Hats Off! Spring 2021

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 Spring 2021

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial University postponed the Spring 2021 Convocation ceremonies for St. John’s and Corner Brook. However, students who applied to graduate in spring and met all the university’s requirements were awarded their degrees, certificates and diplomas on May 19, 2021, and they were sent to them by mail shortly afterwards.

Spring 2021 grads will be invited to cross the stage at a convocation ceremony at a later date, after public health restrictions are lifted and large in-person gatherings are permitted.

So while there was no convocation ceremonies this spring, on June 3 Memorial hosted Hats Off!, a special virtual event designed to celebrate the spring class of 2021. The fun event was a unique salute to new grads, welcoming them into the Memorial University alumni family.

The event featured host comedy legend Rick Mercer, Memorial’s President Vianne Timmons and the musical duo Fortunate Ones and also some members of the 2021 graduating class. Plus, graduates heard special messages from alumni leaders and saw their name among the list of graduates scrolling on screen.

To relive the event watch a recording of Hats Off! at www.mun.ca/convocation/celebration.


The following convocation dates have been scheduled for Memorial University. 

Corner Brook
St. John's

May 13 postponed 

June 1 - 4 postponed

October 21

Corner Brook
St. John's

May 19

May 31 - June 3

October 20



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