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Counting down to Spring 2020 Convocation

May 14 & 15, 2020

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 2020 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 Spring 2020, you must submit your Application to Graduate form 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.

Note: When logging in, please enter your username not your MSVU email address.

Deadline to submit: January 31, 2020

Important Note: Use only Internet Explorer or Firefox when submitting the Application to Graduate form. Do NOT use Chrome or Safari (if you are using a Mac).

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 or in person at Financial Services, Evaristus Hall, 2nd Floor.

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Live stream

Our Convocation ceremonies are 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 ct DMZ@msvu.ca

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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 Margaret Norrie McCain Centre Atrium. 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 505/6. 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 505/6 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, near the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre Atrium. 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.

Dr Lou Massa Honorary Doctorate Recipient for the Fall 2019 Convocation CeremonyLou Massa, PhD, is a Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Hunter College & the Graduate School, CUNY (the City University of New York). He is renowned for his ground-breaking contributions to the field of Quantum Crystallography, as well as for his work to bring science to the general public, most notably through a TV show featuring interviews with leading scientists and Nobel Prize winners.

Dr. Massa did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory and a PhD at Georgetown University. He received a Master of Science degree from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Science from Le Moyne College. With hundreds of peer-reviewed articles to his name, he is also the recipient of several awards, including the American Society for Engineering Education Distinguished Professorship at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), the Hunter College President's Award for Excellence in Research, the NRL Berman Award for Outstanding Science Paper, and the Westchester Branch of the American Chemical Society 2019 Award as Distinguished Scientist. His membership in learned societies includes the American Crystallographic Association, the American Physical Society, and the American Chemical Society.

Louise Bradley Honorary Doctorate Recipient for the Fall 2019 Convocation CeremonyLouise Bradley, C.M., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), and has built her career in mental health from the ground up. From her early days as a registered nurse, to her advanced degrees, hospital administration, and leadership of the MHCC, Louise has been charting a new course to improve the lives of Canadians living with mental illness.

Demonstrating equal parts conviction and compassion, her transformational leadership has been recognized by the Canadian Psychological Association (Humanitarian Award, 2017), by the Canadian College of Health Leaders (Innovation Award, 2015) and by institutes of higher learning (Honorary Doctorates from Saint Mary's University and University of Alberta). In June 2019, Ms. Bradley was invested as a member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to advancing mental health care for Canadians.

 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

Contact

Information on your parchmentKim Colley
Registrar’s Office
msvu.ca

Receipt of your Notice of Attendance forms Convocation Email
msvu.ca

Guest Invitations

Convocation Invitation Email
msvu.ca

Alumnae Framing Services

Alumnae Relations
(902) 457-6340
msvu.ca

Graduation photography (portraits)

Graduates’ Meet & Greet (Student event)

Students’ Union

(902) 457-6123
mountstudents.ca

Graduation rings /

Mount clothing

Bookstore
(902) 457-6157
msvu.ca

Parking

Assisi Information Desk
(902) 457-6788

Media Inquiries

Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
(902) 457-6439
msvu.ca