FAQs

  1. Who is eligible to graduate?
  2. Do I have to register to attend convocation?
  3. How many guests can a graduate invite to the ceremony?
  4. Will there be a professional photographer available to take my photo the day of the ceremony?
  5. I’d like to purchase a frame for my diploma. Where can I do that?
  6. I have family and friends not able to make it to the ceremony. Is it possible to watch the ceremony online? 
  7. Will I be able to purchase flowers for my graduate on the campus?
  8. Where should we park on campus the day of the event?
  9. What are graduates wearing at the ceremony? 
  10. How will graduating students know where to go during the ceremony? 
  11. When does the conferring of Certificates and Diplomas take place?
  12. Ceremony etiquette, is it ok to clap?
  13. I need to have special seating arranged. How do I do that?
  14. When and where is the reception going to be held?
  15. I am unable to attend my convocation. How do I get my diploma?
  16. We would like to stay in the area. Are there any accommodations available nearby?

Who is eligible to graduate?

Students who have successfully completed the academic requirements for their diploma or certificate and who do not owe any money to the College are eligible to receive a certificate or diploma at Convocation. Students who owe money to the College may participate in Convocation but will not receive their certificate or diploma until their student account is cleared.

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Do I have to register to attend convocation?

No, you are not required to register in advance. Please ensure that you arrive at the time specified for your ceremony and you will be able to join the proceedings.

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How many guests can a graduate invite to the ceremony?

While there is no strict limit on the number of guests each graduate can bring, our seating will accommodate, on average, three to four guests per graduate. Students are asked to keep this in mind when inviting their family and friends.

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Will there be a professional photographer available to take my photo the day of the ceremony?

A professional photographer will be on campus to capture graduates in their formal robes both before and after each ceremony. There will be a sitting fee.

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I’d like to purchase a frame for my diploma. Where can I do that?

Display your success with pride. A variety of diploma frames will be for sale in the front foyer. To view frame options and purchase a frame online please visit our online store at www.mdf-loy.ca

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I have family and friends not able to make it to the ceremony. Is it possible watch the ceremony online?

Anyone unable to attend in person will be able to watch the ceremonies via our web live stream. On the day of the ceremony, simply go to loyalistcollege.com and follow the link. All convocation ceremonies will be recorded and the videos made available for purchase from Alumni Services. The videos will also be posted online at loyalistcollege.com following the ceremonies and may be downloaded free of charge at that time.

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Will I be able to purchase flowers for my graduate on campus?

A large selection of beautiful rose bouquets and mixed floral arrangements will be available for purchase in the front foyer of the Kente Building. Prices start at $15, plus taxes.

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Where should we park on campus the day of the event?

Signs and attendants will direct guests and graduates when they arrive to one of a number of our parking lots on campus.

Parking for persons with special needs or limited mobility will be provided in the parking lots near the Kente building.  Anyone who requires extra assistance should contact the AccessAbility Centre at (613) 969-1913 ext. 2168 or jvincent@loyalistc.on.ca. Those who have arranged special parking or assistance should inform the staff attending the guard hut on the main driveway to the Kente building when they arrive.

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What are graduates wearing at the ceremony?

All gowns and hoods will be distributed in rooms 3N4 and 3N5. Gowns and hoods will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. for the morning ceremony and 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Students are advised to arrive at the gown room early (at least one hour in advance of the ceremony) to check in, obtain their gown and hood, and assemble for the academic procession. Gowns and hoods must be returned to 3N4 and 3N5 as soon as possible at the conclusion of the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

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How will graduating students know where to go during the ceremony?

Loyalist College’s convocation ceremonies are held indoors. After obtaining their gown and hood, graduating students will be organized by their procession marshal who directs the line formation for the procession to the ceremony.

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When does the Conferring of Certificates and Diplomas take place?

Graduating students will be directed to the edge of the platform by the procession marshal. As each individual’s name is read, the student will cross the platform to receive congratulations and their graduation folder. Graduates are encouraged to return their gown immediately (no later than 40 minutes) following the ceremony in order to prevent delays in receiving their diploma.

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Ceremony etiquette, is it okay to clap?

This is an event to honour the accomplishments of all the graduates. After crossing the stage, graduates will be directed back to their seat in respect for their fellow graduating students. Every graduate would like family and friends to hear his or her name called.  Please withhold applause until it is invited.

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I need to have special seating arranged. How can I do that?

Special needs seating is available for our graduates and guests and is reserved in advance by contacting Jennifer Vincent, jvincent@loyalistc.on.ca or 613-969-1913 ext. 2168.

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When and where is the reception going to be held?

Graduates and their guests will be invited to a reception following their ceremony which will be held in the Parrott Centre.

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I am unable to attend my convocation. How do get my diploma?

Graduates unable to attend Convocation will be granted a diploma in absentia. After the Convocation ceremonies your diploma will be mailed to you using the mailing address we currently have in Banner. Please be sure to update your mailing address in banner to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address. If you prefer to pick up your diploma in person, please contact Betty Reid at breid@loyalistc.on.ca or by phone at 613-969-1913 ext 2206.

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We would like to stay in the area. Are there any accommodations available nearby?

Residence rooms and apartments are available on campus at a special rate. For details please contact Dave Templar at dtemplar@loyalistc.on.ca or call 613-969-1913 ext. 2103.