FAQs

Who is eligible for Convocation?

In order to participate in CNC Convocation, you must have successfully completed your program prior to the Convocation ceremony. The Prince George ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 1/19 at CN Centre at 1pm. The Quesnel ceremony date is Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 11:00am.

How do I apply for Convocation?

Convocation applications are now closed.

There is no fee for students to apply to graduate or to attend the 2019 CNC Convocation (commencement) ceremonies.

Where do I go on Convocation day (Prince George)?

Please report to the lower level of the CN Centre in Prince George by 12:00 noon sharp with your cap and gown on. Volunteers will tell you what to do and help you find your classmates. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

What happens during the ceremony (Prince George)?

The order of events will be outlined in the program that you will receive at CN Centre. You will also receive an informative email several weeks prior to Convocation which will provide detailed instructions. 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 (Prince George)?

You should leave all valuables with a friend or family member. There will not be a secure area provided for valuables

How about photos (Prince George)?

There will be a group photo of all the graduates right after the ceremony. (Group photos will be available on the convocation website within a few weeks after convocation). A fun photo booth, which provides you with a keepsake strip of photos, will be available on the lower concourse before the ceremony and also after until 4pm. Otherwise, each student is responsible for arranging their own personal photos.

When is the reception (Prince George)?

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). Cake and coffee/tea will be provided.

How many guests can I invite (Prince George)?

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 you will receive a burgundy mortar board and gold tassel as a keepsake.

When and where can I pick up my cap and gown? (Prince George)

If you applied to attend the 2019 CNC PG Convocation Ceremony, your gown and cap/tassel can be picked up in Room 1-723 from 8am-4pm on:

  • Wednesday, May 29
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Friday, May 31
Gowns not picked up during these dates will be brought over to CN Centre on Saturday, June 1 morning and will be available for pick up after 10am.


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 will receive a mortar board (cap) and tassel, so you can style your hair accordingly.
  • • Gowns should fall below the knee -- mid-calf is ideal. Remember that your lower legs will show beneath the gown. Gown size is determined by height so be sure to provide your correct height on the application

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

Please let the Admissions office know if you will not be attending after you have applied. We appreciate knowing that you will not be attending so that we can adjust our gown order and procession accordingly.

Is there a Convocation ceremony in Quesnel?

Yes, the Quesnel CNC campus will be hosting a Convocation ceremony for credentialed students. If you are a Quesnel student and are receiving a credential this year, please fill out a Quesnel student convocation application. Students will receive a rental gown to wear and a cap and tassel to keep. You will receive further information from the Quesnel Convocation organizers.

Convocation applications are now closed.