Convocation Ceremony – Overview
Graduates of John Abbott College who completed their studies in summer 2017, fall 2017 or winter 2018 are invited to attend their graduation ceremony at John Abbott College on
June 7, 2018. All guests must be seated before the procession begins at 6:20 p.m. sharp, with the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.
Coming to Convocation?
This year’s Convocation ceremony will take place outdoors on the Oval and tickets will not be required.
Cap and gown pick-up for students will begin in the Agora at 4:30 p.m.
Dress according to the weather and be sure to eat before you arrive.
After the ceremony, graduates and their guests are invited to a reception. Convocation generally lasts about 3 hours, including the reception.
Please note that by attending this event, you understand that photos will be taken, and that the College may use them in any future publications.
Convocation Day Information
On the morning of Convocation, an announcement will be posted on the John Abbott website, on the John Abbott Portal and a Twitter announcement will be made as to the location (Oval or Gymnasium) of that evening’s ceremony.
Graduates are to report to the Agora starting at 4:30 p.m. to pick up their cap, gown and line-up card. As the proceedings are lengthy, graduates are advised to eat before arriving.
Starting at 5:40 p.m. in the Agora, a member of the Registrar’s Office will call out the graduates’ line-up number in processional order within your program. The graduates are provided with their line-up number when they pick up their cap and gown. Graduates will line up as instructed by the academic marshals.
Faculty members are asked to assemble outside the Registrar’s Office, H-128, no later than 5:45 p.m. At the directed time, as directed by an academic marshal, the academic party will lead the processional into the Convocation area. Dais guests will be directed to take their places on stage. All other attending faculty and staff will be directed to the faculty seating area. All will remain standing until after the singing of the national anthem.
Following the entrance of the academic party, graduates will march into the graduate seating area accompanied by the strains of traditional processional music. During the procession, march briskly and follow the instructions of your academic marshal. Remain standing in front of your seats until after the singing of the national anthem. You will be directed when it is time to sit down.
Graduates should wear their caps at all times except during the singing of the national anthem, when the gentlemen are asked to remove theirs. The correct way to wear a cap is to have the larger part of the skull of the cap at the back of the head, with the top board parallel to the ground. The tassel should be worn on the right side of the cap until the student receives their ceremonial certificate, when it will be moved over to the left side.
During the presentation of the certificates, the Director General will shake hands with each graduate and the Academic Dean will present the graduate with their ceremonial certificate.
The ceremony generally lasts for approximately 2.5 hours after which the graduates and audience are requested to remain in place until the platform party has left the stage. The audience will continue to remain in place while academic marshals lead the faculty, followed by the graduates, away in the recessional accompanied by the strains of traditional recessional music. The reception will take place thereafter. All participants and their guests are invited to attend.