Last updated: November 15, 2021

Congratulations to the class of Fall 2021!

Celebrate your achievements and graduation at one of eight convocation ceremonies held by Simon Fraser University this fall. We are delighted to offer you the option to participate in-person or to watch virtually. 

SFU is following information and advice about COVID-19 from regional and provincial health officers. Should public health regulations change restrictions for outdoor/indoor gatherings, convocation plans may need to be modified and/or it is possible that the ceremonies could move to virtual ceremonies. Please check the convocation website and your SFU email regularly for updates. 

The health and well-being of students, staff, faculty, guests and the SFU community is a top priority. Convocation events will be conducted with the utmost attention to safety, following PHO orders and advice from regional and provincial health authorities.

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Graduands planning to attend in-person

There are some important steps you need to take after you receive your official senate letter by email:

1. Mark your calendar
Check the convocation schedule for your ceremony date and time. In addition, you are invited to your faculty or department’s faculty celebration (if scheduled).

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2. Confirm your in-person ceremony attendance and reserve regalia
It is important that you let us know you are coming to your ceremony and reserve your regalia in advance. 

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3. Register your guests if they're attending in-person
Convocation is an exciting and proud moment for your family, friends and loved ones. All graduands must register their guests by Monday, September 27

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4. Know before you go – health and safety protocols
Ensure you understand and follow our health and safety protocol that will allow you to celebrate this exciting moment and ensure that you and the SFU community are safe.

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5. Planning your day and attending your ceremony
Better understand what will happen you arrive for your ceremony and how it all works to ensure you make the most of your convocation experience.

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Graduands planning to attend virtually

Wherever you are in the world, we invite you to celebrate your academic achievements virtually if you're unable to attend in-person.

There are some important steps you need to take after you receive your official senate letter by email:

1. Mark your calendar
Check the convocation schedule for your ceremony date and time. In addition, you are invited to your faculty or department’s faculty celebration (if scheduled).

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2. Watch the live broadcast of your ceremony
Plan a virtual watch party and celebrate your accomplishments with your family and friends or watch alone in your comfy clothes! Closed captioning is available at all ceremonies and links to each live broadcast will be published on October 4.

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Guests planning to attend in-person or virtually

Note: Additional guest seats are available for some ceremonies - open the toggle for more information.

We are excited to have guests join us for this memorable occasion!

All guests attending in-person must be registered by a graduand and are required to understand and follow our health and safety protocols. Each graduand may register up to two guests to participate in-person. Registrations are non-transferable.

Did you graduate in 2020 or 2021 and weren't able to attend an in-person ceremony?

You will have the opportunity to attend an in-person convocation ceremony in the spring of 2022. 

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Convocation ceremonies

Live broadcast

Each convocation ceremony will be live broadcast on SFU's YouTube channel and available afterwards to watch on demand. Tune in 20 minutes early to watch the pre-show.

CEREMONY A
Tuesday, October 5
10:00 a.m. PT
(pre-show at 9:40 a.m.)

Watch Ceremony A

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
(schedule by department)

Honorary Degree Recipient: Catherine Clement

CEREMONY B
Tuesday, October 5
2:30 p.m. PT
(pre-show at 2:10 p.m.)

Watch Ceremony B

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
(schedule by department)

Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. Wally Oppal

CEREMONY C
Wednesday, October 6
10:00 a.m. PT
(pre-show at 9:40 a.m.)

Watch Ceremony C

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
(schedule by department)

Honorary Degree Recipient: Nurjehan Mawani

CEREMONY D
Wednesday, October 6
2:30 p.m. PT
(pre-show at 2:10 p.m.)

Watch Ceremony D

Beedie School of Business

Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. John Borrows

CEREMONY E
Thursday, October 7
10:00 a.m. PT
(pre-show at 9:40 a.m.)

Watch Ceremony E

Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty of Science

Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. John Blatherwick

CEREMONY F
Thursday, October 7
2:30 p.m. PT
(pre-show at 2:10 p.m.)

Watch Ceremony F

Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
Faculty of Environment

Honorary Degree Recipient: Margo Kane

CEREMONY G
Friday, October 8
10:00 a.m. PT
(pre-show at 9:40 a.m.)

Watch Ceremony G

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. Herb (Jay) James

CEREMONY H
Friday, October 8
2:30 p.m. PT
(pre-show at 2:10 p.m.)

Watch Ceremony H

Faculty of Education

Program book

The convocation program book includes the full convocation schedule and a listing of all graduate names. Flip through by clicking the arrows. Graduands attending in-person will receive their program book at their ceremony and those attending virtually will be mailed theirs with their parchment.

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Convocation slide

Regardless of attendance you will be a part of your ceremony and you will have your name announced and have a convocation slide. Download your convocation slide as a keepsake of your achievement. Share it proudly with friends, family or on social media and use #MySFUGrad.

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SFU Alumni

When you graduate, you automatically become a member of a vibrant alumni community, a network of more than 170,000 graduates living in 140+ countries. SFU Alumni is here to keep you connected with your fellow alumni and the SFU community. 

All new alumni are encouraged to update their contact information with the Alumni Office to ensure they can be kept up-to-date on future plans for in-person convocation ceremonies.

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Credit: Brianna Mau, BA'20

Celebration tools

Celebrate your convocation day with a variety of celebration tools including an SFU cap and gown Instagram story filter, printable celebration signs, zoom backgrounds and photo stickers and frames!

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SFU respectfully acknowledges that Convocation is hosted and filmed on the traditional, unceded and continually occupied territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples. There is a great amount of work to be done towards reconciliation and systemic decolonization within the university. We are committed to educating ourselves and others, respectfully including Indigenous practices, protocols and ceremony into Convocation, and continuing to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples across these lands.

L-R Top: Catherine Clement, Dr. John Blatherwick, Margo Kane L-R Middle: Nurjehan Mawani, Dr. Wally Oppal L-R Bottom: Dr. John Borrows, Dr. Herb (Jay) James

Fall 2021 Honorary degree recipients

At the convocation fall 2021 ceremonies, SFU will confer degrees on four honorary degree recipients and recognize three recent honorary degree recipients who were conferred degrees virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. A trailblazing public health leader, a champion of human rights, inclusion and gender equity, a renowned advocate for Indigenous performing arts, and an award-winning Chinese Canadian history curator are among the seven distinguished individuals.

Read their full bios to see how each recipient has contributed to the betterment of society and has enriched their community, nation and world.

Learn more

Build our social media wall using #MySFUGrad

Share your graduation experiences on social media or send your best wishes and showcase your celebratory cheers to other graduands! Show your SFU spirit by using #MySFUGrad and build our Convocation Fall 2021 social media wall below!