Arrival: Please arrive 15 minutes early to get settled.
Parking: Free parking will be available to all attendees in Lots 12 and 13. Volunteers will be at each lot entrance to provide parking codes.
Check-in: The event is located at Green Space 18 (behind the Cenovus Spo'pi Solar House). Students and guests must head to the UCalgary registration team first to check-in and get organized for the ceremony.
Dress protocol: Participants are invited (but not expected) to wear traditional dress including ribbon skirts and shirts. Regalia is also welcome (keep in mind that you will be blanketed during the ceremony). All participants are asked to wear clothing that covers the shoulders and goes below the knees. These protocols are a guide for participants — additional questions can be emailed to email@example.com.
Safety: Masks are mandatory on all UCalgary campus buildings and recommended at the event.
Photography: Please note that a photographer will be present at the event. The UCalgary tipi will be set up, and props will also be available to students for photos with their guests!
The Gifting ceremony is presided over by Indigenous Spiritual Leaders (Ceremonial Elders). It is our special way of honouring Indigenous students who have received a degree from the University of Calgary in an accredited program.
To participate, graduates must have been approved to graduate in an accredited degree program from the University of Calgary in the previous November, February, or the June convocation ceremonies.
As the ceremony takes place, Grads will be called individually by faculty and will be presented with ceremonial gifts by the Spiritual leaders. As this is a ceremonial honouring, Graduates must be present in order to receive the traditional gifts. All Graduates will be presented with blankets and medallions, with the addition of sashes for Métis Graduates and Eagle Feathers for Ph.D. Graduates.
The Métis sash is a traditional piece of clothing, created through a process called "finger weaving." We are grateful to offer our Métis graduates the opportunity to receive a sash presented by Métis Elders and Métis Nation of Alberta Representatives.
For more history of the Métis Sash or to learn about the six colours of the sash and their symbolic meanings, please visit Alberta Métis.
The Dr. Olive Dickason award recognizes and honours the accomplishment of an Indigenous graduand who exercised resilience in overcoming adverse life events to achieve success and graduate from the University of Calgary. This tribute includes a financial award of $1000 provided by Brent and Hugh Alexander.
The Royal Eagle Award is sponsored and presented by the RBC Foundation to a graduating Indigenous undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. This tribute includes a financial award of $1,000 and recognizes academic excellence and community-based volunteerism or student leadership.