Convocation at Memorial University

Since 1950, when Memorial held its first convocation, thousands of students and more than 500 honorary graduates have crossed the stage to receive their degrees. Our convocation — defined as a gathering of the university community — has grown from the practices and traditions of older universities, such as the University of Oxford. Today's convocations are a distinctly Memorial University experience for all who attend, be they distinguished guests, faculty, honorary graduates or our graduating students who are, as they should be, the focus of the events.

Important Update on Convocation Fall 2021

Students who expect to be eligible to graduate this fall are reminded that the deadline to apply to graduate in October was July 15, 2021. After that date, applications will be processed as time and resources permit. Application information is available on the Registrar's Office web page. 

Memorial University’s fall 2021 convocation ceremonies will proceed in person on Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22 at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s. Graduands can log onto Memorial Self-Service to register to attend convocation.

Just as fall 2021 is a transitional semester for current students, the fall convocation ceremony will be slightly different to align with the COVID-19 restrictions. This may include fewer guest tickets available for graduands and restrictions on the number of attendees from the university and the community. More information will be shared as it becomes available.

Alternate plans are also under development in the event of changes to provincial risk levels.

The event will be livestreamed for those who are not able to attend in person.

The fall ceremonies will not include students who graduated in spring 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021 when convocation ceremonies were postponed due to COVID. Planning is underway for separate ceremonies for those graduates to be held in 2022. More information will be shared as it becomes available and graduates will receive this information directly via their contact information on file with Memorial. To update your contact information, visit Memorial Self-Service.  Memorial Self-Service


The following convocation dates have been scheduled for Memorial University. 

Corner Brook
St. John's

May 13 postponed 

June 1 - 4 postponed

October 21 - 22

Corner Brook
St. John's

May 19

May 31 - June 3

October 20



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