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Convocation Hall

Convocation Hall (University of Toronto)

Convocation Hall is a building, located on King's College Circle, at the University of Toronto's St. George campus. Built in 1906 by Darling and Pearson for Sir Joseph Flavelle and modelled after the Great Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne in Paris, the building is used as a lecture hall, graduation venue, and as a venue for special events.

The building was equipped with air conditioning in 1997, which provides relief to thousands of graduating students every June. Still used daily for large undergraduate courses, Convocation Hall recently celebrated its centennial. Through years of use, the building has fallen into a state of disrepair and efforts are underway to raise funds to repair and restore the building.

Former American vice president Al Gore was a guest speaker at Convocation Hall as he lectures about climate change, in which his Academy Award-winning documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth was shown.

Canadian musician Hayden recorded a live album at Convocation Hall, simply titled Live at Convocation Hall.

The outside of the U of T Convocation Hall is seen during a scene in the film Mean Girls when Cady Heron wins a Mathlete competition with her schoolmates and Ms. Norbury, her math teacher.

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