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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.

FAQ

To stay up to date on new developments, please refer to the Graduation and Convocation section of Ryerson’s central COVID-19 website as this situation continues to evolve.

Visit our dates section for general question about this situation, future dates for a potential June recognition event and fall ceremonies.

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.

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.

 

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.

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, opens in new window and view all of your graduation communications to keep up to date on your application.

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.

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, opens in new window and view all of your graduation communications to keep up to date on your application.

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. Our office will then contact you to ensure all needs are addressed. 

For more information contact the Ceremonials Office, opens in new window.

Grad photos and class composites are a service provided by the Ryerson Students' Union, external link, opens in new window

Convocation ceremonies are typically two hours long. There are also post-ceremony celebrations held for all graduates and their guests.

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. 

Your guest tickets will be sent to you via email once you submit your registration, opens in new window 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

A photographer from Lifetouch, external link, opens in new window 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.

 

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.

During both spring and fall convocation, the Student Learning Centre, opens in new window 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, opens in new window.

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.

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.

Search the current schedule. Dates beyond the next convocation season are located here.

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.

Ryerson University’s convocation will be held at the Mattamy Athletics Centre (MAC), opens in new window, located at 50 Carlton Street.

Find direction and parking information here.

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.

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, external link, opens in new window 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, external link.

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.