Preparing to Graduate

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).

Deadline to apply to graduate: January 10, 2024.

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.

Convocation rehearsal

There will be a convocation rehearsal held in Convocation Hall on April 4 at 4 p.m. This will be the only chance for potential grads to become familiar with the procession, seating arrangements, and the flow of the ceremony itself, so please make every effort to attend.

Order your regalia

Cap and gown orders can be placed online through the GradCo website.

Deadline to order regalia online: April 22, 2024.*

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.

*If you miss the order deadline you will need to go to the Hall of Fame Room in the Athletics Complex no earlier than two (2) hours prior to the start of your ceremony and place an order. The fee for on-site orders is $57.00 + tax, payable at the time of ordering and collection.

Kente Stoles and Medicine Pouches

For those graduates would like to celebrate and reflect their African or Indigenous heritage during their Convocation ceremonies, Acadia University is pleased to provide two potential options: Kente stoles and medicine bags. Learn more about their significance and how you can arrange to receive one.

Order your tickets

The e-ticket system is now live! You can book your tickets through the Box Office website: Tickets must be booked by the student who 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.

Due to limited seating in Convocation Hall, you can initially order a maximum of two (2) tickets. Please ensure you select the correct ceremony when booking your tickets:

Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 10 a.m.
Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Theology

Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 2:30 p.m.
Faculty of Pure and Applied Science

Friday, May 17, 2024, at 10 a.m.
Faculty of Professional Studies (Fred C. Manning School of Business, Department of Community Development, School of Education, School of Kinesiology, School of Music)

There are two (2) more ticket release dates coming up, and will also be announced by email:

  • Thursday, April 4, 2024 - an additional four (4) tickets will be available for each graduating student to book
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 - an additional four (4) tickets will be available for each graduating student to book

Additional tickets will be available on a first come first served basis. Should you wish to book more than ten (10) tickets, please send a special request to Any ticket orders received after April 18 will be processed based on remaining tickets.

A live stream will also be available to view online in real-time, and the ceremony will be uploaded to the convocation website after convocation takes place.

Pre-order flowers

If you would like to pre-order a bouquet of flowers, you can place an order through the Commencement Group website. All online orders will be available for pick-up on the day of your chosen Convocation ceremony. You can retrieve your order by stopping by the booth, which will be located outside the University Hall building.


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

Accommodations for Guests

On-campus accommodations are also available for guests. Pricing is as follows:

Classic Single Bed $59.50
Classic Two Single Beds $85.00
Classic Double Bed $85.00
Premium Double Bed $102.00
2 Bedroom (maximum 4 persons) $148.75
3 Bedroom (maximum 6 persons) $174.25