Your convocation gown — the hood showing the colours associated with your degree — is the academic dress you wear during the ceremony. All participants, including faculty on stage, wear academic regalia.
Getting your gown
The gown and hood you wear will depend on whether you’re receiving your bachelor/baccalaureate, master/magisteriate or doctorate degree.
When you pick up your gown, marshalling card and guest tickets (max. 3), your attendance at Convocation is confirmed!
You can pick up your gown, guest tickets (max. 3) and marshalling card in the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex (EV) Building on:
Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
** Please bring your Concordia Student ID card and a re-usable bag with you to carry your gown and hood!
If you're unable to attend Convocation but would like an official graduation portrait, you must pick up your gown at the times listed above to have your photo taken.
- We verify your account balance. If you owe money to the university you will not be able to pick up your gown, attend Convocation or receive your diploma. You must pay any outstanding fees before you can pick up your gown. See the accepted methods of payment.
- We verify your graduation approval. If the Credential Awarded message does not appear on your transcript, you will not be able to pick up your gown or attend Convocation.
- We give you your personal marshalling card and the date and time of your ceremony. We use the marshalling card to place students in the correct order at the ceremony.
- You will pick up guests tickets for your convocation ceremony. Graduating students do not require a guest ticket.
- You will pick up your gown and hood if your degree is a bachelor/baccalaureate, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, or a master/magisteriate.
- NOTE: If your degree is a doctorate, you will reserve a gown at gown distribution but pick it up at Place des Arts before the ceremony and you will be hooded on stage.
- Have an official photo taken (optional). If you are not attending Convocation, you may borrow a gown for an official graduation photo.
If you can’t attend gown distribution, a friend or family member can pick up your gown and marshalling card on your behalf. Please check your graduation approval and account balance before you send a friend or family member to Concordia. That person must have written authorization from you that includes the following:
- Your student ID number
- The type of degree (e.g., BEng in Mechanical Engineering).
Bring your gown and hood backstage after the ceremony before you leave Place des Arts.
If you do not return your gown and hood, the gown supplier will bill you for their full value. We will also withhold university transcripts until the gown and hood are returned or their full replacement cost has been paid.
Any remaining tickets will be distributed on Friday, November 15, 2019, following gown distribution. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis pending availability. On November 15, graduating students may receive up to 2 additional guest tickets (subject to change based on availability).
NOTE: You MUST bring your paper marshalling card with you in order to obtain additional tickets. Tickets will not be distributed to those without their paper marshalling card. You may send a proxy, but they must have the paper version of your marshalling card. Distribution of additional tickets will begin at 9:30 a.m. from Enrolment Services, located in the reception area of FB-900 (1250 Guy St.).
The gown, the hood: you will look great at convocation! Regalia, or academic dress, is worn by all participants in the ceremonies, including members of the faculty on stage.
If you’re receiving a doctorate, you’ll wear a modified Cambridge cut garnet coloured gown, bordered with a one-inch band of gold material. Your hood will be lined in a colour according to your degree:
If you’re receiving a master/magisteriate, you’ll wear a modified Oxford cut gown in black material. Your hood will be lined in coloured silk according to your degree:
|Applied Science||pale yellow|
|Computer Science||peach (pale orange)|
|Teaching of Mathematics||deep green|
Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
If you’re receiving a graduate diploma or a graduate certificate, you will wear a black gown and no hood unless you have a previous degree. If you have a previous degree from Concordia University, you can wear the hood representing that degree.
If you’re receiving a bachelor/baccalaureate, you’ll wear a modified Oxford cut gown made of black material. Your hood will be lined in coloured silk according to your degree.
|Computer Science||peach (pale orange)|
|Education||half pale blue silk and half golden yellow|
If you’re receiving an undergraduate certificate, you will wear a black gown and no hood unless you have a previous degree from Concordia University. If you do have a previous degree, you can wear the hood representing that degree.
Mortarboards are not part of Concordia's tradition, however, it is possible to purchase one as a souvenir. You can do so at gown distribution. Simply mention to the gown rental company that you would like to purchase one. You will be required to pay for it at that time and will be given a receipt. You will then claim your mortarboard after your convocation ceremony.