Convocation

Wednesday, May 15th @ 10am

Wednesday, May 15th @ 2pm

Thursday, May 16th @ 10am

Thursday, May 16th @ 2pm

Friday, May 17th @ 10am

The final list of Graduands for Spring 2024 is available now.

Please review this list carefully and report any errors or send questions to convocation@cbu.ca

Please click here to view this year’s convocation booklet.

May 15, 16, and 17, 2024 are the dates dedicated to the Spring 2024 Convocation Ceremonies. Each ceremony will take place at Centre 200 in Sydney. Students are to arrive at the Player’s Entrance at Centre 200 90 minutes before their scheduled ceremony so that they can be lined up for the academic procession and assisted with their regalia if needed.

Ceremony Schedule

The Ceremony schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2024
Ceremony 1
10:00am · Master of Education (Sustainability, Creativity and Innovation)

· Diploma in Education

· Bachelor of Education

· Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health)

· Bachelor of Emergency Management

· Diploma in Emergency Management

· Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management

· Bachelor of Science Nursing

· Bachelor of Science Honours

· Bachelor of Science Major

· Bachelor of Science

· Bachelor of Engineering Technology

· Bachelor of Nautical Science

· Diploma in Engineering

· Diploma in Engineering Technology

Ceremony 2
2:00pm · Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Health Care Management
THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2024
Ceremony 3
10:00am · Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Management
Ceremony 4
2:00pm · Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Business Analytics

· Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Supply Chain Management

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2024
Ceremony 5
10:00am · Master of Business Administration (Community Economic Development)

· Bachelor of Business Administration Major

· Bachelor of Business Administration Concentration

· Bachelor of Business Administration

· Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management

· Bachelor of Arts Honours

· Bachelor of Arts Major

· Bachelor of Arts

· Bachelor of Arts Community Studies Honours

· Bachelor of Arts Community Studies, Major

· Bachelor of Arts Community Studies

· Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

· Diploma in Government Management

· Diploma in Public Administration and Management

· СƵInclusive Program

 

The application for Spring 2024 Valedictorian has closed. Read more information about the СƵValedictorian.

Important Graduation Information

Information for Graduating Students:

  • You must register to attend your Convocation Ceremony. This will allow us to ensure we have reserved your gown and regalia. Every student will wear a gown with the Regalia (hood or stole) that is associated with the degree or diploma they are receiving. The form to register for the Spring 2024 Convocation has been emailed to you.
  • You will pick up your gown and regalia before your convocation ceremony (information below). With your gown and regalia, you will receive a lanyard that lists a number which will be used to identify you during the academic procession lineup and when you pick up your parchment package after the ceremony.
  • You must arrive at Centre 200 90 minutes before your ceremony so that the Registrar’s Office staff ensure that you are lined up for the academic procession and assist you with your regalia if needed. The academic procession is the beginning of the Convocation Ceremony during which you will march into the ceremony space with your fellow graduands while wearing your regalia. You will then be seated in the order in which you will cross the stage.
  • When you walk across the stage, you will receive a celebratory document. Your СƵparchment package will be available to pick up on the СƵMain Campus following your Convocation Ceremony. It is at this point that you will also be required to return your gown and regalia.
  • Only students who attend the Convocation Ceremony will have their names presented at the Convocation Ceremony.
  • All coursework and term grades must be in by the end of the Winter 2024 term.
  • All fees owing (finance, library, etc.) must be paid in full to receive your Parchment Package.
  • Please contact convocation@cbu.ca if you have questions regarding graduation.
  • The Registrar’s Office will be communicating information on Graduation through students’ СƵemail only. Please continue to monitor your СƵemail accounts.

Academic Policy

Students are responsible for informing themselves of the University’s procedures and policies and the specific requirements associated with the degree, diploma or certificate sought. Every student accepted for Registration with СƵ shall be deemed to have agreed to be bound by the regulations and policies of the university and the program in which that student is enrolled.

Ensure your information is correct:

  • View your personal and program information in your Compass Student Account to ensure it is correct before you submit your application to graduate.
  • Name changes: You must provide the Registrar’s Office with official documentation showing a name change. Email enrolment@cbu.ca.
  • Address changes: You can update your address though your Compass Student Account.
  • Program changes or additions (including majors and minors): please submit the Program Change or Declare an Area of Study form through the .

Gown Room Location and Hours

Academic dress — also known as academic costume or regalia — are the distinctive gowns and hoods worn by all participants (including faculty members and university officials who sit onstage) during a Convocation ceremony.Students will borrow Academic Dress from СƵfor the ceremony and for pictures.

Location: B-118 in the Marvin Harvey Building on the СƵMain Campus.

Hours: 12-7 pm daily on May 9, May 10, May 13 and May 14.

Our Alumni and Development Department will be offering free headshots, sponsored by during gown pick-up. Please come to pick up your gown in your professional attire during the following times for a high-quality headshot by СƵAlumni Anita Clemens . Headshots will be available during the following times:

Headshot Dates and Times:

May 9th: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Gown Room – B118

May 14th: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM- Gown Room – B118

Don’t miss this opportunity to preserve the memories of your time at СƵand start your professional journey as a proud member of the alumni community. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Additionally: , the preferred supplier of home and auto insurance for СƵalumni, will be hosting an ! One lucky graduate will win a $500 grocery gift card. You can to enter now!

Official Transcripts

Unofficial and official transcripts will be available to graduating students. To request a transcript, please fill out the formhere. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

Letter of Completion

International students who have completed their studies and plan to graduate in Spring 2024 must complete the graduation application prior to applying for a Letter of Completion. To apply to graduate, visit your  Compass Student Account. Letters will be issued in PDF format to your СƵemail.

All outstanding fees must be paid in full, including the $25 graduation application fee, before a Letter of Completion is issued.

Processing times vary:

  • Students that have graduatedand received their parchments, please allow 7 – 10 days for processing.
  • Students who havecompleted their program requirements, but have not yet graduated, please allow 7-10 days for processing.
  • For students currently registered in Winter 2024 and anticipate graduating at the Spring 2024 Convocation, letters will be issued beginning the week of May 5, 2024.

To apply for a Letter of Completion, please fill out the request form . For questions on Post Grad Work Permits, please email internationaloffice@cbu.ca.

Invitation Letter

If your family or friends would like to visit you in Cape Breton to celebrate your convocation, they may need to apply for a Visitor Visa. You can help to support their application for a Visitor Visa by providing them with the following documents:

1) Letter of Completion if you have met your program requirements OR Confirmation of Enrolment letter if you are currently completing your program requirements.
3) Transcript (printed from your online account).
4) Letter of Invitation written by you.

Please follow this link for further details and to see a sample letter you may use: HOW TO INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO VISIT CANADA NEW 2022 (002)

Your Parchment

Your parchment is your printed diploma or degree. This legal document is presented to you when you graduate. Because it is a legal document, it must be printed in the legal name listed on your official student record. 

Any changes to your recorded legal name must be supported with a piece of government issued photo ID. If you wish to change your legal name, please email enrolment@cbu.ca and attach a scanned or photographed copy of your government issued photo ID that shows your legal name as it should appear on your parchment. The Deadline to change your name for your record is one month prior to convocation.

СƵ Senate

In order to officially graduate from СƵ, you must be approved by the СƵ Senate. The СƵ Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University, such as conferring degrees. The Senate has voting members, with the majority being the Registrar, Executive University Members, faculty members, deans, and students.

The Senate graduates students twice a year – in the Fall (November) and Spring (May). In order to be considered for graduation, you must apply to Graduate once it opens and by the stated deadline dates.

СƵAlumni

You’ll soon join our СƵAlumni Family. At CBU, we know that our alumni are exceptional and capable of so much. We want to make sure we can keep you up-to-date on all our news, updates and more. Keep in touch with СƵAlumni!

Convocation Information

Answers to many commonly asked questions related to Convocation ceremonies can be found below. We will add and adjust this information as we move closer to our Convocation dates, so please check back often. We will also communicate all important updates to graduates via their СƵemail account in the months leading up to graduation.

Our Spring 2024 Convocation Ceremonies will be held at at 481 George Street in Sydney.

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Academic dress, also known as academic costume or regalia, are the distinctive gowns and hoods worn by all participants (including faculty members and university officials who sit onstage) during a Convocation ceremony.

The tradition of graduates wearing gowns and hoods dates back to the 12thand 13thcenturies. This tradition continues today at СƵ to signify a graduate’s academic accomplishment. Indigenous students are welcome to wear traditional dress in a manner that celebrates their heritage instead of the gown. In those instances, graduates must still wear their ceremonial hood or stole.

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Registrar’s Office staff will be on hand to assist you the day of your ceremony.

Due to the location guest invitations are not required at this time.

Your parchment is your printed diploma or degree. This legal document is presented to you when you graduate. Because it is a legal document, it must be printed in the legal name listed on your official student record.

Any changes to the legal name we have for you on your student record must be supported with a piece of government issued photo ID. If you wish to change your legal name, please and attach a scanned or photographed copy of your government issued photo ID that shows your legal name as it should appear on your parchment.

There are scheduled hours during which you can pick up your gown and regalia. When you arrive, you’ll receive the gown and regalia for your academic program. You will also receive a lanyard that lists a number which will be used to identify you during the procession line up and when you pick up your Parchment Package. You will return your gown and regalia after the ceremony when you pick up your Parchment Package. Graduates who do not return their academic dress will be charged a $100 fee. You can authorize a friend or family member to pick up your gown, or make other special arrangements for gown pick up by emailing convocation@cbu.ca.

Gown and Regalia Pickup Location: B-118 in the Marvin Harvey Building on the СƵCampus.

Thursday May 9, 2024 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday May 10, 2024 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Monday May 13, 2024 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday May 14, 2024 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Parking
Parking at Centre 200 is limited. We recommend students and guest arrive early.

Assemble
Graduates are asked to assemble, wearing gown, regalia and your lanyard, 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony via the Player’s Entrance at the back of Centre 200. If your ceremony begins at 10am, you must arrive to Centre 200 by 8:30am. If your ceremony is at 2pm, you must arrive at Centre 200 by 12:30pm.

Credential
Look for a sign with your degree/diploma name and stay in that general area.

Name card
Registrar’s Office staff will line you in numerical order according to your lanyard number and provide you with a name card. Your name card indicates your full name per your record in Compass, it will also note if you have received a University medal, award or an embedded certificate with your degree.

If you are concerned about the pronunciation of your name by the Orator, please take a moment at this time to write out the phonetic pronunciation of your name on the name cardso that the Orator can review it when you hand them your name card onstage.

Lining up
You will be lined up in alphabetical order according to program. This will also be in numerical order according to your lanyard.

Procession
The procession begins 10 minutes before the scheduled start time of the ceremony. You will be ledinto the seating area of Centre 200 by two Procession Leaders.

Seating
You will be directed to sit in the order you have been lined up in in the seating area that is reserved for graduands. You are to remain standing until the Registrar invites you to be seated.

Introduction
Following the valedictorian remarks, the Registrar will rise and ask graduands to rise. They will then ask the Chancellor to confer the degrees. Please remain standing (if able) until the Chancellor takes their seat after conferral of the degrees.

Proceed to the stage
On a row-by-row basis a Registrar’s Office staff member will lead you to the stage. Please walk out of your row and line up against wallboards so the other graduands and guests seated behind you can still see the stage clearly.

On the stage
Registrar’s Office staff will guide you up the stairs and onto the stage. You will hand your name card to a designated Registrar’s Office staff member who will pass your card to the Orator to be read aloud.

Proceed to centre-stage as follows
Move to the labelled mark on the stage as the Orator reads your name. Once your name is read proceed to Chancellor, President and Dean to shake hands and receive a celebratory document. Than proceed off the stage and meet an Alumni representative.

Proceed off the stage
Walk down the stairs and back to your seat. There will be Registrar’s Office staff present to guide you back to your seat.

Finale
At the end of the ceremony the Procession Leaders will lead you off the floor of Centre 200 and up to the main concourse. This will take place after the Rise again and the platform guests proceed off the stage.

There will be a small reception in the Pit area of the СƵMain Campus following each convocation ceremony. You and your guests are welcome to attend to take photos, enjoy live music and light refreshments.

Picking up your Parchment Package and Returning your gown and regalia.
When you cross the stage during the ceremony, you will receive a celebratory document. Your Parchment package will be available for pick up in B-118. You will also be required to return your gown and regalia at the time of parchment pick up.

Parchments will be available for pick up beginningTuesday May 21, 2024 at the Registrar’s Office, Marvin Harvey Building duringregular office hours. We encourage graduates living in the local area to pick up their parchment to avoid delay.

You may have someone pick up your parchment on your behalf, provided you send authorization (including the individual’s name) by email (convocation@cbu.ca). The individual will be asked to show photo identification at the time of pickup.

We will contact you the week of May 27 if you have not yet picked up your parchment and ask that you submit your updated mailing address to us through a Microsoft Form. We will mail your parchment to this address by mid-June free of charge.

Before collecting your parchment, please make sure to settle any outstanding fees.Please be aware that parchments cannot be released to students with balances exceeding $10. For instructions on viewing your student account, follow the guidelines providedhere.

Parchments will be couriered early to mid-June to those graduates who did not attend Convocationandwho indicated they would like to have their parchment mailed to them.

СƵis happy to cover the cost of the initial mailing of your parchment. Subsequent mailing due to incorrect or incomplete addresses will be at the graduate’s expense.СƵwill send out an email with a form where students can update their current address. This email will be sent before the end of May 2024.

The Convocation Team is here to assist, should you or your guests require special accommodations in order to attend and enjoy your Convocation ceremony. Please contact convocation@cbu.cato discuss your needs.

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