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Guest Information

All convocation ceremonies are held in the Mattamy Athletic Centre.  

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.

Doors will open for guests one hour and 45 minutes before the start of the convocation ceremony. Please arrive at this time in order to be seated before the start of the ceremony. If you are not seated before the graduate procession begins you will have to remain outside ceremony area until the graduates and the stage party have been seated.

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 balloons are allowed inside of the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Should you bring any, you will be asked to dispose of them at the entrance.

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.  

Post-ceremony receptions are held in the reception lounge for all graduates and their guests. Receptions include light refreshments.

Graduates can make an accommodation request on behalf of a guest when submitting their ceremony RSVP. 

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office.

In accordance with Section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990, and under the authority of the Ryerson University Act, 1977, students’ images, names, program, degree earned, and year of graduation as they appear in Convocation programs and in webcasts are considered public information.

Note that all Convocation ceremonies are broadcast live at on-campus locations and on the Internet. Ceremonies will also be recorded for the purpose of DVD production and webcasting which makes them available to friends, family and community members unable to attend in person. Cameras capture images of students, audience members, faculty and guests on stage. These images are the personal information of all participants. By accepting the invitation to attend Convocation, you are agreeing to participate in the webcast and photo taking.

If you have any questions or concerns about your information as it appears in the webcast or recording, contact the Manager of the Ceremonials Office at 416-979-5000 ext. 3682; or at convocation@ryerson.ca.

Ryerson family on Convocation day.

Convocation is an exciting time for students, families and friends. Please read through the information on this page to ensure the best possible convocation experience.