Graduands' assembly area
After securing the diploma and call card, graduands will be directed to the St. Denis Centre (Fieldhouse, Main entrance) for assembly and robing (gown and hood) for convocation. 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).
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.
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. Convocation staff will be on hand to assist with seating. No reservation for seating is required, and there are no stairs to climb. 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 sponsored by the Alumni Association Board of Directors will follow convocation in the north end of the St. Denis Centre. All graduates and guests are welcome. A snack bar, operated by a local charity, is also located in the Main entrance to the St. Denis Centre.
Parking on convocation day
Complimentary parking spots are available for convocation, compliments of Campus Parking Services.
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 St. Denis 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 to the St. Denis Centre on convocation days. Graduation rings can be purchased from the bookstore or can be ordered on the day of graduation at the St. Denis Centre.
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. Professionally produced dvds of each session can be purchased from ITS-Media and Educational Technologies, 519-253-3000 ext. 3044 or order order online at www.uwindsor.ca/met. All sessions are aired on Cogeco Cable 11 on various dates after convocation. Details on these airing times will appear in the convocation program.
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 next to the framing area at the St. Denis Centre. 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!