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Convocation Ceremony

This is YOUR Day!

Convocation is more than just a formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees, diplomas, and certificates—it is a time-honoured tradition that celebrates your achievement in the setting of the University community to which you now have a permanent place.

At Convocation you will celebrate collectively and individually with all the pomp and circumstance that links ancient symbols to the 21st century and to this very special day in your life. You will receive your parchment as evidence of the days and long nights of study and toil and you will wear an outfit exclusive to this occasion.

Below is an overview of the academic regalia that you will be wearing:

Gowns, Hoods, Hats

Doctors of Philosophy wear scarlet robes and scarlet hoods lined with pale green. Those who have earned other doctoral degrees wear black robes and scarlet hoods lined with the distinctive colour of their degree. Masters wear black robes and black hoods lined with the distinctive colour of their degree, as do the bachelors; however, the hoods of bachelors are bordered with white. Certificate and diploma recipients wear black gowns; if they have previously obtained a degree, they wear the hood of that degree. To complete the academic regalia, Doctors of Philosophy wear black velvet bonnets, masters and bachelors wear mortarboards.

Aboriginal Scarves

On March 23, 2011, McGill University’s Senate approved the adoption of graduation scarves to be worn with academic regalia by First Nations, Inuit and Métis students who have successfully completed their programs of study. The scarf for a degree recipient is red, for McGill; the feather “signifies high respect of a person and marks an amazing /special event”; the Confederacy Belt signifies “the land we are on” (Iroquois). The scarf for a certificate or diploma graduate is white and includes the eagle feather and the turtle, a symbol to represent all the original people of North America. The McGill crest at the nape of the scarf links the University to our Aboriginal graduates and signifies our connection to their achievements.

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