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Flag Protocol

The Office of Ceremonies & Events is responsible for all aspects of the use of and the lowering of the Canadian and University flags on campus as required.

About the Lowering of the Flag

The University of Toronto Scarborough has three main flags in three locations on campus.

The Canadian flag is located atop of the science wing (SW), and is subject to specific protocol as dictated by the Canadian Government (Canadian Heritage).

The University of Toronto flags are situated in front of the Arts & Administration Building (AA), and the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, and are subject to university protocol. On special occasions, the University of Toronto flag is replaced with other flags such as the Pride and Trans flags.

The Ceremonies Office arranges for the lowering of the flag for events such as the passing of a member of the campus community and occasions of national significance.

Effective April 23rd, 2020, all flag lowering announcements will be posted here. Notices will no longer be sent to campus via email.


Date: November 13, 2019

University of Toronto flag at half-mast on Wednesday, November 13, in memory of Professor Emerita Marilyn Smith

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13th, in memory of Professor Emerita Marilyn Smith. Professor Smith enjoyed a long career at UTSC, then Scarborough College, as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, from 1966, until her retirement in 2004. Her research was in the area of memory, from the everyday to eyewitness accounts. In the 1980’s Professor Smith designed a Psychology and the Lawcourse which in part explored how memory influences aspects of the legal process.

Funeral details including charity of choice, can be found here: Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel

Date: November 8, 2019

Please join us for the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11th in the Meeting Place

In honour of Remembrance Day, all flags (Canada and U of T) will be flown at half-mast on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Please join us for our annual Remembrance Day service, featuring the UTSC Concert Band, Concert Choir & String Orchestra.
The Ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 in the Meeting Place.

Date: October 23, 2019

University of Toronto flag at half-mast on Friday, October 25, in memory of Professor Emeritus Alan Walker

The University of Toronto flag will fly at half-mast on Friday, October 25th, in memory of Professor Emeritus Alan Walker. A professor of chemistry from 1965 to 1998, Prof. Walker was a valued and long serving member of our community.

 Details regarding the funeral service can be found here: