The past year has been a whirlwind as the global coronavirus pandemic has challenged us in many ways. Acadia faculty and students have had to ‘pivot’ to new and different ways to teach and learn, and we have all had to adapt to new ways of living and interacting in our communities, and yet together we have arrived at the end of the academic year and many students are preparing to graduate.
Achieving a university degree, especially one from Acadia, is a reason to celebrate. You and those who have supported you have reason to take great pride in this accomplishment, even more so given the unusual circumstances under which you completed your studies.
Sadly, the pandemic prevents us from joining as a community to celebrate your graduation in person at a convocation ceremony in the traditional way, but some steps have been taken to mark the occasion virtually. You are encouraged to visit the convocation website for information, updates, and greetings, but here are a few highlights:
Though an in-person convocation is not possible this year, we do have a shared experience to celebrate. You are invited to gather with your friends and loved ones on Sunday May 9th at 3:00 p.m. ADT to view a virtual presentation of Acadia’s traditional convocation ceremony. The broadcast, featuring many of the elements of Acadia’s traditional ceremony, can be viewed on the convocation website.
There will be lots of video greetings and inspirational messages for you to view on the convocation website. These will feature leaders from our community, province, and country as well as alumni who have shown their affection for Acadia in a variety of ways.
While you cannot cross the stage to receive your diploma in person, you can book a time to visit the auditorium in University Hall with another grad (or student friend) to take some informal pictures with your own camera on the fully decorated stage. Fifteen-minute sessions can be booked between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. (2 students per session) on April 22, 23, or 24th. Gowns and hoods will be provided if you do not have your own. To book an appointment, visit the Photos on Stage website. As each appointment permits two students onto the stage, one booking may serve two graduates. Masks will be required, and all pandemic safety protocols must be followed. There is no charge for this service, but as our campus remains closed for your safety, it is open to current students only (no external guests).
Acadia has arranged an opportunity for you to rent a traditional academic mortarboard cap, gown, hood, and tassel for personal photos. Visit our supply partner Gaspard for details and pricing. Keepsake grad hats (mortarboards) and tassels can be purchased by visiting or calling (585-1201) the Acadia Bookstore. Mortarboard orders can be placed until May 11th, and will not arrive until after the virtual ceremony.
Your Grad Class Executive is sharing information about graduation and events on Instagram at: acadiau_classof2021.
Your official Acadia diploma will be mailed to you by the Registrar’s Office. Your diploma will be sent to the address the Registrar has on file.
We want you to remember your achievements and display your Acadia credentials with pride. Check out the various styles available to frame your parchment at Diploma Frames. For a limited time, shipping is free on all frame orders in Canada and the US. For the interest of international students and the convenience those near campus who would like to buy a frame in person, there will be a pop-up frame sales shop on the 3rd floor of UHall (outside of the Financial Services Office) on Monday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 21st from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Payment using all major credit cards, Interac, and cash will be accepted.
Please check the convocation website regularly for updates. Thank you for your patience and perseverance. The Class of 2021 is the first class in Acadia’s 182-year history to achieve academic success in a hybrid teaching environment. No matter the year, your resilience and determination will serve you well.