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 Spring Convocation 2020
Given the current extraordinary circumstances related to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial University postponed Spring Convocation 2020 ceremonies that were scheduled for May 14 in Corner Brook and May 26-29 in St. John’s.
Since an opportunity to walk across the stage and accept a hard-earned degree is the culmination of years of hard work for many students, the Spring Convocation ceremonies will be rescheduled to fall 2020 or at a later date when public health requirements permit for those graduates who wish to participate. New dates will be determined based on venue availability in St. John’s and Corner Brook; details will be released when they are available.
Additionally, in May 2020 the university conducted an in-absentia graduation to ensure that graduating students were awarded their degree, diplomas and certificates in a timely manner. Memorial held its first in-absentia graduation in February. Read more about the in-absentia convocation process or find answers to your convocation questions on Memorial's COVID-19 website.
FUTURE CONVOCATION DATES
The following convocation dates have been scheduled for Memorial University.
May 14 postponed*
May 26 - 29 postponed*
June 1 - 4
May 31 - June 3