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From selfie smiles to doting dogs: Moments to remember from #UofTGrad19

A cluster of celebratory balloons floats above the crowd in front of U of T's Convocation Hall (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

It was another spring convocation for the books as University of Toronto students said goodbye to their textbooks and accepted their degrees in Convocation Hall. 

U of T photographers captured the excitement at the 32 ceremonies this month. See if you can spot yourself, your friends or family below:

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

A little girl's pink dress stands out among the black robes and greenery on the downtown Toronto campus. 


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

With looks of pride on their faces, attendees take out their phones to record a convocation procession on front campus. 


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Graduates from U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education walk across the Sir Daniel Wilson Residence’s quad on their way to Convocation Hall on June 11. 


(photo by Geoffrey Vendeville)

The sunlight co-operated with this group of graduates posing for a selfie on June 11, the morning of Innis College and Trinity College students' convocations. 


(photo by Lisa Lightbourn)

Syrian activist Noura Al-Jizawi, a one-time leader of the uprising against the regime of Bashar al-Assad, came to U of T through the Scholars at Risk program, which provides bursaries to students with refugee status. On June 7, she graduated with a Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. She celebrated her convocation with her daughter Naya, who was born during her studies and is known affectionately as the “MGA baby” by Al-Jizawi's classmates.

(Photo by Liz Do/Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering)

Engineering graduates strike a pose mid-procession to Convocation Hall. 


An older man takes a photo with his ipad inside convocation hall

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Is there a more parental gesture than taking a photo with an iPad? 


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Through every lecture, presentation and exam, Emily Wright's service dog Kailey has been by her side during her time at U of T's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. So it was only fitting that Kailey accompanied Wright on the day she accepted her Master of Teaching degree.


(photo courtesy of Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering)

Some of U of T's newest engineering graduates show off the iron rings around their pinkies. The ring has been bestowed on Canadian engineering graduates since 1922. It serves as a symbol of pride in the profession and a reminder to uphold its highest standards.  


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine is all smiles at her convocation on June 3.


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

New medical doctors pose for a stylish group photo in front of University College. 


(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Balloon or thought bubble? 

(photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Hats off – and hoods – to this year's graduates. 

Elspeth Arbow

(photo by Lisa Lightbourn)

Last year, Elspeth Arbow won a student leadership award for her involvement on campus and dedication to her studies – all despite having to undergo a double lung transplant for the second time in her life. The cinema studies student, who has cystic fibrosis, recovered from the operation to complete her studies, travel through Europe and land a coveted internship at the Toronto International Film Festival.


(photo by Tyler Irving/Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering)

There were hugs galore outside Convocation Hall as new graduates celebrated with family and friends. 


(photo by Lisa Lightbourn)

Convocation marks the end of a chapter in students' lives, but not their friendships.