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Counting down to Fall 2018 Convocation

November 4  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 Fall 2018 Convocation ceremonies. We encourage you to review the information below as you prepare for your (and/or your student's) big day!

Have you already submitted your application to graduate for Fall 2018?

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: The deadline for submitting an application to graduate for Fall 2018 has now passed.       Any applications submitted after the August 31, 2018 deadline will be moved to Spring 2019.

Planning to Graduate Spring 2019?

Submit your Application to Graduate

Submission Deadline: January 31, 2019
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Submit your Application to Graduate form along with your graduation fee to let us know that you want to graduate! You can even pay your Application to Graduate fee online. You can also review the How To Submit Your Application to Graduate document if you need assistance.

Schedule to be posted

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) Honours
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Internship Option)
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)
Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education Option
Bachelor of Business Administration in Association with Bermuda College
Bachelor of Public Relations
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)
Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition
Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition Integrated Internship Education Program
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Practica Route
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Business Administration
Certificate in Information technology
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Master of Applied Human Nutrition
Master of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Master of Arts in Communication
Master of Public Relations
Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition

Afternoon ceremony (2:00 pm*)

Bachelor of Education
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Education
Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: Teaching English as Second Language in Association with Saint Mary's University
PhD in Educational Studies

*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 430. 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 430 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 available to purchase on-site? 

Flower arrangements are available to purchase in two locations:

  • Seton Academic Centre Lobby – before your Convocation ceremony begins 
  • McCain Centre (Fountain Atrium) during the Post-Graduation Reception - immediately following your Convocation ceremony. 
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.

Megan Leslie, BA, LLB

Megan Leslie

Megan Leslie is President and CEO of WWF-Canada, Canada’s largest international conservation organization. An activist since Grade 10 when she and her girlfriends organized against a toxic waste dump coming to her hometown, Megan has focused her education and her career on seeking economic, environmental, and social justice. 

After law school, Megan worked as a Community Legal Worker at Dalhousie Legal Aid Service in Halifax’s north end. Working with law students in this clinical legal setting, Megan developed a Tenants’ Rights project that was named a national best practice in eviction prevention. She also created a mobile legal clinic bringing legal information to low-income Nova Scotians directly, at food banks, women’s shelters, libraries and the local methadone clinic. 

Megan served as the MP for Halifax from 2008-2015. She held roles as the NDP’s critic for Housing and Homelessness, Health Critic, Environment Critic, and in 2012 was named Deputy Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition. Megan has a BA (Hons) in Social & Political Thought and History from York University, a Certificate in Refugee and Migrations Studies from York, and an LLB from Dalhousie University.

Mary Janet (Jane) Abram, BEd

Jane Abram

Mary Janet (Jane) Abram is the second last child born, and the last surviving child from among Thomas and Sarah (Bernard) Young’s 11 children. A residential school survivor, Jane’s passion for advocacy on behalf of First Nations started many years ago when she was working as a teacher’s aide at St. Mary’s Elementary School, where she fought to have history books that portrayed Indigenous People as “savages” removed from the curriculum. After graduating high school, she continued her education at the Nova Scotia Teachers College and then earned her Bachelor of Education Degree at Mount Saint Vincent University. 

Jane has assisted Indigenous students at the university level for many years, guiding students as they moved off the reserve and providing them a network of support, serving as a mentor to counsel students throughout their university careers. In this capacity, she has worked with institutions such as Mount Saint Vincent University, Dalhousie University, and St. Mary’s University, and today is an Elder in Residence with Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. 

Jane is part of the Truth & Reconciliation process as she seeks to ensure that the stories of Aboriginal people are heard, including her story of being a Residential School Survivor. Working for the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network, Jane participates in Sentencing Circles and serves as mentor and support for Indigenous People who are involved with the Nova Scotia legal system. In addition, she also serves on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee for the RCMP. She also participates in a week-long training workshop with members of the RCMP, using her stories to help incoming members understand the experience of being a survivor of the Residential School System. Jane has spoken at several RCMP conferences and continues to promote peace and understanding between the police and Indigenous People. 

Even with her many work commitments and dedication to her efforts, Jane continues to find time to give back to her local community in other hands-on ways. She has been a member of the Millbrook Prayer Group, a volunteer for the lunch program for the homeless in Truro, and a promoter and participant of the Sweat Lodge Ceremony. She also mentors youth in her home through sewing projects and cooking lessons, and provides holiday baskets for people alone in her community at Christmas. Jane also mentors young Indigenous students entering the workplace, providing them the Indigenous training and teachings needed to prepare the next generation of Indigenous leaders. In 2017, Jane received the Grand Chief Donald Marshall Senior Memorial Elder Award in recognition of her extensive work. 

In short, Jane promotes religion, education, support, advocacy, justice and human kindness wherever she goes, and has touched the lives of many. As an advocate, mentor and survivor, she is deeply loved and respected.

Deborah Gillis, MA

Deboarah Gillis

Deborah Gillis is President and CEO of CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Foundation. As a recognized thought leader on gender equality, diversity and inclusion, Deborah has dedicated her career to driving social change. Deborah’s unique blend of passion, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit is helping her lead CAMH Foundation in transforming how Canadians understand and address mental illness, in the workplace and in society. 

Deborah put her ideals into practice in her previous role as President & CEO of Catalyst, a global non-profit that helps build workplaces that work for women. She advised some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies on how to accelerate and advance women into leadership. 

Deborah began her career in the public sector, where her early work focused on employment equity, anti-racism and LGBTQI rights. She went on to become a consultant and practice leader with global professional service firms PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton where she championed initiatives to mentor women. Deborah also worked in the Nova Scotia government, and stood as a candidate for elected office. It was during her time in politics that she first truly understood the power of role models—and the urgent need for more of them—to inspire girls and young women. 

Deborah has received national and international accolades for her advocacy efforts and business achievements. In 2016, she was named as one of Canadian Business magazine’s 10 Most Powerful Business People and was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal. In 2017, she was appointed to the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders and also accepted an honorary Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Cape Breton University for dedicating her life’s work to advocating for women’s rights and equality. She serves on the Board of Governors of St. Francis Xavier University.

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 - Undergraduate

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

Governor-General’s Medal - Graduate

Donated by the Governor-General of Canada this medal is given once per year at the graduate level to the top graduating master's student. Presented annually at the spring convocation. Students graduating the previous fall are equally eligible with spring graduands for this award.

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


Information on your parchmentKim Colley
Registrar’s Office

Receipt of your Notice of Attendance forms Convocation Email

Guest Invitations

Convocation Invitation Email

Alumnae Framing Services

Alumnae Relations
(902) 457-6340

Graduation photography (portraits)

Graduates’ Meet & Greet (Student event)

Students’ Union

(902) 457-6123

Graduation rings /

Mount clothing

(902) 457-6157


Assisi Information Desk
(902) 457-6788

Media Inquiries

Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
(902) 457-6439