Health and Safety Measures

Effective March 1, 2022, in line with the municipal and provincial orders, we will no longer require masking or proof of vaccinations. This is subject to change should the restrictions be reinstated. 

So what happens at Convocation anyways? 

The Convocation Ceremony is a formal celebration of all grad's achievements at Bow Valley College. You will receive a commemorative parchment, be gathered with your classmates, have your name announced to the audience, and then cross the stage to be recognized, all while wearing gowns with matching caps and tassels.

The ceremonies usually go for about two hours, and are filled with music, speeches, and other elements. If you attend, we ask that you stay for the entire ceremony, out of respect for your fellow grads and their guests.

Read more below! 

Convocation Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, June 15
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:

  • Chiu School of Business - Certificate programs
  • School of Technology

2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • Chiu School of Business - Diploma programs

Thursday, June 16

9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:

  • School of Health and Wellness

2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

  • School of Community Studies

You first need to submit your Application to Graduate in the final term of your program. Click here for details on how and when to submit your Application to Graduate.

Once you've done that, and you wish to attend convocation, you can confirm your attendance by placing an order to rent your regalia through the Gaspard "Build-A-Grad" webpage. More information on how to place your order is in the section below.

All Convocation regalia (gown, cap, tassel, etc.) will be handled by Gaspard. To rent your Convocation regalia you will have to order it through Gaspard’s Build-A-Grad portal:

  1. You will be asked to enter your student ID to complete the order form
  2. You can make payment for your order using your preferred method of payment
  3. The rental fee for your regalia will be $40.00 online
By reserving your rental regalia, you are confirming that you will be attending the upcoming Convocation Ceremony.

If you need to make changes or cancel your order, you can contact Gaspard directly via email ( or phone (1-866-949-5703) before May 20, 2022.

Regalia pick-up and drop-off

Gaspard will distribute regalia in Room S2009 on the 2nd floor of the South Campus. You will be required to produce your Student ID card to gain entry to the college. The campus is not open to the public at this time.

Dates and time for pick-up:

  • June 13, 2022:  3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • June 14, 2022:  9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

As your regalia is a rental, you will be responsible for returning your items to Gaspard at the end of your Convocation Ceremony where you picked up your regalia.

Gowns must be returned by 5:00pm on June 15, 2022 and June 16, 2022. If not returned, learners will incur an additional purchase fee.

Photo sessions dates:

May 9 - 13: S5028 in South Campus
June 6 - 10: S2042 in South Campus
June 13 - 14: S2042 in South Campus

Book now or call 403-992-7242.

All guests are required to have a ticket to attend Convocation.

Guest tickets will be available for purchase through Arts Commons (the location of the ceremony venue) for the price of $5.25 per ticket.

As a graduate, you do not need to buy a ticket for yourself.

Tickets go on sale May 24, 2022.

Here are how you can purchase your guest tickets through Arts Commons:

If your guests require accessibility seating or have questions, please contact Arts Commons by calling 1-403-294-9494. For questions about purchasing guest tickets, please contact Arts Commons (by phone or email at

More information will be provided closer to the date of the next Convocation Ceremony. 
More information will be provided closer to the date of the next Convocation Ceremony. 

Our convocations are both live-streamed and recorded. To watch convocation ceremonies live or on-demand visit this page: Graduation and Convocation videos

Graduation and Convocation team

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