Convocation ceremonies

Convocation is a unique event, a time to celebrate with those who have helped you reach your goals — family, friends and members of the uOttawa community.

There are two main sets of Convocation ceremonies each year: one in June and one in October.

The Spring ceremonies will take place from June 10 to 13, 2018 and the Fall ceremonies will take place on Sunday, October 28, 2018. All ceremonies take place at the Shaw Centre and last approximately two and a half hours.

2018 Spring Convocation Schedule

Faculty of Arts
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 3

Faculty of Arts

Sunday, June 10, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 9

Faculty of Education

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Faculty of Engineering
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 10

Faculty of Engineering I

  • Computer Engineering (bachelor’s)
  • Computer Science (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (master’s and doctorate)
  • Electronic Business (doctorate)
  • Electronic Business Technologies (master’s)
  • Electrical Engineering (bachelor’s)
  • Engineering Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Science
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 11

Faculty of Engineering II

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 1

Faculty of Health Sciences I

  • Health Sciences
  • Human Kinetics
  • Leisure Studies
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (master’s)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 2

Faculty of Health Sciences II

  • Audiologie
  • Ergothérapie
  • Nursing
  • Orthophonie
  • Physiothérapie
  • Population Health
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Faculty of Law
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 7

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Faculty of Medicine
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 2

Faculty of Medicine

  • Master's, Doctoral and Combined MD/PhD programs: Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Epidemiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience
  • Graduate Diploma: Population Health Risk Assessment and Management
  • Undergraduate Program: Translational Molecular Medicine
Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Information

Note: The Ceremony for the MD Program will take place on May 18, 2018 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Faculty of Science
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 4

Faculty of Science

Monday, June 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 5

Faculty of Social Sciences I

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences of Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
  • Women’s Studies (master’s and doctorate)
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:30 p.m..
Ceremony 6

Faculty of Social Sciences II

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (without Minor)
  • Conflict Studies and Human Rights
  • Economics
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • International Economics and Development
  • International Development and Globalization
  • Global Studies
  • Globalization and International Development (master’s)
  • International Studies and Modern Languages
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Governance (certificate)
  • Public and International Affairs (master’s)
  • Public Management and Governance (graduate certificate)
  • United States Studies
Monday, June 11, 2018 7:30 p.m..
Telfer School of Management
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 8

Telfer School of Management

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:30 p.m.
All faculties
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 1

Faculty of Health Sciences I

  • Health Sciences
  • Human Kinetics
  • Leisure Studies
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Health Sciences (master’s)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 2

Faculty of Health Sciences II

  • Audiologie
  • Ergothérapie
  • Nursing
  • Orthophonie
  • Physiothérapie
  • Population Health
  • Rehabilitation Sciences

Faculty of Medicine

  • Master's, Doctoral and Combined MD/PhD programs: Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Epidemiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience
  • Graduate Diploma: Population Health Risk Assessment and Management
  • Undergraduate Program: Translational Molecular Medicine

Note: The Ceremony for the MD Program will take place on May 18, 2018 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Sunday, June 10, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 3

Faculty of Arts

Sunday, June 10, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Ceremony 4

Faculty of Science

Monday, June 11, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 5

Faculty of Social Sciences I

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Gerontology
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences of Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
  • Women’s Studies (master’s and doctorate)
Monday, June 11, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 6

Faculty of Social Sciences II

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (without Minor)
  • Conflict Studies and Human Rights
  • Economics
  • Economics and Public Policy
  • International Economics and Development
  • International Development and Globalization
  • Global Studies
  • Globalization and International Development (master’s)
  • International Studies and Modern Languages
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Administration and Governance (certificate)
  • Public and International Affairs (master’s)
  • Public Management and Governance (graduate certificate)
  • United States Studies
Monday, June 11, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Ceremony 7

Faculty of Law, Common Law Section
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 8

Telfer School of Management

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 9

Faculty of Education

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Ceremony 10

Faculty of Engineering I

  • Computer Engineering (bachelor’s)
  • Computer Science (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (master’s and doctorate)
  • Electronic Business (doctorate)
  • Electronic Business Technologies (master’s)
  • Electrical Engineering (bachelor’s)
  • Engineering Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Science

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

9:30 a.m..
Ceremony 11

Faculty of Engineering II

  • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 2:30 p.m.

The day of your ceremony

Address and parking

Location

Shaw Centre
Canada Hall
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa

Directions from the University of Ottawa to the Shaw Centre

Parking

The nearest parking is in a two-storey underground garage off-campus connected to the Rideau Centre, with entrances on Daly Avenue and Colonel By Drive. Regular rates apply.

Alternatively, parking in the University’s Desmarais and Mann garages (June 10 to 13 inclusive) and outdoor parking lots (Sunday, June 10 only) are free during Convocation. If you park at the University, allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the Shaw Centre.


Accommodation

The University of Ottawa residences offer comfortable accommodation for graduates and their guests during the convocation period. For more information, please visit the residences website.


Flowers

Flower bouquets will be sold at the Shaw Centre on the day of Convocation.


Frames and rings

The Alumni Relation Office will be selling official grad rings, frames and University memorabilia on the day of Convocation. You may also purchase these items ahead of time at the Alumboutique.


Photography

At the Shaw Centre Convocation Ceremony

Photograd will be onsite as the official photographer to take photos of graduates. While you’re on stage, you’ll have your photo taken. In addition, an official photo will be taken when you’re in the backstage area. Don't miss the opportunity to capture this exciting moment in your gown, holding your diploma. The backstage photos will be printed and prepared on-site. If you wish to purchase these photos, you can pick them up immediately after the ceremony. For more information, please write to info@photograd.ca or call 819-778-3468. Packages will also be made available after convocation for purchase online at Photograd.

During the ceremony, members of the audience may take pictures at any time from their seats. They may also approach the cord when the graduates are being called up.

Still photographs and film footage may be taken during convocation and may or may not include your recognizable image. By participating in this event, you consent to being photographed or filmed and authorize the University to use the photographs or film in print, digital, video or web-based format for promotional and archival purposes. For further information, please contact us at markcom@uOttawa.ca.

Graduation photos in a studio

Prior to the Convocation ceremony, your student federation may contact you with details about graduation photo packages. If you do not hear from your student federation and would like to make an appointment to have graduation photos taken, or for more information, you can contact Portraits Now in the University Centre (613-232-1165) or another photographer who provides a similar service.


Coat check

You don’t have access to a coat check at the Shaw Centre. We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables (purses, cameras, etc.) with one of your guests. The University of Ottawa is not responsible for items left in Canada Hall.


Accessibility and special assistance

Special assistance for students and guests

The Shaw Centre is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair ramp is installed to ensure accessibility for all students going up on the stage. There will be someone backstage to assist students with their special needs. If you require special assistance or wish to make special arrangements for the Convocation ceremony, please email aocs-graduation@uOttawa.ca, at least two weeks prior to the ceremony date. If you need a sign language interpreter, please notify us three weeks in advance.


Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates are special academic distinctions awarded to individuals whose personal and professional achievements over the years have made an invaluable contribution to the University, to their discipline or to society at large.

For more information on how recipients are chosen, what recipients receive and how to nominate someone for an honorary doctorate, please visit the Honorary Doctorates website.


Photographs, videos and audio recordings of events may be produced and may include your recognizable image. By participating in an event, you therefore consent to being photographed, video-taped and audio-taped and you authorize the University to use any of these recordings for its activities and events, as well as for its print and electronic promotional material, including on the Internet via the University website or other social media websites. Personal information obtained at the event is collected in accordance with the University of Ottawa Act, S.O. 1965, C.137. For further information, please contact us at markcom@uOttawa.ca.

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