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Ceremony Information

Graduands' Assembly Area

After securing the diploma and call card, graduands will be directed to the main bowl lower level (follow signage to marshalling area) for assembly for Convocation.  You only need to have your call card with you.  Your diploma and personal belongings should be left with a relative or friend as that area will not be secured during the ceremony.

Crossing the Stage

When graduands proceed on stage, they hand the call card to the Orator. When their name is called, the Orator’s Marshall directs them to the Chancellor. The graduates then proceed off the stage via the ramp on the far right to be directed back to their seat. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will proceed to the reception area (where they lined up initially).

The Ceremony

Convocation sessions typically begin on time and run between 90 minutes to two hours depending on the number of graduands. It is strongly recommended that small children not attend Convocation.

Accessibility Accommodations

If you (the Graduand) require special accommodations to cross the stage, or to be seated for the ceremony, you may contact Student Disability Services at 519-253-3000, ext. 3288

If your guest requires special seating, please inform them to show up at least one hour prior to the ceremony. If your guest requires special accommodation such as hearing-impaired interpreters, please contact Shari Turcotte (shari@uwindsor.ca) at least one month prior, so arrangements can be made.  Convocation staff will be on hand to assist with seating. No reservation for seating is required.  There will be a handicapped parking drop off area where the public enters.  The university will not be able to supply wheelchairs, walkers or canes or other devices. 

Refreshments

Refreshments sponsored by the Alumni Association Board of Directors will follow Convocation.  All Graduates and guests are welcome. 

Parking on convocation day

Convocation ceremonies are being held at the WFCU Centre, we kindly ask that all Graduates and guests give themselves enough travel and parking time to avoid being late for the ceremonies.  Parking is free for all Graduates and attendees. 

Diploma Framing

Graduation diplomas can be beautifully framed by the Alumni Association in an official University of Windsor frame. For details visit www.uwindsor.ca/alumni/322/diploma-framing-service or call 519-971-3618. Prices vary depending on frame style. Framing is also available on convocation days at the WFCU Centre.

Souvenirs and Graduation Rings

The University Bookstore offers an extensive variety of souvenirs and university memorabilia all year long. The bookstore sets up a temporary sales site at the entrance of the WFCU Centre on Convocation days. Graduation rings can be purchased from the bookstore or can be ordered on the day of graduation at the Convocation site.

Convocation Sessions are Broadcast

All convocation ceremonies are webcast live at https://www.uwindsor.ca/graduation-convocation/306/watch-webcast. Archived sessions are also available at that site. All sessions are aired on Cogeco Cable 11 on various dates after Convocation.  Details on these airing times will appear in the Convocation program. 

Photography

Lifetouch photography is located on campus in the CAW Centre, lower level, unit b-101. Phone: 519-253-3000 ext. 1493. Composites will be available for pick-up at convocation. Lifetouch photography will be available on site the day fo Convocation. Cameras are permitted at Convocation but some areas are not accessible.

One final note

Convocation is a very important event – perhaps the most memorable of a student’s university experience. Arriving early will ensure that all Graduands are able to proceed across the stage in order. As a courtesy to all attendees, Graduands and guests are asked to remain in attendance for the entire ceremony.

Enjoy your special day!