Convocation information for students

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the 2020 convocation ceremony take place?

Friday, June 11, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
Canalta Centre, 2802 Box Springs Way NW

How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately 2 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 students participating in the ceremony will congregate at the southeast end of the arena, behind the stage curtain. Students should arrive in their convocation gowns no later than 8:45 a.m. and are asked to 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. A link to the Gaspard order form will be posted shortly.

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. in the shipping/receiving entrance at the southeast end of the Canalta Centre. Please bring your graduation cap 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 students account until the gown is returned or paid for.

What about Phi Theta Kappa cords?
PTK members will receive gold cords with their parchments in the mail by mid-June 2020. Please remember to bring them to the ceremony if you wish to wear them as you cross the stage.

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?
We do not have a limit for the number of people you may invite and there are no tickets required for the event. Doors will open for guests at 8:30 a.m.

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

How do I receive my parchment?
Your parchment, grad cap, and PTK cords (if applicable) will be mailed to you by mid-June 2020. They will be mailed to the permanent address we have on file for you, so please ensure your record is up to date.

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