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Ryerson University has made the difficult decision to postpone all fall 2020 convocation ceremonies until 2021 or until it is permitted to safely hold large public gatherings again. Please refer to the Graduation and Convocation section of Ryerson’s central COVID-19 website as this situation continues to evolve.

Learn more of the virtual graduation celebration planned for fall 2020 graduates on November 17.

Student Information

If you are planning on attending your convocation ceremony, please review the convocation checklist to ensure you have completed all the steps.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

Convocation ceremonies are typically two hours.

Post-ceremony celebrations are held on the fourth floor – they include light refreshments. Enjoy and celebrate!

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.

You will need to retain your RSVP confirmation or your OneCard to checkout of the ceremony.

You will have an opportunity to make an accommodation request for you or a guest when you register, opens in new window for your convocation ceremony.

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office.

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.

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. Your name, program, degree earned, and year of graduation will appear in the convocation program whether or not you accept the invitation to attend convocation.

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