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 Fall ceremonies will take place on Friday, November 1, 2019 and the Spring ceremonies will take place from June 7 to 10, 2020. All ceremonies take place at the Shaw Centre and last approximately two and a half hours.

2019 Fall Convocation Schedule

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ceremony 1

Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Science

9:30 a.m.

Ceremony 2

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences

2:30 p.m.

Ceremony 3

Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Health Sciences
Telfer School of Management

7:30 p.m.

The day of your ceremony


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 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 is free during Convocation (Friday, November 1, 2019). 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.


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.


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 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 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, 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

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