Confirm Attendance and Reserve Regalia
Three weeks prior to your ceremony you must confirm your attendance and reserve your regalia by logging in to goSFU (click on self-service at the top of the left-hand menu and then click on Confirm Attendance).
Ceremony dates and order cannot be changed. Please be sure to plan ahead with your families and employers so that you are able to attend your ceremony as scheduled. Students should make arrangements with family or friends for child-minding while they are convocating.
If you are a student with a disability and you require assistance at your ceremony please complete the application for convocation assistance. Only certified service/guide animals may accompany students with disabilities to cross the stage.
What you will wear
You will wear a gown, a "hood" which drapes around your shoulders and signifies the degree you earned, and a hat. You can see pictures of your regalia in advance.
Students are welcome to wear ceremonial First Nations' regalia or law enforcement formal dress uniform in place of or with SFU regalia. Please check with regalia staff for assistance.
SFU volunteers will make sure your gown fits, that you have the correct degree hood and it is pinned to your gown, and that your hat won't fall off. You don't have to worry about robing yourself.
Doctoral students do not have their hoods pinned on, but carry them and are "hooded" on stage.
Your hat (or "mortarboard") sits flat on your head, so keep your hairstyle simple. It fits snugly, so if you have bangs they will be flattened. Doctoral students wear a softer hat that will cover most of their hair. Note that hair gels and other products will stain your hat.
You will be able to take your mortarboard hat home with you as a memento of this special day. However, note that doctoral students must return their hats and hoods, and all grads must return their gowns and hoods to our Regalia Return station after their ceremony. SFU does not sell hoods or gowns. You can purchase them through our supplier, Gaspard & Sons.
Make sure you hang the tassel on your hat to the left side of your face, so when you walk across the stage the tassel doesn't obscure your face from the audience.
What to wear with your regalia
Your gown will zip closed (note PhD gowns are open); however, you should consider the weather when deciding what to wear underneath. We strongly recommend shoes that you can walk in during the formal procession over concrete walkways and up and down concrete stairs. The temperature is often quite cold or windy and you will be sitting outside (although under cover) for about two hours: dress accordingly. It may rain and there are occasions when it has been very warm. You are advised to check the weather before your ceremony so you and your guests come prepared. See The Weather Network.
Carrying Items in the Procession
Purses and cameras should be left with your guests. Our free coat check located near the regalia area is available to students and guests but is not liable for loss or theft. (Unclaimed items are forwarded to SFU Security one hour after each ceremony.) Large bouquets of flowers might get squished if you are carrying them as the graduands are seated closely together.