Guest Information

Accessibility at Convocation

Accessibility for Graduates

The ceremony is held on a ramped stage for both entrance and exit. Staff is available at the ceremony to assist with any other concerns. For accessibility inquiries, please contact

Accessible Seating

Reserved accessible seating is available for guests with disabilities. Each guest who requires accessible seating is permitted to reserve one additional seat in this section for a designated support person. This allows for the availability of adequate seating for those with the greatest need. Also contact the university in advance if you are planning to bring a stroller so that extra seating space can be arranged prior to the Convocation ceremony. Please contact or call 705.474.3450 ext. 4285.

Accessible Washrooms

All washrooms are accessible within the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre (where the ceremony is held).

Additional accessible washrooms are located:

  • in the front foyer near the Registrar's Office (near F213)
  • beside the Education Centre Cafeteria (1st floor)
  • in the Harris Learning Library (all three floors)
  • near A244 (main campus)
  • near H105 (main campus)
  • near F306 (main campus)

Individual gender neutral washrooms are available in the:

  • Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre - 213, 214
  • Harris Learning Libary - 3rd floor
  • Main campus near A360


Guests are welcome to bring their own personal assistive device.

Limited numbers of courtesy wheelchairs can be reserved in advance by contacting or calling 705.474.3450 ext. 4285. The courtesy wheelchair must be returned to the Accessibility Services area at the side of the gym once the Convocation ceremony is complete.

Red Cross personnel and staff from Accessibility Services will be in attendance at each Convocation ceremony (in the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre) to offer assistance.


If you are interested in reserving one of the suites available in our residence complexes, please email the Conference Services department at call 705-474-3450 ext. 4808. 

Students and guests are advised to book accommodation in North Bay several months prior to Convocation.

For information on local hotels/motels, please visit the City of North Bay Tourism site at:

Bank Machines

In the Robert J Surtees Student Athletics Centre and inside the entrance of the Education Centre.

Campus Shop

University memorabilia (sweats, mugs, etc.) are available for sale in the Campus Shop. The Campus Shop accepts Interac, cash and credit cards. Hours of operation during Convocation are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Campus Shop will also have a table for memorabilia sales in the Surtees Foyer.

Class Rings

School rings will be available for sale during Convocation; the vendor will be located in the Surtees foyer.

Convocation Photos

Heritage Directories and Photography will be on site during Convocation for those who missed an opportunity to have graduation portraits taken earlier in the year. They will be located in Fitness Room #1.

The photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis.


Fresh flowers will be available for purchase from the flower kiosk before and after the Convocation ceremony in the foyer of the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre.

It is recommended that presentation of flowers be made after the graduate steps off the stage and returns to his/her seat. For pricing and to pre-order, please click here: Convocation Flowers Website.

Degree Frames

Convocation Degree Frame

It has taken years of hard work, so proudly display your Nipissing University degree in an elegant custom official Nipissing University degree frame! Each year during Convocation, NUSA provides a degree framing service. You can have your degree framed on the spot - it only takes a few minutes. If you pre-order your degree frames for your degree or if you would like to have your degree framed and your degree has already been conferred earlier in the academic year, please bring your degree with you to the framing tables in the Nipissing University main entrance foyer.

These special frames highlight your degree and your pride in being a Nipissing University graduate! Proceeds from the program are used to support on-going student programs and services.

A 10% discount is offered for all pre-orders before May 2, 2017. Degree frames can be pre-ordered online using VISA or MasterCard. Cash or cheque payments can be made at the Student Development and Services Office, B210.

If you are attending Convocation, you will be able to pick up your degree frame at the Pre-Paid table located in the Surtees Centre Foyer. *Please note thare is an additional $12.50 shipping charge for those not attending Convocation.

If you would like more information on the NUSA degree framing program, please contact the Student Development and Services Office at 705.474.3450 ext. 4573 or email

The link for ordering online is:


For directions to Nipissing University, estimated driving times and street maps, please visit our How To Get Here page. Nipissing University is located at 100 College Drive in North Bay.


Guests may park in any of the parking lots on campus. Parking lots 1 and 5 have been designated as Visitor and are recommended for graduates and their guests. There is no parking fee on any of the Convocation dates. Please note that the parking lots may be crowded. Accessible parking is available in Lot 4.