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Convocation ceremonies

Convocation is a joyful and unique event, a time to celebrate with those who have helped you reach your goals — family, friends and members of the University community.

The next convocation ceremonies will take place on June 23, 2017, at Saint Paul University.

Two ceremonies will be held, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Saint Paul University
223, Main Street
Ottawa, ON
K1S 1C4

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  • Novotel Ottawa, partner hotel of SPU, is offering a special rate of $159. Please indicate that you are booking for a Saint Paul University group upon reservation.  
  • Saint Paul University Residence - $115. Availability on June 23 only. When booking, please indicate that it is for the Convocation. Call 613-236-3131, ext. 0 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or email us at

 We strongly recommend that you reserve your accommodation as soon as possible. Many tourists will be in Ottawa all summer to take part in the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Ceremonies :

Ceremony I

The convocation ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in the Mazenod Chapel.

Graduates need to check-in 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in room L-120.

Ceremony I 


Human Sciences


-          Couple Counselling and Spirituality

-          Counselling and Spirituality

-          Human Relations and Spirituality

-          Group Intervention and Leadership

-          Religious Education

-          Social Communications




Ceremonie II

The convocation ceremony will start at 2:00 p.m. and will be held in the Mazenod Chapel.

Graduates need to check-in 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony in room L-120.

Ceremony II


Canon Law

-          Canon Law

-          Ecclesiastical Administration



-          Public Ethics

-          Ethics



-          Ministry (doctor of)

-          Theology

-          Initiation to Theology

-          Divinity (master of)

-          Theological Studies


Human Sciences


-          Conflict Studies



Each graduate will receive two (2) tickets for their guests. Children attending the ceremony must have their own ticket. Exception: infants that would not require a seat because they are seated on an adult’s lap.  

Please note that children are not permitted to accompany graduates while on stage for security purposes.

Distribution of tickets :  Guest tickets will be distributed the day of the ceremony.  If you require additional information on the distribution of the tickets, please communicate by email to : or by telephone at 613-236-1393 ext. 0


Dress code
It is recommended that all graduates and their guests dress in formal business attire.

You will be wearing a black gown with a hood (sash) during the ceremony. Please take into consideration the following:

  • You may find it very warm, dress accordingly (i.e. you may not want to wear a suit coat under the gown).
  • The gowns fall to just below your knee and the neckline has no collar. As a result, your shirt collar and pant legs (or skirt/dress) will show.

Registration for degree and request for diploma

1. Registration to graduate

All graduating students must register in order to receive their degree. Online registration is open from February 23 to March 31.

If you are expected to graduate, you will receive an email to your address when online registration opens.

2. Your name on your diploma

The way your name has been registered in your uoCampus student center will be exactly the one that will appear on your diploma and transcript.


Pronouncing your name

On the registration form, indicate how the presenter should pronounce your name. To help the presenter read your name clearly, write ONLY the phonetic pronunciation of your name in the designated box (see examples of what to do and what not to do below).

You can select the language in which your name should be pronounced (English or French) from a separate list on the form.

Last nameFirst nameWhat to do - Phonetic full nameWhat NOT to do
Elgharib Chantal Shantal El-ga-rib My last name is pronounced “elle-ga-rib.” Thanks!
Delorme Ian Ee-un de-lorm Pronounce my name in English
Schumacher Lukas Lookas Shoomaacher Phonetic surname: Shoomacher
Iqbal Roozanil N/A I am no longer attending convocation.


Legal name
Please make sure your personal information is accurate by clicking Personal Information in uoCampus. Your personal data will be displayed as it currently appears in uoCampus. Your name on the screen (your “primary name”) will be the one that will show on your official documents, such as your diploma and transcripts.

How to change your name
To change your primary name, go to the Office of the Registrar and submit a Request for Name Change form, along with the supporting documents listed on the form.

For your name change request to be processed before your diploma is printed, you must submit your form by March 31.

If you have recently asked for a name change, it may take up to one week before the change appears.

Note: In order to receive your diploma, you must ensure all fees, fines or any other accounts owed to the University are paid.


The graduates will receive one (1) regular-size diploma (21.6 cm by 26.7 cm).

At any time after Convocation, you can order a duplicate copy or a large format diploma (43.2 cm by 35.6 cm) at InfoService of the University of Ottawa.


Rental of gowns and hoods
Once you have registered for your diploma and ceremony, you’ll need to arrange for your gown and hood rental.

Mandatory: All candidates must wear academic gowns and hoods for the convocation ceremony. The academic regalia of all Saint Paul University degree programs include a specific hood for each degree.

The online gown and hood rental service will be available starting on Friday, April 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. EST and closing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. EST.  

To ensure the best possible experience for our graduates, Saint Paul University has retained the services of Gaspard LP. By providing a few details in advance, you’ll receive a freshly pressed gown and hood prepared especially for you on the day of the ceremony.  The fees for gown and hood rental are $42 online in advance and $62 on convocation day.

Online gown/hood rental in advance

The online gown and hood rental service is available starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, and running until 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. No cancellations are permitted after this date and no refunds will be given. Changes to rental orders can be made online through the Gaspard LP website prior to this date only. Sign on using your email address and the password you chose when you placed your rental.

Gowns return
Gowns must be returned within 20 minutes after the end of the ceremony.


A professional photographer will be on site.

Your guests are permitted to take pictures during the ceremony, but must remain at their seat to do so.

You will be able to take your own pictures in your gown for up to 20 minutes after the ceremony.

Thank you in advance for your participation.