Graduation checklist

Review the graduation checklist to ensure you got all the information you need before the ceremony.

  • A $20 fee is required to confirm your attendance and rent your regalia (gown) for your ceremony. Students must register by January 26.
  • Invitations to reserve and pay the $20 will be emailed to eligible graduates the week of January 8. If you did not receive this information, you can reserve and .

  • Information regarding guest tickets will be sent to graduates in late January, after you have confirmed you have paid your registration fee and reserved your regalia.
  • On the RSVP website, graduates may indicate how many guest tickets they would like. Up to two guest tickets will be confirmed, additional guest tickets may by issued space permitting in February.
  • Guests under the age of two do not count towards the two-guest maximum. Please note: these guests will be required to sit on a parent or guardian鈥檚 lap.
  • Guests must have a ticket to enter the Laura C. Muir Theatre. Guests should arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before the ceremony.
  • Guests who arrive after the procession has begun will be seated by theatre staff when there is an appropriate break in the ceremony (if space permits). Guest seating is unassigned, general admission. We ask that guests stay in their seats for the duration of the ceremony.
  • Guests may wear what they are comfortable in.
  • Latecomers may not be seated in the theatre.
  • A livestream of the ceremonies will be posted online for guests who are unable to attend.

If you require special accommodation (e.g., sign language interpretation or wheelchair access), please fill out this form and email it to convocation@douglascollege.ca at least two weeks before your ceremony.

Parking at the New Westminster Campus will be complimentary to everyone between February 20-23, 2024. Find parkade information here.

What to bring

  • Government issued photo ID
  • Your student ID
  • Your Gaspard confirmation (regalia rental confirmation)

What to wear

  • You will be wearing a gown overtop so you can dress however it makes you comfortable
  • Some choose to wear a dress, skirts and dress pants, or jeans/dress pants

Are you considering dressing or bringing ceremonial items to the graduation ceremony? Please let us know in advance by contacting convocations@douglascollege.ca

Please arrive at the 91原创 New Westminster Campus 1 hour before your ceremony begins. 

  1. Coat check for graduates 
    • Coat check is available on the third floor.
    • Alternatively, feel free to leave large items at home or with your guests.
  2. Pick up your regalia 
    • Check in and receive your regalia in room N3302. Your Gaspard/regalia order confirmation is required.
  3. Pick up your credential 
    • You will pick up your credential in room N3406. Your government issued photo ID and student ID card is required.
  4. Pin your hood
    • For Bachelors, Post-Degree Diplomas, Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas and Graduate Diplomas students, your regalia will comprise of a hood. Proceed to N3407 for your hood to be pinned onto your gown.
  5. Prepare for the procession 
    • Instructions and an overview of the ceremony will be provided to you in your designated pre-procession room (look for signage on the day of the event).  
  6. Attend the Cake and Coffee Social after the ceremony 
    • After the ceremony, you and your guests are invited to celebrate at the Cake and Coffee Social in the main concourse and at the Graduation Lounge in the cafeteria.
  7. Drop off regalia 
    • After the social, drop off your regalia by the booth outside the cafeteria.

  • Anyone can watch on the livestream using any device on the day of each ceremony.
  • An overflow room located near the concourse (N2201) is available to watch the ceremonies. Look for ushers to direct guests to that location.

Each convocation ceremony will last approximately 90 to 120 minutes in length.

After the ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to celebrate at the Cake and Coffee Social in the main concourse and at the Graduation Lounge in the cafeteria. The celebrations will have:

  • Cake and coffee
  • Photo opportunities
  • Candy bar hosted by Alumni Relations
  • DJ music

Don't forget to get your official graduation portraits before the Winter Convocation and beat the rush. 

  • Location: 1868 Glen Dr Vancouver (Unit 250)
  • $100 deposit that is used towards your final purchase

Can't go to the studio before the convocation? Don't worry, Cakewalk Media will be at 91原创 capturing your walk across the stage. Optional graduation portraits booths will be available at 91原创 during the ceremony dates.

During the ceremony:

  • No flash photography allowed during the ceremony. Please keep theatre aisles clear during the ceremony. 
  • Cakewalk Media will capture each graduate passing the stage for a handshake
  • Cakewalk Media will capture each graduate off stage (background and one main light)
  • Cakewalk Media will also provide optional post-ceremony graduation portraits
  • All photos of the ceremony will be  and provided on a shared link within 48 hours of the ceremony.

91原创 does not provide childminding services. If you are bringing along a young guest(s) to the ceremony, do ensure to also bring along a responsible adult who can provide supervision to the young guest(s) during the entire graduation ceremony.

  • Students unable to attend their ceremony may pick up their credential between February 26 -March 1 at the New West Campus Enrolment Services. Please note: your student ID or government issued photo ID is required.
  • If you would like a third party (family or friend) to pick up your credential, the authorized designate must bring in a signed and completed Third Party Pick Up Form and follow the instructions as outlined on the form.
  • All remaining credentials will be mailed out in March to the mailing address in myAccount. 
  • If you cannot attend the ceremony please ensure your mailing address in myAccount is accurate.