In a message to the McGill Community on July 8th, Principal Fortier announced that, barring any new restrictive public health measures, Fall 2021 convocation ceremonies will be held in person. More details about the ceremony date(s) and venue will be shared in early September on this website. Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates will receive the link to a survey, at their McGill email address, the week of July 19 to help us plan for their in-person make-up celebrations.

Convocation FAQ

Updated: Monday, March 29, 2021
 

Please note that as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we will continue to update this FAQ regularly with further information as soon as it becomes available.

In-Person Ceremonies

Why were the Spring 2021 Convocation ceremonies called off?

Due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the corresponding government and local health authority recommendations against travel and large gatherings, McGill made the difficult decision to call off its in-person 2020 and Spring 2021 Convocation ceremonies. While it is important to celebrate our students’ hard-earned achievements, right now our focus must remain on keeping our community healthy—and that includes the thousands of family members and friends who would gather on our campuses to celebrate. Honouring our Spring 2021 graduates remains a priority.

Graduation & Diplomas

Will I still graduate and receive my degree in Spring 2021?

Yes, if you applied to graduate at the end of Winter 2021, and successfully completed your program requirements, your degree/diploma/certificate will be conferred by Senate and “Degree granted” will appear on your transcript on May 31, 2021 confirming your graduation.

What date will appear on my diploma parchment?

Normally, the date of your convocation ceremony is indicated on your parchment. For Spring 2021, since the in-person ceremonies have been called off, the date that will appear on your parchment is May 28, 2021 . This is the date when Spring 2021 degrees will be approved by the University Senate.

When will my transcript show degree granted?

“Degree granted” will appear on your transcript on the morning of May 31st.

When will my diploma be issued?

You can generate a Confirmation of Graduation letter in Minerva or alternatively order an official electronic transcript if you require proof of graduation. The eTranscript is sent to recipients in as little as 15 minutes and is available to order 24/7.

Graduates who cannot use a Confirmation of Graduation letter or official electronic transcript as proof of graduation will be able to submit a request to receive their diploma. You will have two options to receive your parchment: 1/ Sent by tracked courier mail, 2/ Pickup in-person at Service Point by appointment. Please visit the diplomas websites for further updates. Note that as we will be limited to the number of staff working on site, there will be longer than usual delays and a minimum of 5-10 working days for your diploma to be ready for mailing or pickup.

How will I receive my diploma?

You can generate a Confirmation of Graduation letter in Minerva or alternatively order an official electronic transcript if you require proof of graduation. The eTranscript is sent to recipients in as little as 15 minutes and is available to order 24/7.

Graduates who cannot use a Confirmation of Graduation letter or official electronic transcript as proof of graduation will be able to submit a request to receive their diploma. You will have two options to receive your parchment: 1/ Sent by tracked courier mail, 2/ Pickup in-person at Service Point by appointment. Please visit the diplomas websites for further updates. Note that as we will be limited to the number of staff working on site, there will be longer than usual delays and a minimum of 5-10 working days for your diploma to be ready for mailing or pickup.

If I request to receive my diploma will I be able to attend an in-person Convocation ceremony if the postponed ceremonies are rescheduled in the future?

Yes, you can certainly attend Convocation if the postponed ceremonies are rescheduled. Your name would be included in the Convocation program and read as you cross the stage. Note that once you have received your diploma you cannot return it to McGill. You will receive an empty envelope when you cross the stage at a future in-person ceremony.

Will I be able to receive my diploma electronically?

McGill University does not issue electronic diplomas at this time.

My employer requires proof of graduation. How can I attain this?

Once “Degree granted” is showing on your transcript on May 31st, you can generate a Confirmation of Graduation letter in Minerva. Alternatively, students may order an official electronic transcript (eTranscript) in Minerva. The eTranscript is sent to recipients in as little as 15 minutes and is available to order 24/7.

Virtual Ceremony

What is a virtual ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will have several elements, including a pre-recorded video (e.g., music, speeches) celebrating our graduates as well as other opportunities for engagement. The videos will be launched on a rolling basis on June 10th and June 11th, 2021, and will also be available for viewing afterwards. Consult the table on this page for your ceremony's release date and time. We are continuing to finalize details and thank you for your patience as we work to create a remote event that captures the spirit and celebration of Convocation.

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

No, participation in the virtual ceremony will be optional.

Where will the virtual ceremony be held?

The virtual ceremony will be held online and not on either McGill campus.

When will the virtual ceremony take place?

Virtual ceremonies will be held on a rolling basis on June 10th and June 11th, 2021. Consult this page for your ceremony's date and time.

What if I am unable to watch the virtual ceremony video when it premieres?

The video of the virtual ceremony will be available for viewing after it premieres and the link will be posted on the Convocation website. This can be shared with family and friends so you can have your own virtual viewing party!

Do I need to let McGill know if I plan to participate in a virtual ceremony in November?

No. You don't need to indicate whether you will participate in the virtual ceremony. You can simply check the date and time of your ceremony on the Virtual Ceremony website and check back on the day for the link to to watch the livestream.

Will I be able to wear regalia for the virtual ceremony?

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide you with a cap and gown for the virtual ceremony; however, you can contact the McGill academic regalia supplier, Gaspard, to purchase a mortarboard or gown if you wish.

Will my name be included in the virtual ceremony?

Graduates' names will be included in the virtual ceremony, unless you opted out of having your name displayed in the Ceremony Program by completing an Opposition Form.

Will Convocation awards or honours be acknowledged in the virtual ceremonies?

Yes. The online program will include the list of students who have received a Convocation award, prize or medal. Honours and distinctions, such as Dean’s Honour List, will be displayed in the virtual ceremony video along with the graduates’ names. Recipients of teaching, research and career awards, and McGill Medal winners will also be featured in the virtual ceremony videos.

Is there a dress code for the virtual ceremony?

No. Graduates will be watching the virtual ceremony from their location and as such can dress up as they wish. However, as the virtual ceremony will be a moment of celebration, we encourage all viewing the virtual ceremony to dress a little fancy (even if it’s just for your living room)!

Can my family and friends view the virtual ceremony, even if they’re not located in Canada?

Yes! The virtual ceremony will be made available for you and your family and friends to view, both at the time of release and afterwards, just as our previous live ceremony webcasts were available. The link will be posted on the McGill Convocation website. We are hoping that the virtual ceremony will be a unique opportunity to share this moment of celebration with all of your loved ones, both near and far.

Is there a limit to how many family members or friends can view the virtual ceremony?

No, there is no limit to the number of family members or friends who can view the virtual ceremony.

Will the virtual ceremony be available to view at a later date?

Yes, we will post the virtual ceremony video on the archived webcast page of the McGill Convocation website.

If I don’t participate in the virtual ceremony, will I still graduate?

Yes, if you applied to graduate at the end of Winter 2021 and successfully completed your program requirements, your degree/diploma/certificate will be conferred by Senate and “Degree granted” will appear on your transcript on May 31st. The virtual ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate our graduates and participation is not a requirement for graduation.

Does the virtual ceremony affect my iron ring ceremony?

No. The virtual ceremony is the University’s online convocation ceremony. Please watch for communication from your Faculty/School regarding plans for specific events.

Varia

How do I get information about graduate portraits?

The graduate portraits are organized by SSMU. Please contact them for information on rescheduling.

How can I obtain a cap and gown to take photos?

Given that the in-person ceremonies are postponed, we are not in a position to have the cap and gown available. However, you can contact the McGill academic regalia supplier, Gaspard, to purchase a mortarboard or gown if you wish.

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