Convocation Week: Everything you need to know


Dear Acadia Graduands, 

The big moment you’ve been working toward is nearly here: Convocation! 

We’ve compiled information and final reminders to help your day go smoothly so that you can focus on enjoying the moment. Remember to visit the Convocation site for complete details and updates.  

Acadia Convocation ceremonies for each faculty are as follows: 

Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Arts
Thursday, May 16, 2024
10 a.m.
Convocation Hall
Livestreamed on May 16th 

Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Thursday, May 16, 2024
2:30 p.m.
Convocation Hall
Livestreamed on May 16th 

Faculty of Professional Studies
Friday, May 17, 2024
10 a.m.
Convocation Hall
Livestreamed on May 17th 


LEADING UP TO CONVOCATION: 

Guest tickets
If you ordered tickets for guests to attend your ceremony, make sure you’ve forwarded or printed these for your guests. Tickets (digital or printed) will be checked at the door. 

Important note for those with more than four guests attending the Friday ceremony (Faculty of Professional Studies):
As detailed in the emails sent on May 3rd and the week of May 6th, an overbooking error occurred for this ceremony. If you registered for more than four guest tickets, new guest tickets were re-issued to you, including tickets to the overflow Livestreaming seating location in Denton Hall. Please ensure that your guests have been forwarded these updated tickets and understand which location they will be seated.  

Share the livestream link
All ceremonies will be livestreamed. Those links are noted above, and are also available on the Convocation site, so be sure to share that info with the people who can’t attend in person. 

Baccalaureate Service
On Wednesday, May 15th and 10 a.m., Acadia will host its optional religious service at Manning Memorial Chapel. All are welcome to attend this free event, no RSVP or ticket required. For those who wish to watch the service remotely, a livestream will be available and posted on the chapel’s site.

Other official grad events
In addition to the Convocation ceremonies and Baccalaureate Service, grads can take part in other official events this week. Tickets are required and may already be sold out. 

Want to know what to expect?
Feel extra prepared by watching this video from a previous Convocation ceremony to see what happens when it’s your turn to graduate.

 

ON THE DAY OF YOUR CONVOCATION:  

When and where to arrive
Go to the Athletics Complex two hours before your Convocation ceremony. 

Get your regalia and name card
Pick up your cap and gown at the Hall of Fame Room in the Athletics Centre. (If you missed the pre-order deadline, you’ll need to pay $57 + tax for the rental of your regalia.) You’ll also get your name card (hold onto it). If you arranged to receive a Kente Stole or a medicine pouch, follow the instructions provided to you. 

Line up
Get dressed in your cap and gown and then head over to assemble in front of Raymond Field one hour before your Convocation ceremony. Make sure you have your name card with you – you’ll be handing that to a Convocation Marshal before going on stage. 

In case of rain
If it’s raining, you’ll instead assemble in the basement of University Hall. 

What NOT to do or bring
Do not bring your phone or other disruptive items like confetti, sparklers, or noise makers into Convocation Hall or on stage. 

Time to celebrate!
Immediately following the Convocation ceremony, you and your guests are invited to the Welcome to the Alumni Reception in the Athletics Centre. Cheers! 

Return your regalia
The cap and tassel are yours to keep, but the hood and gown must be returned to the Athletics Complex after the ceremony. 

Diploma frames
Acadia will be providing an optional service for grads who wish to have their diplomas framed using the mats bearing Acadia’s official colours and logo. Sample frames and order forms will be available in the Hall of Fame room at the Athletics Complex after the ceremonies. Read more about the pricing and framing options available.   

Do you have last minute questions? Check to see if the answer is on the Convocation website. Still not sure? Reach out to convocation@acadiau.ca. 

Congratulations and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! 


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