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Convocation Ceremony

Fall 2023 Convocation Ceremony

November 8th, 2023. Massey Theatre (735 8th Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2)

The Spring and Summer 2023 graduates have been emailed with a link to the ticket booking. Please make sure to read your emails. Convocation emails may have been sent to your myAC email.

If you graduated before the Spring 2023 semester and would like to attend the ceremony, please email studentlife@alexandercollege.ca.

Please note, we may accept your request based on venue availability.The link to book tickets are sent to the graduating students. Check your personal and myAC emails!

How to Apply for Graduation

All students must fill out a formal graduation application. When a student has completed, or is about to complete, their final term of the program of study, they are eligible to apply for graduation. Regardless of whether a student plans to attend the Convocation ceremony, they must apply for graduation in order to receive a credential

To apply for graduation, please contact the Graduation unit at the Office of the Registrar to book an appointment:

graduation@alexandercollege.ca

Graduation Workshops

For more information on the graduation process, participate in an upcoming workshop hosted by the Office of the Registrar. View the schedule here.

two graduating students

Ceremony Information

Location

Massey Theatre
735 8th Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2

Date

November 8th, 2023

Commencement Speaker

Mackie Chase – Alexander College Board of Governors

When to Arrive

The graduates must arrive by 11:30 am. This is to ensure you are dressed in your graduation regalia (gown, cap,tassel and stole) and lined up in the correct ceremony order.

The College will try to accommodate late arrivals to the best of their ability.

Guests

Due to restricted seating, each graduate is allowed to invite two guests to the ceremony. Should extra tickets become available, graduates will be notified via email.

Guests should arrive at the ceremony early to select their seats. Seating at the venue will be first come, first served.

Deferring your Ceremony

Students who are not able to attend their ceremony will be able to defer their ceremony a maximum of two times. Plan ahead with your families and employers so that you are able to attend your ceremony as scheduled.

* If you want to defer your ceremony, please email Student Engagement at studentlife@alexandercollege.ca to be included in upcoming communications.

Graduation Checklist

To Download Fall 2023 Checklist

Fall 2023

To ensure that your graduation goes smoothly, please use the list below:

Apply for Graduation

Apply for your graduation application appointment through the Office of the Registrar. graduation@alexandercollege.ca

RSVP to the Convocation and Awards Ceremony

All graduates and award winners must RSVP to the ceremony by Monday, July 3rd, 2023, by 11:59pm PST.

Order your Graduation Regalia

To ensure you have your graduation regalia for the ceremony (gown, cap and stole), please RSVP to the ceremony.

Reserve Guest Tickets

We strongly recommend students reserve their tickets as soon as possible as all tickets must be reserved in advance.

Students who neglect to obtain their reservations during this period will no longer be guaranteed their guest tickets.

There will be no exceptions for those who miss this reservation window; please arrange your guest tickets accordingly.

Invite your Guests to the Event

Tell your guests to mark the Convocation and Awards Ceremony date in their calendars.

If your guests are currently living in another country, please see the “Inviting Guests” tab for further information.

Student or Guest Accommodation

If you or a guest require accommodation at the event venue (wheelchair seating, parking information, priority seating, etc.), please contact us as soon as possible at studentengagement@alexandercollege.ca

Check your Contact Information on MyAC

Please ensure we have your most up-to-date information on your MyAC account including:

  • Legal name to be listed in the Convocation program
  • Current email address to ensure you don’t miss important information

* Still have more questions? Please see more information regarding the ceremony on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below.

Inviting Guests

Letter of Invitation

invite your family to Convocation you will need a Letter of Invitation and the posted Convocation date for the upcoming ceremony. Alexander College does not offer Letters of Invitation on behalf of students. These must be written by the individual. For formatting, students may search online for sample templates. You can also view more information on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website: www.canada.ca/letter-invitation

Please wait to submit to your Letter of Invitation until you have officially applied and have been approved to graduate.

Traveler Restrictions

Remember to double check current ​traveler restrictions. For more information on traveller’s eligible to visit Canada currently, please review the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Graduation Document Pickup

Students are eligible to pickup their graduation documents shortly after being notified of their graduation status. For more information, please see the Office of the Registrar’s page regarding Graduation here.

Convocation FAQs

A: All graduates collect their graduation documents from the Office of the Registrar. For more information, please see here, Graduation.

A: The ceremony typically takes 2-3 hours dependant on the number of graduates in the given terms.

A: Regalia (gown, cap, tassel and stole) can be collected at the venue before the ceremony. You will need a registered ticket to be able to get the regalia at the venue. Contact studentengagement@alexandercollege.ca for more information.

A: Typically the ceremony is formal attire. Please wear something to reflect the esteem of the event. Graduates will have time to take pictures in their gowns or formal attire once the ceremony finishes.

The gown should fall to your mid-calf so your ankles and shoes will be visible.

A: Each student can request more than two guest tickets. However, due to the large number of graduates and limited seating, we request them to be mindful of their peers. After the RSVP deadline has passed, we will make every effort to provide extra tickets if available.

A: Yes, as long as you stay within your seat. We will have professional photographers on site taking pictures of graduates crossing the stage.

A: You will not be able to leave during the ceremony in order to respect the graduates and speaker. The official conferral of degree is done by the Registrar at the end of the ceremony, which you should wait for.

Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.

Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this territory.