Convocation FAQs

Last updated: June 04, 2024


What is a graduand?

A graduand is someone who is eligible to graduate, but has not yet graduated. Once your credential has been conferred, you become a graduate.

What is an undergraduate student? 

An undergraduate student is someone who is completing an undergraduate certificate, diploma, and/or bachelor’s degree in one of the following programs

What is a graduate student? 

A graduate student is someone who is completing a graduate certificate, diploma, master's and/or doctoral degree in one of the following programs. A graduate student is not a student who is completing an undergraduate certificate, diploma and/or bachelor’s degree and will be graduating at an upcoming convocation ceremony.

Convocation ceremonies

How can I watch a ceremony if I can't attend in-person?

All convocation ceremonies will be livestreamed on YouTube to accommodate graduands, family, friends, and the university community who are unable to attend in-person. The ceremonies will also be available for on-demand viewing following the ceremonies.

I am unable to attend my convocation ceremony in person – how will I get my parchment?

If you do not attend your convocation ceremony, you may pick up your degree parchment in the Maggie Benston Centre, starting the week after convocation. Any parchments not picked up by the end of the calendar month of convocation will be mailed out with a souvenir Convocation Program to your mailing address on record.  For more information, see "Can’t Attend?".

Can I cross the stage with something other than my parchment?

Unless following your cultural protocol requires you to carry a symbolic item, graduands should not be carrying anything but their parchment as they cross the stage.

Can I bring my dog to the ceremonies?

Only certified service/guide animals may accompany graduands and guests with disabilities at convocation.

What should I wear for convocation ceremonies?

Convocation ceremonies are held outdoors and the weather can be quite warm or very cool and wet. Please check the weather forecast in advance and plan to wear layers and appropriate footwear. 

Will there be blankets available for guests to use in Convocation Mall?

The ceremonies are held in Convocation Mall which is outdoors and covered. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly in layers and bring a blanket as it can be quite cool in the space. Please check the weather before attending. Blankets are available for purchase at the SFU Spirit Shop, located in the Diamond Family Auditorium on the South side of Convocation Mall.

I want to take photos after my ceremony. When do I have to return my regalia by?

You must return your gown and hood to our Regalia Return station after your ceremony. Please return your regalia no later than one hour after your ceremony.

Convocation health and safety

What safety measures are in place to protect graduands and guests at convocation?

The health and well-being of SFU’s graduands, students, staff, faculty, guests and the university community is our top priority. Read more about the university is keeping its campuses safe and healthy.

How will safety protocols be enforced?

All on-site event staff and volunteers will be trained on convocation event health and safety protocols. If you have concerns regarding health and safety at the event, please notify one of the on-site event staff or security guards.

Guest information

How many guests can each graduand bring?

More information coming soon!

Will graduands be required to register guests for tickets?

More information coming soon!

Graduands do need to confirm their attendance (see Graduation Checklist – undergraduate students - step 3; graduate students – step 4).

Can I park my stroller in Convocation Mall?

Unattended stroller parking may be available at the back of Convocation Mall (if capacity allows). Due to fire and safety regulations, seating aisles must remain clear. Strollers cannot be parked in the aisles next to your seat.

Can I bring balloons into Convocation Mall?

Guests who bring balloons need to ensure that they are not blocking the line of sight for other guests while in Convocation Mall. Ushers may request that they're stored outside of Convocation Mall until after the ceremony. 

Can I bring a bag into Convocation Mall?  

We strongly encourage guests to not bring bags of any type. Only the following bags are permitted in the guest seating area of Convocation Mall:

  • Clutch purse or belt bag no larger than 6.5” x 8.5” 
  • Clear plastic bag (including clear plastic freezer bags) no larger than 12” x 12” x 6” 
  • Exceptions may be provided for diaper bags for guests with a young child and medically necessary items. These bags will be subject to search prior to being brought into Convocation Mall.

Bags larger than those outlined above will not be permitted into the seating area. A complimentary bag check service will be available near the entrances at the back of Convocation Mall.

Indigenous Student Centre Honouring Ceremony

What is the Indigenous Student Centre's Honouring Feast?

The Indigenous Student Centre Honouring Ceremony is a special annual event held once a year in June to honour and celebrate Indigenous students in their degree completion at SFU. October 2023 Indigenous students will be invited to attend the event in June 2024.

I have a question about the Indigenous Student Centre's Honouring Feast. Who can I contact?

Contact the Indigenous Student Centre at


I have a question about applying to graduate and/or convocation that has not been answered in the FAQs. Who can I contact?

Undergraduate Students 
Student Services 

Graduate Students
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies