Countdown to Spring 2021 Convocation!

The Spring 2021 online application to graduate is now available.

Planning for the Spring 2021 Convocation will begin in the next couple of months. Potential graduates should be aware that the prevailing COVID 19 pandemic may require the Mount to consider non-traditional ways of recognizing graduates. Further information regarding graduate recognition will be available in due course.

Step 1: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO GRADUATE

If you are planning to graduate in spring 2021, you must submit your Application to Graduate form (application term will appear as winter 2021) along with your graduation fee to let us know that you want to graduate! Once the form has been completed, you will receive an email confirming that the Application has been successfully received.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the Registrar’s Office immediately.

Please note: If you are requesting special seating accommodations, please be sure to indicate if they are for yourself or for your guests.

Deadline to submit: January 31, 2021

Step 2: PAYMENT OF APPLICATION TO GRADUATE FEE

Once you have completed the Application to Graduate form, the $65.00 graduation fee will automatically be added to your student account with Financial Services. You will need to make arrangements to pay this fee as soon as possible.

You can pay your Application to Graduate fee online

Watch the 2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony

2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony

Our 2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony will be available on the Mount’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday, November 1 at 3 p.m. (AT). It will later be posted to msvu.ca/Convocation. 

Watch on the Mount’s YouTube channel »

If you would like to view a recording of the ceremony and YouTube isn’t an option, a recording can be made available to you at a later date by contacting DMZ@msvu.ca

Visit the Virtual Convocation 2020 web page »

Schedule of events

To be posted.

Ceremonies by Program

To be posted.

Frequently Asked Questions

To be posted.

2020 Fall Honorary Degree Recipients

Anne Innis DaggAnne Innis Dagg, CM, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, Hon DSc, is a pioneering zoologist, groundbreaking biologist, animal rights activist, and feminist who has received worldwide recognition for her work on giraffes. In 1956, she became the first person to study giraffe behaviour in the wild. She is the author of over 60 scientific papers and 23 books including The Giraffe: Its Biology, Behaviour and Ecology (1976) along with fellow zoologist Bristol Foster. She faced many challenges in her career – most notably because she was a woman who was prevented from becoming a tenured professor at the three universities she taught at near her home in Waterloo. This resulted in her disappearance from the giraffe world. Three decades later, an invitation to a giraffe conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and a documentary about her life, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, brought her story to light again.

The recent Order of Canada recipient has dedicated her efforts to establishing The Anne Innis Dagg Foundation with a mission to draw attention to the challenges wild giraffes are facing in Africa and the importance of conservation.

Dr. Dagg holds a BA (Honours) in Biology and MA in Genetics, both from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Animal Behaviour from the University of Waterloo, and Honorary Doctorates in Science from both the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto.


Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti, BA (Hons), Hon LLD, is a long-time journalist who has travelled Canada and the world in pursuit of stories that both enlighten and disturb. She has worked in radio and television for decades, mostly with the CBC.

She began her career at CKEC radio in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and spent three years in private radio in the Maritimes and Ottawa before joining CBC as host of its morning show in Fredericton. Her path through the CBC included local reporting jobs in Edmonton and then to the Parliament Hill bureau in Ottawa, taking on the environment and defence beats, as well as covering the politics of the day. From Ottawa, she became a foreign correspondent, travelling the world from bureaus in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. During that time, she covered the end of the Soviet Union, the changes in Eastern European countries after the fall of the iron curtain, the wars in the former Yugoslav republics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the final two years of the Clinton administration. Anna Maria returned to Canada to pursue investigative reporting as a host of the fifth estate but within two years, shifted back to radio to be part of the team that created The Current, CBC Radio 1’s flagship current affairs program.

The Current team brought hard-edged interviews, long form interviews, documentaries, extensive road trips – from across Canada, including Northern Canada, to Afghanistan, Jerusalem, Argentina and across the US – and inclusive public forums to the airwaves, changing the expectation of what radio was capable of in morning programming, and winning numerous domestic and international awards for its host and producers in the process.

After 17 years as host of The Current, Anna Maria chose to leave her permanent job at the CBC to explore audio storytelling through podcasting. The CBC podcast More went to the top of the Apple charts when it was released. She is now working on a second, serialized storyline for podcast.

Anna Maria was born in Windsor, Ontario. She has an Honours BA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, and honorary doctorates from the universities of Windsor, Carleton, York and Royal Roads. Beyond her work she is a voracious reader, a theatre and cinema buff, a dedicated cook, a passable skier, a rusty scuba diver, and a traveller. Her driver’s licence still includes a designation for motorcycles, but she says she’s done with that. Anna Maria lives in Toronto with her partner, John Filion.


Lynn JonesLynn Jones, BA, Hon D Hum, is an educator, community historian, civil and human rights activist, labour leader, and a truly inspiring speaker. Lynn has served her community and the nation in multiple ways over the course of a long and distinguished career. She was the first African Canadian to join the executive ranks of the Canadian Labour Congress and to be elected General Vice-President. She was also an official international observer of the first democratic elections held in South Africa which saw the election of Nelson Mandela as the country’s first Black President.

Lynn is a native of Truro, Nova Scotia, and one of 10 children born into an Indigenous African Nova Scotian family of community leaders. She has been a life-long civil and human rights activist. Her protest has always focused on all aspects of social, political and economic inclusion with special attention in areas of anti-racism, feminism, class, ability, poverty and the environment. Her social justice priorities are presently focused on the obtaining of Reparations for Afrikan People and highlighting the crimes against humanity perpetrated during and following the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. As well, she continues to highlight the archival Lynn Jones African Canadian and Diaspora Heritage Collection housed at Saint Mary’s University and containing more than 10,000 articles and artefacts of Black and Indigenous life locally, nationally and internationally, collected by Lynn over 50 years and donated for public access.

Lynn believes that “by putting aside our individual agendas and working for the good of all, we can solve all problems.” She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Acadia University. And while retired from the federal public service, she remains active in her community.

Convocation Awards

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.

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