Details for Convocation 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Andrew Simmons, a member of UPEI's first graduating class of Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering, and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

It’s Convocation Week at UPEI! Here are the details to help you find your way through our annual celebration of our graduating students.

The regular Convocation ceremonies are held indoors on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue in Charlottetown. The morning ceremony begins at 10:00 am; the afternoon ceremony begins at 2:30 pm. Each ceremony is preceded by a procession of graduates across campus. More than 900 graduates will make their way across the stage over the course of the day.

Due to safety regulations, seating is limited. All guests must present their invitations in order to be admitted to the Sports Centre.

There is plenty of parking within a five- to ten-minute walk of the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre. Please refer to the campus map for the location of general parking areas on campus. Guests are asked to arrive early to ensure everyone is seated before graduates arrive in their procession (9:45 am and 2:15 pm). 

There are a number of accessible parking spots, designated by the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol), situated in front of the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre and the W.A. Murphy Student Centre.

Overflow seating and a live broadcast are available at McMillan Hall in the W. A. Murphy Student Centre, or you can watch live on Eastlink TV and online at:

UPEI will confer honorary Doctor of Laws degrees upon Indigenous leader and Elder Ms. Judith Clark of York, PEI; business and community leader Mr. Stan MacPherson of Charlottetown; UPEI past-president and professor emeritus Dr. Elizabeth Epperly of Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and SDU alumnus and business owner Mr. Allan Curran of Bay Shore, New York. Biographies of each recipient can be found here. Mr. MacPherson will address the morning convocation. Dr. Epperly will speak to the afternoon graduates.

Ceremony details


Morning Convocation: Foyin Senbanjo (Business)

Afternoon Convocation: Leif Wilm (Mathematics)


Morning Convocation: Mila Profit (Veterinary Medicine)

Afternoon Convocation: Emma McDermott (Biology)

Invocation: Sister Susan Kidd, UPEI Chaplain

*Honorary degree recipient and valedictorian speeches will be available, and can be sent out under embargo upon request.

At the 10:00 am ceremony, the following will be conferred: Accounting Certificate, Business Certificate, Public Administration Certificate, Inclusive Education Certificate, Public Administration Diploma, Engineering Diploma, Adult Education Certificate, Certificate in Educational Leadership in Nunavut, Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration—Co-operative Education, Bachelor of Business Administration—Honours, Bachelor of Business in Tourism & Hospitality, Bachelor of Education in Human Resource Development, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education—français langue seconde, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Nursing, Master of Science—Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Master of Veterinary Science, Doctor of Philosophy—Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and Doctor of Philosophy—Faculty of Education.

At the 2:30 pm ceremony, the following will be conferred: Engineering diplomas, Bachelor of Integrated Studies, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Print Journalism, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts—Honours, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Child and Family Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiography, Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation, Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science—Co-operative Education, Bachelor of Science—Honours Co-operative Education, Bachelor of Science—Honours, Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering, Master of Science—Faculty of Science, Master of Applied Health Services Research, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy—Faculty of Science. 

Making Convocation Day a memorable one for graduates and their family and friends is very important to UPEI, so we have provided several pages of information on the Convocation web page—what to expect, where to go, and what to do prior to, and during, Convocation.

Dave Atkinson
Research Communications Officer
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