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Graduation Convocation

Graduation is a special event where students, staff and invited guests gather to honor student achievement and accomplishments.  We hope this vital information for students, instructors and staff detailing current Convocation planning and deadlines is helpful.
Convocation Dates and Times
​Thompson Campus
C.A. Nesbitt Arena
June 13, 2017
1:00 pm
​The Pas Campus
Roy H. Johnston Arena
June 15, 2017
1:00 pm
Applying for Graduation
All students must complete the Application for Graduation form even if you do not plan on attending the Convocation ceremony.  A gown rental fee of $35.00 is to be submitted with the application if you plan to attend Convocation.  The gown rental fee includes the keepsake graduation cap & tassel.  If you are unable to attend Convocation but wish to have the keepsake cap & tassel, the fee is $10.00.  Payment methods are cash, debit, Mastercard, Visa and cheques or money orders payable to University College of the North.
The application deadline for those attending Convocation ceremonies is:  April 18, 2017
Late applications received after the deadline will be processed a late fee of $65.10.  Applications to attend Convocation will not be accepted after June 5, 2017.
Eligibility for Graduation
Graduates and Graduands can confirm their eligibility status by contacting Enrolment Services.
Graduate:  If you have successfully completed all program requirements prior to June 1, 2017 you are a graduate. Graduates will wear a gown, cap & tassel provided by UCN.
Graduand:  If you are registered in the Spring Term (April 24, 2017 – June 23, 2017) for the last courses remaining to meet program requirements you are a graduand. Graduands wear a gown provided by UCN.
Student accounts must be paid in full prior to Convocation.  Official transcripts will be available upon request at a cost to students once accounts are cleared by the student or sponsor.

Attending Convocation
The Convocation ceremonies will be held in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena (Thompson) and the Roy H. Johnston Arena (The Pas).  Parking is available outside both venues.
Tickets are not required and each graduand/graduate is allowed to bring ten (10) guests at no charge.  Please contact Enrolment Services if you plan to bring more than ten (10) guests.
Graduands/Graduates are expected to be in their designated line up area by noon.
Guests are advised to be in their seats at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony which starts at 1:00 p.m.
Reserved seating is clearly marked, guests may sit in any area not marked as reserved (including the bleacher sections).  Please exercise caution when going up or down the bleacher stairs.
Academic Attire
Graduands/Students enrolled in the UofM/UCN Nursing Degree Program wear a gown.
Graduates wear a gown, v-stole, cap and tassel.
There is a designated seating area for guests using wheelchairs or other assistive means, please seek the assistance of an usher.  Due to the limited seating in this area, only one able bodied guest may accompany.
How long is the ceremony?
Depending upon the number of graduands/graduates in each ceremony, the length of the speeches, etc. the length of the ceremonies can vary.  Generally speaking, you can expect the ceremony to last approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
Children are welcome to attend the ceremony.  However, please keep in mind that the ceremony lasts 2 to 2.5 hours. 
What happens after the ceremony?
At the end of each ceremony graduands/graduates will process to the reception area where light refreshments will be served.  This is an excellent location to meet your graduands/graduates.  Do not arrange to meet at the exit doors of the venue as this area must be kept clear.

Graduands can pick up their gowns and graduates can pick up their gowns and v-stoles earlier than the day of Convocation so that pictures can be taken in advance of the ceremony.  Gown distribution and return dates, times and locations will be circulated closer to the date.
Where can I stand to take pictures?
Guests can take photos from picture row which is reserved at the very front of the ceremony floor.  Guests are not permitted to take photos from the aisles during the ceremony due to fire regulations.
Photographers from LifeTouch will be offering appointments for portrait photographs in The Pas and Thompson.  More detailed information about dates/times and how to book an appointment for a portrait sitting will be circulated to students.
Flowers and Souvenirs
The UCN Bookstore has a wide selection of merchandise for sale and will be set up in the foyer at both Convocation ceremony venues.  Bookstore staff will have a limited supply of flowers for purchase.
Gift Presentations
Gift presentations by Sponsoring Agencies and others are to take place after the Convocation ceremony.  Graduands/Graduates should not receive gifts, etc. after leaving the stage or at any time during the ceremony.
  • The Pas Campus Box 3000, 436 - 7th Street East, The Pas, MB R9A 1M7 Telephone: (204) 627-8500 / Toll Free: (866) 627-8500
  • Thompson Campus 55 UCN Drive, Thompson, MB R8N 1L7 Telephone: (204) 677-6450 / Toll Free: (866) 677-6450
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