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Counting down to Spring Convocation

May 18 & 19, 2017  |  Seton Academic Centre Auditorium

Convocation is a special time of year as members of the Mount community join family and friends to applaud the dedication and hard-work of hundreds of students who cross the stage to become the newest members of our alumnae community. As we celebrate the many accomplishments of our students, we say farewell and look forward to watching these proud alumnae make their mark on the broader world.

We're looking forward to welcoming students and guests for the Spring 2017 Convocation ceremonies. We encourage you to review the information below as you prepare for your (and/or your student's) big day!

The Application to Graduate submission deadline for Spring 2017 has now passed. You can submit for the Fall 2017 convocation on the forms page.


For those students that already submitted your application to graduate for Spring 2017
Your next step: Submit a Notice of Attendance

By completing the Notice of Attendance form you will confirm whether you plan to attend the convocation ceremony, an important step in the allocation of convocation tickets for you and your fellow graduands. If you cannot attend, by completing the form we'll know where to send your parchment following convocation. Note: Although the dates for convocation have been set as May 18 & 19, the times for each program will be determined in early February and updated on the website.

Schedule to be posted

Ceremonies to be posted

Where will the Convocation Ceremony take place? What time do I have to arrive?

Convocation will be held in the Seton Academic Centre Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Seton Foyer. Graduates must report to the 4th Floor Seton 45 minutes before the ceremony for gowning and final instructions about crossing the auditorium stage and receiving parchments.

What will I wear in the Convocation ceremony?
It is mandatory to have a gown and hood to participate in the Convocation ceremony. You will be responsible for the gown and hood until it is returned. Professional attire underneath the academic gowns is suggested. Purses, backpacks and other items will not be permitted for carrying by graduates during the Convocation ceremony. A room will be arranged where students can leave their personal belongings during Convocation. However, the University cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen property; students are therefore strongly advised to have a friend or relative look after their belongings during Convocation.

Where can I pick up my guest invitations, and gown and hood?
Convocation attire and invitations can be picked up in Seton 304. Dates and times to be determined. Graduands who are picking up attire on Convocation day are encouraged to pick up their hood and gown prior to 45 minutes before the convocation ceremony as they are expected in full lineup at that time on 4th floor Seton Academic Centre. Please note, attire should be returned to Seton 304 immediately following your ceremony.

I have submitted my Notice of Attendance form, and have secured a number of invitations, but I have additional guests who would like to attend. What should I do?
Invitation envelopes will contain the initial amount of tickets as requested, and students are able to receive additional tickets in the gown room during attire pickup. 

Where can I and my guests park on campus?
Guests should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony if they wish to park on campus. Campus Security will be on duty to direct traffic to the nearest parking area. Accessible parking will be available in front of the Seton Academic Centre.

How can I arrange to have my parchment framed?
Earning your degree, diploma or certificate was hard work. Now it's time to showcase your achievement. Proudly display your parchment by having it professionally framed and highlighted with the Mount logo. All frames are high quality, Canadian-made with acid-free mats. Ordering your frame is easy! Visit the on-line store at ua.msvu.ca For more information, contact the Alumnae Engagement Office at 902.457.6470. You can choose to have your frame mailed directly (parchment will be mailed by the Registrar's Office after Convocation) or have it ready for pick-up (with parchment) immediately after convocation, outside Seton 304. View Available Frames »

Will there be flowers on-site to purchase? 
A flower vendor will be set up in the Seton Academic Centre Lobby. Both single flowers and small bouquets will be available for purchase by cash only.

Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome to attend Convocation ceremonies, however they are required to have their own seats and will therefore need a guest invitation to enter the auditorium. Please note that a parent, guardian or adult must accompany all children.

I have a guest who requires special assistance. Can they attend?
Guests requiring assistance are welcome to attend; the University is accessible. Please notify the University if one of your guests requires special assistance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. We are not able to provide wheelchairs or attendants, but can offer special seating, if required. If a guest requiring special assistance brings their own attendant, the attendant will require an invitation. If you indicated on your Notice of Attendance form that one of your guests requires special seating arrangements, a small orange card will be stapled to your guests' invitation directing them to the Auditorium C (5th Floor) where Convocation ushers will direct them to special reserved seating.

Can photographs and/or video be taken during Convocation?
Family and friends are welcome to take photographs during the ceremony, but care should be taken not to obstruct the view of those seated. Tripods and lights will not be permitted in the auditorium during the Convocation ceremony. Only the official University photographer will be permitted on the platform during the ceremony. The Auditorium will remain open after the ceremony for additional photos.Please Note: The official University photographer does take photos of all podium speakers and award-winners. Individual photos of graduands crossing the stage are not part of the University photographer's shot list, so please encourage your guests to bring a camera if you wish to ensure this moment is captured.

Marjorie Adeline Lindsay, LLD (morning ceremony)


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Raised in a tight-knit Halifax neighbourhood with her parents and three brothers, Marjorie Lindsay has always valued friendships and a sense of belonging. In 1943, those solid bonds propelled Mrs. Lindsay forward to a diploma in social work followed by a position with The Children’s Aid Society.

 Mrs. Lindsay's involvement in and support of community organizations are impressive. She is a long-time board member for Victoria Hall, life-long member of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire, and philanthropist to many other organizations throughout Nova Scotia, the Halifax Central Library and IWK Health Centre among them. Of special interest and close to her heart is her involvement with mental health advocacy. Mrs. Lindsay is a founding member of The Northwood Foundation board, and, in 2012, was bestowed Northwood’s Hedley G. Ivany Award for her lasting contribution to the community. In 2013, she was named Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Nova Scotia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

The Mount was delighted to celebrate Mrs. Lindsay through a room named in her honour in the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research opened in May of 2015.

Cindy Blackstock, PhD (afternoon ceremony) 

Blackstock, Cindy-release photoA member of the Gitksan First Nation, Dr. Cindy Blackstock has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. 

Her reconciliation based approach to addressing contemporary inequalities experienced by First Nations children and youth engages them and other members of the public to implement evidence-informed solutions. It’s an approach for which she has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, the Indigenous Bar Association, Frontline Defenders and many others. 

Dr. Blackstock is currently the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a Professor in the McGill University School of Social Work. She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Toronto. 

An author of numerous articles and a widely sought-after public speaker, Dr. Blackstock has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children. She currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization’s study on Health Equity and Inequity. 

Faculty Awards

Award for Research Excellence

This award is presented to recognize a faculty member's contribution to the research community and to the research climate at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Student Awards

Senate Awards of Distinction - Undergraduate & Graduate

Pewter awards are presented by the Senate to recognize students who graduate “with distinction and with highest aggregate” in their diploma or bachelor program. These awards are presented at both the May and October ceremonies.

President’s Prizes

Special awards donated by the University President are given to members of the May and October graduating classes whose energy, generosity and commitment have enriched the University during their time as students, and who show promise that their commitment will continue as alumnae.

Kappa Gamma Pi

Kappa Gamma Pi is the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society. Membership, is based on scholarship, leadership and service. Members are selected not only for recognition of past accomplishments, but also in anticipation of future service.  

Governor-General’s Medal

Donated by the Governor-General of Canada this medal is given once per year at the undergraduate level for the highest aggregate in the final three years (15 units) of a degree program.

Valedictorian Prizes

This prize is given to graduates who have made significant contributions to extracurricular activities at the Mount and/or community at large, as well as maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in the most recent five units of coursework.

I have a question that's not answered above. What should I do?  
If you require information outside of what is provided above before being posted to the website, please contact msvu.ca or contact the appropriate person as listed below.

Area of Interest

Contact

Information on your parchmentKim Colley
Registrar’s Office
msvu.ca

Receipt of your Notice of Attendance forms Convocation Email
msvu.ca

Guest Invitations

Convocation Invitation Email
msvu.ca

Alumnae Framing Services

Alumnae Relations
(902) 457-6340
msvu.ca

Graduation photography (portraits)

Graduates’ Meet & Greet (Student event)

Students’ Union

(902) 457-6123
mountstudents.ca

Graduation rings /

Mount clothing

Bookstore
(902) 457-6157
msvu.ca

Parking

Assisi Information Desk
(902) 457-6788

Media Inquiries

Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
(902) 457-6439
msvu.ca