Convocation Day

Parking

Parking in the downtown area can be challenging. Be aware there may be other events taking place in the surrounding areas that will limit the number on parking spots in the vicinity. Please leave yourself plenty of time to arrive on time. Visit the Centennial Concert Hall website for parking information. If you plan to use Winnipeg Transit use Navigo Trip Planner to help you find the most convenient and quickest routes to the Centennial Concert Hall.

Arrival Time, Registration and Assembly

Ceremonies will proceed on schedule so it is very important that you are punctual. Please arrive through the front doors at the Centennial Concert Hall 1.5 hours before the ceremony start time. Parking can be challenging downtown so please leave yourself plenty of time to arrive on time. Graduates who do not arrive on time for the ceremony may not be seated with their graduating class.

Once you arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall follow the signs to the Graduate Gowning Area to pick up your Name Card from the Registration Table and your cap and gown rental. Graduates will assemble in the backstage area 45 minutes before the ceremony. Please check your Name Card for your section and check in with your Section Marshal. Your Section Marshal will assist you in lining up alphabetically within your program. Do not lose your Name Card. Hand this card to the Announcer on stage who will use it to announce your name as you cross the stage.

Guests

Guest tickets are not required in order to attend. To ensure each graduate has their family and friends at convocation we ask that each graduate limit their guest list to 6. Doors open 1.5 hours before the ceremony start time and seating begins one hour before the ceremony start time. Designated seating is available for persons with disabilities and the Centennial Concert Hall provides additional accessibility services. Generally, our ceremonies last between 1.5 and 2 hours depending on the number of graduates and presentations.

Convocation Invite Letters

Many students wish to invite family from outside of Canada to attend their graduation ceremony. If they need an official letter for their temporary resident visa application you will need to request a Convocation Invite Letter (which can be done requested at the end of your graduating term). The letter of invitation is given to the person you are inviting to Canada; they then submit this letter to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate outside of Canada, when they apply for their temporary resident visa.

To request a Convocation Invite Letter, please fill out the Document Request Form and select Convocation Invite.

Academic Attire

Academic attire consists of a gown, hood, cap and tassel (the cap and tassel are souvenirs for you to keep). The cap should be worn flat on your head with the tassel over the right front edge. Do not pin the tassel as it will be shifted during the ceremony. Men should remove their convocation caps during the National Anthem.

Graduates are not permitted to alter or decorate their cap and gown.

Coat racks are located in the hallway outside the Graduate Gowning Area. There is no secure place to store your personal belongings. We recommend that you leave your phone, purse and other personal belongings with your guests before the start of the ceremony. Red River College Polytechnic and the Centennial Concert Hall are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Indigenous Graduation Stoles

The Indigenous stole was designed with symbols for The Seven Sacred Teachings, a set of teachings on human conduct towards others. While we recognize that not all First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and histories recognize The Seven Sacred Teachings, our intention is to be as inclusive as possible. The stole also includes a cart to represent Métis, and a seal symbol to represent Inuit culture. In the middle of the stole is the Red River College logo, which rests on the back of the neck. The Assiniboine River and Red River are represented throughout the design as a nod to the geography and history that have brought Indigenous peoples to the land that Red River College Polytechnic campuses are located on. The design lays on red silk to proudly display the College’s brand colour. Students who register and attend the Annual Pow Wow will be presented with an Indigenous graduation stole as a gift. They are encouraged to wear their stole at the College-wide convocation ceremonies. Indigenous students who do not attend the Pow Wow can self-declare at convocation to receive an Indigenous stole. If a graduate who received a stole at Pow Wow forgets to bring it to Convocation, they can borrow one by leaving a piece of identification at the registration table.

Crossing the Stage

Prior to crossing the stage, please hand your Name Card to the Announcer who may wish to clarify the pronunciation of your name. When your name is announced, start walking across the stage toward the Dean or a representative of the School who will congratulate you. Then continue to walk toward the President who will present you with a scoll. A marshal will direct you off the stage and back to your seat. As a courtesy to your fellow graduates and guests, please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Conclusion of Ceremony

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a marshal will lead the graduates in a procession out of the theatre. Graduates and guests are welcome to attend a light reception following the ceremony.

Returning Your Gown

Immediately after the ceremony, return your gown to Gaspard. Ensure the return of your gown is documented by Gaspard staff so you don’t get charged additional fees. Remember, the cap and tassel are yours to keep! You can also pick up a hard copy of your convocation program.