In a message to the McGill Community on July 8th, Principal Fortier announced that, barring any new restrictive public health measures, Fall 2021 convocation ceremonies will be held in person. More details about the ceremony date(s) and venue will be shared in early September on this website. Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates will receive the link to a survey, at their McGill email address, the week of July 19 to help us plan for their in-person make-up celebrations.

Accessing the Venue

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. Please use Google Maps to determine the best route to access both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.

Public transportation information can be found on Montreal's STM website. 

Guests arriving by airplane can consult the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport website for information on how to get to the city from the airport.


Guests and Seating

Tickets are not issued for Spring Convocation ceremonies. Each student is limited to 4 guests, and the seats at the ceremony 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

An overflow room will be available in the Leacock building (LEA132) for additional family and friends to watch the ceremony livestream on a big screen. 

Accessibility and Parking


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 Accomodation at Convocation webform. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please email convocation [at] (subject: Accessibility%20at%20Convocation) .

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.

Note: For Macdonald Campus, there is a possibility that the the Convocation ceremony may take place outdoors.


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

However, if you must bring your vehicle downtown, there is metered street parking available. There are also a few parking lots close to the university's Downtown Campus. For further information, consult the Parkopedia website.

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. 


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: $19.50.
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.


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