Convocation

Convocation 2020

The countdown is on for our 2020 Convocation Ceremonies.
  • Lloydminster Convocation is on Thursday May 28.
  • Vermilion will have two ceremonies on Thursday June 4.
If you are the child, grandchild or great grandchild (or even great great grandchild) of an alumnus or alumni, please apply to be recognized with an alumni generation pin.
 

 
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Please apply to graduate: It's free
Even before you write your last exam, you need to apply to graduate using your My Lakeland account.
 
This application should be available on your My Lakeland account as early as March 1 and the deadline to apply is ​March 27, 2020. Applications received after March 27 will not be processed. No exceptions.

Why?
  • Information from the application for credential form is used for your certificate or diploma.
  • If you plan to attend convocation, we need to order a gown.
  • If you are the child or grandchild of a Lakeland College alumnus, then you also receive special recognition. Go to the alumni generation form page.
Apply for your credential--Even if you aren't coming/didn't come to convocation
Even if you don't plan to attend the convocation ceremonies, you still need to apply for your credential--certificate or diploma.
 
This is the only way to get that important piece of paper that says you are a graduate.
Alumni Connection - apply for an alumni generation pin
Lakeland loves to celebrate alumni connections. It's especially important to us as we celebrate our centennial.

If your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents attended Vermilion School of Agriculture, Vermilion Agriculture & Vocational College, Vermilion College or Lakeland College, please apply for an alumni generation pin.

Forms are available online. Go to the alumni generation form page.
Information about and for guests
  • Guest seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There aren’t limits to the number of guests you can bring, but keep in mind the seating capacity of the Lloydminster gym and the Vermilion Regional Centre.
  • Ask your guests to be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. They don't want to get mixed up in the processional.
  • Due to the length and nature of convocation ceremonies, we strongly suggest parents should avoid bringing babies and young children with them.
  • For any family who can’t attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed on our website at https://www.lakelandcollege.ca/grad
  • Family and friends are welcome to take pictures before, during and after the ceremony. Your trip across the stage is quick, so they need to be prepared.
  • There will be custom Snapchat filters available from 8 am to 8 pm, on-campus the day of convocation.
Lloydminster Convocation: Where to be and when

Before the Ceremony

  • Pick up your gown, cap and stole between 11 am and 12:30 pm in Room #1016
  • Report to the gowning room assigned to your program for assembly before 1 pm. You will find this list in the gowning room. Please be gowned and ready to go.
  • Leave any valuables or personal items, such as your purse, with your family/friends. Gowning rooms will be left unattended and unlocked.
  • You will be organized by your program group in alphabetical order, which is how you cross the stage.
  • Your dean or chair will check how to say your name.
  • You will be lined up shortly after 1 pm and then join an academic processional to the gymnasium.

During the Ceremony

  • There will be a program on your seat - so you don't need to look for one before the ceremony.
  • Once all preliminary speeches and award presentations are finished an usher will select a group of students for the presentation of the credential.
  •  There will be a college photographer to take your picture with your parchment. These individual photos will be available on Facebook and flickr.
  • Cross the stage and shake hands with the platform party. Family and friends can come closer to the stage to take your photograph.
  • Return to your seat
  • Be prepared to stand and move your cap tassel to signify your graduation
  • After all credentials are presented and the closing remarks are finished, you will leave the gym and go down the Vic Juba hallway through an Honour Guard

After the Ceremony

  • Feel free to mingle with family and friends.
  • There is a convocation tea in the Servus Hospitality Centre. 
  • Stay and take photos indoors and outdoors around the campus.
  • Return your gown and stole no later than 4 pm.
If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or emaiing kyla.graham@lakelandcollege.ca
Vermilion Convocation: Where to be and when

Morning Ceremony

Afternoon Ceremony

  
 
Environmental Sciences

Human Services
 
Interior Design

Agricultural Sciences

Cap, Gown & Stole Pick up - BB103
  • Please arrive at Alumni Hall at least 1 1/2 hours  before the ceremony start time.
  • Signs will direct you to the classroom where staff and instructors will help you with your gown, pining your stole and, if necessary, pining your cap.
  • Please leave your personal items and valuables with family or friends and not in the gowning room
Assembly for Procession - Please be gowned and waiting in the assigned room no later than:
8:50 am 12:50 pm
  • You will be organized by your program in alphabetical order, how you will cross the stage.
  • 30 minutes before the ceremony start time, you will be lined up to go to the Regional Centre for the academic processional.
At the Ceremony
  • A convocation program will be on your seat - you don't have to look for one before the ceremony.
  • Once all preliminary speeches and award presentations are finished an usher will select a group of students for the presentation of the credentials
  • Cross the stage and shake hands with the platform party. Family and friends can come closer to the stage to take your photograph.
  • At the bottom of the stage, you will pose for a college photographer. These individual photos will be available on the College's Alumni Facebook page as well as on Flickr.
  • Return to your seat.
  • Be prepared to stand and move your cap tassel to signify your graduation.
  • After all credentials are presented and the closing remarks are finished, you will leave the Regional Centre through an Honour Guard.
 Post Ceremony
  • Feel free to mingle with family and friends outside the Regional Centre for photos.
  • Alumni pin recipients and their family are asked to come to Alumni House for photos
  • There is a convocation tea in the cafeteria. 
  • Stay and use the quad and other parts of the campus for photos
  • Return your gown and stole to BB103 by 4:30 pm
 If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or emailing kyla.graham@lakelandcollege.ca
FAQs
What should I wear?
This is a formal event. Out of respect for the event and for your fellow classmates, we ask that you wear dark coloured trousers (no blue jeans) or dresses. It can be warm, so lighter fabrics are also a good idea. 
 
What about footwear?
You will be doing some standing before the ceremony, as well as walking in and out of the ceremonies. In Vermilion, you walk from the Bentley Building across College Drive and two parking lots to the Regional Centre. We recommend comfortable shoes that can handle the terrain.

Who can come to convocation?
By splitting ceremonies in Vermilion and using the gymnasium on Lloydminster, there ​are no limits to the number of guests. Seating is limited; however, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
How long is the ceremony?
Usually about 2 hours. Add in coming early to get seats, it can be longer.
 
Can we bring small children?
Due to the length and nature of the ceremonies, we strongly suggest you avoid bringing babies and young children. However, there will be designated broadcasting areas at the ceremonies in other rooms so that those who have to step out can continue to watch the event.

When can family take photos?
All the time! When it's your turn to walk across the stage, we encourage your family to come down the centre aisle and get close to get your photo. There are a lot of great spots on both campuses to take photos of you, of you and your classmates and friends, and of you and your family.

Is the bookstore open?
Yes it will be. Pick up souvenirs or a frame for your credential.

What's the convocation tea?
Ceremonies will be followed by a Convocation Tea co-sponsored by the Students’ Association. Light refreshments will be available at the cafeteria in Vermilion and the Servus Credit Union Hospitality Centre in Lloydminster.

What do I get to keep?
Your grad cap and tassel are yours to keep. Gowns and stoles must be returned by the specified times.

Is this the only copy of my parchment?
Yes. The document you receive at the ceremony is the original and only copy and should be stored in a safe place or framed and displayed. We recommend that you make a few photocopies in case you need to submit documentation for professional memberships or designations.

Is there somewhere to store my purse or other personal items during the ceremony?
No. We recommend that you give personal items to family or friends in the audience.

My grandmother can't attend, can she watch it another way?
We will be live streaming the ceremonies here.
 
Does the college take my photo?
Yes we do. When you step off the stage, a photographer is right there. You'll stand in front of a Lakeland College backdrop. Please show off your certificate/diploma. We will post your individual photo on our alumni Facebook page. All photos from convocation will also be on Flickr. The link will be provided on Facebook as well as the website. You'll be able to download your photo(s). You don't need a Flickr account.
Photography/Videography
Photographs and video will be taken at the event. By taking part in the event you grant Lakeland College full rights to use the images and video and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for promotional purposes.
This might include (but is not limited to) the right to use images and footage in Lakeland’s printed and digital channels including social media, website, advertisements and publications.

If you have any concerns with the above, please contact a Lakeland College staff member.
Ceremony livestreamed online
A family member or friend can't make it to the ceremony?
 
Don't worry, there are options.






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