Convocation information for students

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline to apply to graduate?
You have to apply to graduate through your student dashboard by March 15, 2023.

When and where will the convocation ceremony take place?
Friday, June 9, 2023
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (approx.)
Co-op Place, 2802 Box Springs Way NW

How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. You and your guests are asked 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 enter Co-op Place through the Stage Door entrance at the southeast end of the arena, indicated on the map below.

Graduates are asked to be in their convocation gowns and ready to line up no later than 12 p.m. 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.


How do I order my gown?
You can order your gown when you apply to graduate through your student dashboard. Convocation gown orders close on April 28, 2023.

Where do I pick up my gown?
Convocation gowns will be available for pick up on June 8, 2023 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and June 9, 2023 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. through the Stage Door entrance at the southeast end of Co-op Place.

Gowns must be returned to the same location that you picked your gown up at by 4:30 p.m. on June 9, 2023. 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 should I wear?
The convocation gowns are warm, so consider the weather and wear appropriate clothing the day of your ceremony. The gowns typically fall to mid-calf, so business dress and comfortable shoes are suggested.

Guests and parking

How many guests may students invite?
There is not a limit on the number of people you may invite. Doors will open for guests at 12 p.m.

Where can my guests and I park?
Graduates will enter Co-op Place through the Stage Door entrance on the southeast side of the building, so it is recommended you park in the parking lot adjacent to those doors.  Your guests will enter through the main doors on the north side of the building; parking on the north, east, or west side of Co-op Place is advisable.

After the ceremony

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

Other Information

Will there be graduation photos?
Lifetouch Photography will be set-up backstage at Co-op Place from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on June 9 to take one individual photo of each graduate, these photos are free thanks to TD Insurance. They will also be in the Molson Lounge on the Co-op Place concourse from the conclusion of the ceremony until 4:30 p.m. for individual or family photo sessions.

I indicated that I would attend the ceremony but I am no longer able to do so. Who should I contact?
Please email to let them know you are no longer attending.

Will the ceremony be available online for those unable to attend in-person?
There is a live stream of the convocation ceremony scheduled on June 9, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. View the live stream here