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Counting down to Fall 2019 Convocation

Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 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 Fall 2019 Convocation ceremonies. We encourage you to review the information below as you prepare for your (and/or your student's) big day!

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 

The deadline to submit an Application to Graduate for Fall 2019 was August, 2019.

The Application to Graduate for Spring 2020 will be available after November 4, 2019.

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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The deadline to submit an Application to Graduate for Fall 2019 was August, 2019.

Please note that the Notice of Attendance is NOT an application. 

The Application to Graduate for Spring 2020 will be available after November 4, 2019.

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.

Submissions must be received by October 20, 2019.  

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Schedule to be posted

Sunday, November  3, 2019

Morning ceremony (10:00 am*)

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

Afternoon ceremony (2:00 pm*)

Bachelor of Education
Master of Arts (Research)
Master of Arts in Education
Master of Arts in School Psychology
Master of Education
PhD in Educational Studies


*Note: Graduates will be required to arrive earlier for processional preparation

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.

Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen Honorary Doctorate MSVU 2019Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., is a Canadian icon who has dedicated his life to awakening the world to the potential of people with disabilities. He is best known as the “Man In Motion” for undertaking an epic 26 month, 40,000 km journey around the world in his wheelchair. Rick is also a three-time world champion, nine-time Pan Am gold medalist, and six-time Paralympic medalist. 

He is the Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating an inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential. For over three decades, Rick and his team have been focused on the removal of barriers. Currently, Rick and the Foundation are rethinking how people of all ages and abilities access spaces where we live, work, learn and play. The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) is the only program that rates, certifies and showcases accessible buildings.

Mandy Rennehan

Mandy Rennehan Honorary Doctorate MSVU 2019Mandy Rennehan is the Blue-Collar CEO™ and founder of Freshco – a leading full-service reconstruction and retail maintenance provider operating in Canada and the eastern United States, with clients such as Home Depot, Nike, RBC, Apple and more. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and trade industry ambassador. 

When she was 18, Mandy left her hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, with a dirty hockey bag and a dream. By 19, she had founded Freshco and, today, she is the recipient of countless business awards, including: Canada’s Most Admired CEO, Top 25 Women of Influence, the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur “Momentum” Award, (WXN’s) Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame and CGLCC LGBT Business of the Year (to name just a few). 

Mandy’s vision goes well beyond building successful businesses. She is dedicated to helping solve the skilled trade shortage in North America, which she describes as a profound economic and social issue affecting consumers, companies and infrastructure (from roads to hospitals).

Gloria Ann Wesley

Gloria Ann Wesley Honorary Doctorate MSVU 2019Gloria Ann Wesley, BA, BEd, is an educator, author and public speaker. A graduate of the Nova Scotia Teachers College and St. Francis Xavier University, she taught at various grade levels and worked as a Social Studies Coordinator and Race Relations Coordinator.

Most of her adult life was spent in Black communities where she created employment opportunities for teenagers and started youth clubs such as the Upper Big Tracadie Crusaders. She created programs so that impoverished youths had opportunities to travel outside their communities, put on plays and concerts, and learn Black history. 

She has served on the boards of the Black United Front, the Black Cultural Centre of NS, the Black Loyalist Society, the Black Educators Association and more. 

Gloria became the first published Black Nova Scotian poet when, in 1975, she published her book of poetry, To My Someday Child. Her novel, Chasing Freedom (2011), was short-listed for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Young Adult Fiction. If This Is Freedom (2013) was the winner of One Book Nova Scotia in 2016. Her latest novel – about a member of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, an all-Black military battalion in the First World War – will be released in the fall of 2019.

 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


Information on your parchmentKim Colley
Registrar’s Office

Receipt of your Notice of Attendance forms Convocation Email

Guest Invitations

Convocation Invitation Email

Alumnae Framing Services

Alumnae Relations
(902) 457-6340

Graduation photography (portraits)

Graduates’ Meet & Greet (Student event)

Students’ Union

(902) 457-6123

Graduation rings /

Mount clothing

(902) 457-6157


Assisi Information Desk
(902) 457-6788

Media Inquiries

Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
(902) 457-6439