Dozens of graduates in gowns listen to an Indigenous drumming song at a graduation ceremony

Graduation


Convocation is an exciting time for graduates and their supporters. It is an opportunity to gather and celebrate student success along with classmates, friends, family, instructors and members of the Georgian College community. New this year, we will be hosting all ceremonies at the Barrie Molson Centre, with the exception of the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Information for students


TO RECEIVE YOUR CREDENTIAL, YOU MUST APPLY TO GRADUATE WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND CONVOCATION OR NOT.

Students in their last semester of study including classes, co-op, Praxis or internship should request to graduate during the time periods listed in the chart:

Last term of studyDates to apply to graduate
September to DecemberNov. 1 to Dec. 31
January to AprilMarch 1 to April 30
May to AugustJuly 1 to Aug. 31

How to apply to graduate

  1. Log in to Banner
  2. Select “View academic records and fee account details”
  3. Select “Apply to graduate”
  4. OPTIONAL – credential evaluation is for students who are unsure if they have completed all of the requirements for their program
  5. Select the final term of study using the drop down menu and click submit
  6. Select curriculum
  7. Select the program that you will be graduating from
  8. Choose your attendance
  9. Ensure your personal information is correct as this information is used to produce your credential

If you are a part-time or continuing education student requesting credentials, please email the Convocation team to complete a paper application.

Frequently asked questions

What happens if I miss the deadline to apply to graduate?

Students who miss the deadline are still required to apply to graduate when the application site reopens as per the dates above.

How will I receive tickets for my guests to attend the convocation ceremony?

Graduates will receive an email two weeks prior to the convocation ceremony with a link to the seat reservation page. Please ensure that your email address is Banner is correct.

What happens after I apply to graduate?

All applications are entered into our convocation queue to be reviewed at the end of the term. Applications are reviewed individually to ensure all requirements have been met. Due to the high volume of applications received, this process can take up to six weeks once the term has ended.

Ensure all outstanding fees and fines are paid in full, and all outstanding book/equipment rentals have been cleared. If you owe fees or parking fines, or if you have outstanding rentals or library books, you may attend the convocation ceremony, but we are not able to release your credential or transcript until your account has been cleared. In addition, we cannot produce an enrolment letter or release your name to an external third party (e.g., for board exams).

Where can I have my graduation photos taken?

The Convocation team hires Life Touch Photography, a professional photography company, to take a posed photo backstage. Proofs will be emailed and mailed to the graduates two to four weeks after the ceremony. A variety of packages are available directly through Life Touch Photography.

The Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA) invites Lassman Studios on campus for portrait sittings in advance of convocation. Please visit Lassman Studios Photography and enter Georgian as your school ID to book your photo session. Photographs can be viewed and entered online.

Information for guests


Tickets and seating

Your graduate will receive an email two weeks prior to the convocation ceremony with a link to the seat reservation page. Seating is first come, first served.

Arrival time

Doors open one hour prior to the scheduled start time. Guests should be seated no less than 15 minutes prior to the start time. Guests who arrive late may be asked to wait to be seated if the ceremony has begun.

Accessibility

We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon your arrival. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Children

A typical ceremony lasts approximately two hours in which young children may find it difficult to sit quietly for the duration. Children who are attending must be supervised by an adult in the audience. Children are not permitted to sit with the graduating student, nor are they permitted to cross the stage with the graduating student.

Food and drinks

Food and drinks are not permitted in the convocation ceremony, with the exception of bottled water. You are invited to the Alumni reception following the ceremony where light refreshments will be available.

A man records a convocation ceremony on a digital camera
A crowd facing the stage at a convocation ceremony

Flowers, gifts and diploma frames

Surprise your graduate with a bouquet of flowers. Flowers are available for purchase at all convocation ceremonies. You may also purchase flowers online in advance for the convocation ceremonies through Convocation Flowers, one of our Alumni Association partners.

Bear Essentials has a great selection of clothing, grad rings, gifts and diploma frames available for purchase.

Ceremony dates and times


Automotive Business School of Canada Convocation

Location: Georgian Theatre
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11
Ceremony start time: 3:30 p.m.
Student gowning rooms: K203 and K209
Student gowning time: 2:30 p.m.
Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony.

Programs listed in alphabetical order:

  • Automotive Business
  • Automotive Dealership Management
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Automotive Management)

Georgian College Convocation – morning ceremony

Location: Barrie Molson Centre – West Entrance
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Ceremony start time: 10:30 a.m.
Student gowning location: Concourse area of Barrie Molson Centre. Directional signage will be posted.
Student gowning time: 9 a.m.
Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony.

Programs listed in alphabetical order:

  • Acupuncture (Barrie)
  • Acute Complex Care for Internationally Educated Nurses (Barrie)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (Barrie)
  • Advertising and Marketing Communications (Barrie)
  • Aviation Management (Barrie)
  • Bachelor of Business (Golf Management) (Barrie)
  • Bookkeeping (Barrie, South Georgian Bay)
  • Business – Accounting (Barrie)
  • Business – Marketing (Barrie)
  • Business (Barrie, Owen Sound)
  • Business Administration – Accounting (Barrie)
  • Business Administration – Human Resources (Barrie)
  • Business Administration (Barrie)
  • Culinary Management (Barrie)
  • Culinary Skills – Chef Training (Barrie)
  • Dental Assisting (Levels I and II) (Barrie)
  • Early Childhood Education Apprentice – Advanced (Owen Sound)
  • Fitness and Health Promotion (Barrie)
  • Food and Nutrition Management (Barrie)
  • Gas Technician (Owen Sound)
  • Health Clerical Worker (Owen Sound)
  • Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Management and Leadership) (Barrie)
  • Hospitality – Hotel and Resort Operations Management (Barrie)
  • Hospitality Administration – Hotel and Resort (Barrie)
  • Hospitality Management – Hotel and Resort (Barrie)
  • Human Resources Management (Barrie)
  • International Business Management (Barrie)
  • Law Clerk (Barrie)
  • Marine Engineering Management (Owen Sound)
  • Marine Technology – Navigation (Owen Sound)
  • Massage Therapy (Barrie)
  • Medical Transcription – Health Records (Barrie)
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant (Barrie)
  • Office Administration – Executive (Barrie, Owen Sound)
  • Office Administration – General (Barrie)
  • Office Administration – Health Services (Barrie)
  • Office Administration – Medical (Barrie)
  • Opticianry (Barrie)
  • Paralegal (Barrie)
  • Personal Support Worker (Barrie, Midland, Orangeville)
  • Pharmacy Technician (Barrie)
  • Power Engineering Technology (Owen Sound)
  • Practical Nursing (Barrie, Orangeville, Owen Sound)
  • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Diplomas and Degrees (Barrie)
  • Public Relations – Corporate Communications (Barrie)
  • Recreation and Leisure Services (Barrie)
  • Snow Resort Operations (Barrie)
  • Tourism – Marketing and Product Development (Barrie)
  • Tourism and Travel (Barrie)

Georgian College Convocation – afternoon ceremony

Location: Barrie Molson Centre – West Entrance
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Ceremony start time: 3:30 p.m.
Student gowning location: Concourse area of Barrie Molson Centre. Directional signage will be posted.
Student gowning time: 2 p.m.
Reception to follow immediately after the ceremony.

Programs listed in alphabetical order:

  • Aboriginal Community and Social Development (Barrie)
  • Academic and Career Entrance (Barrie, Midland, Orangeville)
  • Addictions: Treatment and Prevention (Orillia)
  • Architectural Technician (Barrie)
  • Architectural Technology (Barrie)
  • Art and Design Fundamentals (Barrie)
  • Big Data Analytics (Barrie)
  • Cabinetmaking Techniques (Barrie)
  • Child and Youth Care (Orillia)
  • Civil Engineering Technician – Construction (Barrie)
  • Civil Engineering Technology (Barrie)
  • Communicative Disorders Assistant (Barrie)
  • Computer Programmer (Barrie)
  • Computer Programmer Analyst (Barrie)
  • Computer Systems Technician – Networking (Barrie)
  • Early Childhood Education (Orillia)
  • Electrical Engineering Technician (Barrie)
  • Electrical Engineering Technology (Barrie)
  • Environmental Technician (Barrie)
  • Environmental Technology (Barrie)
  • Fundraising and Resource Development (Orillia)
  • Gas Technician (Barrie)
  • General Arts and Science – English for Academic Purposes (Barrie)
  • General Arts And Science – One Year (Barrie)
  • General Arts and Science (Barrie)
  • Hairstyling (Barrie)
  • Hairstylist Apprentice – Advanced (Barrie)
  • Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician (Barrie)
  • Honours Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) (Barrie, Orillia)
  • Information Systems Security (Barrie)
  • Interactive Media Design – Web (Barrie)
  • Interior Design (Barrie)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing (Barrie)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (Barrie)
  • Mechanical Technician – Precision Skills (Barrie)
  • Mechanical Techniques – Small Engine Mechanic (Midland)
  • Museum and Gallery Studies (Barrie)
  • Police Foundations (Orillia)
  • Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training (Barrie)
  • Research Analyst (Barrie)
  • Social Service Worker (Orillia)
  • Therapeutic Recreation (Orillia)
  • Veterinary Assistant (Orillia)
  • Veterinary Technician (Orillia)

Live streaming


We stream our convocation ceremonies so that loved ones near and far who cannot attend in person can watch their graduate cross the stage. On convocation day, we will post the video on this page to watch live.

At Georgian College, we respect the need to protect personal information. Pursuant to section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), students’ images, names, program, degree/diploma/certificate earned and year of graduation as they appear in convocation programs and in webcasts are considered public information. Participants acknowledge that by attending convocation, their image and/or voice may be captured by photograph, videotape, audiotape, live webcasting and otherwise reproduced during the ceremonies. This personal information is collected under the legal authority of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002 and in accordance with Sections 38(2) and 41(1) of FIPPA.

Personal information will be broadcast through live webcasting for the purpose of enabling individuals who are unable to attend convocation to view the ceremonies. Any information captured through photograph, videotape or audiotape may be used for promotional, administrative, educational or research purposes. Personal information may be disclosed to outside service providers for processing and production. If you have any questions about the collection of personal information by Georgian College during convocation, please contact the Office of the Registrar by telephone at 705.728.1968 or email. For more information about FIPPA, please contact Georgian’s Access and Privacy Office by telephone at 705.728.1968, ext. 5770 or by email.

Contact us


Georgian’s convocation team supports students through the graduation and convocation process and creates a celebratory ceremony at which graduates are recognized for the academic achievements.

Office of the Registrar
c/o Convocation and Graduation
One Georgian Dr.
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9
705.728.1968, ext. 1727
graduation@georgiancollege.ca