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Congratulations to our graduands!

When more than 700 OCAD University graduands cross the stage to accept their degree on June 17, it will be a cause for celebration says President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

“Our community is so excited to gather together in person to celebrate the tremendous achievements of our graduating students,” says Serrano. “These emerging artists, designers and digital media makers are poised to use their creativity, skills and knowledge to make transformative change in our communities – here and around the world.” 

Convocation returns as an in-person event at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, June 17 with two ceremonies. The morning ceremony at 10:30 a.m. will confer degrees to graduands in the Faculty of Design while the afternoon ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will celebrate the graduands in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Arts and School of Graduate Studies. 

“Convocation is the highlight of the academic year and represents a significant milestone in the lives of our graduates,” says Serrano. “It will be a delight to share the energy and space with our graduates as they embark on this new chapter in their professional lives.”  

Students who graduated in Fall 2021, Winter 2022 or are graduating in Spring 2022 will participate in this year’s Convocation, which will also be livestreamed. 

Convocation to feature installation of President and Chancellor 

The morning ceremony will feature two installation ceremonies, one for Serrano, and one for incoming Chancellor Jaime Watt. Serrano is the University’s first BIPOC President and Vice-Chancellor and joined the University on July 1, 2020 at the height of the pandemic. 

Watt, who becomes the University’s fifth Chancellor, served as Chair of the University’s Board of Governors for the past four years. Well-known for his service and leadership at OCAD U, Watt has made outstanding contributions to advancing human rights and equality issues, and for supporting the arts and culture sector. As Chancellor, Watt will preside over Convocation and confer degrees. 

“It is a tremendous honour to be selected to serve as OCAD University’s Chancellor, especially as we work to meet the challenges left to us by the pandemic,” says Watt. “I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the University in this new and meaningful way.”  

Honorary doctorate recipients 

Convocation will also include the presentation of five honorary degrees to exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of arts, design, culture, education and to the ideals of OCAD U. The recipients were nominated by the OCAD U community and will be announced in June 2022. 

Health and safety protocols (updated May 24, 2022)

Wearing masks

  • Guests and graduands are required to wear masks when inside Roy Thomson Hall unless they are eating and drinking.
  • Graduands may remove their masks while crossing the stage during the ceremony (in support of photographs without masks).
  • All guests and graduands are encouraged to wear masks outdoors if physical distancing is not possible.

Additional measures

  • The OCAD University stage party will refrain from hand-shaking and remain physically distanced.
  • Guests and graduands should not attend the ceremony if they are feeling ill.
  • For graduands and guests unable to attend Convocation in person, or who may be immunocompromised, OCAD U is livestreaming the ceremony. Visit the Convocation Information Page on June 13, 2022 for more information.
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OCAD U is excited to announce that Convocation will be held in person on June 17 at Roy Thomson Hall.
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Indigenous Student Welcome & Celebration of Graduates

Presented by Indigenous Student Centre as part of Fall 2021 Orientation
Audience: All Indigenous students, alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends!
Session being recorded: No

Thursday September 9 1 to 3 p.m. ET
Platform: Zoom

The Indigenous Student Centre invites Indigenous students and graduates, along with their families, friends, and community to join us for the Indigenous Student Welcome and Celebration of Graduates!

The event will begin with opening words from the Indigenous community at OCAD U as we celebrate Indigenous graduates and welcome new students with guest singer Harvey Dreaver!

New students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the Indigenous Student CentreIndigenous Visual Culture ProgramWapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, the Indigenous Student Association, as well as Indigenous alumni and faculty! 

> Click here to RSVP and register for this session...

Artwork created by Mariah Meawasige

To join more Orientation events click here! 

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OCAD University Faculty of Design proudly present the work of the Graphic Design and Illustration Programs' 2021 Graduates at Fort York National Historic Site.

Running summer-long from June 14th , this open-air exhibition features approximately 100 projects from the 2021 graduating students in the 2D Undergraduate Design programs at OCADU.   

Open in the fresh air, in the heart of Toronto, this exhibition activates public space for people to get safely outside while exercising along the pedestrian pathway. 

Located on the East and South fences of Fort York National Historic Site (100 Garrison Road), this exhibition is free and visible during daylight hours.  Each poster in the exhibit has a unique QR code to link to further information and work by the student. The exhibit is installed along an asphalt pathway that includes a gentle grade change. 

Before your visit, please visit and the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario for information and guidelines. 

When visiting the site, please remember to keep a distance of at least two metres from people you don’t live with and wear a cloth mask or face covering when it is difficult to maintain physical distance. 

For more great Illustration and Graphic Design work visit: and 

 @tohistorymuseums, @ocaduniversity, @ocaduillustration 

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Dr. Salah Bachir, Chancellor and Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, cordially invite you to join our community online, for performances, greetings from our community and the conferral of degrees at OCAD University’s 2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony, to be broadcast on the web on:

  • Friday, June 12, 2020, 9 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)
  • Repeat broadcast at 2 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time)

You can view the ceremony at

Honorary degree recipients include:

  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Métis visual artist, curator and arts administrator Jim Logan
  • Surgeon and artist Dr. John Semple
  • Film and music video director and producer Julien Christian Lutz, known professionally as Director X

Virtual Yearbook
Also on June 12, 2020, the OCAD U Class of 2020 Virtual Yearbook at will go live, featuring personal messages and greetings from our graduates. 

Celebrate the Class of 2020
Watch OCAD University’s InstagramFacebook and Twitter pages for greetings from the community! Join the celebration with your own greetings by posting your own messages using #OCADU2020!

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