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Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where does Convocation take place?

A: All Convocation ceremonies take place at Progress Campus, in the Athletic and Wellness Centre and Student Centre.

Q: Is parking available?

A: Complimentary parking is available in the parking lots 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and T Block Lot at Progress Campus. Security staff and signage will direct you to a lot with parking available. We encourage graduates and guests to carpool or take transit, if possible.

Q: What time should graduates arrive?

A: Graduates should plan to arrive at least one hour before their ceremony. Graduates, please report directly to the Graduate Registration area located in the Student Centre. Please bring photo identification with you, such as Student ID or driver's license to pick up your processional card and diploma/certificate.

Q: What time should guests arrive?

A: Guests should plan to arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony. Guests can proceed to the Guest Entrance in the Athletic & Wellness Centre, following the signs.

Guest seating begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.

Q: How do graduates receive their guest tickets?

A: The link to claim your two guest tickets will be sent to your myCentennial email address.

Graduates from the Summer (August 2018) and Fall (2018) semesters will receive their emails starting on May 1, 2019, to their myCentennial email address.

Graduates from the Winter (April 2019) semester, who applied to graduate, will receive their guest ticket email starting on May 15, 2019. Please note: that just because you receive a guest ticket email, this email is not a confirmation that you have been cleared to graduate.

All graduates have until May 30, 2019, to claim their two guest tickets. Starting May 31, 2019, we will release any unclaimed tickets so that all graduates have the opportunity for an additional ticket if they are available.

Q: Are additional guest tickets available?

A: On May 31, 2019, we will release any unclaimed tickets so that all graduates have the opportunity for an additional ticket if they are available. Graduates will return to the link where they claimed their guest tickets to access an additional ticket if any are available.

Q: Do children require a guest ticket?

A: Yes, any guest regardless of age requires a ticket for entry into the Convocation ceremonies.

Q: Do I need to print out my guest tickets?

A: On the day of the ceremony guest, ticket bar codes can be presented electronically or in a printed form.

Please take note of the following:

  • Each ticket has a unique bar code. Duplicate tickets will be declined at the door.
  • Tickets are required for each guest, including children, to enter the Convocation Ceremony. Graduates do not require a ticket.
  • Tickets are limited to two guests per graduate.
  • Seating is on a first come first seated basis. Once the gym reaches capacity remaining ticket holders will be seated in overflow viewing rooms.
  • Seating begins 30 mins prior to the start of each ceremony.
  • Seating areas can accommodate a wheelchair or walker.
  • All ceremonies are closed-captioned.

Q: Are strollers allowed?

A: Strollers are not permitted in the Convocation Hall. We will have stroller “parking” available in our Family viewing room just outside of Convocation Hall. The Family viewing room will be the place for stroller parking, it is also the room you can go to should your child become fussy or need to stretch their legs during the ceremony. There will be a TV in the room with a live feed to the ceremony so you will not miss watching the ceremony.

Q: Is the Athletic and Wellness Centre wheelchair accessible?

A: The Athletic and Wellness Centre is wheelchair/walker accessible, as are the seating areas and access on and off the Convocation stage.

If an accommodation other than seating or closed-captioning is required, please contact Colleen Marquand at cmarquand@centennialcollege.ca or 416-289-5000, ext. 2653 to ensure all needs are addressed. When emailing please ensure you include the name of the person needing the accommodation, details of their requirements, ceremony date and time and the name of the graduating student.

Q: Will the ceremony be closed-captioned?

A: Yes, all ceremonies are live captioned and visible from the large screens in the ceremony space.

If an accommodation other than seating or closed-captioning is required, please contact Colleen Marquand at cmarquand@centennialcollege.ca or 416-289-5000, ext. 2653 to ensure all needs are addressed. When emailing please ensure you include the name of the person needing the accommodation, details of their requirements, ceremony date and time and the name of the graduating student.

Q: Do I need to purchase a gown and where do I pick it up?

A: There are no additional fees to participate in Convocation, all fees have been included in your ancillary fees that have already been paid.

Gowns will be picked up following Graduate Registration in the same area in the student centre. Your gown and the liripipe or hood are loaned to you for the duration of the ceremony at no additional charge. Gowns and the liripipe or hood must be returned immediately following your ceremony.

Q: When do I return my gown?

A: You are required to return your gown immediately after the ceremony in order to receive your certificate, diploma or degree.

Q: How long is the ceremony?

The convocation ceremony usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours. Guests and Graduates must remain in the gym for the entire ceremony, out of courtesy to all graduates.

Q: How do I get my Diploma, Certificate and Degree?

A: When you cross the stage you will receive an empty folder. In order to receive your diploma, certificate or degree, you are required to return your gown and liripipe or hood to the same place you picked it up. Then you will be able to pick up your certificate, diploma or degree, from the same area. Please bring your folder that you received on stage with you along with your Photo ID.

Graduates from the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters would have already received your certificate, diploma or degree in the mail. However, you are still required to return your gown, liripipe or hood.

Q: What if I am not able to attend Convocation, how do I get my diploma, certificate or Degree?

A: During the week following the conclusion of all Convocation ceremonies, they will be available for pick up at the Progress Campus Hub. Following that they will be mailed to the address that is on file. Please ensure you check your myCentennial that your address is correct and update it if necessary.

Q: I am an International Student and need a letter to invite my family to attend convocation, where do I get this letter?

A: International students can connect with their International Advisor at their campus to request and receive the appropriate documentation.

Q: Is the ceremony live streamed?

A: Yes, all ceremonies are broadcast live. The link can be accessed from the Centennial College web page. Once the ceremonies are completed, they will be archived on the Convocation web page so you can watch the ceremonies at a later date as well.