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.
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.
Will convocation be held virtually or in-person?
Convocation is a significant milestone for Simon Fraser University graduands, their families and friends, and the university community. We are currently planning for convocation to be held 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 by 12:45 p.m. if you have a morning ceremony and 5:00 p.m. if you have an afternoon ceremony.
I graduated in 2020 or 2021 and I wasn't able to attend an in-person convocation ceremony due to the pandemic. Will I have the opportunity to attend an in-person convocation ceremony?
More than 13,000 graduates from 2020 and 2021 who had a virtual convocation were invited back to cross the stage and celebrate their university accomplishments with family, friends and the university community on May 4-6, 2022. We cannot accommodate requests by those who graduated in 2020 or 2021 to attend a future convocation ceremony.
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.
How many guests can each graduand bring?
Each graduand may invite up to four guests to attend in-person.
Ceremonies will be livestreamed on YouTube. Please encourage your additional guests or guests who cannot travel to watch the livestream or they can watch it on-demand at a later time. Links to each ceremony will be published the week of convocation.
Will graduands be required to register guests for tickets?
No, graduands do not need to register guests for tickets in advance.
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.
Indigenous Student Centre Honouring Ceremony
When 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a question about applying to graduate and/or convocation that has not been answered in the FAQs. Who can I contact?