Brandon University Convocation
Convocation is the ceremony during which your degree will be bestowed and is the culmination of your undergraduate and graduate education at Brandon University. It is a special and dignified occasion that marks the formal recognition of your hard work and accomplishment. Be proud!
Brandon University will celebrate your graduation with a virtual Convocation this spring, enhanced with options for you to safely celebrate in-person in your own bubbles. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated public health orders make it impossible to carry out a full, traditional in-person ceremony, and a virtual Convocation is the only way for us to provide a meaningful and equitable celebration to all students.
Watch for our Virtual Convocation videos to be posted here on Thursday, May 27.
Our virtual Convocation will include all the traditional elements of Convocation, which will be presented via online video. We will present awards and honorary degrees, we will hear wisdom and guidance from dignitaries, we will celebrate valedictorians, we will officially confer your degrees, and we will name each graduating student individually in a virtual procession.
Parchment “Plus” Packages
We will be mailing your degree parchment to you the week after Convocation. That package will also contain a few small treats from us to you in acknowledgement of the challenging, unpredictable circumstances you worked through during the last year of your studies.
If you graduated in October 2020 or February 2021, you already have your degree parchment, but we will be sending you the extras as well, so keep an eye on your postal mailbox in mid-June!
Cap and Gown
An important part of graduation is being able to wear the cap, gown, and hood that represent your accomplishment. Even though you won’t be walking across the official BU stage this year, if you live in Canada, you can create your own home-based celebration by renting regalia to be delivered to your home!
Grad photos and more
If you are in the Brandon vicinity, Imperial Photo, our official Convocation photographer, can help you capture meaningful images to mark your graduation. We will be planting fresh flowers, manicuring the lawns, and sprucing up the greenery around campus so that you can get the best BU photos possible this year. Through Imperial Photo, we will also be selecting some of this year’s grad photos for a commemorative Convocation booklet.
Imperial Photo can also help you announce your achievement to the neighbourhood with BU-branded yard signs.
The BU Bookstore has lots of gift ideas and clothing for graduating students and families, including cute stuff grad animals. Although the store is physically closed, they are open for curbside pickup Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and can do delivery as well.
As a graduate of Brandon University, you are automatically a member of the BU Alumni Association, and will be entitled to all its benefits. These include events, a complimentary subscription to our university magazine Clark, and access to the BU Café networking and mentorship site.
We know that celebrating your graduation remotely is not what any of us hoped for, and we recognize that the public acknowledgement of your achievement in the presence of family and friends is an important part of Convocation. Given that the pandemic has prevented us from gathering with you and your closest people, we will offer you the opportunity to join us at a future in-person Convocation, when conditions allow. Keep your address up to date with us so that we can send information and an invitation when the time comes!
This Convocation website will be updated with current information periodically so please check back regularly, and we will also send information bulletins to your BU email as decisions are made.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email Senate@BrandonU.ca. We are happy to help you through this exciting part of your BU journey!
Watch your BU student email for more. Updates will also be posted to this page.
Class of 2020
We recognize that, for some of you, the ceremony and public acknowledgement of your achievement in the presence of family and friends is an essential part of Convocation. Given that the pandemic continues to prevent us from gathering with you and your closest people, we will be offering you the opportunity to join us at a future in-person Convocation, when conditions allow. Please keep your email address up to date with us so that we can send information and an invitation when the time comes! We look forward to being in touch.
Even though you haven’t had the chance to walk across the official BU stage, you can order a BU graduation cap with tassel and 2020 year charm, to be delivered to your home.
Get details on ordering your BU cap and tassel by sending an email to Gaspard, our graduation regalia provider at email@example.com.