Convocation Event Details

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McMaster’s Convocation ceremonies take place at FirstOntario Concert Hall (formerly Hamilton Place), 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y3.

  • Guests  – enter through the main doors of the FirstOntario Concert Hall.
  • Students – enter through the  Studio entrance on Summers Lane.
  • Chancellor’s Procession and the President’s Party members enter through the  Studio entrance on Summers Lane and proceed to Meeting Room 1.
  • Academic Procession members enter through the Studio entrance on Summers Lane and proceed to the Chorus dressing rooms 201/202 (second floor).


The Fall 2017 ceremonies will occur on the following dates and times. Graduate students should consult 2017 Fall Convocation-Division of Programs Across Ceremonies (Graduate Studies) for a breakdown of programs across their ceremonies.


The morning ceremonies start at 9:30 am and the afternoon ceremonies begin at 2:30 pm.

  • IMPORTANT: Students must arrive one hour prior to the scheduled start of the ceremony
  • The doors to the FirstOntario Concert Hall open at 8 am and 1 pm respectively.
  • To facilitate marshaling and organization, members of the Academic Procession, Chancellor’s Procession, and President’s Party are asked to arrive no later than 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony.
  • The academic processions will enter the Concert Hall approximately 20 minutes before each ceremony begins.
  • Graduands must attend the ceremony assigned to their Faculty (see Convocation Dates).

Where to Stay

For information on nearby hotels, bed & breakfasts, and other accommodations in Hamilton, visit the Tourism Hamilton website.

Recommended Dress Code

There is no formal “dress code” for convocation ceremonies, but we encourage Graduands and their guests to show respect for all participants of the ceremonies by dressing in attire that is no less formal than business casual. Undergraduate and Master’s level graduands will be wearing a black gown that fastens at the top and flows open, so you may wish to consider this when considering your clothing choice for the day. Lightly and brightly coloured shirts and blouses will provide the most contrast against the black gown which may be important to you for photo opportunities. Master’s and Ph.D. graduands wear black mortarboards as part of their regalia. Undergraduate graduands do not wear mortarboards according to the Senate Policy on Academic Regalia, Hood Descriptions And Degree Abbreviations.


Faculty of Health Sciences (excluding Nursing)

No reception scheduled.

DeGroote School of Business

Monday, June 12, 2017, immediately following the ceremony
Hamilton Convention Centre in Wentworth Room C

Faculty of Humanities

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, immediately following the ceremony
Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH), Pavilion & Sculpture Garden

Arts & Science Program

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, immediately following the ceremony
David Braley Health Sciences Centre, Auditorium (100 Main St West, Hamilton)

School of Nursing

No reception scheduled.

Medical Radiation Sciences Program

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:30 am
Hamilton Convention Centre: Webster Room – A, B, C and Lounge

Faculty of Social Sciences

Wednesday, June 14, 2017, immediately following each ceremony
Hamilton Convention Centre: Wentworth Room B/C

Faculty of Science

Thursday, June 15, 2017, immediately following each ceremony
Hamilton Convention Centre: Wentworth Room B/C

Faculty of Engineering

Friday, June 16, 2017, immediately following each ceremony
Hamilton Convention Centre: Wentworth Room C

Top 10 Tips for Grads

  1. Allow time for parking.
  2. Account for traffic, there’s a large number of students and guests attending.
  3. Leave your bag/purse in coat check or with your guests.
  4. Arrive early, as your guests’ tickets “expire” at 9 am (morning) and 2 pm (afternoon).
  5. Know which ceremony your program is graduating at.
  6. Wear comfy shoes, it can be a long day spent on your feet.
  7. We have a live webcast of the ceremony online for guests who can’t make it.
  8. The PDF of the program is online in advance of the actual ceremony.
  9. Use #MacGrad2017 in all of your posts.
  10. HAVE FUN!


Office of the Registrar will be closed on Monday, November 27th from noon – 2pm due to a staff event.

Convocation What’s New

Graduating Fall 2017?  Please complete the Graduation Information Centre online form to confirm attendance, or to request mailing/pick-up of your diploma.

Applying for a Minor – visit the Minor/Certificate Application Centre.

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