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Toronto Convocation

Toronto Convocation

Join us for The Royal Conservatory's Convocation and Gold Medals Ceremony in Toronto!

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Koerner Hall, Toronto

Note that information on how to order tickets will be emailed near the end of September to those who have met the specified requirements for graduation.  If you believe you have met the requirements to graduate, please ensure that the email address associated with your RCM account is current.

Convocation Details

  • Ordering Tickets to the Ceremony

    To Order Tickets

    Please contact the Weston Family Box Office at 416.408.0208. If you are calling from a long distance number you can also reach the box office, toll-free, through our Candidate Services number at 1.800.461.6058 and ask to be put through to the box office. 

    You can pick-up your guest tickets on October 27 at the Weston Family Box Office. Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance – 2 per graduate (note that Graduates do not require a ticket) and 1 per teacher.  You may request additional tickets and be waitlisted for those. To avoid disappointment, please make sure to request your tickets as early as possible.  Note that all tickets are General Admission.

    Please note that the Weston Family Box Office hours are (EST): 

    10:00AM - 6:00PM
    10:00AM - 6:00PM
    10:00AM - 6:00PM
    10:00AM - 6:00PM
    10:00AM - 6:00PM
    12:00PM - 6:00PM

    If you have further questions about Convocation please contact us here.

  • Toronto Convocation Day

    Registration for Graduates begins at 10:30 am. Please go to Temerty Theatre at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, for registration and arrive no later than 11:30 am for gown and hood fitting.  In addition to preparing for Convocation, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet your fellow graduates and have your photos professionally taken.

    Please enter via the Bloor Street doors located on the west side of the building where the box office is located.   RCM Staff will be onsite to help direct you to the registration area located inside Temerty Theatre (Room 200, 2nd Floor).

    The Convocation Ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 pm with the graduate procession into Koerner Hall.

    During the ceremony, graduates are asked to remain seated until it is time to go on stage for the presentation of diplomas.

    Please note that parents and guests are not permitted to join graduates until after the ceremony.

    Lunch, for graduates only, will be provided between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

    Please indicate any food allergies or dietary restrictions when you register. If you have severe food allergies we suggest you bring your own lunch to avoid potential illness.

    The Royal Conservatory will provide academic gowns and hoods for all graduates. Gown and hood rental is included in the registration fee.

    Please be mindful of what you wear, as the gowns are open at the front and your clothing and footwear will be visible to the audience. Button-front shirts and dresses will help keep the hoods in place. We will also supply magnetic pins to help the hoods hang properly.

    Guests must have a ticket to enter the hall so be sure to order your guest tickets early. Guest tickets are included in the registration fee. Ticketing pick-up information will be provided to graduates by email before the event.

    Following the Convocation ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to an informal reception held in the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria. The reception is included in the registration fee. 


    Time Activities
    • Check-in and registration in Conservatory Theatre (Room 200)
    • Confirm that the information on your Ceremony Card is correct (you will be provided with this card at registration)
    • Pick up gown and hood
    • Proceed to portrait photography studio
    • You must be in Conservatory Theatre by 12:00pm wearing your gown and hood
    • Lunch is served to graduates only in Temerty Theatre
    • Marshalls will begin lining you up into ceremony order
    • Carry your hood over your left arm
    • Make sure you have your Ceremony Card
    • Marshalls will lead the procession to Koerner Hall
    • Graduates in place for start of ceremony
    • Ceremony begins
    • Ceremony ends and Marshalls lead graduates and faculty out of Koerner Hall
    • Post-ceremony reception in Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria
    • Return gown and hood to Temerty Theatre
  • Toronto Photography and Videography

    After checking in you will be directed to our on-site professional photo studio. The studio will be open to take individual portrait photos from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.

    A photographer will be onsite to take Grad portraits. Please note that if you wish to have your photo taken, you must arrive no later than 11:30 am to sign in and be fitted with a gown and hood. Photo purchases are done directly through the photographer and are not included in the registration fee.

  • Your Diploma
    Your Diploma will be presented to you at Convocation.  If you do not attend Convocation, then your Diploma will be printed and mailed to you based on the information on file before January 1, 2020.

    The Royal Conservatory offers a selection of specially designed frames and mats to showcase and protect your Diploma via Tempo Framing Systems, specialists in academic certificate framing. Order your diploma and portrait frames before October 17th and pick up on the day of Convocation. All orders placed after October 17th will be shipped for the cost of $22.50. Save $10.00 on all Diploma frames and $5.00 on all Portrait frames until October 17th.
  • General Information

    The Convocation ceremony celebrates student achievement over the previous calendar year.  All students who complete their Diploma requirements between January and December will graduate together. 

    This includes:

    • ARCT candidates who completed the Diploma program requirements within the January, April, June and August 2019 Examinations sessions

    • Licentiate in Piano Performance candidates who completed the Diploma program requirements within the January, April, June, and August 2019 examination sessions

    • Glenn Gould School and Early Childhood Music Education students who completed their diplomas and certificates in Spring 2019

    • LTTA Mentor Artist-Educators who completed their certification in the 2019 calendar year

    If you have further questions about Convocation please contact us at 416.408.5019 / 1.800.461.6058.

  • Graduation Checklist

    Before Convocation Day

    • Register to attend.  The online registration form will allow you to select the location you wish to graduate, order your gown and select your lunch option. If you have severe food allergies we suggest you bring your own lunch to avoid potential illness. 

    • Reserve your guest tickets. 
      You will need to book guest tickets to this event. Graduates will not require a ticket.

    • Order your diploma frame. 
      Visit Tempo Framing Systems online at or by phone at 1.800.437-0463.

    • Graduate special services
      Graduates requiring special services or accommodations please contact The Royal Conservatory at 416.408.5019 / 1.800.461.6058 or [email protected].

    • Guest special services
      Guests requiring special services or accommodations (e.g. sign interpreter, wheelchair accessibility, assistive hearing devices), please contact The Weston Family Box Office at 416.408.0208 or by email.

    • Directions and parking
      Click here.

    On Convocation Day

    • Ensure your guests have their tickets. Guests without tickets will not be admitted into the hall. Tickets will be held at the Koerner Hall box office.
    • Arrive between 10:30 am and 11:45 am to register, pick up your regalia (gown and hood), and have your photo taken. Enter via the Bloor Street entrance on the west side of the building (accessible)

    • Join us for lunch (graduates only) between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm.

    • Graduates will be marshalled into ceremony order starting at 12:00 pm.

    • The ceremony will begin at 1:00 pm with the procession of graduates and medalists into Koerner Hall.

    • Join your guest at the reception - this is a good opportunity for family photos.

    • Return regalia following the convocation ceremony to avoid charges.

    • Arrive on time. Convocation is a busy day filled with multiple complex logistics. We want everyone to enjoy the event to the fullest and therefore ask all graduates to arrive on time to ensure everyone can participate and fully appreciate the ceremony.

Russell Braun RCM