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Convocation Ceremonies

Ryerson Postponing Spring 2021 Convocation:

Ryerson University has made the difficult decision to postpone all spring 2021 convocation ceremonies until it is permitted to safely hold large public gatherings again.


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.


Graduation is a multi-step process. These steps are: 

  1. Submission of your Application to Graduate
  2. Assessment and confirmation of eligibility to graduate
  3. Conferral of your graduation award (diploma/parchment) at Convocation ceremony
  4. Release of your graduation award document to you

Convocation (graduation) ceremonies are held twice a year: 

  • Spring (June)
  • Fall (October)

For detailed information about dates, times, tickets and other ceremony related activities not related to your eligibility to graduate, please go to Convocation, or call the Convocation Information Line at 416-979-5234.

Engineering Ring Ceremony 

The Ring ceremony will be held in March for undergraduate Engineering students who have applied to graduate for the Spring Convocation. Please contact your undergraduate program department for more information.

Release of Your Award Document 

Normally, whether you attend your convocation ceremony or are graduating in absentia, your document will not be issued prior to the Convocation ceremony. This practice may be amended for Spring 2020 graduates. Please refer to this page for updates.

Your document will also not be released into your possession until outstanding fees and all other obligations to the university are cleared. Please check for holds on your account by logging onto RAMSS and referring to the Holds (right-hand sidebar) section of the Student Centre.

Graduating in Absentia 

How to Obtain Your Award Document:

Graduation award documents will be presented to students who attend their convocation ceremony. If you do not attend the ceremony, you may pick-up your document on campus or arrange to have it couriered to you.

Because we do not know how long the university will be operating remotely, we are extending the date to retrieve your graduation award document from the ServiceHub (POD150). June 30, 2021 is the new pick-up deadline date for all students who graduated in Spring 2019 or Fall 2019.

Normally, Graduation award documents are only kept for a period of one year from the date of your convocation ceremony. After one year has passed, all remaining documents are destroyed. Fall Convocation pick-up is normally after November 1st and, for Spring Convocation pick-up is normally after July 1st.

The extended deadline date for Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 graduates means that you now have until June 30, 2021 to retrieve your award document.

If you cannot pick-up your award document, a courier request option is normally offered, where you may choose to have your document couriered to you. As of March 2020 we are not able to offer this option. The service will be re-instated as soon as possible.

If your document has been destroyed but you wish to receive a copy, you must PDF filerequest a document reissue. Please note that this option has been suspended until normal on-site operations resume.

Note: Because the university is operating remotely, this option is not available at this time. We will reinstate this option once we return to normal operating procedures.

Note: Because the university is operating remotely, this option is not available at this time. We will reinstate this option once we return to normal operating procedures.