Information & advice for members of the spring 2019 graduating class

Everything you need to know about Spring Convocation

After many years of hard work and dedication, your time at McGill is about to come to an end. Convocation is a time to celebrate your accomplishments with fellow classmates, loved ones, and the McGill community at large. As your big day approaches, we compiled a list of things you should know prior to your convocation ceremony.


Depending on your degree/major, you ceremony will take place during one of three slots (you may also check Minerva):

Spring convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Arts are held on the lower field of McGill University's Downtown Campus. Each ceremony lasts approximately two hours, and it is recommended that students arrive 1 hour prior.


If you are expecting guests to attend your ceremony, be sure to advise them to arrive fairly early. Tickets are not issued for Spring Convocation ceremonies. Each student is limited to 4 guests, and the seats at the ceremony are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. For those unable to attend, McGill will livestream all ceremonies so no one misses out on the fun and celebrations!


In case you fled campus the moment you finished exams, or forgot to reserve your regalia, there will be a limited number of gowns available for rent on-site. Arrive two hours before the start of your ceremony, and have your student ID with the $45 rental fee on hand. If your regalia is not returned, the charge is $210.00.

It is always advisable to plan to do this the day before the ceremony; however, if necessary, you may also pick up your cap and gown two hours prior to the beginning of the ceremony. At the bookstore, you need to go to the line-up card pickup table (Le James Bookstore) before you proceed to the regalia pickup station. Arts students can pick up their regalia on May 31 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.June 3 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., or on June 4 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Note: you must bring your line-up card to the ceremony. Academic dress must be returned to its original pick-up location after your ceremony has concluded. If you do not return your academic dress, you will be charged $210 for bachelors, $202 for masters, and $724 for doctoral dress, plus taxes. Please note that transcripts will not be issued until your academic dress is returned or the fees paid.


This may seem obvious, but it’s very important to stay hydrated throughout the ceremony. Weather in Montreal can be very unpredictable – you may have to spend hours in the heat, so having water (in a reusable bottle – not plastic) on hand is encouraged.

Enjoy the moment

While the ceremony may be long and the weather may not work in our favor, it’s important to remember that graduating doesn’t happen every day. Soak up the moment and pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

Not attending?

Make sure to pick up your diploma at Service Point, starting the day after your ceremony if you don't plan on attending your Convocation. You can also arrange to have your diploma sent by courier via Service Point Checkout if you are out of town and unable to pick it up.

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