Details for Convocation 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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 Convocation ceremonies are held indoors on Saturday, May 12, 2018, 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. Approximately 950 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 lawyer and advocate for UPEI William “Bill” LeClair; UPEI founder, booster, and volunteer Anne (Michael) Love; humanitarian, public servant, and business leader J. Weston “Wes” MacAleer; and, proud Islander, successful business woman, respected community leader, tireless volunteer, and mentor E. Anne Smith. Biographies of each recipient can be found here. Mr. LeClair will address the morning convocation. Mr. MacAleer will address afternoon graduates.*

Ceremony Details

Morning Convocation: Nathan Hood (Business)
Afternoon Convocation: Alana Jewell (Science)

Morning Convocation: Celeste Desveaux (Veterinary Medicine)
Afternoon Convocation: Matthew Coleman (Science)

Invocation: Sister Susan Kidd, UPEI Chaplain

*Convocation and valedictory addresses 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, 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 Business in Tourism & Hospitality –Co-operative Education, 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 Music Education, 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 Paramedicine, 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.

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

Dave Atkinson
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