Convocation information for students

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the 2020 and 2021 convocation ceremonies take place?

Friday, June 11, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 2020 graduates
1:30 p.m. - 2021 graduates
Canalta Centre, 2802 Box Springs Way NW

How long is the ceremony?
Each ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours. You and your guests are requested to remain in the arena for the duration of the ceremony.

When should I arrive and where do I go?
All graduates participating in the ceremony will congregate at the southeast end of the arena, behind the stage curtain. Graduates are asked to be in their convocation gowns and ready to line up no later than 8:45 a.m. (2020 graduates) and 12:45 p.m. (2021 graduates). Please leave all personal items with friends or family.

Medicine Hat College staff will be on hand to assist with your convocation gown and stole and provide you with the required material you need to cross the stage. The material will be labelled with your program and name. It is important that you keep this material with you until you cross the stage during the ceremony. Medicine Hat College staff line you up in alphabetical order (by last name) in your program. It is important that you maintain that order for the duration of the ceremony.

Gowns / PTK

How do I order my gown?
Gowns can be ordered directly through our supplier at the link that is located on the main convocation page.

Where do I pick up my gown?
Convocation gowns will be available for pick up on June 10, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and June 11, 2021 from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in the shipping/receiving entrance at the southeast end of the Canalta Centre. We ask that the 2020 graduates bring their graduation caps to the ceremony.

Gowns must be returned to the bins that will be set up at the Canalta Centre by 5 p.m. on June 11, 2021. Should a gown fail to be returned a hold will be placed on that graduates account until the gown is returned or paid for.

What about Phi Theta Kappa cords?
PTK members will receive gold cords when they pick up their graduation gowns. We ask that the 2020 graduates bring their PTK cords with them if they would like to wear them during the ceremony.

What should I wear?
The convocation gowns are warm, so consider the weather and wear appropriate clothing the day of your ceremony. The gowns typically reach below your knees so business dress and comfortable shoes are suggested.

Guests and parking

How many guests may students invite?
At this time we do not have a limit on the number of people you may invite however that may change due to Covid restrictions. Doors will open for guests of the 2020 ceremony at 8:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. for the 2021 ceremony. 

Where can my guests and I park?
You and your guests may park free of charge in any of the parking lots at the Canalta Centre.

After the ceremony

To celebrate your accomplishments, you and your guests are invited for complimentary refreshments at the Alumni Tea immediately following your ceremony. Please plan to attend and enjoy the celebration with your fellow students, instructors, and college staff.

What about graduation photos?
Lifetouch Photography will be providing graduation and family photographs at the Canalta Centre from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on June 11, 2021. Photos are printed on site and are ready in 30 minutes. Prices start at $25. 

Other Information

When will students receive information on the Ceremony?
Students will receive detailed information through their Medicine Hat College email in mid-May. Information will continue to be available on this website as well.

I indicated that I would attend the ceremony but I am no longer able to do so. Who should I contact?
Please contact Zoë at 403.529.4851 or

What if students have more questions?
For more detailed information, contact Zoë at 403.529.4851 or