Convocation

Convocation is the recognition of your hard work, commitment and achievements. It’s a special time where the whole College community gathers together to celebrate your accomplishments.

Recognizing that in-person events were delayed for the past two and a half years, students who attended virtually in 2020, 2021 and 2022 will have the opportunity to attend the in-person 2023 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation takes place the first Friday in June at the Lac La Biche Campus in the gymnasium.

There are normally two ceremonies scheduled, one in the morning at 10:00 and one in the afternoon at 2:30 to accommodate students and their families.

They are divided by program and grouped to create an even split.

    Students are eligible to attend Convocation if they qualify for graduation and if their program of studies are completed in the current academic year.

    Invitations are normally sent out via email in March.

    The Registrar’s Office will remove the names of students that withdraw prior to May 1st from the eligible student list.

    Yes, students who graduated in the following academic years; 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022) are invited to participate in-person 2023 convocation ceremonies.

    If you would like to attend convocation in person, please contact Student Services at 1-866-623-5551 during the month of March 2023.

    If you wish to know more about convocation please contact Student Services at 1-866-623-5551.

    All students participating in the ceremony are expected to wear the cap, tassel and gown. There is no cost to the student as Convocation is a gift from the College to the Student.

    Students are required to register so that the College can order the cap, tassel and gown. The cap and tassel are yours to keep after the ceremony, but the gown must be returned.

    No, your credential will be mailed to the address on your student file prior to the event. Please ensure your address is updated with Student Services.

    During Convocation you will receive a letter/scroll.

    No, there is no childcare available on convocation day, there is an outdoor play area where adults can supervise children to if they are getting restless during the day.

    Refreshments are available throughout the day. Food will not be provided, but there is the onsite Voyageur Grill located on the Lac La Biche campus where you can purchase meals, snacks and beverages.

    In addition to the two Convocation ceremonies, other important events take place throughout the day.

    This is a typical schedule:

    • 9:00 a.m. – Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony (McGrane Theatre)
    • 10:00 a.m. – Convocation Ceremony (Portage College Gymnasium)
    • 11:30 a.m. – Award Ceremony (Portage College Gymnasium)
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Honour Ceremony (McGrane Theatre)
    • 2:30 p.m. – Convocation Ceremony (Portage College Gymnasium)
    We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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