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Make your Convocation a day to remember

Our top 10 tips for an awesome experience

May 24, 2022 — 

It’s an exciting time of year! Celebrating the success of this year’s graduates, and being able to do so in person for the first time in two years, is no small occasion. Congratulations to all those who are graduating!

As we approach this year’s remaining Spring Convocation ceremonies (June 7-10, 2022 for the Fort Garry Campus; June 9, 2022 for Extended Education) here are the top 10 ways to have a great convocation experience.

  1. Arrive on time. While the ceremony will be held in the Investors Group Athletic Centre (IGAC), graduates should report to the James Daly Field House in the Max Bell Centre 60-90 minutes before your ceremony.


  1. Plan ahead and take everything you will need with you. Have your photo ID ready to pick up your procession card, and your gown, hood and mortarboard at the Gaspard table. Remember to reserve your academic attire if you haven’t already done so.


  1. Look your best. Convocation is a formal occasion after all, meaning dress clothes are recommended even if under your gown and hood.


  1. Know where to park. Complimentary parking is available in U Lot and Q Lot (as seen on the Parking Map) on the Fort Garry Campus.


  1. Make any necessary arrangements for accessibility support. Each graduate deserves to have a memorable experience! Contact Student Accessibility Services at least two weeks prior to your ceremony date if you require assistance with seating, sign language interpretation, and so on.


  1. Take graduation photos! Have something to remember this day by. Photographers will be present for individual and family photograph sessions before and after the ceremony. A photographer will also be capturing the moment you are handed your parchment.


  1. Visit the Alumni Booth. Join Billy the Bison in the photo booth, pick up your free graduation gift, order your degree frame, and learn about the benefits and opportunities available to you as a new class of UM alumni!


  1. Celebrate with family, friends and loved ones no matter how far away they are. We encourage graduates to invite guests, but we kindly ask that you limit your in-person guests to five people. Guests should enter the IGAC and take their seats before the ceremony begins. Those unable to attend in person are welcome to tune in virtually by accessing the immersive virtual platform and joining the live stream component.


  1. Share the experience on social media. Post your pictures and videos using #UManitoba2022 and tag @umanitoba in your Instagram stories for us to share and for your fellow graduates to see! Try the UM Giphys and stickers designed to help you celebrate this special occasion simply by searching umanitoba or University of Manitoba on Instagram or Facebook for the Giphys and stickers.


  1. Celebrate! Revel in this well-earned achievement and take the time to enjoy one of the best memories in your lifetime. Convocation day is meant to honour you, your accomplishments and the promising future ahead of you.


For more information about what to expect on convocation day visit

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