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 is thrilled to return to an in-person Convocation this spring. Ceremonies will be held at the BU Healthy Living Centre according to the ceremony schedule below.

Convocation schedule:

  • Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m. — Faculty of Science and School of Music (includes Music/Education concurrent)
  • Thursday, May 26, 2 p.m. — Faculty of Education (includes Physical Education and Arts/Education integrated)
  • Friday, May 27, 10 a.m. — Faculty of Health Studies
  • Friday, May 27, 2 p.m. — Faculty of Arts

You should arrive at the HLC one hour before your ceremony time.

Detailed information for graduates

Order your regalia

The official cap and gown that you wear to cross the Convocation stage is part of a long and honourable academic tradition. The colour of the hood reflects the degree you have earned, the position of the tassel is moved at the moment your degree is conferred, and the charm will be a permanent keepsake and memento of your year of graduation.

You must pre-order a gown through the Gaspard website, which provides academic gown rentals. We cannot guarantee you a gown unless you have pre-ordered and reserved one.

Orders must be received before Sunday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

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Grad photos

If you are in the Brandon vicinity, Imperial Photo, our official Convocation photographer, can help you capture meaningful images to mark your graduation with pre-booked portrait sessions.

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Class of 2022: Are you expecting to graduate at May 2022 Convocation?

The deadline to apply to graduate was FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2022 and all graduating students from the Class of 2022 should now have submitted their application to graduate, even if they are still completing courses. 

The deadline to apply has now passed.

You can view the status of your application to graduate at any time in the Student Information portal.  Simply login to the portal, and click the Graduation Application tab.  Under normal circumstances, you will see your status progress through the following stages:

  1. Application Received
  2. Ok Pending Final Grades
  3. GRADUATING

If you see a status other than one of the three listed above, and you have not heard from someone in the Senate Office, please contact us directly (204.727.9751 or senate@brandonu.ca).

The Senate Office will review your full student record in order to verify that you have completed or are in the process of completing all course requirements with the appropriate GPA, etc. If any issue is discovered, we will contact you via BU email, so it is very important to check your BU Webmail regularly!

Class of 2020 and Class of 2021

Thanks to vaccines, ventilation, and ongoing personal vigilance (including masks and physical distancing), public health orders will now permit us to return to an in-person Convocation. While we celebrated your graduation virtually and by video, we are so pleased to be able to invite to you walk across the stage and celebrate your accomplishment with an in-person ceremony this year.

An RSVP is required, and the deadline to RSVP for graduates from 2020 and 2021 has now passed.

We are excited to celebrate with those of you who submitted an RSVP — make sure you order your gown and pay attention to all the other details you need to know that will make your Convocation experience the best it can be.

Commemorative ideas

The BU Bookstore has lots of gift ideas and clothing for graduating students and families, including cute stuff grad animals. They are open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday and offer online shopping as well.

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Alumni membership

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.

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