Last updated: September 16, 2021

Health and safety protocols at convocation

Planning a safe in-person convocation during a pandemic is complex and requires all of us to continue our vigilance with respect to COVID-19. The health and well-being of SFU’s graduands, students, staff, faculty, guests and the university community is our top priority.

The regional and provincial health authority has advised that convocation is a non-essential, mixed indoor/outdoor event. As such, all in-person attendees including graduands, students, staff, faculty and guests will be required to adhere the following provincial and university event safety protocols as per the PHO orders:

Proof of Vaccination

Following directives of the BC Public Health Office, proof of vaccination and valid government photo ID will be required for all in-person convocation ceremonies and related events (faculty celebrations and dinners/receptions) on campus. Attendees will need to be at least partially vaccinated with one dose. This measure will help protect the safety, health and wellbeing of our community.

Guests and graduands who are unable to show proof of vaccination or are unable to attend the ceremonies in-person are invited to participate in convocation virtually. The live broadcast will be available on the day of the event from the Convocation website. Guests and graduands who are unable to show proof of vaccination will not be permitted to enter the event space. 

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Step 1. Get your BC Vaccine Card (B.C. residents)

Before you come to campus, save the digital version of your BC Vaccine Card to your phone or tablet or print a paper copy to carry in your wallet.

If you don't have access to a smartphone, computer and printer, ask a friend or family member to help you print your card from the website, order a copy by phone or print a copy at a Service BC office. You can also print the card at your local library.

Not a B.C. resident? See below for the PHO approved proof of vaccination documents and identification that will be required.


Step 2. Show proof of vaccination

When you arrive at convocation, go to a Vaccine Card check location on campus and have the following ready to be shown:

B.C. residents

  • BC Vaccine Card
  • One piece of valid government ID *Note: Youth aged 12-18 are not required to show valid government ID
    • BC driver's licence or BC Services Card
    • Passport
    • Photo ID issued by another province or territory

Other Canadian provinces or territories guests

  • Provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine record
  • Valid government photo ID

International guests

International guests are required to show:

  • Proof of vaccination they used to enter Canada (e.g. ArriveCan)
  • Passport

Vaccine Card check locations on campus:

Graduands: Parchment and regalia pick up, northeast corner of the Academic Quadrangle (level 3000)

Guests: West Convocation Mall


While convocation ceremonies take place outside, due to the large number of people in attendance, we are strongly recommending that masks are worn at all times.

Masks will be required in all indoor common areas and learning spaces for everyone 12 years and older, consistent with Public Heath orders. This includes but is not limited to lobbies, hallways, bathrooms and in coffee shops and restaurants, pubs and bars when not seated at a table.

Come to campus prepared with a non-medical mask. Disposable masks will be available at guest check-in and the parchment and regalia pick up area.

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Photos and masks 

As masks are not mandatory outside, if graduands want to remove their masks for their professional photos when they walk across the platform in Convocation Mall, they can do so.

Register guests for in-person ceremonies

Each graduand may register up to two guests to participate in-person. Registrations are non-transferable. In order to offer the safest environment for all participants, SFU is following the Provincial Health Orders and ensuring that the safest protocols are implemented.

Registration deadline: Monday, September 27 

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Additional safety measures

1. Get vaccinated 
Pop-up clinics are happening on the Burnaby and Surrey campuses.

2. Graduands confirm attendance
By confirming your attendance we're ensuring we offer the safest environment for all participants.

3. Complete the COVID-self assessment 
Complete a self-assessment before coming to campus.

4. Stay home if you are sick and get tested
Find a testing center near you.

5. Wash your hands regularly
Proper handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up around campus.

6. Be kind and respectful of others as we navigate the pandemic together.