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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Convocation

Ontario Tech Convocation

We are excited to re-imagine our Convocation celebrations once again. We are planning outdoor in-person ceremonies (subject to public-health conditions) at our north Oshawa campus location for smaller, faculty-specific ceremonies to celebrate and honour our class of 2022 graduating students. Ceremonies will take place Wednesday, June 8 through Friday, June 10 on Polonsky Commons.

For information on faculty ceremonies, see the Convocation schedule.

Application to graduate

Application to graduate

Information for graduates

Information for graduates

Information for guests

Information for guests

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to wear a mask?

    Ontario Tech University looks forward to honouring the achievements and milestones of the Class of 2022 at in-person Convocation ceremonies taking place on campus at Polonsky Commons, Wednesday June 8 to Friday, June 10 (subject to public-health conditions).

    The university communicated that it will continue with its mandatory mask directive until the beginning of the Fall term. Masks are required while inside all university buildings.

    Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear their masks during outdoor Convocation-related activities because physical distancing during the day’s events cannot be guaranteed. Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. We expect that all individuals will comply with the university’s mask directive, and wear a mask as much as possible while outside. However, it’s important to remember that some individuals are unable to wear masks. Please be respectful of and kind to people who are unable to wear masks due to health or other reasons. Complimentary disposable masks will be available at check-in points for anyone who needs one.

    Note: There will be opportunities for individuals to remove their masks for short periods to participate in certain activities (e.g. picture taking). The Convocation Planning Team will communicate these details directly to the individuals participating in these activities.

    Convocation participants are asked to:

    • Wear a mask.
    • Remain up-to-date on boosters, when eligible. Vaccination remains the best protection against the worst effects of COVID-19 and its variants, and is the most important way to protect public health.
    • Maintain physical distancing where possible.
    • Stay home if you’re not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID-19, and follow the university’s reporting guidelines.
    Thank you for acting responsibly and doing your part to keep one another safe.
  • Do I have to apply to graduate?
    Yes. Even if you don't plan to attend Convocation, you must apply to graduate. Applying to graduate will initiate the degree audit process. Late applications are accepted until Friday, May 6.
  • How do I register to attend Convocation?
    Students who have applied to graduate will receive an email from MarchingOrder on behalf of Ontario Tech University with a unique login link to register to attend Convocation and claim guest tickets. Returning users may login at ontariotechu.marchingorder.com
  • How many guests may I bring? Do my guests require tickets?
    There is limited seating capacity; the university will offer each graduate two guest tickets. Tickets must be claimed by graduates using the MarchingOrder platform. Guests must present their unique ticket at guest check-in to be scanned for entry on ceremony day.
  • How do I rent a gown for my ceremony?

    Graduates are required to order a gown through Gaspard to participate in the ceremony. Visit the Gaspard regalia rental website. An advance rental fee of $37 or an on-site rental fee of $50 will apply.

  • How do I book grad photos?

    The graduation photo service is organized by the Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU). Visit the OTSU grad photos website for up-to-date information, FAQs and to book a session.

  • Where can I purchase a degree frame?
    The university will have degree frames available for purchase onsite at Convocation. Degree frames are also available for purchase throughout the year from the Campus Store.
  • What if I do not attend Convocation?

    If you are unable to attend your ceremony, you may pick up your parchment during the six weeks following Convocation from the Office of the Registrar located in the Software and Informatics Research Centre (north Oshawa campus location).

    If you are unable to pick up your parchment and would like your parchment couriered, please complete the request for parchment to be couriered form.