FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The 2017 Graduation Ceremony will take place on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2017 at 11:00 AM, at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Graduates taking part in the ceremony should arrive 90 minutes prior to the ceremony time.
All graduates from 2016 or 2017 (March, June or November) may participate in the Graduation Ceremony.
Yes, you may. In essence you will “walk through” the Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony in Hong Kong. This means that you will wear a hood and gown, be part of the procession and walk across the stage for your friends and family to see. You will receive a certificate that commemorates your participation in the ceremony.
The cancellation deadline for Asia-Pacific Graduation is on Friday, August 25, 2017. Any registration cancellations are subject to a penalty and 85% of the registration payment will be refunded. (No refunds will be provided after August 25).
You can choose to receive your diploma by mail or have a third party with authorization and photo ID pick it up for you. For full instructions, please visit the Office of Convocation webpage regarding"Diploma Delivery/Pickup.”
You will not receive your official diploma at the Graduation Ceremony in Hong Kong. You will receive a certificate that commemorates your participation in the ceremony. For full instructions regarding "Diploma Delivery/Pickup," please visit the Office of Convocation webpage.
One does not have to attend a Convocation ceremony to graduate. The degree was granted whether you attended or not.
All graduates attending the Hong Kong Ceremony will be eligible to receive up to three tickets for their guests. More tickets will become available in the fall, and will become available on a consistent basis (in order of when your event registration was confirmed by e-mail).
No, graduates do not require tickets; only their guests require them.
Additional tickets may be available on a consistent basis (in order of when your event registration was confirmed by e-mail). To place your name on a waiting list for additional tickets, please request extra tickets when you register online. If tickets become available, you will be contacted by the University of Toronto Asia-Pacific Advancement Office prior to the Graduation Ceremony.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is fully accessible by wheelchair. Special seating at the Graduation Ceremony in Hong Kong is available for persons with a disability. To arrange seating, contact the University of Toronto Asia-Pacific Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on gown rentals will be e-mailed to all participants of the Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony in early October with the necessary instructions. More information will also be available on the Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony webpage, through registration. It is helpful if you can describe the colour and style of your gown and hood, based on your degree, on your registration form.
If you are having graduation photographs taken after the Hong Kong ceremony, you may borrow a hood and gown from the Hong Kong Office. Please note: the Hong Kong office is NOT able to arrange a sitting for you. You will need to contact a photographer to make those arrangements yourself. You will be required to return any borrowed regalia in order to get your deposit back.
Once you complete and submit the online registration form, you will receive an e-mail confirmation that your registration has been transmitted. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please contact Giselle Arsenault (Giselle.email@example.com), Manager, Regional Alumni Programs.
If there are additional alumni events taking place in Hong Kong or in other locations in the Asia-Pacific region throughout November 2017, these details will be available later in the year. More information will be made available on the Events & Programs page of the alumni website at www.alumni.utoronto.ca.
Yes, you may attend the Hong Kong Ceremony. Please be advised, however, that the Alumni Office does not process your upgrade. You must contact your Registrar’s Office for information on upgrading your degree and on how to exchange your diploma. We recommend you note this on your registration form in the “Comments” section.