What you need to know before attending Convocation:
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM GRADUATING?
Students who expect to graduate in October should perform a graduation self-audit through their MyCampus account.
- Log in to your MyCampus account at www.durhamcollege.ca/mycampus
- Select Self Service Options
- Select Student Information
- Select Student Records
- Select Degree Evaluation
Post-secondary students who use the online applications to graduate should check their graduation status online. Two weeks prior to the ceremony, the status will change from Applied – Under Review to Approved – Not Yet Awarded (which means you are graduating), or to Not Eligible (which means that according to our records, you are not eligible to graduate). If you feel an error has been made, you should contact the student advisor in your school office immediately.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE AT THE TC CENTRE AND WHERE SHOULD I GO?
Graduates are asked to arrive at the TC Centre one hour before their ceremony time to be gowned and placed in special order for the procession into the seating area. The gowning area is located on the lower level when entering through the main doors. Staff will be on hand and signs will direct graduates to the gowning area. Please allow sufficient time for parking.
HOW LONG WILL THE CEREMONY BE?
The ceremony will last approximately 2 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 area.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
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.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BRING?
You may bring an unlimited number of guests to your graduation. This is a very important day for you and your loved ones to celebrate your accomplishment. Please note that graduates are not allowed to bring children into the gowning or graduate seating areas, or have them walk across the stage with them at the ceremony.
DO MY GUESTS NEED AN INVITATION?
No. There are no tickets or invitations required for entrance to the ceremony.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER 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 with your friends and family. Once this has been done, you will be directed to the location where you will receive your diploma or certificate. Please note: If you have previously received your diploma or certificate (i.e. at the time you originally completed your program), you will not receive another one at this time.
ARE FLOWERS AVAILABLE AT GRADUATION?
Yes. Flowers are available for purchase before and after the ceremony. You will have the opportunity to purchase Durham College memorabilia, custom t-shirts,including diploma/certificate frames, before and after the ceremony. For more information and to pre-order flowers and t-shirts, please visit: www.convocationflowers.ca/index.php/Durham
MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY ARE ARRIVING SEPARATELY. HOW CAN I MAKE SURE THEY SIT TOGETHER?
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 TC Centre.
ONE OF MY GUESTS USES A WHEELCHAIR. IS THE TC CENTRE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Yes, the TC 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. Elderly or disabled guests can also be dropped off at the front of the building with easy access to the elevator at the front doors.
What if I have out of country guests?
If you require a letter for guests attending from out of country, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I sign up for graduation photos?
Lassman Studios looks after arranging pre-ceremony graduation photos. Please visit http://www.lassmanstudios.com/dcs_sched/ and use school id: durham.
What if I have outstanding fees?
If you have outstanding fees or other indebtedness, you cannot return to the college or receive your official grades, transcripts, certificates or diplomas until you meet your financial obligations.