Family & Friends

As a friend or family member of one of our graduating students or honorary degree recipients, the University of Toronto welcomes you.

Ceremonies are held in Convocation Hall at 31 King's College Circle located 2 blocks west of University Avenue, 1 block north off College Street. Each ceremony usually lasts approximately 90 minutes, and consists of a procession, the opening of convocation, admission to degrees, welcoming remarks, conferring of honorary degrees, an address by the honorary graduand or speaker, presentation of graduates, closing remarks, the singing of O Canada, and a formal recessional.

You will need tickets to attend Convocation. Seating in Convocation Hall is limited. We, therefore, limit our graduating students who are attending their ceremony to two guest tickets.

Because there is no reserved seating, we recommend that guests arrive early and are seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony to guarantee seating.

The graduand online RSVP and tickets system is only available for a set time period.  It will be available to graduating students through ACORN  from April 30 - May 14, 2024.  

Please note that there is no charge for guest tickets.   

For family and friends who are unable to attend Convocation, you will be able to view the live webcast of the ceremonies via the Convocation Hub. For those located in mainland China, a MyMedia version will be available 48-72 hours after the original ceremony date.

The graduating student procession begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony followed by the academic procession. You are welcome to photograph your graduate at any time from your seat.  We ask that guests remain in their seat while taking photographs.

The University of Toronto respects your privacy. Convocation ceremonies and related events are public and recorded in various ways including webcast, video and photography. These images and recordings may be used for official purposes, such as promoting the University of Toronto. If you have any questions regarding your privacy, please contact us through our web form and select 'Convocation Photography & Privacy' as the request type.