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

*Will Fall Convocation 2020 go ahead as scheduled in October?

Given the current COVID-19 public health restrictions in this province limiting organized events to a maximum of 50 people, it is expected that Memorial University will be unable to hold in-person Fall convocation ceremonies on Oct. 22, 2020.

However, the university expects to award degrees, certificates and diplomas in-absentia on that date. This means that students who have applied to graduate this fall and have met all the university’s requirements will be awarded their credentials without formal in-person ceremonies taking place. As well, options to virtually celebrate graduating students’ achievements are now being considered. Detailed information on Fall convocation virtual arrangements will be announced by Aug. 28, 2020, and posted to

Did Spring Convocation 2020 go ahead as scheduled in May?

No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial University 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 at a later date when public health requirements permit. However, the university conducted an in-absentia convocation to ensure that graduating students were 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 did the in-absentia convocation take place?

The credential approval process of the in-absentia convocation took place during a Senate meeting on May 28, 2020.

Will I still be able to attend a convocation ceremony?

Spring 2020 convocation ceremonies in St. John’s and Corner Brook were postponed until a later date when public health requirements permit. 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 and how will I receive it?

All graduation parchments from the May 2020 in-absentia graduation were mailed between June 4 – 17, 2020, in accordance with active address information in Memorial Self-Service at that time.

If you have not yet received your parchment, please email for further information.

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

If you had already registered to attend Spring Convocation and paid for your academic dress rental via Self Service, you should have received a refund from the rental vendor. 

Can I rent academic dress for grad photographs?

The university’s Bookstore, which holds a small supply of academic dress for rental for grad  photographs, has suspended academic dress rentals due to public health restrictions during  the COVID-19 pandemic. Rentals will resume when it is deemed safe to do so.

Students who were awarded degrees in the in-absentia convocation on May 28 will be invited  to participate in an in-person convocation ceremony. Academic dress rentals will be available at that time. More details will be communicated as they become available and posted to the Convocation web page at



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