Location – Graduation is held at Duckworth Centre (Wesman Gymnasium), located at 400
Spence Street on June 29, 2018. Google map
Parking – Parking at Duckworth Centre is extremely limited (and is usually
used up by grad organizers very early in the morning). You can try your luck on the streets, or you
can park at Portage Place Mall or at the school (if spots are available). Duckworth Centre is a short walk from bus
stops on Portage Avenue – and many buses come right to U of W.
Punctuality – It is very important that you
(and your guests) arrive early (9:00 am.) to the ceremony
to allow time to put on caps and gowns (if applicable) and be marshalled. If you are late you will need to be brought
into the gymnasium after the ceremony has started – this is distracting for the
participants and it becomes difficult for the organizers to know to read your
name and have your diploma ready. To
ensure that there are no mistakes in your special day, please arrive
Door to Use – Grads and their friends and family should enter through the door on the
Spence Street side of the building (close to Ellice and Spence).
Daycare – There is no daycare provided for student’s children (other than for
Adolescent Parent Centre graduates). The
ceremony usually takes approximately two hours – make sure to bring water and
quiet activities for children in the audience.
Valuables and Clothing Choice – There is no area at the venue to store
valuables or excess garments (like coats).
If you have nobody to leave these items with, then avoid bringing
them. You may also want to dress in
light clothing as it can get quite warm under your gown and stole.
Check-In – All graduates are asked to check-in immediately upon arrival. The Check-In desk is located on the second floor. WAEC staff members will be at the Spence Street door to direct the graduates.
Checking in confirms you are present – which insures that your name will
be read and a diploma available for you on the stage (KEEP YOUR CARD). At this time you will receive a number used
for marshalling (see ‘marshalling’ section below)
Caps / Gowns – These are provided by the school but must be ordered in advance. Your caps and gowns will be waiting for you
in the marshalling area (upstairs).
Just tell the people manning the desk your name, and they will retrieve
the proper gown. There are no extra gowns – if you did not order a gown you will not
receive a gown. The cut off date for
gown orders is May 31st. See Donna
in Guidance office
Marshalling – This is the process of lining up the graduates in alphabetical order to
prepare for entry to the ceremony. It is
important that you are in the correct location in line as this is the order
that you will be called up to the stage to receive your diploma. Marshalling begins 10 minutes before the
ceremony upstairs in the area of the RecPlex where you received your cap and gown. After everyone is marshalled you will begin
the procession into the ceremony.
Entrance – When you enter you will be directed by ushers into the appropriate seats. The ushers know how many people to put in a row
so that everyone will fit, so follow their instructions. Move down the row as far as you can and have
Stay seated – If your name is Aaron A. Aanderson or Zuzu Zubar, you will have quite a
wait. ‘Aaron’ will receive their diploma
first, and ‘Zuzu’ will receive their diploma last. We ask that after you receive your diploma
you move back to your seat and remain seated throughout the rest of the
ceremony out of respect for the other graduates. If you do need to leave the sanctuary for any
reason you will of course be allowed to do so, but please leave and return as
quietly as possible – and not in large groups.
You will have a chance for pictures with your friends, on the stage and
outside with your gown after the ceremony is completed.
Remain Quiet – As well as staying seated, please try to
remain as quiet as possible. This is
your special day – but it is important to remember that this is a special day
for the people around you as well.
Please show respect by allowing everyone the opportunity to hear the
Pictures – When you receive your diploma, there will be a brief opportunity for your
family to take pictures at this point. If
you want more pictures on the stage or with a presenter, there will be ample
time once the ceremony has completed.
Reception – When the ceremony is finished, there will be a catered reception. The master of ceremonies will direct everyone
to the correct location at the end of the grad.
There will be sandwiches and refreshments.
Return Gown – After the ceremony, you are welcome to wear your gown for pictures in
and around the area. When you are finished
with your gown you return your gown and stole (not the
mortarboard and tassel) to the gown return table, located where you picked up
your cap and gown. You get to keep the
hat and tassel as souvenirs. The gowns
need to be returned that day, so we ask that you return the gown within 30
minutes after the end of the ceremony.
Report Cards – Your diploma envelope also contains transcripts
of your grades, if needed. If you would
also like your report card you can check with the office at the school after
the first week of July.