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 September on this website.

Academic Dress and Line-up Card

Reserve Your Academic Dress

You must reserve your cap, gown, and hood through Gaspard LP - McGill's exclusive supplier. Online reservations are now closed.

Reserved your cap and gown- check out the pickup schedule below to see where and when you must show up.

Missed the deadline to reserve your cap and gown online- note that extra regalia will be provided by the Regalia company the day before or the day of your ceremony. Refer to the pickup schedule below and show up as early as possible. You will have to pay the rental fee on site. And the number of extra caps and gowns available will be limited.

Line-up Card

The line-up card lists your name, degree, and any honours you have been awarded. The information on the card will be read by the convocation orator as you cross the stage at the ceremony.

The perforated line-up card is picked up before your cap and gown. You must bring the line-up card with you to the ceremony.

NEW CHANGE  Starting with Fall 2019 Convocation, convocation awards and prizes (e.g. Prize of the Ambassador of Switzerland in Canada for French, Governor General’s Gold Medal ) will no longer be read at the ceremony.

Pick-up Information

Do not forget to bring:

› Your McGill ID card (should you not have your McGill ID card, you may use any other official piece of photo ID)
› A bag or garment bag and hanger to carry your regalia

If someone else is picking up your cap, gown and line-up card, they should bring your student ID card and a signed letter of permission specifying:

​› your name
› your student number
› your degree
› your phone number
› the name of the person picking up your academic dress.

Pickup Schedule - Cap & Gown and Line-up Cards

Below is a schedule for cap, gown, and line-up card pick up. 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 before you proceed to the regalia pickup station.

Ceremony Date Time Location
Health Sciences, Continuing Studies Monday, May 25, 2020

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Le James Bookstore 
Health Sciences, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Music Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Engineering, Music, Management, Law

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Management, Law, Science, BARSCI

Thursday, May 28, 2020

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Science, BARSCI, Arts

Friday, May 29, 2020

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Arts and Education

Monday, June 1, 2020

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Arts and Education

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Le James Bookstore
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences




Return Your Academic Dress

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.

Academic Regalia

Graduating students crossing the stage must wear academic regalia; this consists of a gown (all graduates), a hood* (students obtaining a degree at the bachelor, master's, or doctorate level), and a hat (all graduates). Gowns are black for those receiving a certificate, diploma, undergraduate, or master’s degree, and red for those receiving a doctorate degree. Doctorate graduates wear a black Beefeater hat, while all other graduates wear a black mortarboard cap.

Graduates who self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) are invited to wear scarves presented to them at a ceremony in their honour, which recognizes that McGill University is on land which long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples. These scarves have been part of McGill’s official convocation ceremonial dress since 2011. In addition, Indigenous students crossing the stage who wish to wear their traditional Indigenous regalia instead of the gown are welcome to do so. They are encouraged to wear or carry their hood, the colour of which corresponds to the academic degree earned, as a symbol recognizing their entry into a community of scholars.

*There are no hoods for certificates or diplomas.

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