A group six graduates in their gowns pose for a selfie

Convocation


This October, Georgian will host our first-ever virtual convocation ceremony. Graduates from December 2019 and April 2020, as well as graduands from August 2020, will be invited to participate.

While there are still many unknowns about the COVID-19 pandemic, what we do know is that we won’t be able to host large, in-person gatherings for quite some time. We want to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments now rather than delaying this important and well-deserved milestone far into the future.

Our convocation team is working on plans to make Georgian’s first-ever virtual convocation a special and memorable occasion. All eligible graduates will receive further instructions and details by email.

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.

The deadline for summer 2020 semester is Friday, Aug. 14.

Students who wish to attend a convocation ceremony, must attend the ceremony that aligns with the date they were deemed a graduate. Students are not permitted to attend future convocation ceremonies.

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. Select the final term of study using the drop down menu and click submit
  5. Select curriculum
  6. Select the program that you will be graduating from
  7. Choose your attendance
  8. Ensure your personal information is correct as this information is used to produce your credential

If you’re a part-time or continuing education student requesting your credential, 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.

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).

How do I invite family and friends to the convocation ceremony?

Graduates are able to bring as many guests as they would like to the convocation ceremonies. Guests do not require tickets.

Where can I have my graduation photos taken?

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.

For information about summer 2020 graduation photos, read this article on the student portal.

Ceremony dates and times

Virtual convocations will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, Oct. 8 – Automotive Business School of Canada

Tuesday, Oct. 20 – All graduates from December 2019, April 2020 and August 2020

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.

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 their academic achievements.

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