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.

On Convocation Day


Arrive at McLennan Library at least 1 hour and 15 minutes before
your ceremony


Put on cap and gown, line up in order


Follow student marshal to Convocation Tent


Sit where shown and tear the
line-up card in 2


When indicated give half of line-up card
to person at podium


Cross the stage, receive tap by
Chancellor or designate


Exchange other half of line-up card
for diploma


Return to your seat until end of ceremony


NOTE: Graduands must arrive ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES before the ceremony, as the line-up venue this year is further away from the convocation tent

Tips for arrival:

  • To participate in the ceremony, you must bring with you your cap, gown, and line-up card.
  • Please arrive ONE HOUR AND FIFTEEN MINUTES before the ceremony and go directly to McLennan Library. If you arrive later, you might not be allowed to cross the stage.
  • Put on your cap and gown, and line up. You will be shown the exact location once you arrive at McLennan Library.
  • Leave any valuables with your family and friends.
  • Follow the signs and use the number on your line-up card to find your place in the procession. You must line up in ascending order in accordance with the number on your card, as that number corresponds to the order in which degrees are awarded.
  • Marshals and Faculty ambassadors will be in McLennan Library to assist you in finding your place.
  • You will proceed from McLennan Library to the Convocation Tent.
  • Graduands must wear their caps as they enter the Tent.
  • If you are receiving your first degree, remove your cap before crossing the stage. 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.

Crossing the stage:

  • Marshals will indicate to the graduands, row by row, when they should stand and leave their seats.
  • Climb the stairs to the stage and give the person standing at the lectern half 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 their designate.
  • If you are receiving your first degree, the Chancellor or their designate will tap you on the head.
  • If you already have a degree, the Chancellor or their designate will tap you on the shoulder instead.
  • Continue across the stage to shake hands with the Dean or their delegate.
  • Walk off stage, and exchange the remaining portion of your line-up card for your diploma.
  • Return to your seat.

Conclusion of ceremony

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