Guest FAQ

Who do I contact to get information on the Class of 2023 Convocation Ceremony?
Ask your family or friend who is graduating. In accordance with Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy regulations, we cannot give out personal information about students; however, you have various methods of getting important information.

How do I get guest tickets?
Each graduate will be required to register their own guests. For the Class of 2023 convocation ceremony, each guest will require a ticket for entry. Graduates are allotted four (4) tickets, with the possibility of registering for more, once the limited additional tickets come available.  More information will be communicated to graduands in the spring. 

What if I have access/mobility needs and need assistance/seating accommodations, who do I contact?
Please let your graduand know you require accommodation seating; they need to respond to the Access/Mobility Questions when they register for tickets online. The Convocation Office will follow-up with those graduands who identify guests requiring assistance/seating accommodations prior to the ceremony.

When should I arrive at the ceremony to get a good seat?
Guests are allowed to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony, and line up outside the Northern Sport Centre (NSC). There is general seating on the bleachers and a limited number on the floor depending on those with access/mobility needs. There are no assigned seats, so it is first come first serve.

What happens if I forget my ticket?
Guests will not be granted entry into the ceremony without a ticket.  Please visit the front desk for assistance.

Note: Due to privacy reasons, the graduand must confirm your identity in order to re-issue you a ticket.

Can I hand flowers to my graduand during the ceremony?
No. You can certainly bring flowers into the NSC Lobby area where there will be greeters who will take the flowers and put them aside.  No flowers are permitted within the NSC Gymnasium.  Flowers can be picked up after the Ceremony at the same location.

Can I take photos during the ceremony?
No. We encourage families and friends to take advantage of the professional photographer and reserve personal photography for after the ceremony ends.  There are many wonderful locations on campus for photos.

Are we allowed to clap and shout out for our graduand?
We understand this is a very exciting time for both graduands and their families, UNBC would like to respect the formality of the occasion as much as possible. Please keep personal acknowledgements to a respectful level, which will ensure an equal celebration for all the graduands. During the Ceremony when graduands are processing across the stage you are invited to whoop, cheer & clap.

We encourage you to take advantage of social media shout outs during the procession of degrees. Please use #UNBCGrad for all congratulations.

How can I help my graduand on the day?
Please respect and adhere to Traffic/Parking Attendants as they will be directing traffic. Graduands are required to respond regarding their attendance by April 30th if they wish their name to be included in the online Program.  Graduands must also register and pick up their procession card on Friday, May 26th.  Graduands should be dropped off at the main campus Agora Courtyard/Library Building entrance at 7:30 am for Ceremony 1 (AM) and 12:00pm for Ceremony 2 (PM).