Convocation

Welcome to UPEI's Convocation website!

In early November 2020, we announced that Convocation for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 would be held in late May 2021 to allow time to plan and to better incorporate public health guidance. Since learning that large organized gatherings will remain restricted this spring and summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves once again needing to adapt our celebrations in order to keep the health and safety of everyone our top priority.

We are excited that UPEI will be able to proceed with seven Convocation celebrations, one for each faculty, that feature both an online and in-person component:

  1. The Online Presentation of Graduates for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will allow all graduates to celebrate Convocation from the comfort of their own homes with their loved ones on PEI, across the country, and around the world. The Chancellor of the University, the Hon. Catherine Callbeck, will provide remarks; the Dean of each respective faculty will present the graduates virtually; and graduates will see their photos appear on screen as faculty members announce their names. A Valedictorian from each Faculty will also address their fellow graduates during this presentation that will first premiere on UPEI's YouTube channel on the Convocation date listed below.
     
  2. Later in the day, after the online component, graduates who are on PEI are invited to attend a festive, In-Person Convocation Celebration in UPEI’s historic quadrangle and in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre to receive their parchment and alumni pin. The President and Vice-President Academic and Research will attend each event, and faculty and staff will also be invited to attend. UPEI’s photographer will take a keepsake photo of graduates with their parchment and the Dean. The events will follow PEI Chief Public Health Office guidance; therefore, due to gathering size restrictions, the celebrations are limited to graduates and a maximum of two members of their household only. However, additional family and friends (maximum of ten including graduate) can come to the campus to celebrate and take photos with their graduate in other designated locations. In-Person Celebration Map

Convocation celebrations will be held as follows.

Friday, May 14, 2021  

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 12:00 pm (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • Parchment Pick-up and Drop-in with the Dean—2:00 pm–4:00 pm (AVC, McCain Foundation Learning Commons)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Graduate Studies (Master in Global Affairs)

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 8:30 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Deans—11:30 am–2:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Faculty of Education

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 10:00 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Dean—2:30 pm–5:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Faculty of Business

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 8:30 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Dean—11:30 am–2:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 10:00 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Dean—2:30 pm–5:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Friday, May 28, 2021

Faculty of Nursing

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 8:30 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Dean—11:30 am–2:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Faculty of Science

  • Online Presentation of Graduates—premieres 10:00 am (ADT) on UPEI's YouTube channel
  • In-Person Celebration with the Dean—2:30 pm–5:00 pm (UPEI Quadrangle and W.A. Murphy Student Centre)

Updates will be emailed to the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 as soon as it becomes available.