Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Simon Fraser University! This is an amazing accomplishment and you should be SFU proud.

June 2021 Virtual Convocation

As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we will host eight virtual convocation ceremonies on June 24, 25, 28 and 29.

Convocation ceremonies

Hosted by Chancellor Tamara Vrooman and President Joy Johnson, each ceremony will include the formal conferral of credentials and degrees and feature:

  • Recognition of each graduand with the announcement of their name and personalized graduation slide 
  • Graduating class representatives giving inspiring messages of encouragement
  • SFU's distinguished honorary degree recipients and the Alumni Association President


Date: June 24, 25, 28 and 29
Time: 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. PT, daily 
Location: Live broadcast on SFU's YouTube channel

*Links to each ceremony's live broadcast will be published on SFU's Convocation homepage on June 23.

Faculty celebrations

In addition to your virtual convocation ceremony, all graduands are invited to their faculty or department's Virtual Faculty Celebration. Each faculty celebration will feature:

  • An interactive, fun, celebratory experience with your classmates
  • Congratulatory messages from your dean, professors and fellow graduands
  • Honouring graduating students' achievements


Date: June 24, 25, 28 and 29
Time: Before or after each respective faculty's virtual convocation ceremony
Location: Virtual platform

In-person convocation ceremonies

The June 2020, October 2020 and June 2021 graduating classes will be invited to celebrate their accomplishments at an in-person convocation ceremony when it is safe to gather in large groups as advised by provincial health officials.

After convocation, 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.

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.

Indigenous Student Centre Honouring Ceremony

The ISC Honouring Ceremony will:

  • Honour and celebrate Indigenous graduands in their degree completion
  • Feature inspiring remarks from Elders, leaders and representatives from the graduating class
  • Recognize the unique and diverse cultures of the graduands and integrate cultural ceremonial elements from Coast Salish nations


Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. PT
Location: Virtual platform

Virtual Convocation Toolkit

Click to download the Virtual Convocation Toolkit

To help you celebrate this milestone achievement, we have put together a toolkit with all the information and resources you need to make the most of your convocation experience.

Stay updated

There are three ways to stay updated:

Check SFU's Convocation website
New information will be published as it becomes available.

Monitor your SFU email account
Graduands should check their SFU email account often. Important information about preparing for and personalizing convocation will be emailed.

Follow SFU Alumni on social media
SFU Alumni will be sharing all of the latest information about convocation. Follow them now, so you don't miss out on anything!


Dates and deadlines

March 15 Announcement: Virtual format for June 2021 Convocation
March 25 Announcement: 2021 Honorary Degree Recipients
April 7 Announcement: Virtual Convocation Toolkit for graduands
May 25 Deadline: Submit videos and photos
May 26 Deadline: Submit content for personalized convocation slide
June 11 Deadline: Graduation WebSurvey
Updated: Wed, 16 Jun 2021

Honorary degree recipients

L-R Top: Andreas Dracopoulos, Malinda Smith, Herb James L-R Middle: Maria Ressa, Michael J. Fox, Siila (Sheila) Watt-Cloutier L-R Bottom: Victor Hayes, Wally Oppal, Theresa Tam

SFU will welcome a number of distinguished honorary degree recipients into the SFU family this June at the Virtual Convocation Ceremonies. A world-renowned climate and human-rights activist, two public-health champions, and an Emmy-winning television and movie star from Burnaby are among the nine distinguished individuals. Every recipient has contributed to the betterment of society and has enriched their community, nation and world.

#MySFUGrad and virtual celebration tools

Make #MySFUGrad trend on your channels this year!

Share your graduation experiences on social media leading up to, during and after convocation. Or send your best wishes and showcase your celebratory cheers to other graduands!

Virtual Celebration Tools include an Instagram graduation filter, photo stickers and frames for graduands, family and friends and other downloadables to decorate your physical or virtual space. 

Virtual Celebration Tools

Build our social media wall using #MySFUGrad

Show your SFU spirit by using #MySFUGrad and build our June 2021 Virtual Convocation social media wall below!