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Sequence of events

  • Graduates participate in a ceremonial marshaling into the hall, led by Concordia’s Grand Marshal. They are seated as a group in the audience until marshals usher them backstage at the conclusion of speeches.
  • Academic procession of faculty and staff take their seats on stage.
  • Welcoming remarks from the Dean of Students, faculty Dean, Chancellor, and University President.
  • The Honorary Doctorate is awarded.
  • The Honoree makes their Convocation address.
  • Special Awards are presented (Fall convocation only).
  • The faculty’s Valedictorian makes their address.
  • Graduates cross the stage; convocation medals and awards announced as winners cross.
  • Conferral of degrees.
  • Closing remarks and group photo (taken while graduates are seated in the venue).
  • Reception.

Instructions for graduates

  • Graduates must arrive 1 hour and 15 minutes before the start of their ceremony.
  • Graduates must keep their marshaling cards in hand at all times until the moment they cross the stage.
  • Graduates receive their diplomas backstage, before they cross. Upon crossing, they will shake hands with a presiding university official and return to their seat.
  • Graduates should not leave their personal items on their seat as they will not be returning to the same seat once they cross the stage.
  • The procession of graduates takes place according to degree and program. The order of procession by degree may vary by faculty.
  • Graduates and their guests are asked to remain in their seats for the entire ceremony. 
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