Questions with an asterisk (*) are new or recently updated.

Will Spring Convocation 2020 go ahead as scheduled in May?

No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial University has postponed Spring 2020 convocation scheduled for Corner Brook (May 14) and St. John’s (May 26-29). Plans will be made to hold these ceremonies in the Fall 2020. However, the university will conduct an in-absentia convocation to ensure that graduating students are awarded their degrees, diplomas and certificates in a timely matter following completion of their program requirements.

What does in-absentia convocation mean?

An in-absentia convocation allows for your degree to be awarded without a formal ceremony taking place. Diploma and certificate credentials are also awarded.

*When will the in-absentia convocation take place?

The credential approval process of the in-absentia convocation will take place during a Senate meeting on May 28, 2020. Updated 3:50 p.m. April 1

Will I still be able to attend a convocation ceremony?

Spring 2020 convocation ceremonies in St. John’s and Corner Brook have been postponed until the Fall 2020. Graduates will be given an opportunity to attend a convocation ceremony at that time. More details will be communicated as they become available and posted to the Convocation web page at

When will my parchment be available?

Parchments will be produced once the university returns to normal operations. If you have an urgent need for a parchment, please email Please note that a parchment cannot be produced until the credential has been awarded.

How will I receive my parchment?

Parchments will be held at the Registrar’s Offices(s) until convocation ceremonies take place in the fall. If you have an urgent need for your parchment before then, arrangements may be made to pick up or mail out by emailing

Will my transcript be updated with the credential(s) I expect to receive?

Official transcripts will be updated shortly after the in absentia convocation to include credentials awarded.

Will I receive a refund for the rental of my cap, hood and gown?

If you already registered to attend Spring Convocation and paid for your academic dress rental via Self Service, you will receive a refund from the rental vendor. Because this is a manual process, your patience is appreciated. This vendor serves many universities that have cancelled or postponed their ceremonies so it will take time for them to process all refunds.



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