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Spring Convocation

We are excited to announce that Durham College (DC) will be celebrating graduates from 2020, 2021 and 2022 during the in-person Spring Convocation ceremonies, subject to public health guidelines, between Monday, June 13 and Friday, June 17 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa.

More information is available below.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE – CLASS OF 2020

10 a.m. ceremony
School of Health & Community Services
School of Media, Art & Design
School of Science & Engineering Technology
2:30 p.m. ceremony
Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning
School of Business, IT & Management
School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Justice & Emergency Services
School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology

CONVOCATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE – CLASS OF 2021

10 a.m. ceremony
School of Health & Community Services
School of Media, Art & Design
School of Science & Engineering Technology
2:30 p.m. ceremony
Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning
School of Business, IT & Management
School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
School of Justice & Emergency Services
School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology

CONVOCATION CEREMONY SCHEDULE – CLASS OF 2022

10 a.m. ceremony
School of Hospitality & Horticultural Science
School of Media, Art & Design
2:30 p.m. ceremony
School of Business, IT & Management – Business programs only
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
10 a.m. ceremony
School of Business, IT & Management – IT programs only
2:30 p.m. ceremony
School of Health & Community Services
10 a.m. ceremony
School of Science & Engineering Technology
School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship & Renewable Technology
2:30 p.m. ceremony
Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning
School of Justice & Emergency Services

FAQs

Graduates are asked to arrive at the Tribute Communities Centre one hour before their ceremony to register, gown and line up for the procession into the seating area. The registration area is located on the lower level when entering through Gate 1. Event staff and signage will direct graduates to designated areas. Please allow sufficient time for parking.

The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Should the ceremony last a little longer, we ask graduates and guests to be considerate and remain seated for the duration of the ceremony.

Convocation is a formal event and as such, graduates are asked to dress accordingly.

Please note: The gowning area will not be secured and we cannot guarantee the safety of your personal possessions. We strongly advise that you do NOT bring purses or valuables with you to the gowning area. Please make alternate arrangements for your articles to be left with your guests for the duration of the ceremony.

After the ceremony you will have approximately 20 minutes to have photos taken with your classmates and family. Please ensure that your gown is returned promptly to the gowning area after you have taken photos. Once your gown is returned, you will be directed to the location where you will receive your credential. Please note: If you have previously received your credential (i.e. at the time you originally completed your program), you will not receive another one at this time.

 

Family members should try to arrive 30 to 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and arrange a meeting point. There is ample seating for all guests and parking is available at various public lots around the Tribute Communities Centre.

Yes, the Tribute Communities Centre is wheelchair accessible. There is wheelchair parking on the west side of the facility and there is an elevator to take guests to the second-floor seating area. Guests with mobility issues can be dropped off at the front of the building to access the elevator at Gate 1.

If you have outstanding fees or other indebtedness, you cannot return to the college or receive your official grades, transcripts or credential until you meet your financial obligations.

June 13, 2022

Graduation statuses will be updated on your MyDC account as of May 27, 2022. If you need a verification of graduation letter at that time, please use the self-service options on MyDC. A how-to guide for obtaining a verification of graduation letter can be found. Your status will read as ‘approved – not yet awarded’ from May 27 until the June 13 graduation date. After this date it will confirm that your certificate or diploma has been awarded.

As of Monday, June 13 your official transcript will state your graduated status. You can submit your form and payment now but indicate to hold your requests until after graduation. Official transcripts will be mailed out through Canada Post after this date.

DC will be celebrating graduates from 2020, 2021 and 2022 during the in-person Spring Convocation ceremonies, subject to public health guidelines, between Monday, June 13 and Friday, June 17 at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa.

Students attending the in-person convocation ceremonies, will receive their credential at the event. Students who chose not to attend can pick up their credential in person, after June 27, 2022 or can request to have it mailed, at an additional fee, by completing and submitting the Credential Mailing Request Form.

Students must have their photo taken to appear in their respective Graduating Class Composite.

Sign up here or visit the Durham College Student Association.

Both 2021 and 2022 students are welcome to attend the photography sessions.  New sessions get added weekly as the schedules fill up so please check back to the site if you cannot find an appointment that works with your schedule. Alternatively, you can email questions@lassmanstudios.com to book at another location.

As per school tradition, professional attire is recommended. This may include either a bow-tie, a flat print tie, a white shirt or a white blouse.

If you cannot attend a photo session please contact questions@lassmanstudios.com for information on how to be included in the composite.

Absolutely! If you are interested in getting your grad photo taken, sign-up here and follow the three step process to find upcoming dates.

The Commencement Group will be selling flowers at all of DC’s convocation ceremonies, their table will be located on the concourse level of the Tribute Communities Centre.

To further contribute to a safe and efficient environment, The Commencement Group encourages customers to take advantage of their online pre-order service. They will have a contact-free customer experience for guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved product.

The pre-order link is: www.thecommencementgroup.com/durham

If you are a legacy graduate from the class of 2020 or 2021, and/or applied to graduate this upcoming Spring, you will receive a formal invitation asking you to confirm your attendance, guest numbers, gown size etc. The formal invitation to attend convocation may be used in place of a letter, and is sufficient to invite your relatives to convocation.

 

As an additional resource, please feel free to view this video on inviting relatives to Canada.