been approved by the university’s Senate to graduate. Convocation is the ceremony where the Chancellor or their designate confers your degree.
Is there a fee to attend convocation? There is a $55 ceremony fee.

This fee includes: the use of regalia, guest tickets, and the post-ceremony celebration for you and your guests.
Is there a photographer on site on the day of convocation? A photographer from Lifetouch will take a picture of each graduate as they cross the stage and also after they receive their award document. Graduates will be emailed login information to view proofs shortly after convocation. If you did not give your photo consent during the RSVP process you will not be sent proofs.
What clothing should I wear to my ceremony? We suggest business or business casual attire to wear under your academic regalia. For more information about what you can wear, read our regalia guidelines.

We also suggest that you wear comfortable shoes! You will be standing, walking and climbing flights of stairs for more than an hour before your ceremony commences.

Only PhD grads wear mortarboards/hats as part of their regalia.
What is live broadcast? During both spring and fall convocation, the Student Learning Centre broadcasts the ceremonies on large screens in their Amphitheatre. Tickets are not required here, so feel free to bring extra family and friends so they can watch you cross the stage.

Guests are also able to watch the live broadcast of the ceremonies. You can find a link to the live broadcast here.
What do I do about lost items? If you have lost an item during a ceremony, please proceed to Registration Services, located to the left of the Grad Check-in desk on the second floor of the MAC, and a staff member will assist you in your search.

If you have already left the premises, please contact both convocation@ryerson.ca and recreation@ryerson.ca as your lost item may have been brought to the information desk at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.

If you have found a lost item, please bring it to Registration Services, located to the left of the Grad Check-in desk on the second floor of the MAC, or to the MAC information desk.
What shoes should I wear? We suggest that you wear comfortable shoes! You will be standing, walking and climbing flights of stairs for more than an hour before your ceremony commences.

For more information about what you can wear, read our regalia guidelines.
When is my ceremony? Search the current schedule. Dates beyond the next convocation season are located here.
When will I be able to register to attend my ceremony? You may only register once your eligibility to graduate is confirmed. Your confirmed eligibility will be emailed to you in late-May for spring ceremonies, or late-September for fall ceremonies. This email will also include a link to register.

Your eligibility to graduate will be determined once Curriculum Management has received your application to graduate and your final grades. You can Track your Application to Graduate Status and view all of your graduation communications to keep up to date on your application.
Where are convocation ceremonies held? Ryerson University’s convocation will be held at the Mattamy Athletics Centre (MAC), located at 50 Carlton Street.

Find direction and parking information here.
Where can I get a class composite? At this time, we do not know if composites will be available for students for June 2020 ceremonies. This is piece that is normally under the direction of the RSU. We will post updates here once we know more. Thank you for your understanding.
Where can I find my photos from my ceremony? Convocation ceremony photos taken on stage, or immediately after crossing the stage, are taken by Lifetouch. They are not immediately available and will need additional processing time. If you have not received a link to the photos a month after your convocation ceremony, please contact Lifetouch directly for further assistance. If you did not give your photo consent during the convocation registration process, you will not be sent proofs.

A photographer will be available after the ceremony to take family and individual photographs.

Composite class photos are only produced for the spring graduating class. If you will be graduating in the following fall ceremonies, be sure to have your photo taken during the winter photo sessions for your photo will be included in the spring composite. Grad portraits and class composites are a service provided by the Ryerson Students' Union.
Is there a prayer room? Where is the prayer room located? If you should require the prayer room before or during your convocation ceremony, please proceed to Registration Services, located to the left of the Grad Check-in desk on the second floor of the MAC, and a staff member will escort you.
Question Answer
Where are ceremonies held? All convocation ceremonies are held in the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Where do I park? How do I get to the convocation venue? Parking in downtown Toronto will be difficult during convocation. Ceremonies take place during work hours and most lots will be full. We strongly suggest that all graduates and guests commute in via TTC. College Station is less than a five minute walk from the venue. Please visit the TTC website, external link to see what stations accommodate commuter parking or to plan your entire trip, external link.

If you do plan on driving into the city please leave enough time to find parking so you do not miss your ceremony.
When can I arrive? When will the venue open for guests? Doors open for guests 1h45min before the ceremony. You arrive then or anytime before the graduand procession (10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m, depending on your grad's ceremony time). There is no assigned seating.
What do I need to bring to my grads ceremony? All guests must have their tickets with them, either on their mobile devices or a hard copy. Seating cannot be guaranteed without tickets.

Please note, no helium balloons are allowed inside of the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Should you bring any, you will be asked to dispose of them at the entrance.
How long is a ceremony? Convocation ceremonies are typically two hours long. Out of respect for all graduates and their guests we ask that everyone remains for the duration of the ceremony.

Please keep aisles clear – there will be plenty of time for photographs afterwards and we have professionals taking photos during the ceremony.
What happens after the ceremony? Post-ceremony celebrations are held on the fourth floor of the Mattamy Athletic Centre for all graduates and their guests. Celebrations include light refreshments.
I have an accommodation request, what do I do? Graduates can make an accommodation request on behalf of a guest when submitting their ceremony registration.

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office.