Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the university cancelled in-person convocation ceremonies for spring 2021?

This was a difficult but necessary decision to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the directives from the federal and provincial governments regarding social distancing. It would have been impossible to hold large gatherings in person safely. Convocation is a special time of year for the University community. We are disappointed to have to make this decision. However, your health and safety come first and graduates will still receive their degrees. Parchments will be mailed to you.

When will my in-person graduation celebration take place?

We look forward to welcoming you back on campus once it is safe to hold a large event. Our Alumni Office will be in contact with you directly regarding arrangements for a graduation celebration once those details are available. Please note that these celebrations will not happen before Fall 2021.

Will I graduate and receive my degree?

Yes. If you have completed all your program's academic requirements and were expecting to graduate in May 2021, you will graduate. Questions can be directed to

How will I receive the parchment?

Parchments, the legal document embossed with the University seal and your name and degree, will be mailed to you after the degrees have been conferred in May 2021.

Your permanent address on record will be the default shipping address. Please visit the HUB to confirm your address!

If you want to pick up your parchment in person, please request your appointment here.

Since there are no ceremonies, will I be able to receive my diploma earlier?

Diplomas are only available after you have graduated, and your degree has been conferred. The virtual convocation will be when the degrees are conferred. Diplomas will not be sent before that time. If you need a letter confirming your eligibility to graduate or a letter of completion of requirements, please contact the Registrar or use the service tab in the HUB to order.

What does the cancellation of spring convocation 2021 mean for families and guests?

Families and guests should cancel any travel or accommodation plans to attend Convocation in Wolfville in 2021. They are invited to view the virtual ceremony and share good wishes on our social media channels. Follow and use the hashtag #AcadiaUGrad2021

What is the difference between a convocation ceremony and a graduation ceremony?

Convocation is the ceremony at which the Chancellor or President confers degrees. A graduation ceremony can involve many of the elements of a Convocation ceremony except that it does not involve the conferral of degrees (i.e., graduates will have already received their diplomas).

I want photos on campus with my family. How can I get the gown and arrange this?

Graduands wishing to rent regalia for at-home celebrations or photographs can do so with Gaspard.

Please note that these rentals are optional and not a requirement for the virtual ceremony.

What is the format of the virtual ceremony? Is it interactive?

The virtual ceremony was filmed in advance and broadcast beginning on May 9 at 3 p.m. ADT at

It is not an interactive ceremony, but it features traditional convocation elements, including the Chancellor, President, Class President, a Keynote Speaker, and the Mace.

Attendees and graduands are invited to share their experiences on social media - #AcadiaUGrad2021 to connect with one another and the university.

What accessibility options exist for the virtual ceremony?

The ceremony video is closed captioned. A full transcript will also be available.

For questions and feedback about the accessibility of our convocation video, including alternate-format requests, please email

I need to order a transcript. When will that be available?

You can order a transcript through the HUB. Like your diploma, the updated transcript will not be available until after your degree has been conferred.