Message about Spring 2021 Convocation

While we all hoped to be in a position to return to our usual way of celebrating our graduates this spring, MSVU has made the difficult decision to not hold in-person Convocation ceremonies.

We know this will be disappointing news for many. The decision was made with the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and our faculty and staff in mind. We’ve seen here in Nova Scotia, and in our sister provinces, just how quickly our public health landscape can change. Making the decision now allows us to plan and execute alternative ways of marking this important accomplishment.

Updates will be posted on the Celebrating spring 2021 graduates webpage.


Photo submission for grad celebration videos

Submit a high resolution image of yourself before 4:30 p.m. on April 9, 2021.

The image will be cropped to show head and shoulders. Please note that graduates do not have to submit a picture of themselves wearing an academic gown and hood.

Submit a picture (MSVU email address required)»

 


Valedictorian nominations

The deadline to submit a spring 2021 Valedictorian nominations is April 6. Learn more.

Step 1: SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO GRADUATE

The online Application to Graduate for spring 2021 is now closed.  Deadline to submit: January 31, 2021

Please note:  The application to Graduate for fall 2021 will be available online in early June 2021. Deadline to submit: August 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

Special tribute videos - How to submit a picture of yourself

Graduates and student/faculty award recipients will be celebrated in special video tributes – one for Arts and Science, one for Professional and Graduate Studies, and one for Education. Graduates will have the opportunity to submit pictures of themselves for inclusion in their respective video.

Picture submission: Graduates are asked to upload a high-resolution image of themselves that will appear in the celebration video. The image will be cropped to show head and shoulders. Please note that graduates do not have to submit a picture of themselves wearing an academic gown and hood.

Submit a picture (MSVU email address required)»

Pictures are due before 4:30 p.m. on April 9, 2021.

Parchment pick up and photo opportunity

Graduates will be able to collect their grad boxes (including their parchment and other goodies), don a gown and hood, and pose for a photo with the University President and their faculty Dean. Graduates will also have the opportunity to borrow a gown and hood for a few days so they can take additional grad photos.

Within the next month, graduating students will receive a link to an online form to book a parchment pick up appointment.

Location: McCain Centre Atrium

Arts and Science graduates
Tuesday, May 25 – 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

Degree of Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
Degree of Bachelor of Arts
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Honours Certificate in Arts
Degree of Bachelor of Science (General Studies)
Degree of Bachelor of Science
Degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Professional and Graduate Studies (Non-Education) graduates
Wednesday, May 26 – 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

Certificate in Accounting
Certificate in Business Administration
Certificate in Marketing
Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
Diploma in Business Administration
Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Study) Honours
Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration
Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration in Association with Bermuda College
Degree of Bachelor of Public Relations (Co-operative Education Route)
Degree of Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition
Degree of Bachelor of Science Applied Human Nutrition (Honours)
Degree of Bachelor of Science (Science Communication)
Degree of Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Graduate Certificate in Health Communication & Aging
Degree of Master of Applied Human Nutrition
Degree of Master of Family Studies and Gerontology
Degree of Master of Public Relations
Degree of Master of Arts (Child and Youth Study)
Degree of Master of Arts in Communication
Degree of Master of Science Applied Human Nutrition

Education (B.Ed and Graduate Education) graduates
Thursday, May 27 – 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

Degree of Bachelor of Education
Degree of Bachelor of Education in Association with St Joseph’s College
Degree of Master of Education
Degree of Master of Arts in Education
Degree of Master of Arts in School Psychology
Degree of PhD in Educational Studies

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.

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