31, Kings College Circle, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A1
Originally built to hold U of T’s entire graduating class each spring, Convocation Hall is now used as a lecture hall, a venue for private functions, and of course, dozens of graduation ceremonies each year.
|Performing Arts Venue |||Amphitheater|
|Payment |||Cheque, Visa|
|Getting There |||Queen’s Park Subway Station|
|Cross Street |||College & St. George|
|Accroding to Schedule - Call Ahead|
Profile Last Updated: July 08, 2008
It takes quite a vivid stretch of the modern imagination to accept that Convocation Hall was originally built to house an entire graduating class of the University of Toronto – and their families – each spring. Now requiring dozens of ceremonies in the spring and fall to accommodate the entire class, Convocation Hall remains an integral focal point of student life at the university, from freshman year until final graduation.
U of T Beauty
Located at the south-western corner of King’s College Circle on the beautiful and leafy University of Toronto St. George Campus, the stately and circular Convocation Hall has occupied its proud position since it was completed in 1906. A circular hall with semicircular seating over three levels, and sight lines affording all occupants a favourable view without obstruction, Convocation Hall was modeled after a similar meeting place at Paris’ renowned Sorbonne University.
Packing Them In
By day, Convocation Hall remains very much an active part of many University of Toronto students’ schedules. It houses many first and second year students for lectures in survey level courses throughout the year Its roughly 1,700 seats have made it a handy asset for school administrators needing to accommodate the endlessly expanding student body.
Not Just for Lectures
Convocation Hall’s large auditorium and intimate layout have also made it popular throughout its many years for private rentals. Concerts of both classical and popular music, guest lectures, staged readings, political rallies and assemblies, general meetings, award ceremonies and other private functions have all kept Convocation Hall’s off time schedule quite hectic.