We will keep in touch with all potential graduates through their CBU email address, social media and the Convocation Web Page.
Applications for Fall 2022 Convocation will open on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
Questions related to convocation can be sent to email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or directly from the Registrar’s Office. It is a good practice to check it daily.VIEW THE FINAL GRAD LIST
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Each graduate is guaranteed a minimum of two tickets, but may receive additional tickets pending availability. If you require more tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 email@example.com 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.CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE CBU ALUMNI FAMILY
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.
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.
International students who have completed their studies and plan to graduate in Spring 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 as of December 31, 2021, and require a Letter of Completion, are asked to contact Barb_Kennedy@cbu.ca. Students completing their programs by April 30, 2022 will be eligible to request a Letter of Completion, to assist with their PGWP, beginning April 1, 2022.
International Students – Letters of Completion
Letters of Completion requested on or before May 6, 2022, will be processed by May 27, 2022 and sent to your CBU email account. Requests after this date will be processed at a later date.
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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