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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!

Spring 2017 Senate List

 Invitation Announcement:

Thursday AM ceremony – Students will receive their requested amount of invitations. This ceremony is now full.

Thursday PM ceremony – Students will receive their requested amount of invitations. There are limited invitations remaining for this ceremony. Please email convocation@msvu.ca to request extras.

Friday AM ceremony – Due to high attendance numbers guest invitations have been limited. Impacted students have been emailed directly. This ceremony is now full.

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.

Wednesday, May 17

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      

Gown/Hood pickup for students graduating on Thursday
Guest Invitations pickup
for students graduating on Thursday
Seton Academic Centre, Room 304

Thursday, May 18 (Morning Ceremony)       

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gown/Hood pickup/return for students graduating on Thursday
Guest Invitations pickup
for students graduating on Thursday
Seton Academic Centre, Room 304

9:15 a.m.              

Students arrive for gowning, processional line up and final instructions about crossing the auditorium stage and receiving parchments.
Seton Academic Centre, 4th floor

Certificate in Business Administration
Certificate in Marketing
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management
Bachelor of Business Administration (including Co-operative Education Option)
Bachelor of Business Administration  in Association with Bermuda College
Bachelor of Public Relations
Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Co-operative Education Route and Practica Route
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Practica Route) (Honours)
Master of Family Studies and Gerontology
Master of Public Relations
Master of Arts in Communication
Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology

10:00 a.m.                           

              Convocation Ceremony Commences
             
Seton Academic Centre, Auditorium

12:00 p.m.                           

Convocation Reception
McCain Centre Atrium


**Note: Attire MUST be returned immediately following your ceremony/reception**

Thursday, May 18 (Afternoon Ceremony)

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gown/Hood pickup for students graduating on Thursday
Guest Invitations pickup
for students graduating on Thursday
Seton Academic Centre, Room 304

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Gown/Hood pickup for students graduating on Friday
Guest Invitations pickup
for students graduating on Friday
Seton Academic Centre, Room 304

1:15 p.m.              

Students arriving for gowning, processional line up and final instructions about crossing the auditorium stage and receiving parchments.
Seton Academic Centre, 4th floor

Bachelor of Education
Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: TESL
Master of Education
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Arts (Research)
PhD in Educational Studies


2:00 p.m.

              Convocation Ceremony Commences
             
Seton Academic Centre, Auditorium

4:00 p.m.              

              Convocation Reception 
              McCain Centre Atrium

              **Note: Attire MUST be returned immediately following your ceremony/reception**

Friday, May 19 (Morning Ceremony)       

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gown/Hood pickup/return for students graduating on Friday
Guest Invitations pickup
for students graduating on Friday
Seton Academic Centre, Room 304

9:15 a.m.              

Students arrive for gowning, processional line up and final instructions about crossing the auditorium stage and receiving parchments.
Seton Academic Centre, 4th floor

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) in Association with Bermuda College
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) (Honours)
Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition (including Integrated Internship Education Program)
Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition (Honours) (including Integrated Internship Education Program)
Master of Applied Human Nutrition
Master of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition 

10:00 a.m.

Convocation Ceremony Commences
Seton Academic Centre, Auditorium

12:00 p.m.

Convocation Reception
McCain Centre Atrium

**Note: Attire MUST be returned immediately following your ceremony/reception

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Business Administration  in Association with Bermuda College

Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education Option

Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Co-operative Education Route

Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Practica Route)

Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Practica Route) (Honours)

Bachelor of Public Relations

Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)

Certificate in Business Administration

Certificate in Marketing

Diploma in Business Administration

Diploma in Tourism & Hospitality Management

Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology

Master of Arts in Communication

Master of Family Studies and Gerontology

Master of Public Relations

Afternoon ceremony (2:00 pm*)

Bachelor of Education

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts (Research)

Master of Arts in School Psychology

Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: TESL

Master of Education

PhD in Educational Studies



Friday, May 19, 2017

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary

Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) (Honours)

Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition (Honours) Integrated Internship Education Program

Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition (Honours)

Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition  Integrated Internship Education Program

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition

Master of Arts (Child and Youth Study)

Master of Applied Human Nutrition

Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition 

*Note: Graduates will be required to arrive earlier for processional preparation

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.

Hayley Wickenheiser, OC, BKin, MSc (morning ceremony, May 18)
Hayley Wickenheiser-website

Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world. Hayley joined the Canadian Women’s National Hockey Team at age 15 and has since won innumerable championships, five Olympic medals (four gold and one silver), and been named most valuable player at both the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. For the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Hayley was selected as the flag bearer for Team Canada and, during those same Olympics, it was announced that she had been elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.

Off the ice, Hayley’s achievements are also many: she’s been named among the toughest and most influential athletes in the world by Sports Illustrated, The Globe and Mail, and QMI Agency. In 2011, Hayley was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2015, she was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Hayley’s passion for sport is matched by her desire to give back to the community through her work with organizations such as JumpStart, KidSport, Project North, Right to Play and others. One of Hayley’s most significant community projects was the creation of the Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, which offers a special training experience for 2,000 young female hockey players from around the world each year.

Hayley was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and is a proud mom to her teenage son, Noah. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Medical Science, both from the University of Calgary, as well as numerous honorary degrees.

Elizabeth G. Fountain, DCnL (afternoon ceremony, May 18) 

ElizabethFountain-website

Elizabeth Grace Fountain was born in Halifax and is an alumna of Mount Saint Vincent University. Since graduating in 1979, Elizabeth has worked alongside her husband, Fred Fountain, in the areas of law and business and together they have remained committed to family, volunteer service and charitable giving.

Elizabeth has volunteered with and served on the boards of the St. Margaret Sailing Club, St. Margaret’s Bay Skating Club and Laing House Association, and together with Fred has provided significant charitable support to organizations including the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Laing House, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Symphony Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, National Gallery of Canada, National Arts Centre, Pathways to Education, King’s-Edgehill School, University of King’s College, Dalhousie University (including the creation of the Fountain School of Performing Arts), and Mount Saint Vincent University.

In the wake of their son Alex’s tragic death from suicide in 2009, Elizabeth and Fred, together with the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, created the Stay Connected Mental Health Project. This project aims to improve collaboration among mental health service providers, and has university specific initiatives including student peer support and support to faculty and staff to help identify and assist students experiencing severe distress and/or mental health problems. Also, to honour Alex’s memory and his spirit, they created the annual Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture at the University of King’s College where the speakers are nominated and chosen by the students.

In 2012, Elizabeth received a Doctor of Canon Law (honoris causa) from the University of King’s College.

Elizabeth is an Honourary Trustee of the QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, a 
Distinguished Patron of the National Gallery of Canada, and is Honourary Co-Chair for the Dalhousie Arts Centre Expansion Campaign.

Elizabeth and Fred are parents to Alex, BA, University of King’s College 2010 (posthumous) and Katharine, B.Com, McGill University 2014. Katharine is currently pursuing a music degree at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Gail Asper, OC, OM, LLD (morning ceremony, May 19) 

Gail Asper1-website

Gail Asper was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is President of The Asper Foundation, which spearheaded the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. She practiced law for a number of years in Halifax before joining Canwest Global Communications Corp as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and a Director in 1989.  

She has chaired the Boards of numerous not-for-profit groups and led annual, capital and endowment campaigns including for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, United Way and The National Arts Centre Foundation. She is a member of the Board of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and is a Governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  

Gail has been a passionate volunteer for and supporter of arts and culture in Canada.  For the last 14 years, she has worked to develop the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which opened in Winnipeg in 2014. She has received numerous awards for community service, including The Governor-General’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, the Order of Manitoba and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Manitoba, Carleton University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is married to Michael Paterson and has two sons, Stephen and Jonathan, and is addicted to Halifax donairs.

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