GRANDE PRAIRIE CAMPUS CONVOCATION (The ceremony)
The Convocation ceremony will be held on May 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the College gymnasium.
All College parking lots will be available for graduates and guests. Please note that if you or your guests park in a metered stall or Pay and Park stall and do not pay, a ticket will be issued. All other stalls are free on a first-come, first-parked basis.
COSTUME (What to wear)
Students must be wearing graduation gowns in order to be in the student procession.
The academic gowns are black. Students receiving a diploma will wear a white vee stole and a black cap. Students receiving a certificate will wear a red vee stole and a black cap. Collaborative students receiving a degree will wear the appropriate hood and a black cap. Apprentices will wear a gray vee stole and black cap.
Caps (mortarboards) are worn squarely on the head with the tassel to the right, switching the tassel to the left once you have shaken hands, etc. and are exiting the stage.
Women’s dresses under the academic gowns should be simple in cut and no longer than calf length. Please choose your shoes carefully, you will be required to walk up and down stairs, extremely high heels can cause you a problem.
Corsages and jewellery are not worn with academic gowns. If it should be necessary to bring a handbag, you are asked to leave it in the gowning up room (the room will be locked and secure). You will not be permitted to carry your handbag in the student procession.
Rental gowns, stoles and hoods must be returned after the ceremony. The caps and tassels are mementos and are yours to keep.
WHEN AND WHERE FOR GRADUATES (You will need to be on time!)
11:00 a.m. SHARP in L106 for Gown Up.
L106 is located at the south end of the College in the Fine Arts wing. You will receive your cap and gown and a review of the ceremony procedures in preparation for the academic procession.
Once graduates have completed gowning up they are to proceed to L104 for mustering. The marshalls in this room will give directions about what activities you will need to do and then, following the photograph session, will assemble you into line-ups for entrance into the gym.
12:30 p.m. Group photo of all graduates. Don't be late!
A group photo of all graduates will be taken before the ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. During the ceremony, a photographer will take a picture of each graduate as they are recognized on stage. Groups of students (such as Business Administration or Nursing Students) may also have their picture taken at this time, although there is not a lot of time to spare before you must return to L104.
These photos will be available for sale at Watson’s Foto Source after 3:00 p.m. the following Monday.
STUDENT COMMENT CARDS (What we will say about you)
The comments that you provide will be typed and read onstage. Comment card information is collected on your Convocation application. Only comments submitted by Convocation application deadline will be read on stage. These are to be kept to a maximum of 25 words and are subject to editing for clarification, grammar and brevity.
After the ceremony you and your guests are invited to the President’s Tea, held in the cafeteria, for light refreshments. If your guests are new to the College you may wish to show them the cafeteria before you go to the gown-up room.
Please indicate to us, by contacting our Convocation Coordinator at 780-539-2819 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you or one of your guests has special needs, such as a wheelchair or walker. This is extremely important in regards to seating arrangements for your guests; we would like to make special arrangements for them to be seated before the general public is admitted into the gymnasium.
A family room will be set up in M119 for those who need to leave the gymnasium. Please let your guests know if they need to leave the ceremonies they are more than welcome to use this room, signs will be posted. This room will include a live feed of the ceremonies, a baby change station, and toys for children, as well as light refreshments.
Tickets will not be issued for audience members and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
PUBLICATION OF CONVOCATION DETAILS
Grande Prairie Regional College is proud of its graduates and celebrates their success. As a GPRC graduate, your name may be published in the Convocation Program with information on the program of studies you have successfully completed. The details made public at Convocation may also include any academic honours you have been awarded. Names of students graduating from various College programs and the academic honours students have been awarded may also be released to the media or be included in other College publications.
The kiosk next to the gymnasium will be open for your guests to purchase snacks and beverages. Please let your guests know so that if they would like to have a snack or coffee before the ceremony they are able to do so.