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Graduation Information 2017

*Disclaimer: This information is relevant to graduates who have electronically RSVP’d for graduation and their guests for whom they have ordered tickets*

  • Date: Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: Rudy H. Brown Rural Development Centre (RDC)

Accessibility Needs

University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus is committed to supporting our guests by providing a barrier free environment. If you or any member of your family requires accessibility needs, please contact Lorena Foster at lorenaf@uoguelph.ca, prior to our graduation ceremony.

Before Graduation Day

Graduates MUST RSVP for Graduation Between May 4, 2017 and May 25, 2017

  • The link to RSVP for graduation can be found on our website under Current Students
  • Graduation tickets will be received electronically; graduates are required to print their tickets and bring them to the ceremony to be admitted
  • Four tickets will be allocated to each graduate. You may request additional guest tickets and your name will be placed on a waitlist
  • Students who are NOT eligible to graduate or who did not apply to graduate will not be able to RSVP. Please contact the Campus Registrar, Barb O’Neill, if you have any questions or concerns about being eligible to graduate. baoneill@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63610

Parking at Graduation

  • Parking is free and available in various parking lots throughout campus
  • Parking attendants will be on site to direct guests to available parking spaces

Order Your Graduation Frames (Diploma/Certificate and Photo)

  • Graduating students were emailed an order form for diploma/certificate and photo frames
  • Pre-order deadline for frames is Friday May 10, 2017
  • Please contact Katie Hunter at katieh@uoguelph.ca, or at 519-674-1500 ext. 63522 if you have any questions or concerns about your order

Have Questions Leading Up to Graduation Day?

  • Please contact Lorena Foster, Graduation Program Co-ordinator, lorenaf@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63507

About Graduation Day


For Graduates:

Arrive Early (12:45 PM) to Pick-Up Your Graduation Gown and Prepare for the Grad Procession

  • Graduates are required to arrive on-campus by 12:45 PM to pick up their gown and prepare for the ceremony in the basement of the Pestell Student Services & Alumni Centre (Classroom 002)
  • Staff volunteers will be available to help you put on your gown
  • There is no secure storage space for your personal items, so we recommend that you leave personal items with one of your guests during the ceremony (purses, coats, cameras, cellphones, backpacks etc.)

For RSVP’d Parents & Guests

Relax in the Rural Development Centre’s Pestell Auditorium – Doors Open at 12:45 PM

  • Doors to the Pestell Auditorium will open at 12:45 PM, giving parents and guests the opportunity to select seats for the ceremony
  • Air conditioned auditorium with seating for 750 guests
  • Reserved seating for graduates and award donors

Pick-Up Your Grad Frame Order in the RDC Foyer - 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM

  • Staff will be available for pre-ordered frame pick-ups in the RDC Foyer
  • Staff will also have a small inventory of frames in-stock for day-of sales. For best selection, please pre-order!

Celebrate with Social Media

  • You can celebrate the day by tweeting about the event or your graduate by using #UGRCGrad2017


The Graduation Procession

  • We encourage guests to be seated by 1:50 PM before our graduation procession begins
  • The graduation procession (distinguished guests, faculty, and graduates) will make their way up the centre aisle to their seats and the stage

Crossing the Stage, Photo Opportunity, and Returning to Your Seating Area

  • There is not time for graduates to stop on the stage as they receive their diploma or certificate
  • If you wish to take a picture of your graduate, you can come to the front as they are crossing the stage, but they are not able to stop and pose
  • After crossing the stage, graduates will return to the seating area but will not return to the same seat they were previously in; please proceed to the end of the row


Invitation to the Garden Party

  • Following the Graduation Ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to a reception outside of the Rural Development Centre (weather permitting)
  • If there is inclement weather, the Garden Party will be held in the Rural Development Centre
  • Light refreshments will be provided to all graduates and guests

Time for Family and Friend Photos

  • Following graduation, you are invited to take photos with family and friends
  • The campus will have props and signs at the Garden Party to enhance your photos

Further Opportunity to Pick-Up Your Graduate’s Frame Order

  • Staff will again be available from 4:00PM - 5:00PM in the RDC foyer to pick-up your graduate’s frame order(s)
  • Staff will also have a small inventory of frames in-stock for day-of sales
  • If you do not pick-up your frame by 5:00 PM, please contact Alison McMahon at amcmaho@uoguelph.ca or 519-674-1500 ext. 63256 to discuss your pick-up/shipping options

Return Your Gown and Pick Up Your Diploma/Certificate and/or Graduation Photo

  • Graduates are to return their gowns to the same location that they picked them up (Classroom 002 of the Pestell Student Services & Alumni Centre)
  • Graduates will be required to fill out a brief survey before receiving their diploma or certificate. Graduates will receive a complimentary Westag Alumni mug upon completion of the survey
  • If you received a graduation award, your folder will contain an addressed, postage paid thank you card. You are encouraged to write a short thank-you note in the card for your donor following the graduation ceremony


If You Were Unable to Attend Graduation

  • Graduates who were unable to attend the Graduation Ceremony will have their diploma/certificate Purolated to them within two weeks of the ceremony
  • Please ensure that we have your most up-to-date address including your full 911 address (house number and street name)

The Graduation Ceremony Will Be Closed Captioned and Posted to our YouTube Page within 1-2 weeks of the ceremony

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Congratulations on becoming a member of our Westag Alumni Family!

Page reviewed 05/05/2017