Convocation FAQs

Convocation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Graduands are entitled to 5 guest tickets for the Convocation Ceremony, at no cost. Graduands do not require a ticket to attend. All guests MUST have a ticket to attend Convocation.

You must formally RSVP for the number of tickets you require through the RSVP portal found through your electronic invitation. If you would like to request more than 5 tickets, you can have your name put on a waiting list. You will receive a call if extra tickets become available.

Any reserved seating for graduates and others will be clearly marked. Seating is available for those with special needs. To make seating arrangements, please call (902) 563-1404 or

This list will be posted on the boards outside the Registrar’s Office, Marvin Harvey Building on May 4, 2020, at 1:30 pm. The list will also be posted at at the same time.

PLEASE NOTE: Graduating students will not be forwarded any degree, diploma or certificate parchment until all fees, fines or other accounts owed to Cape Breton University are paid in full. Your name will appear on the final graduation list, but you will only be able to participate in Convocation ceremonies once your bill is paid.

Students receiving degrees, diplomas or certificates wear black gowns and the appropriate hood or stole depending on their program (see section on Regalia). No academic caps are worn. It is important that students pick up their academic dress during the dates listed in the Schedule of Events. Students will be available to assist you in picking out your academic dress.

Please note: Gowns may require pressing. Students are responsible for their academic dress until it is returned. All academic dress must be returned promptly after Convocation to the same location where it was picked up Multi-Purpose Room on campus. If academic dress is not returned, the full replacement cost of $200 will be charged to the graduate.

If you would like to borrow academic dress for photos, you must contact the Registrar’s Office at least two days in advance of the date on which you would like to borrow it at 902-563-1404 or

There are a number of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts located in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Guests can contact Destination Cape Breton at 902-563-4636.

The Cambridge Suites Hotel in Sydney is offering a special rate of $131 CDN + tax per night. For more details, contact the Cambridge Suites at 902-562-6500.

The Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney is offering a special rate of $139 CDN + tax per night. For more details, contact the Hampton Inn by Hilton Sydney at 902-564-6555.

For graduates, family members and friends who cannot attend Convocation, the ceremony will be livestreamed. A link will be provided at

Due to the videotaping of the ceremony, access to the stage and graduate seating area is not permitted.

After the official convocation ceremony, join your Cape Breton University Alumni family outside the University’s Common Area to receive your commemorative Alumni champagne flute and sparkling beverage, get a photo with your fellow grads and Alumni and learn how to keep in contact with your CBU Alumni family as you embark on the next stage in your life!

All on-campus parking (with the exception of all marked reserved spaces) will be free for the duration of the convocation ceremony and reception.