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Convocation

Celebration of achievement

Convocation ceremonies are held at the Downtown campus in June and November each year. Gowning of the graduands takes place at the Downtown campus and ceremonies take place across the street at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Photos from past convocation ceremonies are available for viewing on Flickr.

Fall Convocation will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

If you are eligible to graduate, you will receive an invitation by email. In order to attend the ceremony you will have to complete the online Convocation RSVP form, which will be live on this page.


If you are eligible to attend graduation you will receive an invitation via email. Email invitations will be sent out to eligible students. The RSVP form and ticket purchase link will be in your email.

If you are graduating and have not received your email invitation, please contact convocation@vcc.ca.


The Artona Group Inc. is the official graduation photographer for VCC. As your convocation date approaches, you will have three opportunities for graduation photos:

Portrait photography on campus
On convocation day, Artona Studios will be at the Downtown campus for graduates to capture and share the memory of their special day. Graduates can get photos taken and proofs will be emailed and mailed home for optional purchase. You will be photographed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ceremony photography
You will be photographed twice by Artona during your ceremony. Previews of these photographs with order information will be emailed and mailed to your home address.

Portrait photography before graduation
Students who are interested in booking an in-studio photo session can do so through the Artona website. If you have any questions, please contact Artona at 604.872.7272 or by email.


Convocation flower bouquets are now available to be purchased for your convocation ceremony. For your convenience, you may pre-order your choice of flowers today to be delivered to the Convocation Flowers' booth at the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Bouquets will also be available for purchase at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, to be presented to the VCC graduate after the ceremony.


Parking lots around the VCC Downtown campus

DTN parking map showing Queen Elizabeth theatre


Am I allowed more than three guest tickets?
The limit of three guest tickets is due to limited seating in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and fire marshal regulations. When you submit your RSVP online you will be able to print out your three guest tickets.

Is there a waiting list for extra guest tickets?
Yes. If you would like to request extra tickets, select the option "Yes, please notify me!" from the drop down menu when you submit your online RSVP form. Please note, we cannot guarantee that extra tickets will be available. If extra tickets are released, you will be notified via email one week before the ceremony.

Do I need to order a gown in advance?
No, VCC will provide you with a gown on the day of Convocation, free of charge. Gowns will be available for pick up from room 240 at the Downtown campus. The gown room will open at 10:30 a.m. Please note that all students must wear the gown as provided, in order to cross the stage. Indigenous students are welcome to wear ceremonial regalia in place of, or with, VCC regalia. The gown room will be closed during the ceremony, but will reopen after the ceremony. All students must return their gown to the gown room immediately following the ceremony.

Is there live video streaming of the ceremonies?
Yes. Live video streaming of the ceremonies will be available on this page on Convocation day.

Will there be coat check during the ceremony?
Yes. Free coat check will be available to graduates in the gowning area for coats and umbrellas only. Please leave purses, backpacks and laptops at home or store with your guest(s). A paid coat check is available for guests at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

I have a question related to my registration, grades, or program. Who do I contact?
You may call 604.871.7000 to speak to Admissions or Student Records for questions that are not related to Convocation.

Does the ceremony cost anything to attend?
No. The Convocation ceremony is completely free for students and guests.

I need assistance crossing the stage. Who do I talk to?
Email convocation@vcc.ca with your special requests.

What time should I arrive for the ceremony?
We ask that all graduates arrive at least two hours prior to their ceremony time to check-in and receive their gowns. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. 

I RSVP’d “YES” but am unable to attend anymore. What do I do?
Email convocation@vcc.ca and indicate that you are unable to attend.

When will I receive my official degree, diploma, or certificate?
Credentials are mailed directly to your home address approximately one month following the last day of your classes.

I missed the RSVP deadline.  Am I still allowed to attend the ceremony?
Yes. Email convocation@vcc.ca with your full name and student ID. Guest tickets are not available past the deadline.

I have a question regarding Convocation that is not listed above. Who do I contact?
All other Convocation inquiries may be directed to convocation@vcc.ca. Note that due to the high volume of emails we receive it may take up to two business days to receive an answer from us.

 



Are your loved ones unable to attend convocation? VCC will be live streaming the ceremonies online. Links to the ceremonies can be found below under "Schedule". That means your loved ones can share your special moment from anywhere in the world.

Note: In order to watch the webcast you will need to use a current web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer 8 or later, or Chrome – current version) and recommend you click on this test link to ensure you have the connection requirements to watch.

VIEWING REQUIREMENTS TEST LINK

Thanks for joining us.

Schedule

Tuesday, June 19, 1 p.m.
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Hospitality, Food Studies and Applied Business
  • School of Trades, Technology and Design
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Centre for Continuing Studies and Contract Training
  • Division of Library and Teaching & Learning Services

Watch the ceremony

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