October 2022 Convocation

Celebrating Fass Graduands

To all FASS graduands, congratulations on your upcoming graduation! You did it! We are so excited to celebrate with you - first at your convocation ceremony, and then at your reception celebration!

Celebrate your achievements and graduation at the FASS convocation ceremony and corresponding receptions. All events are held at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus on October 6, 2022.

In-person Ceremony

SFU Convocation ceremonies happen in Convocation Mall, a beautiful, open air space in the centre of Burnaby campus, where SFU students have been graduating since the 1960s.

Graduating students will receive emails that direct them to collect their regalia and gather together for the procession to Convocation Mall. Guests will gather and choose seating to await the ceremonies.

FASS Convocation Ceremony

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 2:30pm-4:30pm

This ceremony is for all FASS graduands.

The moment you have been waiting for, graduands! We cannot wait to see you cross the stage.

Reception Celebrations for all FASS grads, family, and friends

Immediately following your ceremony, please join us for an in-person reception celebration! You, your family, and your friends are all invited.

It's a free & fun event that's lightly catered and an amazing opportunity to take photos with our departmental photo props!

Faculty Reception for Ceremony B

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 4:30pm-5:45pm

This reception is for all FASS graduands and their guests!

Receptions happen outdoors at SFU's iconic AQ - the huge square frame building with the beautiful reflecting pond in the centre. Join us in the south west corner - the area of the AQ that is closest to the Student Union Building. 

Departmental Receptions

While all FASS graduands are invited to the reception celebration following the convocation ceremony, if you are graduating from one of the following departments, you are also invited to their department-specific receptions.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

October 6, 2022: 11:30am-1:30pm at the GSWS lounge (AQ 5101)

All GSWS graduands and their guests are invited to attend our department celebration before the convocation ceremony. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Roberta Neilson at gswsmgr@sfu.ca if you are able to attend. 

Labour Studies

October 6, 2022: 11am at AQ 5054 (SA Main Office)

All Labour Studies graduands as well as their guests are invited to drop by before the ceremony for some coffee and light refreshments. 


October 6, 2022: 4:30pm at AQ 3020 ARTS cENTRAL

All Linguistics graduates and their guests are invited for a reception after the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Political Science

October 6, 2022: 4:30pm at AQ 6229

Please join us for a reception for our new graduates! We will be serving light refreshments and having a small prize ceremony. Please RSVP by registering on Eventbrite.

Sociology and Anthropology

October 6, 2022: 11am at AQ 5054 (SA Main Office)

All Sociology & Anthropology graduands as well as their guests are invited to drop by before the ceremony for some coffee and light refreshments. 

Congratulations from FASS Faculty

FASS Faculty extend their warmest congratulations to you on your big day!


Professor Paul Budra provides his congratulations to SFU's graduating class of 2022.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Warm congratulations to all of you on this very special occasion! I am very proud of your achievements and the way you navigated the challenges of these past couple of years. GSWS is honoured to have been a part of your undergraduate life and excited to be celebrating this important milestone with you.

The insights, passion, and camaraderie you brought to your learning, your activism, and your communities will continue to nurture your future endeavours. As you say goodbye to SFU to start a new chapter of your life, remember that you will always be part of our GSWS family. I know you will have a very bright future ahead and can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next!


Helen Leung
Professor and Chair
Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Indigenous Studies

Dear Graduates of 2022,

It is an amazing feat to complete your degree during a pandemic and all of us in the Department of Indigenous Studies celebrate with you! Please accept our warm congratulations.

I write this to you during my fifth and final year as Chair of INDG and I think about the changes during this time. All of you began your degree when we were a smaller department with the name of First Nations Studies.  Since then both our faculty numbers and our student enrolment have more than doubled in size and as of 2020 we became the Department of Indigenous Studies. And over the past two years all of you have had to pivot to deal with online learning. 

I hope that as you celebrate your accomplishments that you are able to rely on the insights we have learned during the pandemic: that there is a value of balance; that completing our work often relies on taking time to take care of ourselves. During the past two years many of us have had to push ourselves to leave the safety of our homes to get exercise, to complete errands, and when permitted to visit with family and friends. What we used to be able to do without thinking became activities that require planning and effort to accomplish. 

A teaching that I have been thinking about is how being with people is a powerful medicine. In order to stay balanced, we need to put effort into our relationships; we need to work to create new friendships. 

From time to time we will invite you to return to celebrate with us or will reach out to ask for feedback or for an update on how you are doing. We hope you keep in touch. 

Congratulations, Graduates!

All the best,

Deanna Reder
Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Indigenous Studies (INDG)

Political Science

Congratulations to the class of ’22!!  It has been a difficult few years with the pandemic and the challenges for you to complete your education have been significant.  We are proud that you stayed the course and stuck it out to complete your degree in Political Science.  We wish you all the best for now and in the future.  Please keep in touch with the Department and let us know how things are going!

Andy Hira
Acting Chair and Professor
Department of Political Science


Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Kate Slaney, and Psychology Associate Professor, Lara Aknin, provide their congratulations to SFU's graduating class of 2022.

Graduation checklist

Graduands, be sure to check out this checklist (& keep an eye on your SFU email for updates)!

Graduation Checklist

Ceremonies schedule

View the October 2022 convocation ceremony schedule for FASS and all SFU faculties.

View Schedule

Streaming online

Unable to attend in person? Live stream it! Live broadcast links will be posted on SFU's Convocation page.

SFU Convocation website

SFU is following information and advice about COVID-19 from regional and provincial health officers. Should public health regulations change restrictions for outdoor/indoor gatherings, convocation plans may need to be modified and/or it is possible that the ceremonies could move to virtual ceremonies. Please check the convocation website and your SFU email regularly for updates.