Convocation FAQ

Updated:March 2, 2022
 

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

Who is eligible to attend the Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies?

Students who have completed their degree requirements by the end of December 2021 or by the end of April 2022 and who have “Degree granted” with a date of February 2022 or May/June 2022 on their unofficial transcript on Minerva are eligible to attend the Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies.
Please see our Apply to Graduate website, under Deadlines, for further details

Will there be postponed in-person ceremonies for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates?

Yes, we are actively planning the postponed in-person celebrations for Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 cohorts. Please see the Postponed celebrations website for details. Information will be updated on this page once we are able to confirm further details.

If I am a Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 graduate, can I attend the Spring 2022 in-person ceremonies?

We will be holding separate Convocation celebrations for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates that will take place after the Spring 2022 Convocation ceremonies have concluded. Please see the Postponed celebrations website for details. Information will be updated on this page once we are able to confirm further details.

What if I am a Spring 2022 graduate but cannot attend the ceremonies?

If, for extenuating circumstances, you cannot attend the Spring 2022 in-person ceremonies, and would like to attend a later ceremony, you may contact convocation [at] mcgill.ca outlining the reasons why you are not able to do so. Each request will be processed on a case-by-case basis.

How do I request my guest tickets?

No tickets are issued for Spring Convocation. Graduates are able to invite 4 guests to their ceremony. There are no tickets for guests at the ceremony venue and we ask graduates to use the honour system and respect the maximum 4-guest policy. The ceremonies are live-streamed so additional family and guests can watch from venues off campus.

Is there any cost to guest tickets?

No. There is no cost to attend the Convocation ceremonies for you or your guests.

Will I have to wear a mask/face covering during the ceremonies?

The province of Quebec still has a mask mandate in place, and we recommend that graduates, family and guests wear them at the ceremonies. Masks will be available at the ceremony venues or you can bring your own.

I’m an international graduate and to attend Convocation, my family and I require an invitation letter to obtain visas to Canada. Where can I obtain this letter?

McGill does not issue formal invitation letters for Convocation, however, you can use the Spring 2022 Convocation Dates letter to make your Canadian visa request. Note that this letter can also be used for the postponed celebrations (i.e. for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates).

Graduation & Diplomas

What date will appear on my diploma parchment?

For Spring 2022 graduates, the date of your Convocation ceremony is the date indicated on your parchment. For Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduates, the date indicated on your parchment is the date Senate approved the degrees. Please refer to the schedule of ceremonies page to determine when your Convocation ceremony will be held.

When will my transcript show degree granted?

Students who completed their degree requirements by the end of December 2021 and were approved for graduation, “Degree granted” now appears on your transcript. Students who will complete their degree requirements by the end of April and are approved for graduation, "Degree granted" will appear on your transcript on May 26, 2022.

When will my diploma be issued?

Your diploma will be given to you during your convocation ceremony. If you are not able to attend, you will be able to submit a request to receive your diploma. Please visit the Diploma website for further information closer to your convocation ceremony date.

Please note that diplomas are not available before the convocation ceremony.

If I graduated in Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021, and request to receive my diploma, will I be able to attend a postponed in-person ceremony in the future?

Yes, you can certainly attend a postponed in-person Convocation celebration. 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?

As soon as “Degree granted” shows on your transcript, 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.

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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 for the Spring 2022 in-person ceremonies?

Caps and gowns will be available for rental. Please refer to the Academic Dress and Line-up Card page for more information once it becomes available, closer to the date of your ceremony.

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