Graduates

Convocation and Commencement

Did you know that you need to apply to graduate to participate in Convocation?
All students who are eligible to graduate must submit a graduation application.

Deadline to apply:
Trades Commencement – May 12
Spring Convocation - March 31
Vernon Convocation - April 30
Summer Convocation - April 30
Winter Convocation - October 31

Trades Commencement:
Trades students who wish to attend must apply by clicking here for an application.

Continuing Studies:
Continuing Studies students can contact the Continuing Studies office for an application form or download a copy here for the Vernon ceremony or the Kelowna ceremony.

Application forms for all other students can be obtained at the Registrar's Office or by following this link. There is a $30 fee to attend a ceremony. This fee covers regalia rental, a souvenir grad cap and an Okanagan College parchment folder.

Academic Regalia (Cap and Gown)
Wearing academic regalia is a tradition at Okanagan College. The traditional dress with the regalia is a shirt, tie and dark shoes for men and a dress for women. This is a guideline only. No adornments such as flowers, jewelry or emblems of any kind should be attached to the gown. Caps and gowns must be worn by all ceremony participants except those attending Trades Commencement. Regalia must not leave the campus and must be returned within one hour of the end of the ceremony. Graduates will be charged $125 for unreturned regalia.

Regalia Rental for Photographs
Students who wish to have their graduation portraits taken before or after Convocation can rent regalia from the Kelowna Campus Bookstore for a nominal fee. Call 250-762-5445 ext. 4586 for more information.

How to Hang the Tassel on your Grad Cap
The tassel stays on the right side until you receive your credential and then it is moved to the left side. Moving the tassel symbolizes the transition from student to graduate.

Arrival and Check In
Graduands should arrive at least one hour before the start of the ceremony. Please check in and get your name card, pick up your gown and proceed to the procession line ups.

Assembly and Procession
Once you have proceeded through check in and gown pick up, you will line up alphabetically within your program. Ensure that you retain the name card to hand to the reader on stage.

The procession starts punctually. You will be led to your seat. Please remain standing until you’ve been asked to be seated.

Stage Procedure
When it’s time for graduands in your program to cross the stage, a marshal will direct you to the appropriate location. It is essential that you bring your name card and hand it to the reader. When your name is announced, walk across the stage to the Okanagan College President who will hand you your credential and shake your hand. A photograph will be taken. You will then proceed to shake hands with the remainder of the platform party. As you leave the stage you will proceed to the alumni table to receive a gift. After which you must return to your seat.

Walking across the stage marks a milestone in your life and is a highlight of your graduation day. Please be considerate of your fellow graduands and return to your seat after your receive your credential.

Personal Belongings
Please keep personal belongings to a minimum. Storage for coats will not be provided. Leave personal items (e.g. purse) with a guest.

Ceremony Duration
Each ceremony is approximately one to 1.5 hours in length.

Reception
All graduates and guests are invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony.

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather a decision will be made four hours before the ceremony start time to move as follows:
Trades Commencement – Atrium of the Centre for Learning
Spring and Summer Convocation – Kelowna Secondary School Gymnasium
Vernon Convocation – location will not change

Notification will be posted on the Convocation website, the Okanagan College homepage and on the reader board on KLO Road.

In the event of sudden, unexpected weather the ceremony may be delayed.

Special Considerations
Please inform Public Affairs at 250-862-5473 if you or a guest require special consideration at the ceremony (e.g. wheelchair seating or wheelchair access onto the stage to accept your diploma).

Photographs
A professional photographer will be located in the Pit in the Student services building (Kelowna) for portraits on the day of Convocation. In Vernon a professional photographer will be at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

A staff photographer will attempt to take a photo of each student as he/she crosses the stage to receive his/her credential. The photos will be available at www.okanagan.bc.ca/gradphotos a few weeks after the ceremony for download.

Diploma Frames, Class Ring, Flowers
As a service to graduands, flowers, diploma frames and grad rings are available for sale at all Convocation ceremonies at Okanagan College. The net proceeds from these sales provide funding to support student and alumni programming.

The Okanagan College Alumni Association provides graduates and guests the opportunity to pre-order their flowers online through Convocation Flowers for Trades Commencement and Spring Convocation ceremonies. Family and friends can purchase and reserve flowers for their special graduate ahead of time and have them available for pick up at the ceremony.

To place your order visit Convocation Flowers.Convocation Flowers Logo

Flowers will also be available for purchase at the ceremony.

After Graduation
The Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) welcomes all graduates into their ranks. As a graduate of Okanagan College, you are eligible to access alumni benefits and services. Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/alumni to discover the benefits of being Okanagan College alumni!