On the day of convocation

Family and guests should arrive with the graduating student. Guest tickets are provided to the graduate to distribute at rehearsal or an hour prior to the ceremony. Seating for guests is on a first come, first served basis and doors to the theatre will open one hour prior to the ceremony.

Each ceremony is about 90 minutes.

Parking at the Civic Centre

Parking at the Civic Centre is not limited, however there may be other activities happening at the Civic Centre that day. Parking for graduates, family and guests is free and we recommend that you park in the back of the Civic Centre and make your way to the front doors. It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies to secure parking. Carpooling and taxis are recommended.

There are several reserved parking spaces on site. These are marked.

Guest Accommodations

Conference Services is pleased to offer family and friends of graduands a 15% discount for our accommodations in our residences and apartments. Conveniently located next to the Civic Centre, our rooms are the ideal place to stay during convocation!

Single and double occupancy rooms in the Residence Complex range from $59 to $99 per night and include continental and WiFi. A full apartment for four people is $139 per night. Book today by emailing us at For more information call us at 1 (866)494 3548 or 709 637-6255.

Accessibility at the Civic Centre

Please contact the Marketing, Communications and Advancement office at 639-6541 if any guests attending require assistance on the day of convocation.

Gifts for graduates

The bookstore will have a booth at the Civic Centre, available will be an assortment of memorabilia for this special occasion. Apparel and other items can also be purchased online or call (709) 864-8084 to place orders for rings.

Fresh flowers are also available for purchase on site.