Preparing for Convocation

A female graduate smiles while holding her diploma and a bouquet.

Convocation Ceremonies 2023

Baccalaureate Church Service (optional)
Sunday, May 14, 2023
10:30 a.m.
Manning Memorial Chapel

Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Arts, School of Education
Sunday, May 14, 2023
3 p.m.
University Hall

Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Monday, May 15, 2023
10 a.m.
University Hall

Faculty of Professional Studies*
Monday, May 15, 2023
2:30 p.m.
University Hall

*if you are a graduate of the School of Education (BEd, MEd, PhD) you will convocate on Sunday afternoon (May 14, 2023).

Additional Events

Parents Night
Saturday, May 13, 2023
7:00 p.m.
Axe Bar and Grill / MacKeen Room
Book your tickets by sending $10 as an E-transfer to with your name and email in the description.

Graduation Banquet
Sunday, May 14, 2023
6:15 p.m.
Wheelock Dining Hall
Book your tickets here

Follow the Grad Class 2023 Instagram page for grad-related news.

Apply to Graduate

Why do I have to apply? You know your own academic career goals best, and we rely on you to let us know when you are planning to complete them, by applying to graduate. When you apply to graduate before the posted deadline, we can be notified that you would like us to assess your completed and current courses for your program and confirm whether you are eligible to graduate. This is done several times in your graduating year, in consultation between the Registrar's Office and your academic department. Program requirements can also be found on My Acadia (under Graduation Overview – Academic Progress).

Deadline to apply to graduate: January 9, 2023.

If change your decision about attending Convocation

If you have applied to graduate, and changed your decision about attending Convocation, then please contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mail ( to provide notice that you will not attend convocation, and to provide a complete mailing address to which we can send your diploma. Diplomas in absentia are held until the end of May. Diplomas are sorted alphabetically and mailed with a convocation booklet.

Settle Financial Accounts

You need to have successfully completed the requirements for your program, have your Student Account paid in full, and therefore be approved by the Academic Senate to graduate. You will not be permitted to walk across the stage if these criteria are not met. However, you can participate in other activities of convocation weekend.

If you do not meet the requirements for spring convocation, you may apply for fall graduation. There is no academic penalty or fee for requesting your application to be transferred to fall, but you have to inform the registrar's office of your intent.

Program requirements

Check your department's website to ensure you've met all the requirements for your program.

Order your Regalia

Place your order for a cap and gown by visiting the online ordering site:

When ordering online, the cost is $52 + tax. The deadline for online ordering is April, 23, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. If you miss this deadline, you are able to rent on the day of your ceremony at an additional cost.

Every graduand wears a traditional academic mortarboard cap, gown, hood, and tassel. These are collected from the Athletics Complex two (2) hours before your ceremony takes place. The hood and gown must be returned to the Athletics Complex at the end of your graduation ceremony. The cap and tassel are yours to keep.

Order Your Tickets

You can book your tickets through the Box Office website: Tickets must be booked by the student that is graduating and need to be booked using their Acadia email address.

From April 10, 2023, graduates will be able to book up to 10 tickets based on remaining availability. Those looking for more than 10 tickets can make a special request by emailing


If you or your guests have any accessibility requirements, please email and we will be happy to accommodate.