Graduation and Convocation

Convocation is the formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees. While students may graduate in both the Fall and Spring terms, Acadia University holds one convocation/graduation ceremony each year in the Spring. Fall graduates are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremony. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Acadia University is closed to the general public as of March 17, 2020 due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) precautionary measures. Spring Convocation (May 2020) will unfortunately be postponed until a later date. For more information visit the Convocation Website.

Period Date  
Fall Graduation* October 9, 2019  
Spring Graduation/Convocation May 10-11, 2020 For more information, please visit the Convocation website.

Haven't met your program requirements in time for Spring Convocation?

Although Acadia does not hold a Fall Convocation ceremony, students may apply to graduate in October.

*Following the Senate meeting on October 9, 2019, qualified graduating students may pick up or have their parchment mailed to them.

October graduates are invited to participate in the following Spring Convocation ceremonies.


Application Deadlines for Upcoming Graduations
Period Undergraduate/Graduate Deadline
Fall 2019 Graduation August 31, 2019
Spring 2020 Graduation/Convocation January 6, 2020
Applying to Graduate

Preferred Method - Online through Acadia Central.

Alternate Method - Printable Application to Graduate Fall 2019 Spring 2020

Parchments (Degrees)

Graduating students receive one parchment (degree) upon graduation. Generally, this is received during the convocation ceremony (Spring only).

Parchments (degrees) can be

  • picked up at the Registrar's Office (with appropriate ID)
    Spring - the day after the final convocation ceremony.
    Fall - the day after the October Senate meeting approves the graduates.
  • mailed (upon request)

Regular Mail - no charge
Courier - graduate responsible for courier fee

Please NOTE:

Pick up by graduate - An ID and a signature is required at the time of pickup.

Pickup by third party - Permission must be granted in writing by the graduate for third party pickups. The name of the designate must be included; ID and signature are required at time of pickup. 

Parchment (Degree) Re-Issue

Please complete the Parchment Degree Re-Issue Form. The re-issue fee is $50.00.

Parchment (Degree) Framing

A parchment (degree) framing service is available. Framing can be done at the post-graduation reception, or throughout the year by emailing More information is available here. You may also visit the office at University Hall, Room 236. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Graduation Lists

Convocation Website

The following information and more can be found on the Convocation Website.

  • The History
  • Preparing for Convocation
  • Convocation Webcast