On the day

Academic dress protocol

  • Graduands must wear their caps as they enter the Convocation venue.
  • Before crossing the stage, those receiving their first degree should remove their cap; those earning graduate degrees leave their cap in place.
  • The hood should be worn with the strap around the neck. The silk lining of the flat part of the hood should face inwards against the back.


  • To participate in the ceremony you must bring your cap, gown and line-up card.
  • Please arrive ONE HOUR before the ceremony and go directly to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, 175 St. Catherine Street West.
  • If you arrive after this time you might not be allowed to cross the stage for the formal awarding of your degree.
  • Put on your cap and gown and line up. You will be shown the exact location once you arrive at Place des Arts.
  • Follow the signs and use the number on your line-up card to find your place in the procession. It's important to line up in ascending order in accordance with the number on your card, as that number corresponds to the order in which degrees will be awarded.
  • Marshals and Faculty ambassadors will be on site to assist and help you find your place.

Crossing the stage

  • Marshals will indicate to the graduands, row by row, when they should leave their seats.
  • Ascend the stage and give the person standing at the lectern a portion of your line-up card so that your name can be read.
  • As soon as your card is read, walk to the centre of the stage and pause in front of the Chancellor or his designate.
  • If you are receiving your first degree, the Chancellor or his designate will tap you on the head with his own cap. If you already have a degree, the Chancellor or his designate will tap you on the shoulder instead.
  • Continue across the stage to shake hands with the Dean or his delegate.
  • Walk off stage and exchange the remaining portion of your line-up card for your diploma and return to your seat.

Conclusion of the ceremony

  • Please do not leave the venue until the ceremony is over.
  • When the proceedings have concluded, please remain standing after the national anthem until the platform party has left the hall.