For Graduates

Congratulations on your graduation from the University of Prince Edward Island!

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 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. Graduates are cordially invited to participate in the online and in-person activities associated with this memorable occasion! 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.

Academic Dress—Gowns and Hoods

Academic dress—also known as academic costume or regalia—must be worn at Convocation ceremonies. However, due to the pandemic, we are unable to hold traditional Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 and instead are holding In-Person Convocation Celebrations for each faculty. There is no requirement or expectation that graduates wear academic dress at these celebrations as they are not "ceremonies."  

However, if students want to rent a gown and hood for photos either at home (anywhere in Canada) or on campus, GradCo has developed a dedicated UPEI order form:

The ceremonial hoods worn by each graduate are colour-coded to identify the student's field of study (see "Hood Colours" on this page). Hoods are pinned on the front of the gown, so that the colour of the hood shows on the front and over the shoulders. The hood hangs over the back. Ceremonial gowns have zippers and are meant to be zipped up. Graduates receiving a diploma and/or certificate wear a gown only. Graduates receiving a Bachelor's degree wear a gown and hood, and PhD recipients wear a PhD gown, hood, and hat.


If a graduate requires special arrangements to attend the In-Person Convocation Celebrations due to a disability, please contact Eileen Kinch at If a graduate requires accessibility supports to attend/participate in any of the UPEI Grad Month activities, please contact Talia Melone at

Attending the In-Person Convocation Celebration

The in-person celebration is an opportunity to come to campus, pick up your parchment, and be congratulated on your achievement by the Dean of your faculty and other UPEI faculty and staff. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can’t have a sit-down event or a stand-up reception, so instead, these in-person celebrations will operate more like a market or expo where you will walk through the area, visiting various stations and booths. Celebration Map

You’ll begin in the marquee tent in UPEI’s historic quadrangle to check-in and receive your parchment. Then you’ll meander over to the W.A. Murphy Student Centre, where you might bump into Pride the Panther, and drop by the Day Lounge to pick up any senior class awards you may have received. Then you’ll hear music, performed by UPEI Music students and alumni, coming from McMillan Hall where you’ll have a chance to walk across the stage for a keepsake photo with the Dean, taken by UPEI’s staff photographer. Your next stop will be the UPEI Alumni booth where you can pick up your alumni pin and learn about the benefits of being a “Panther for Life”. On your way out the north entrance, you can drop by the UPEI Bookstore to shop for some UPEI swag. Finally, we’ll direct you to some great photo op locations around campus.

If you are a 2020 or 2021 UPEI graduate and plan to attend the In-Person Convocation Celebration, please fill out the following form to let us know!   GO TO FORM

Can family/friends attend my In-Person Convocation Celebration?

We have developed an operational plan for the in-person celebrations that incorporates public health guidance including occupancy limits, physical distancing, and mask wearing. You can be accompanied by a maximum of two (2) people in your immediate household (i.e., parents, spouse, roommate) and can progress along the celebration route (marquee tent and W.A. Murphy Student Centre) with them, as long as you maintain physical distancing from other graduates and their household groups. While visiting other areas of campus, you can connect with your friends and others (to a maximum of 10 people including the graduate) outside your household for photos, as long as you maintain physical distancing. Celebration Map

Celebration of Mass

Graduates from all faith backgrounds are welcome to attend the traditional Roman Catholic "Convocation Mass", this year being hosted at Steel Recital Hall by the UPEI Canadian Catholic Students Association on Tuesday, May 25 at 4:30 pm, with Fr. John Lacey presiding. 

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

Use the link on this page for a list of degrees, diplomas, and certificates that will be awarded in each Faculty.

Grad Class Clothing

The UPEI Bookstore has designed Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 clothing that you can order online, with options to have items shipped to you or picked up in-store. Choose from a $30 hoodie or a $12 T-shirt to represent your University with Panther Pride! Visit the Shop UPEI webpage to view the clothing, and place an order. The deadline to order is 11:59 pm AT, Thursday, May 13! 

Hood Colours

Ceremonial hoods worn by each student are colour-coded to identify the student’s field of study.

Multiple Degrees

If you are attending your In-Person Convocation Celebration and are receiving a certificate and a degree in the same year in the same faculty, you will receive both parchments. 

If you are receiving more than one degree and from different faculties, indicate this at the In-Person Convocation Celebration that you attend first. 

Online Presentation of Graduates

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 during In-Person Convocation Celebrations

There is plenty of on-campus parking i.e., in lots A, B, C, and D. (Gates will be lifted in these lots from 11 am–5:30 pm on May 26, 27, 28, 2021. View the Celebration Map for all parking locations. 

Senior Class Awards 

Graduates living on PEI who are attending the In-Person Convocation Celebration for their faculty will be able to pick up any Senior Class Awards they have won at the Credit Union Day Lounge in the W.A. Murphy Student Centre. Awards will be mailed to those recipients who cannot attend the in-person celebrations.

The list of senior class awards will be posted on this website as soon as they become available. The list will also appear in the Online Presentation of Graduates and major prize and medal winners will be announced on air by their Dean.

Unable to attend the In-Person Celebration—What about my parchment?

If you are unable to attend the In-Person Convocation Celebration to pick up your parchment, but you live on PEI, you may pick up your degree/diploma at the Student Experience Hub Student Service Centre on the second level of Dalton Hall beginning May 31, 2021. If someone else is picking up your degree, please have a note signed by you authorizing us to release your degree. Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We do not mail degrees to PEI addresses.

If you live off-island, your degree/diploma will be mailed to you beginning on May 31, 2021. Please ensure that we have your complete mailing address and a phone number (we will use the address you provided in your 'application to graduate'.

Please remember that if you are financially indebted to the University, no testimonial, diploma, certificate or statement of examination record will be issued.