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Counting down to Spring 2019 Convocation

May 16 & 17  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 2019 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 2019, please submit your
application to graduate on the Spring 2019 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.

Schedule to be posted

Ceremonies to be posted

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 430. 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 430 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.

Francoise EnguehardFrançoise Enguehard, BA, MA, was born on the French islands of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon and came to Canada at an early age to continue her studies. For more than 40 years she has been living and working in St. John’s, Newfoundland, devoting much of her energy to the Acadian and Francophone communities in the Atlantic region, in the country and around the world. 

From 1989 to 2001, she was a radio and television reporter for Radio-Canada. She hosted several Newfoundland television productions and remains a regular columnist for the only independent French newspaper in the Atlantic Provinces, l’Acadie Nouvelle.  

Françoise manages her own communications consulting company, VIVAT Communications. In this capacity she organized several large cultural celebrations including the 2004 celebrations of 500 years of French presence in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the bicentennial of the return of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon to France in 2016.

Françoise is an award-winning author, whose novels have been translated and published in English. She has just finished writing her first novel in English. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, chief among them the Légion d'Honneur from France (France’s highest award of merit) and l'Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique.

Françoise Enguehard, B.A., M.A., née dans le petit archipel français de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, est arrivée au Canada à un jeune âge pour poursuivre ses études. Vivant et travaillant depuis plus de quarante ans à Saint-Jean de Terre-Neuve, elle consacre une grande partie de son énergie aux communautés acadiennes et francophones de la région de l'Atlantique, du Canada et du monde entier. 

De 1989 à 2001, elle travaille comme journaliste à la radio et la télévision pour la Société Radio-Canada et anime plusieurs émissions de télévision à Terre-Neuve. Aujourd'hui encore, Mme Enguehard rédige régulièrement des articles dans l'Acadie Nouvelle, seul journal francophone indépendant dans les provinces de l'Atlantique.   

Dirigeant son propre cabinet de conseil en communication, VIVAT Communications, elle a organisé plusieurs grands événements, dont le 500e anniversaire de la présence française à Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador en 2004 et le bicentenaire de la rétrocession de l’archipel de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon à la France en 2016.

Mme Enguehard est une auteure primée dont les romans ont été traduits et publiés en anglais; elle vient d'ailleurs de terminer son premier roman en anglais. Mme Enguehard a reçu de nombreux prix, dont la Légion d'honneur (la plus haute distinction française) et l'Ordre des francophones d'Amérique.

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