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 the Fall.

The next convocation ceremonies will take place from Saturday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Shaw Centre and will last approximately two and a half hours.

Schedule of ceremonies

Faculty of Arts
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 6

Faculty of Arts I

  • Applied Ethics
  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts (without Minor)
  • Bilingualism Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • English
  • Écriture et style
  • English as a Second Language
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethics and Society
  • Francophone Studies
  • French
  • French Studies
  • French as a Second Language
  • Geography
  • Geomatics and Spatial Analysis
  • German Language and Culture
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin and English Studies
  • Lettres françaises
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Rédaction professionnelle et édition
  • Russian Language and Culture
  • Second-Language Teaching
  • Spanish
  • Translation
  • World Literatures and Cultures
Monday, June 19, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 7

Faculty of Arts II

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Classics
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Digital Journalism
  • Film Studies
  • Greek and Roman Studies
  • History
  • History and Theory of Art
  • Information Studies
  • Jewish Canadian Studies
  • Journalism
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • World Cinemas
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 11 Faculty of Education Tuesday, June 20, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Engineering
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 9 Faculty of Engineering I
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic Business Technologies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Science
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 10 Faculty of Engineering II
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 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)
Saturday, June 17, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 2

Faculty of Health Sciences II

  • Audiologie
  • Ergothérapie
  • Nursing
  • Orthophonie
  • Physiothérapie
  • Population Health (doctorate)
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
Saturday, June 17, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Law
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 14 Faculty of Law, Common Law Section

Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Medicine
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 2

Faculty of Medicine

  • Biochemistry (Master’s, PhD)
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Population Health (diploma)
  • Population Health Risk Assessment and Management
Saturday, June 17, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Note: The Ceremony for the MD Program will take place on May 19, 2017 at the Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

Faculty of Science
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 8 Faculty of Science Monday, June 19, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Faculty of Social Sciences
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 3

Faculty of Social Sciences I

  • Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (without Minor)
  • Criminology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies
  • Women’s Studies (master’s and doctorate)
Sunday, June 18, 2017 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony 4

Faculty of Social Sciences II

  • International Development and Globalization
  • Gerontology
  • Global Studies
  • Globalization and International Development (master’s)
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences of Health
  • United States Studies
Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Ceremony 5

Faculty of Social Sciences III

  • Conflict Studies and Human Rights
  • Economics, Economics and Public Policy
  • International Economics and Development
  • 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)
Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Ceremony Faculty Date Time
Ceremony 12

Ceremony cancelled. Only one ceremony for the Telfer School of Management will take place, on Wednesday, June 21, at 2:30 p.m. (Ceremony 13).

Ceremony 13

Telfer School of Management

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 2:30 p.m.

To know the day of the ceremony

Address and parking


Shaw Centre
Canada Hall
55 Colonel By Drive

Directions from the University of Ottawa to the Shaw Centre


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

Alternatively, the University’s Desmarais and Mann garages, and all outdoor parking lots, are free of charge for Convocation. If you park at the University, allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the Shaw Centre.


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, frames and rings

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


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 immediately after you receive your diploma, while you are still 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 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

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.

No 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

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, at least two weeks prior to the ceremony date. If you need a sign language interpreter, please notify us three weeks in advance.

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.

Registration for graduates

Reminder: You must register to receive your degree in order to participate at the convocation ceremony.

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