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 November.

The next convocation ceremonies will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at the National Arts Centre. All ceremonies last approximately two and a half hours.

Schedule of ceremonies

2017 Fall Convocation Schedule
Sunday, November 5, 2017
National Arts Centre

Ceremony I

Telfer School of Management
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Law

9:30 a.m.

Ceremony II

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Social Sciences

2:30 p.m.

Ceremony III

Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Health Sciences

7:00 p.m.

The day of your ceremony

Address and parking


National Arts Centre (NAC)
Southam Hall
53 Elgin Street

Directions from the University of Ottawa to the NAC


You may use the NAC’s underground parking at regular rates. However, parking space at the NAC is limited. Therefore, the University’s Desmarais and Mann garages as well as all outdoor parking lots with the exception of parking lots 100 Marie-Curie, Lot Z and street parking, are available free of charge during Convocation. If you choose to park at the University, you should allow 10 to 15 minutes for the short walk to the NAC.


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 NAC on the day of Convocation.
  • The Alumni Relations 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 NAC 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.

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 can use the NAC coat check free of charge which is located close to the fountain. Note that you don’t have access to a coat check back stage. We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables (purses, cameras, etc.) with one of your guests, or, if this is not possible, at the NAC coat check. The University of Ottawa is not responsible for items left backstage.

Accessibility and special assistance

The NAC 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.

Special assistance for guests

You can reserve wheelchair-accessible seating through Ticketmaster. For more information or if you or your guest(s) require any other assistance on the day of the ceremony, please call the NAC at 613-947-7000, ext. 620.

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

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