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Information for Family and Friends

Convocation ceremonies occur every Spring and Fall in the Jack Simpson Gym, located on the main university campus. The following information will help you and your graduand prepare for the ceremony.


Students can invite as many guests as they wish to attend convocation ceremonies. The university does not require guests to RSVP or issue tickets.

When to Arrive

Guests may enter the Jack Simpson Gym one hour before the ceremony start time.

Convocation Location

All convocation ceremonies are held in the Jack Simpson Gymnasium in the Kinesiology Complex (labeled KNB on the map). The main entry for convocation ceremonies is the north entrance to KNB by the Olympic Oval. For an overview see Google maps.


There are several pay parking lots available on campus. The closest parking lots to the Jack Simpson Gym are #10 and #11. If you prefer, covered parking is available in the Arts Parkade. See the campus map for additional information.

Guests with Special Needs

Guests with special needs may be dropped off at the Olympic Oval Complex. Upon entering the Oval Complex ushers are available to assist them to the seating areas. Seating for guests with special needs is reserved on the track level of the gymnasium, which is accessible by elevator.

Letters of Invitation for International Guests

International guests, who require a visa, may be asked to provide a letter of invitation to obtain their visa. This letter is written by the graduand, please refer to the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website for guidance on what to include in your invitation letter.

The university is unable to provide letters of invitation for guests of graduands. However, the Convocation Office can provide a letter confirming the date and time of a student’s specific ceremony. Please email your request to

Convocation Dates

For information on ceremony dates click here.

Help your Graduand Prepare for the Ceremony

For information on where to meet, pick up gowns and to robe, click here.