Countdown to Fall 2023 Convocation

Fall 2023 convocation has been scheduled for Sunday, October 22, 2023 in the Seton Academic Centre.


If you are planning to graduate in Fall 2023, you must submit your online Application to Graduate 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 your application has been successfully received.  If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the Registrar’s Office immediately.

Deadline to submit for Fall 2023: August 31, 2023



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

How to Convocate

Please review this “How to Convocate” video!

Live Stream

Our Fall 2023 Convocation ceremonies will be available via live stream on the Mount’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. If you miss the live stream, please note that a recording of the Convocation ceremonies will be available for viewing on the University’s YouTube channel.

Watch on the Mount’s YouTube channel »

Watch on the Mount’s Facebook page »

If you would like to view a recording of the ceremonies and YouTube isn’t an option, a recording can be made available to you at a later date by contacting at

Ceremonies by Program

Please note: All Graduates must arrive at the 4th floor of the Seton Academic Centre, outside AUD B, with their academic attire one hour prior to the start of their ceremony for line up and final instructions.

(will be updated in October)

Schedule of Events

(will be updated in October)

Alumni Framing

“You Earned it, Now Frame it. Display your accomplishment with pride!

Earning your degree was a lot of hard work. Now it’s time to showcase your achievement! Proudly display your parchment by having it professionally framed and highlighted by a blue mat tastefully in-printed with the Mount Saint Vincent University logo. All frames are high quality, Canadian made with acid free mats.

Frames are sold on site at the McCain Centre Lobby on the days of convocation.

Have any Questions? Contact the Alumni Relations Office via email at

Fall 2023 Honorary Degree Recipient

(will be updated in October)

Convocation Awards

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.

Faculty Awards

President and Vice-Presidents’ Advanced Career Teaching Award

This award is presented to a faculty member, librarian or laboratory instructor who has demonstrated teaching excellence throughout their career at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Alumni Early Career Teaching Award

This award is presented to an early-career full-time faculty member, librarian or laboratory instructor who has demonstrated commitment and promise in the first five years of their career at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Alumni Part-time Faculty Teaching Award

This award is presented to a part-time faculty member, librarian or laboratory instructor who demonstrates commitment, knowledge and skill as a university educator.

Early Career Research Award

This award, given to an early-career full-time faculty member, recognizes the individual’s commitment and achievement as a contributor to the research community and to the research climate at Mount Saint Vincent University.

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.

Valedictorian Nominations

The importance of Valedictorians

Mount Saint Vincent University has a tradition in which a Valedictorian is selected to deliver the farewell address at each of the convocation ceremonies. The valedictory address is always a highlight of the convocation ceremony. Nominating is an opportunity for you to have a voice in shaping this part of your graduation ceremony.

Who is eligible to be nominated?

To be eligible for selection, nominees must:

• have a minimum GPA of 2.7 in the most recent five units of coursework and;
• have made significant contributions to extra-curricular activities at the Mount and/or community-at-large.

A sub-committee of the Academic Policy and Planning Committee will review the nominations along with the students’ academic records and present the candidates for Senate approval. Final notification will be sent to the students who are selected to be the Class Valedictorians.

Who can submit a nomination?

All graduands (students who will graduate during the convocation period), faculty and staff can submit a nomination.

What is the deadline to submit for Fall 2023 Convocation?

The Fall 2023 Valedictorian nomination form must be submitted via email to (Date TBA).

View previous Valedictory addresses, as well as full Convocation ceremonies, on MSVU’s YouTube channel.

Have questions? Contact us!

I have a question. What should I do?
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Accessibility at Convocation


Accessible parking is available throughout campus, though the most convenient for those attending convocation is located adjacent to the International Education Centre, which is directly across from the Seton Academic Centre (see campus map). You will then cross College Road to enter the Seton Academic Centre through an accessible entrance.

This entrance will bring you to the fourth floor of the Seton Academic Centre. Once inside, turn to your right to access an elevator at the end if hall, which will take you to the fifth floor where convocation guests enter the Seton Auditorium.

Note that security staff will be posted at the International Education Centre to assist with parking.

Seating in Seton Auditorium

All guests are asked to enter the Seton Auditorium via the fifth floor. Guests using a wheelchair should enter Seton Auditorium via the entrance marked Seton Auditorium C, as accessible seating is available in this section.


There are a number of accessible washrooms located in Seton Academic Centre (see campus map). The most convenient accessible washroom for convocation guests is located on the fifth floor in room 548. This fully accessible washroom has been newly renovated and is gender neutral.

ASL interpretation

Two interpreters will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation during the convocation ceremonies.

Student Job Opportunities

Student jobs available during convocation

MSVU students are encouraged to apply for job opportunities during Convocation. Those hired will work alongside a variety of University departmental teams on tasks ranging from parking to degree framing and assisting grads prepare for their ceremony.

If you are interested, submit your resume according to the directions given below. Positions may be filled in advance based on the quantity and quality of applications received.


  • Students must have a social insurance number to be eligible for hiring.
  • Jobs below pay a minimum of $15 per hour, plus 4% vacation pay.

Gown Assistants

Required for:

  • Set-up
  • Ceremonies (all)

Apply with resume (including email address) in the Dean’s Office, Seton 301.

Ushers (20)

Required for:

  • Training (2 hours)
  • Ceremonies (8 hours)
  • Chancellor’s Dinner (4 hours)

Apply with resume to Kim Campbell, President’s Office, Evaristus 205.

Parking Attendants

Required for:

  • Approximately 8 hours per day



Nicole Dodge, Registrar’s Office
Evaristus 207J
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