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Counting down to Spring Convocation

May 17 & 18  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 2018 Convocation ceremonies. We encourage you to review the information below as you prepare for your (and/or your student's) big day!

If you are planning to graduate in Fall 2018, please submit your
application to graduate on the Fall 2018 convocation forms page.

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.

Nominate your Spring 2018 Valedictorian!

For those of you who have someone in mind to nominate as class valedictorian, please review the Valedictorian Nominations Criteria and submit the Valedictorian Nomination Form.

Submission Deadline: April 3, 2018

Valedictorian Nominations Criteria

Valedictorian Nomination Form

Schedule to be posted

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary
Bachelor of Arts (Internship Option)
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
Master of Applied Human Nutrition
Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition

Afternoon ceremony (2:00 pm*)

Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Public Relations
Bachelor of Public Relations Co-operative Education Route
Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in Communication
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Education in Curriculum Studies: Teaching English as Second Language in Association with Saint Mary's University
Master of Education
Master of Public Relations
PhD in Educational Studies

Friday, May 18, 2018

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Business Administration in Association with Bermuda College
Bachelor of Business Administration Co-operative Education Option
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) in Association with Bermuda College
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) Honours
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Co-operative Education Route
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management Practica Route
Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Business Administration
Certificate in Marketing
Certificate in Tourism & Hospitality Management
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Master of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Master of Arts in Family Studies and Gerontology
Master of Family Studies and Gerontology

*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.

Winnie Byanyima

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Winnie Byanyima is Executive Director of Oxfam International, a confederation of 20 organizations working in more than 90 countries empowering people to create a future that is secure, just, and free from poverty. Ms. Byanyima is a global women’s rights leader, human rights defender and authority on economic inequality.

Born in Mbarara, Uganda, her activism was first inspired by the courageous women in her village and her family. Today she continues to support women’s rights and social justice movements around the world.

Ms. Byanyima was recently appointed to the Global Commission on the Future of Work established by the International Labour Organization, and the Commission on Global Economic Transformation initiated by the Institute for New Economic Thinking. She serves as a global ambassador for the Open Government Partnership. She has served on the United Nations (UN) High-Level Panels on Access to Medicines and on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Prior to Oxfam, Ms. Byanyima led the directorates on gender and development at the United Nations Development Programme and the African Union Commission. She served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament after having participated in Uganda’s resistance struggle against dictatorship. A signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement, Ms. Byanyima led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus which championed ground-breaking gender equality provisions in the county’s 1995 post-conflict constitution.

In 2016, she was granted an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester, which she first attended as a refugee and graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

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