Important Fall 2022 Graduation Information

Fall Convocation:  Wednesday November 2 (Time And Number Of Convocations To Be Determined After The Application Deadline)

Applications for Fall 2022 Convocation are open!

  • All students who will be graduating in Fall 2022 must apply to graduate even if you will not be attending the ceremony. You can apply in your Compass Self Serve Account.
  • There is a $25.00 application fee that must be paid in full, in addition to all other fees owed, before taking part in convocation events.
  • The deadline to apply to graduate is August 31st, 2022.
  • Students who apply after this date will be charged a $50.00 late application fee before their application will be processed. Due to the lateness of this application, we are not able to guarantee: The inclusion of your name in the convocation program/list, the availability of your degree certificate on the day of your graduation ceremony or the completion of the your student record prior to your graduation ceremony for the purposes of transcripts.
  • Please Note: Eligibility to graduate is dependent upon successful completion of all program requirements. Degrees will be conferred regardless of attendance at the graduation ceremony. This application is not an indicator of attendance.
  • Program requirements must be completed by the end of the 2022 Spring/Summer term (August 31st, 2022).
  • Check your progress in Student Planning to ensure that your requirements are or will be
  • Each student bears the responsibility of ensuring that their course choices satisfy both the overall program regulations and the individual department regulations for specializations, concentrations or majors.
  • When applying, double check that your program is correct and any majors or specializations/concentrations are also listed correctly.
  • When submitting your application, confirm that your name is displayed correctly.
  • More information will be communicated at a later date.
  • Please check your CBU email regularly for updates.

Questions related to convocation can be sent to

If a student plans to graduate, they must submit an application regardless of whether or not they intend to participate in the scheduled ceremonies. It is your responsibility to ensure you are checking your email accounts regularly for messages from or directly from the Registrar’s Office. It is a good practice to check it daily.



Spring Convocation

Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20, 2022 – Canada Games Complex

View Thursday’s Digital Convocation Booklet Here
View Friday’s Digital Convocation Booklet Here

There will be two in-person Convocation ceremonies, subject to Public Health Protocols and changes in local epidemiology. Each Convocation ceremony will be held in the Canada Games Complex at Cape Breton University at the following days/times:

Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm – School of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Education and Health and School of Science and Technology

Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11:00 am – Shannon School of Business

All grads are asked to arrive one hour prior to the ceremony and go directly to the Sullivan Fieldhouse for lineup. A small reception will take place following each ceremony in the CBU Cafeteria and Pit Lounge.

COVID-19 Requirements

Due to COVID-19, there will be no handshaking during the Convocation ceremony with platform guests. Cape Breton University also continues to require all those coming to campus to wear a mask in all indoor spaces. It is strongly recommended that masks are also worn in outdoor settings where distancing cannot be maintained. Graduating students must wear their masks while in the student procession, both indoors and outdoors.

Both ceremonies will be live streamed!

Convocation is an important celebratory milestone for students, and we are very proud of the hard work and dedication our students have put in to reach this goal. Please refer to this page regularly for updates on upcoming convocation ceremonies.

The final grad list will be posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 4:00PM. The grad list will be posted in a link in your Compass Student Account. If your name is not on the list please contact

Students who have outstanding fees will be permitted to attend Convocation, however, they will not receive their diploma and a financial hold will be placed on the students’ financial account. This means transcripts and confirmation of degree letters will not be released until fees have been paid. Students with outstanding fees who are attending Convocation will receive an empty folder identical to the other folders containing diplomas.

Gown Pick Up and Ticket Information:

Each graduate is guaranteed a minimum of two tickets, but may receive additional tickets pending availability. If you require more tickets, please email to have your name added to the list. Students will be notified during gown pick-up if extra tickets are available. There will be an overflow room located in the RBC Lecture Theatre (Great Hall) for those who are unable to attend the ceremony.

Graduation gowns and guest tickets can be picked up in CBU’s Multipurpose Room (Great Hall, CE-241) during the follow times:

  • Monday, May 16, 2022: 11AM- 7PM
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022: 11AM- 7PM
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022: 9AM- 4PM

For instructions on how to put on your graduation regalia, please watch this short video here.

If you are not able to pick up your gown and guest tickets in advance, please email to make alternate arrangements. Parchment pick-up and gown return will follow each ceremony in CBU’s Multipurpose Room.

Headshots: New CBU Alumni, get a FREE headshot, compliments of Johnson Insurance. When you come to pick up your grad gown on May 16, 17 or 18th in the MPR, you’ll have an opportunity to get a FREE professional headshot to use as you embark on your next steps. Make sure to wear or bring professional clothing if you want a nice headshot to help jumpstart your career.

Prizes: When you visit the grad gown room on May 16, 17 or 18th in the MPR, you’ll have an opportunity to be entered into a draw for three amazing prizes. Johnson is proud to be the preferred home and car insurance provider for CBU Alumni.  As a way to celebrate Spring Convocation, we are giving new CBU Alumni a chance to win $500!† Don’t miss out – contest closes May 31, 2022. You can also win $$500 towards a CBU grad ring, compliments of Joy Jewellers and a diploma frame from the bookstore to frame your new degree.



Graduating in Absentia 

Students unable to attend convocation can choose to have their parchments (degree) mailed or picked up at the Office of the Registrar at a later date. Students graduating in absentia will not have their name presented during the Convocation ceremony.

Parchments will be available for in-person pick-up beginning Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in the Office of the Registrar (Marvin Harvey Building). If you have indicated that you would like to have your parchment mailed to you, this will take place after June 6, 2022.

Cape Breton University is happy to cover the cost of the initial mailing of your parchments, however, subsequent mailing due to incorrect or incomplete addresses will be at the graduate’s expense. Rates for second mailing are $10 within Atlantic Canada, $20 for the rest of Canada, and $100 outside of Canada.

Following the Convocation ceremony, CBU will send an email to all graduates who did not attend to get an updated mailing address. Please monitor your CBU email account for instructions on how to respond to our request for information on parchment mailout. Parchments will not be mailed until the form is complete to ensure we have the correct mailing address.

Invitation Letter

International students who would like to invite their family and friends to visit Canada for Convocation (or just for a visit) can write an invitation letter using the template linked below. Once the letter is completed, International students can reach out to the Student Union to have the Student Union lawyer notarize the letter.

Download the Invitation Letter here.

Letter of Completion

International students who have completed their studies and plan to graduate  Fall 2022 must complete the graduation application prior to applying for a Letter of Completion. A Letter of Completion will only be issued to students who have applied to graduate and have paid their fees in full.

Students who have COMPLETED their programs during the Spring/Summer session, and require a Letter of Completion,  will be eligible to request a Letter of Completion, to assist with their PGWP.

International Students – Letters of Completion

Letters of Completion requested  before final grades are available, will be not be processed until the student notifies that their file is now complete. Please allow 7 – 10 days for processing.  When complete, letters will be sent to your CBU email account.

To apply for a Letter of Completion, please fill out the request form here. For questions on Post Grad Work Permits, please email


Official Transcripts

Unofficial and official transcripts will be available to graduating students after May 20, 2022. To request a transcript, please fill out the form here. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

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2022 Convocation FAQs

These FAQs are current as of Thursday, March 10, 2022.

We will keep in touch with all potential graduates through their CBU email address, social media and the Convocation Web Page.

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