Family & Guests

Graduates, guests, family, friends and supporters can join in the excitement by tweeting, posting and sharing using the hashtag #UBCOgrad.

A student taking pictures with their family.

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Not able to attend in person?

If you’re unable to make the trip to UBC Okanagan’s campus for convocation, you can live stream the event online or watch it afterwards on-demand.


Staying On-campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus offers a variety of room types in student residences for individuals, couples, families and groups at a reasonable price.

Reserve accommodations for convocation 2024 with promo code OCON24.

Parking On-campus

There are several parking lots located around UBC Okanagan’s campus. For information on parking rates, locations and updates please visit

If this is your first time visiting UBCO, you can access campus maps and virtual tours at

PLEASE NOTE: There is construction on campus. Please click here to see Construction Updates.

Guest Seating

Although we do not issue tickets for guest seating, students are asked to submit RSVPs for their guests. We kindly ask that graduating students restrict the number of guests to no more than four. This courtesy will ensure that all graduates may have some guests in attendance.

No tickets will be issued for your guests. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If it is the first ceremony of the day, guests may enter the gym an hour before the ceremony, otherwise, guests may enter the gym once the prior ceremony has concluded and the guests for the prior ceremony have exited the gym. We ask that all guests are in their seats 15 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time as the student procession will be entering the gym at the scheduled time.

Please note: Pets are not permitted inside campus buildings, with the exception of guide and service animals. For more information about Pet Protocol at UBC Okanagan click here.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating is available for people with limited mobility including wheelchairs and walkers. Due to limited seating capacity, the Accessible seating area will be able to accommodate one attendant per wheelchair user.

Please note: family members may drive their vehicles to the lower level of the gym to drop off guests with limited mobility. Parking is available with the other guests in the lots around campus.


We kindly ask that guests do not bring strollers into the gymnasium as they block the aisles and violate the fire marshal rules. Stroller “parking” is available on the upper level of the gymnasium but users assume all risk with leaving strollers there.

UBC Grad Gifts

The UBC Bookstore is your source for finding the perfect UBC Graduation gifts! Learn more.


Please visit Convocation Flowers to pre-order a bouquet for your special graduating student.  The bouquet can be picked up at the upper and lower gym entrances on the day of the ceremony. Pre-made bouquets are also available for purchase on-site at Convocation.

Photography and Video

Photography services will be set up in the Courtyard for individual and family portraits on the day. Videos of the ceremonies will be available to watch on our archived webcast page.