For Families and Guests

In early November 2020, UPEI 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 needed to adapt our celebrations in order to keep the health and safety of everyone our top priority.

Despite celebrating this momentous occasion differently and not holding traditional ceremonies, we are very 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. View the Convocation Schedule page for more details. 

The following list covers topics “from A to Z” regarding your graduation. If you still have any questions, please see our list of contacts.

Accessibility

If any of the graduates’ guests accompanying* them to the In-Person Convocation Celebration require special arrangements due to a disability, please contact Eileen Kinch at kinch@upei.ca

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. 

*A maximum of two people from the graduate's immediate household (i.e., parents, spouse, roommate) can progress through the celebration route (graduate + two people = 3 people total). Additional family and friends can come to campus but must meet the graduate at exterior locations and maintain physical distancing of 2m/6ft and wear a non-medical mask at all times.

In-Person Convocation Celebrations

While we are unable to host large numbers on campus, there will be limited* opportunities for members of a graduate's immediate household to accompany them to the UPEI campus for the In-Person Convocation Celebrations for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

*A maximum of two people from the graduate's immediate household (i.e., parents, spouse, roommate) can progress through the celebration route with their graduate (graduate + two people = 3 people total). Additional family and friends can come to campus, but must meet the graduate at exterior locations and maintain physical distancing of 2m/6ft and wear a non-medical mask at all times.

Online Presentation of Graduates

Although we are unable to hold traditional Convocation ceremonies on campus, all family and friends are cordially invited to watch the Online Presentation of Graduates on UPEI's YouTube Channel.

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 according to the Convocation schedule.

Parking

There is plenty of parking—please refer to the campus map for the location of general parking areas on campus (parking lots A, B, C, D). 

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.