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Queen's University
 

For Parents and Guests 

Queen's extends a warm welcome to the parents and guardians, family and guests, of our graduands.

In order to fully enjoy your time in Kingston, as well as the Convocation ceremonies, please view the following for important information and services :  

**Please be advised that security staff may request attendees to disclose the contents of handbags, carrying cases, or other carrying containers before entering the Convocation hall. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter and regret any potential inconvenience this may cause.**

 

Planning your upcoming trip to Kingston and the Queen's Campus?

 

The City of Kingston routinely conducts road construction and repairs during the year.

 

For a current list of road projects, including closures and delays, please visit the City's website at: http://www.cityofkingston.ca/residents/roads-and-traffic/road-closures

 

During Convocation, all Queen's surface "Permit Required" parking lots and "Permit Required" on-street parking spaces provide free parking for guests during Convocation ceremonies. PLEASE NOTE THAT VEHICLES PARKED IN "RESERVED 24/7" PARKING SPACES WILL BE TICKETED.
  • Accommodations
  • Ceremony Tickets 

     

     

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    Tickets are required for guest seating during Spring 2014. They must be booked by graduates on behalf of their invitees. 

     

    Seating reservations are made, in advance, by graduates on behalf of their guests through the application process.

     

    For more information on guest seating, please consult the 'For Graduates' webpage.

     

    Information on specific limits for each ceremony are posted on the Convocation schedule page.

     

     

    Other options for viewing the ceremonies

     

    For those unable to secure seating in Grant Hall for the ceremonies, we provide two options for viewing.

     

    There is a viewing room located at Room 101, Kingston Hall (adjacent to Grant Hall) where ceremonies are simulcast live on a large screen.

     

    For those unable to travel to either the Queen's campus, or Kingston, ceremonies are broadcast live via our website at:

     

    http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/currentstudents/convocation/websim.html

     

  • Special Needs

     

     

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    We are committed to ensuring that all of our Convocation participants - graduands, guests and faculty - experience a day that is enjoyable, as well as memorable. 

     

    We recommend that you arrive as early as possible, and no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony. Arriving early ensures that you will receive suitable seating before the Procession, which begins 15 minutes prior to the start time.

     

    For those attending who have specific needs prior to, and during, the convocation ceremonies, we offer the following information and services: 

     

     Hearing Equipment

     Campus Accessibility

    Hearing devices (TELELOOPS) are available inside the front entrance of Grant Hall for each ceremony. No reservations are required.

     

    For individuals (graduands and/or guests) requiring the services of a sign language interpreter, please submit a Special Needs Form detailing your request. We would ask that requests be made as early as possible in order to facilitate arrangements.

    Queen's University continually strives to improve accessibility on campus.

     

    The University has developed an online Accessibility Guide intended to help students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.

     

    The link to this page can be found at: http://www.queensu.ca/camplan/access/index.html

     

    Parking during Convocation

    Special Needs Seating Form

     

    Free Parking:

     

    During Convocation, all Queen's surface "Permit Required" parking lots and "Permit Required" on-street parking spaces provide free parking during Convocation ceremonies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Paid Parking:

     

    Payment is still required in all City of Kingston on-street metered parking spaces and 'Pay and Display' zones. Meters will accept coins or credit cards.

    Please Note: Hourly rates will vary according to location.

     

    A paid underground parking lot is located on Stuart Street (at the corner of University Avenue).

     

    Please respect special needs parking spaces and fire lanes.

     

     

     

     

    If a guest attending Convocation has a disability, seating can be reserved by completing our online form, which can be located by selecting the link to this page:

     

     

    Special Needs Form

      

    **Please note that the Form must be submitted by the graduate on behalf of their guest(s) 

  • Directions

    Directions from Toronto

     

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    Follow Hwy #401 East to Kingston

    Directions from Montreal

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    Follow Hwy 20 West (becomes Hwy #401 West in Ontario) to Kingston.

    Directions from Ottawa

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     Follow Hwy #416 South to Hwy #401, then Hwy #401 West to Kingston.

    Directions from Syracuse, NY
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    Follow Interstate 81 North to the International border, then Hwy #401 West to Kingston.

    Directions to the Queen's Campus Directions to the Queen's Campus

     

     

    From Highway #401 (Macdonald-Cartier Freeway), exit at Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. (Exit 615) and drive south to Union Street.

     

    Turn left at the lights and travel six blocks to get to the main campus.

     

     

     

     

    All ceremonies will be held in Grant Hall.

     

    To get to Grant Hall, turn right onto University Avenue. Grant Hall is the third building on your left (Building 41 on the Campus Map.)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Parking
       
     Free Parking  Paid Parking

     

    On Campus

    During Convocation, all Queen's surface "Permit Required" parking lots and "Permit Required" on-street parking spaces provide free parking during Convocation ceremonies.

     

    Payment is still required in all City of Kingston on-street metered parking spaces and 'Pay and Display' zones.

     

    Please respect special needs parking spaces and fire lanes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Underground Parking

     

    A paid underground parking lot is located on Stuart Street (at the corner of University Avenue).

     

    Please respect special needs parking spaces and fire lanes.

     

     


    'Pay and Display' Meters

    Payment is required at all City of Kingston on-street parking meters and in the municipal parking lots on the waterfront. Meters will accept coins or credit cards.

     

    Please Note: Hourly rates will vary according to location.

  • Photographs
       

     

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    To mark this special day in the lives of our graduands, we offer the opportunity to arrange commemorative photographs  - both formal and informal - during Convocation:

     

     

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    Can Grad Studios (416.253.6466 ) are at the ceremony to take a picture of the graduands. Proofs will be mailed to each student shortly after the ceremony, with the option to purchase. Please make sure the Registrar's Office has the graduating student’s current mailing address on file.

     

    Taylor Photographic Studios (613.541.1098 , Toll Free: 1.888.484.9558 ) will be set up in Kingston Hall on the day of each ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a professional photograph of the graduand on his or her own, or with family and friends. Proofs can be viewed online with the option to purchase.

     

     

    To ensure that everyone in attendance can view the ceremony, we would kindly ask that family and friends take pictures from their seats.

     

    After the ceremony, pictures can be taken on the premises, or at any number of scenic locations on the Queen's campus. Some of the most popular locations include the exterior of Grant Hall, and Summerhill.

  • Diploma Frames
     

    Diploma and graduation photo frames are available to purchase online.

     

    Diploma frames are priced between $100 and $205 plus taxes. Frame sales will be located in Kingston Hall after each ceremony.

     

    Frames can be viewed and ordered at http://displayitwithqueenspride.ca.

     

    Please direct any inquiries to Alumni Relations at 1.800.267.7837 (locally at 613.533.2060 ) or by  e-mail to alumserv@queensu.ca

 

 

 

 

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