Graduating Students

Congratulations, Class of 2023! Get ready to celebrate your academic achievements! Keep scrolling to learn more about preparing for your convocation ceremony, what to expect, and making the most of your convocation day.

Before the ceremony

You must arrive 90 minutes prior to your ceremony.

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

Proceed to the Olympic Oval

Proceed to the Olympic Oval to your graduand meeting location (ice level).

Pick up your regalia

Pick up your regalia (cap and gown); this station will be located on the west side of the Oval (as you approach the track area of the Oval, you will find it on the right-hand side). 


Get your hood pinned

Visit the pinning station to get your hood pinned by a volunteer. 


Pick up your degree and line up

Proceed to pick up your degree package.*

Once you have your degree package, line up for the procession; marshals will be there to help you.

*February graduates only: If you have already received your degree, bring the package (including the reader card) with you to the ceremony. If you have not yet received your degree and plan to pick it up at the ceremony, please follow the steps above. 


Items not to bring

The following items are not permitted with you during the ceremony:

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

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

Fall 2023

Convocation dates
November 16, 2023

  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Cumming School of Medicine
  • Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Haskayne School of Business
  • School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
  • Schulich School of Engineering
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Social Work
  • Werklund School of Education

During the ceremony

Expect to see your fellow graduates wearing their academic regalia, such as gowns and caps, as well as faculty members and dignitaries dressed in academic robes. Your ceremony may include speeches, awards, and conferring degrees.

Ceremony length

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

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

Crossing the stage

When it is your turn to step forward and cross the stage, you will hand over your reader card so your name can be read aloud. As you cross the stage, you will be recorded for the livestream. You may tip your cap to the Chancellor, President and others on stage who will be there to congratulate you.

You will be photographed twice during this part of the ceremony by Artona — once as your name is announced on the stage, and once after you exit the stage. Be sure to pause to look at the cameras as you celebrate your achievement and remember to smile! 

convocation ceremony

After the ceremony

Following the ceremony, return your gown and hood to the Oval. The cap is yours to keep! Returns will be accepted until 6 p.m. on the day of the ceremony, Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. on Friday. Graduands who do not return their regalia prior to the above time will be charged a fee to replace the gown.


Selfies and family photo locations

Are you wondering where to take photos before or after the Convocation ceremony?

Find some suggestions here