Preparing for Convocation

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

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).

The deadline to apply to graduate is January 10, 2022.

If you are not planning to attend Convocation

If you have applied to graduate, it is assumed you will attend Convocation. Please contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mail (registrar@acadiau.ca) 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.

Order Academic Attire

  • The deadline to order online was April 18, 2022.
  • If you have missed this deadline you will need to go to the Hall of Fame Room in the Athletics Complex no sooner than 2 hours prior to the start of your ceremony and place your order then. The fee for on-site orders is $57.00 + tax, and is payable at the time of ordering and collection.
  • Pick up and return of rented items is in the Hall of Fame Room in the Athletics Complex the day of your ceremony.
  • For convocation, pick up your cap and gown items no earlier than two hours before your ceremony begins.
  • If you have chosen to attend the Baccalaureate Service, you will be able to pick up your cap and gown items two hours before the Baccalaureate Service begins.
  • Cap and tassel are souvenirs for you to keep.

The Campus Bookstore (585-1201) is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays). Extended hours for convocation include: Saturday, May 7: noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8: noon to 4 p.m., and Monday, May 9: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lumber Yard in the Athletics Complex will be open for cap and gown collection on: Saturday, May 7: noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Monday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Book Your Tickets

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

Please note, graduating students DO NOT themselves require a ticket to their convocation – BUT guests (family and friends) do.

Release #1 - First two (2) tickets (max two (2) total per graduand)
Tickets for Release #1 will be available starting 9:00 a.m. on Friday, April 8, 2022

Release #2 - Additional four (4) tickets (max six (6) total per graduand)
Tickets for Release #2 will be available starting 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2022

Release #3 - Additional four (4) tickets (max ten (10) total per graduand)
Tickets for Release #3 will be available starting 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022

If you need more than ten (10) tickets in total, you can make a special request after May 1 by emailing convocation@acadiau.ca. These requests will not be filled until all ticket releases have been finalised.

There is an alternate viewing location on campus where the ceremonies are being streamed live. Guests can view the ceremony in the K. C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium and meet their graduate for the reception in Fountain Learning Commons following the ceremony. Tickets are not required for this location.