Updated on June 17, 2021


Convocation schedule and links to the live streams:

In response to the current restrictions on gatherings, we will not be able to accommodate guests. The ceremonies will be broadcast live on the John Abbott College YouTube channel and will remain there for 30 days following the event(s).

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 Questions / Answers

Who can attend Convocation?

Graduates of John Abbott College who completed their studies in summer 2020, fall 2020 or winter 2021 will receive an invitation to attend Convocation from the Registrar’s Office in April.

Potential graduates of winter 2021 who find they must take additional courses to fulfill their program requirements will not be eligible to participate in this year’s Convocation ceremony.

How do I inform the College that I plan to attend?

Invitations will be posted in students’ Omnivox account in April.  The invitation contains a link to pay on-line by credit card.  It is recommended that you print a copy of the receipt for your files. We kindly ask you to confirm your attendance by April 30.

Where does Convocation take place?

The ceremonies will be held in the Casgrain building.

How long is a ceremony?

Each ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours and graduates are asked to stay until the end of their assigned ceremony to prevent any disruptions.

Do I have to wear an academic gown?

All graduates will wear a souvenir black gown and cap. These will be available for a pick-up during the week prior to the ceremony. The assigned date and time will be communicated with graduates via MIO/email. In addition to your gown and cap, you will be given a line-up card.  This card lists your name, and program, and indicates your line-up order.  It is essential for the graduates to have their line-up card on the day of Convocation as it will be used in preparation for the procession.

How do I know where to go on the day of Convocation?

Detailed instructions will be shared with you on the day you pick-up your gown and cap.

How will I know when it is my turn to walk on stage?

A marshal will instruct you when it is your turn to go on stage. You will present the line-up card you received when you collected your cap and gown to the convocation reader who will announce your name. You will then walk across the stage and collect your ceremonial certificate.  You will continue across the stage and exit from the opposite side. You will be directed to proceed immediately back to your seat and to remain seated until all of your fellow graduates have received their certificates.

Is the ceremonial certificate I receive at Convocation my official DEC diploma?


The ceremonial certificate you receive at Convocation is a ceremonial certificate prepared by the college for your graduating class. For DEC graduates, your official diploma that is issued from the Ministry of Education will be received at the college approximately 6 months after you have graduated. For Continuing Education, AEC graduates, you will have already received your attestation from the college.

How do I receive my official DEC diploma?

It can take up to six months before the college receives the DEC diploma from the Ministry of Education.  As soon as the college receives your DEC diploma from the Ministry of Education you will be emailed a letter by the Registrar’s Office (a copy of the letter will also appear in your Omnivox account).  It is important to keep your coordinates up-to-date in your Omnivox account after graduation so that we can communicate this information to you. For Continuing Education, AEC graduates, you will have already received your attestation from the college.

What if I do not attend the ceremony?

If you do not attend the ceremony but wish to receive your Convocation package (souvenir gown, cap, tassel, ceremonial certificate and a copy of the Convocation Program) you must make your payment online.  The scheduled date and time of a pick-up of your Convocation package will be communicated with you via email. On-line orders will be accepted until May 7th.

May I still attend Convocation if I fail a course?


You will receive an MIO advising you that you are no longer eligible to attend Convocation and you will be issued a refund.

If I take a course in June 2021 to finish my program, may I still attend Convocation?


Only graduates of John Abbott College who completed their studies in summer 2020, fall 2020 or winter 2021 may attend.


April 21, 2021 Graduation Photo Session (registration necessary, please inquire with Student Activities)
June 4, 2021 Winter 2021 Grade Deadline
June 17 & June 18, 2021 Convocation
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