Accessing the venue

Guests and Seating

Graduates are able to invite 4 guests to their ceremony. There are no tickets for guests at the ceremony venue and we ask graduates to use the honour system and respect the maximum 4-guest policy. The ceremonies are live-streamed so additional family and guests can watch from venues off campus.  Seats at the ceremony venue are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Please see the Family and Guests section of the FAQ page if you have any questions

Getting to the Venue

Spring Convocation ceremonies are held under a tent on the lower field of McGill University's Downtown Campus, with the exception of the ceremonies for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which are held at the University's Macdonald Campus, in the Centennial Ballroom. Please use Google Maps to determine the best route to access both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.

Please click this link for Montreal’s public transportation website.

Guests arriving by airplane can consult this website for information on how to get to the city from the airport.

Spring Convocation

Parking and Accessibility


The best option is to leave your car at home and avoid the traffic in the city core. Montreal has many one-way streets and traffic customs you may be unfamiliar with. All street signs will be in French. There is no parking on the McGill downtown campus.

Other modes of transport

Bike share

Bixi is a public bicycle sharing program originating in Montreal. A day pass costs $5.25, while a three-day pass costs $15. Bikes can be checked out at 30-minute intervals and returned to any of the hundreds of parking spots in the city. After returning, you can pick up another bike in a few minutes. 


The McGill metro station is located close to McGill's downtown campus on the green line, providing a convenient transportation option.

Public transportation in the city is handled by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Fares:

$3.50 for one trip; $6.50 for two.
Unlimited evening pass (6:00pm-5:00am): $5.50.
Day pass: $10.00.
3-day pass: $20.50.
Unlimited weekend pass: $14.00.

If you are arriving from the airport on the 747 bus, you will already possess a 24-hour day metro/bus pass.

Learn more about STM transit fares.



Convocation is committed to being as accessible and barrier-free as possible for students, faculty, and guests. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or require accommodations to participate by filling out the Request for Accessibility Accommodation webform.

Both the convocation tent at the Downtown Campus and the Centennial Centre at the Macdonald Campus are wheelchair-accessible. For Downtown Campus ceremonies, we advise that guests with mobility needs be taken to the Roddick Gates, the main entrance to campus location on Sherbrooke. This is the closest entrance to where the Convocation ceremony will take place. At the Roddick Gates, there will be ushers on hand to assist guests, as well as wheelchairs available. Please note, there is no parking on campus. We also invite you to view the McGill Accessibility Guide for our Downtown Campus and Macdonald Campus for information on access to McGill buildings and accessible washrooms on campus. At the Downtown Campus, there is an accessible washroom in the Convocation Tent. There are accessible washrooms on the 1st floor of the Centennial Centre at the Macdonald Campus, where the ceremonies for the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences take place.


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