Graduation and Convocation

Convocation is the formal ceremony for the conferral of degrees and diplomas. Acadia's convocation ceremonies are held in May each year.

Students who graduate in October do not participate in a Fall ceremony, but are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremonies. Fall diplomas are held in the Registrar's Office for pickup or mailing. The Registrar's Office will contact you by email to request a current mailing address.

Period Date
Spring Convocation 2018 May 13-14, 2018           
Fall Graduation 2018 October 9, 2018
Application Deadlines for Upcoming Graduations
Period Undergraduate Deadline Graduate Deadline
Spring 2018 Graduation/Convocation December 1, 2017 January 26, 2018
Fall 2018 Graduation August 31, 2018 August 31, 2018
Applying to Graduate

Preferred Method - Online through Acadia Central.

Alternate Method - Printable Application to Graduate

Spring 2018 MS Word     .pdf

Fall 2018 MS Word      .pdf 


Spring Graduates

Graduating students receive one diploma upon graduation. Generally, this is received during the convocation ceremony. If you are unable to attend, your diploma can be

  • picked up at the Registrar's Office (with appropriate ID),
  • mailed (upon request)

Fall Graduates

Diplomas are mailed through regular mail at no charge unless you specify another method of delivery.

Diplomas can be sent by priority post. For this service a civic address and telephone number are required. The courier fee is charged to the student (credit card number must be provided).  Fees are based on the destination.

Picking up Diplomas

Diplomas can be picked up

  • Spring - the day after the final convocation ceremony.
  • Fall - the day after Senate approves the graduates at their October meeting.

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. 

Diplomas are held for about two weeks. At that time they are sorted alphabetically and mailed. It is very important we have your correct address and email information.

Duplicate Diplomas

Requests for additional diplomas may be submitted using this form, or be in writing and include your signature and the following information:

  • full name
  • date of graduation
  • degree received
  • full mailing address where the replacement is to be sent
  • payment of $50

You may fax this information to our officeat 902-585-1081. Requests take between four to six weeks to be processed. We do not accept requests from a third party.

Damaged Diplomas

There is no charge to replace a damaged diploma, however, the original must be returned to the Registrar's Office at Acadia. You can download the order form.

Diploma Framing

Diploma framing service is available. Framing can be done at the post-graduation reception, or throughout the year by contacting our
Financial Services Office. More information is available here or by calling 902-585-1647 or emailing 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

Spring 2018 Graduation List will be posted here on May 10, 2018.

Convocation Website

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

  • The History
  • Preparing for Convocation
  • Convocation Webcast