November Convocation 2021

Ceremony Day

Graduand meeting point: Olympic Oval

Before the ceremony

You must arrive at the graduand meeting point 90 minutes prior to your ceremony.


Checking in and proof of vaccination

When you arrive on campus to check-in for Convocation, you must provide:

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of vaccination (Health Canada or WHO-approved vaccine)

Graduands will not be permitted entry if they have not pre-registered, are not wearing a mask, cannot provide the above documentation, or are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Once at the meeting point, here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Check-in
  2. Pick up your cap and gown
  3. Pick up your degree package
  4. Write your name phonetically on the reader card, located inside your degree folder
  5. Line up for the procession

Photo ID must be presented when you pick up your regalia and degree.

The following items are not permitted:

  • purses, bags and backpacks
  • corsages
  • flowers
  • jackets
  • mementos

There is no secure location to keep personal items in the Oval, and they are not permitted in the gymnasium. Items left unattended are not the responsibility of the University of Calgary.

Convocation assembly


Ceremony length

The ceremony will take place at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium; the ceremony lasts approximately two and a half to three hours. Remember to keep your degree package with you at all times.

Graduates must stay for the entire ceremony and will not be permitted to leave early.

Crossing the stage

For your safety and the safety of the community, a mask must be worn while you cross the stage to receive your parchment. Presenters will not be shaking hands and everyone must remain physically distant (no touching please).   

While you cross the stage, you will be recorded for the livestream and photographed. Remember to smile. Even with a mask on, your smile will shine through.

You will be photographed twice during this part of the ceremony by Artona — once as your name is being announced on the stage, and once as you are exiting the stage. Please pause to look at the cameras as you celebrate your achievement.


After the ceremony

Following the ceremony, return your gown and hood to the return desk, located through the exit from the Jack Simpson Gym to the concession area connected to the Oval. Returns will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9th. Graduands who haven't returned their regalia to the return desk prior to the above time will be charged a fee to replace the gown.

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