FAQs

How do I apply for Convocation?

Apply online from the main Convocation page.

After you've applied, submit your payment via PayPal, or in person at Communication Services. If you choose to pay in person, please refer to your email and print out a copy of your form to present with your payment.

All applications must be received, along with the $60 application fee, by March 31. Starting April 1, there is a $80 late fee.

Who’s eligible for Convocation?

If you’ve completed your program, or if you’re just about to complete it, you can attend Convocation.

Because many students haven’t received their marks by Convocation, during the ceremony you’ll be given a commemorative Certificate of Achievement. To receive your actual certificate or diploma, please submit a certificate/diploma application to Admissions after completing your program requirements.

How do I pick up and return my gown?

To pick up your gown, come to Communication Services, Room 2-354 at the Prince George campus on Thursday, May 22, or Friday, May 23, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

You'll get your gold CNC scarf on stage during the ceremony. It's yours to keep.

Out-of-town students can pick up their gowns at the CN Centre on the day of the ceremony, beginning at 10:00 am.

If needed, someone else can pick up your gown for you.

Right after the ceremony, please return your gown to the "Gown Return Area" on the lower level of the CN Centre. A late fee will be levied for all gowns returned after this date.

Where do I go on Convocation day?

Please report to the lower level of the CN Centre in Prince George at 1:00 pm sharp with your gown on. Volunteers will tell you what to do and help you find your classmates. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 pm.

What happens during the ceremony?

The order of events will be outlined in the program placed on your seat at the CN Centre. You and your classmates will be led in as a procession and guided to your seats. You should remain standing while the platform party enters and during the singing of “O Canada.” You are expected to remain seated until the end of the ceremony, as the entire group will march out in a procession to have a group photo taken.

What should I do with my purse/jacket during the ceremony?

You should leave all valuables with a friend or family member, however there will be a locked room on the lower level of the CN Centre for storage.

How about photos?

There will be a group photo of all the graduates right after the ceremony. (Group photos will be available for purchase from the CNC Bookstore after Convocation.) As well, the official CNC photographer will take some impromptu shots during the ceremony. Each student is responsible for arranging their own personal photos.

When is the reception?

You and your guests are warmly invited to attend the reception, which starts after the group photo session (about 15 minutes after the end of the ceremony). Light refreshments will be provided, and there will be an area for family photos.

How many guests can I invite?

You can invite as many family members or friends as you like – all guests are free! On your application, we ask you to indicate the number of guests you're inviting for planning purposes.

What do the gowns look like?

The CNC gown is burgundy, and scarves are gold with the CNC crest.

What do I wear under the gown?

Convocation is a formal occasion, we suggest wearing the following:

  • Men: Collared shirt, long pants, tie optional (no shorts please).
  • Women: Shirt, blouse, or dress; long pants or skirt.
  • For both men and women: A white or solid-coloured collar looks best.

Points to remember:

  • CNC graduates don't wear caps, so you can style your hair as you wish.
  • Gowns should fall below the knee -- mid-calf is ideal. Remember that your lower legs will show beneath the gown. You can try on your gown when you pick it up.
  • Going into the ceremony, you'll be wearing your gown. You'll get your scarf on stage as part of the ceremony.
  • It can get quite warm in the CN Centre – please keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.

What if I’ve already applied and now I can’t attend?

Although the application fee is non-refundable, we’d appreciate knowing that you won’t be attending so that we can adjust our procession accordingly.