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Ceremony Information for Guests

Location of the ceremony: Vancouver Island University holds its graduation convocation ceremonies at the Port Theatre, located at 125 Front Street, Nanaimo, BC

Parking: Pay parking is available underneath the Port Theatre or in the parking complex on Wharf Street. As parking is limited, please make sure that you arrive early to ensure you get a spot. For more information about parking downtown, please visit City of Nanaimo Parking.

Tickets for the ceremony: Your graduate is responsible for requesting tickets for their guests. Tickets are not available for sale from the Port Theatre. Seating is general and first-come, first-served.  If you or another guest is in a wheelchair or requires special seating arrangements, please email to make these arrangements. We will be happy to assist you.

Ceremony information: The main doors to the Port Theatre lobby will open one hour prior to your ceremony.  The doors to the theatre will open 30 minutes prior to the ceremony; guests should be seated at least five minutes before the ceremony begins. 

The Convocation ceremony is usually two hours long with no intermission.  We respectfully ask that you remain seated in the theatre for the duration of the ceremony. Photography is certainly permitted - this is a special day!

The Campus Store will have a display of merchandise and flowers for sale in the lobby before and after the ceremony.

Anyone who is not able to attend the convocation ceremony may watch the VIU Convocation Live.

For more information on visiting Nanaimo, BC, please see Tourism Nanaimo.