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Convocation Ceremony 2023

After many years of hard work, effort, and sacrifice, the Class of 2023 will soon be receiving their diploma!

We are happy to announce that Convocation 2023 will take place on Monday, June 19 with two ceremonies — one in the morning and one afternoon. For information on which programs will be featured in each ceremony, please click here.

The ceremonies will take place in person in the De Mazenod Chapel (Laframboise Hall). A livestream will also be available on our Facebook page and our Youtube channel for all those who cannot attend in person. (Please note that the livestreams will only be made available shortly before each ceremony.)

Morning Ceremony
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Graduates are asked to arrive as of 8 a.m. and no later than 8:45 a.m.

Afternoon Ceremony
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Graduates are asked to arrive as of 12:30 p.m. and no later than 1:15 p.m.

We will be updating this page as more information becomes available.


General Information for Graduates

Rental and instructions for pick-up of academic gowns and hoods :

Graduation regalia (gown and hood) is mandatory for students participating in person.  Since the rental site for the gown and hood is now closed (deadline was June 2nd), you will have to rent your regalia the day of the ceremony at the cost of 72$. 

All gowns and hoods are to be picked-up 90 minutes prior to the ceremony at Saint Paul University, Room G1130. 

Gowns must be returned within 60 minutes after the end of the ceremony to Saint Paul University, Room G1139.

Personal identification card : 
To make the Convocation experience as simple and pleasant as possible, each student is given an identification card upon registration. You must wear your card both before and during your ceremony.

Guest tickets :
Graduates do not require a ticket; however, each graduate is entitled to receive two (2) tickets for their guests. It is important to stick to two (2) guests.

Children attending the ceremony must have their own ticket. Please note that, for security reasons, children are not permitted to accompany graduates while on stage.

Other guests will be able to view the ceremony at distance.  The livestreams will be hosted on our Facebook page and our Youtube channel. Please note that the livestreams will only be made available shortly before each ceremony.

Distribution of tickets:  Guest tickets will be distributed the day of the ceremony at Saint Paul University (the location will be indicated on campus the day of convocation).  If you require additional information on the distribution of the tickets, please communicate by email to: .

Dress code : 
We recommend that all graduates and their guests wear semi-formal dress. Jeans, clothing with cuts or tears, shorts and tank tops are not considered semi-formal.

You will wear a black academic gown with a hood (sash) during the ceremony. Please note:

  • As you may be very warm, dress accordingly. Avoid wearing a jacket or vest under your gown.
  • The gowns go to just below the knee, and the neckline doesn’t have a collar.  Therefore, your shirt collar and pants, or the bottom of your skirt will be visible.

Convocation photography : 
A professional photographer will be on campus on graduation day, various packages are available. Only students who have registered to participate in the ceremony can take advantage of this service.

By participating in this event, you consent to being photographed or filmed and authorize the University to use the photographs or film in print, digital, video or web-based format for promotional and archival purposes.

Your guests will be able to take pictures during the ceremony but must remain in their seats to do so. You will be able to take your own photos, wearing your gown, until 30 minutes after the ceremony.

Flowers : 
Flowers will be available for purchase on campus the day of the ceremony.  Flowers may also be preordered by using the following link:   Saint-Paul University is not responsible for any purchases.

Frames : 
The Alumni and Development Office will be selling frames for diplomas on campus for those interested. It is also possible to preorder the frame by using the following link: Alumni and Development - Diploma Frames (

Graduation Rings : 
In order to mark this special occasion, you may purchase a souvenir ring.  If interested, please contact the Alumni and Development Office Alumni and Development - Contact Us (

Smudging Ceremony : 
The Indigenous Initiatives Service will be offering a smudging ceremony before each ceremony.  To register please contact the service at

Late arrivals :
It is extremely important to arrive on time for this special day.  Late arrivals will not permitted to attend the ceremony.  We ask graduates to be on premise 90 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Accommodations Measures :
Please notify us by email at, if you or any of your guests have special needs that require accommodation.

Parking : 
Parking is free on campus that day during convocation ceremonies at Saint Paul University (223 Main Street, Ottawa).  First come, first served.


If you have any questions, please consult it as needed, see the Q&A section or contact the Office of the Registrar by email at