Dates and Times of Convocation Ceremonies

All Convocation ceremonies, which last about two hours, take place outside on the Convocation Mall at our Burnaby campus.

Students finishing their program requirements in December or April may attend the June Convocation ceremony. Students finishing in August may attend the October Convocation ceremony.

The date and time of your ceremony cannot be changed. Please be sure to plan ahead with your families and employers so that you are able to attend your ceremony as listed below. Students with disabilities are encouraged to complete an assistance request form and can only be accompanied by certified guide/service animals. Students should make arrangements with family or friends for child-minding while they are convocating. Inviting guests from outside Canada? Click here.

June 2016 Convocation

October 2015 and June 2016 mark SFU's 50th Convocation ceremonies. Watch this year’s 50th class make a visually stunning procession across the reflecting pond and down the grand stairway to Convocation Mall. Witness the presentation of honorary degrees to a number of extraordinary people. 

Ceremony A

Date:  Tuesday, June 7
Time: 9:45am

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Environment
The degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, will be conferred on David Gillespie.

Ceremony B

Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Beedie School of Business
The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Keith Beedie.

Ceremony C

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 9:45am

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Science
The degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, will be conferred on Nigel Lockyer.

Ceremony D

Date: Wednesday, June 8
Time: 2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Subjects

Anthropology; Asia-Canada; First Nations; French; Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies; General Studies; Gerontology, History; Humanities, International Studies, Latin American Studies; Labour Studies, Liberal Studies; Political Science; Sociology; Spanish

The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Evaleen Jaager Roy.

Ceremony E

Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: 9:45am

faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Subjects

Cognitive Science; Economics; English; Linguistics; Philosophy; Public Policy; Urban Studies; World Literature

The degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, will be conferred on Robert Bringhurst.

Ceremony F

Date: Thursday, June 9
Time:
2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Subjects

Criminology; Psychology; Special Arrangements

The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Ceremony G

Date: Friday, June 10
Time:
9:45am

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Geoffrey Massey.

Ceremony H

Date: Friday, June 10
Time:
2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
The degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, will be conferred on Izzeldin Abuelaish.

October 2016 Convocation

Convocation dates are always the Thursday and Friday in October immediately before Thanksgiving.

Ceremony A

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time:
9:45am

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Applied Sciences
  • Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
The degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, will be conferred on Evan Adams.

Ceremony B

Date: Thursday, October 6
Time:
2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Vivienne Poy.

Ceremony C

Date: Friday, October 7
Time:
9:45am

Faculties:

  • Beedie School of Business
  • Faculty of Science
The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Tamara Vrooman.

Ceremony D

Date: Friday, October 7
Time: 2:30pm

Faculties:

  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environment
The degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, will be conferred on Lorna Williams.