In-person fall 2022 dates
Convocation events will take place in-person at FirstOntario Concert Hall. Graduands need to arrive one hour before their ceremony. Doors will open 1.5 hours before the start of the ceremony.
|Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts & Science||Thursday, November 17, 9:30 a.m.|
|Health Sciences and Nursing||Thursday, November 17, 2:30 p.m.|
|Engineering and Science||Friday, November 18, 9:30 a.m.|
- Limited parking is available at FirstOntario Concert Hall. Additional lots are available close to the venue. Please give yourself plenty of time to park.
- Share our live stream link with guests who couldn’t join you in person.
- Don’t forget your ID! Photo ID is required to pick up your diploma after the ceremony.
Please note: All in-person events are subject to evolving guidance and mandates from the province of Ontario and McMaster’s commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our University community. Graduation events will follow McMaster University protocols. Latest updates can be found on the Back to Mac website.
1. Check your eligibility
Undergraduate students: If you are not meeting all of your requirements, now is the time to make an appointment to speak with an academic advisor. You can check your Advisement Report through Mosaic > Student Centre > My Academics > View my Advisement Report.
Graduate students: You can contact your Graduate Administrator to confirm there are no further actions needed on your end.
2. Check your name
Make sure your name is correct in Mosaic – Student Centre – Personal Information – Primary Name. If you need to change your legal name, you will need to fill out the name change form and submit a Mosaic Service Request. The deadline for name changes for your diploma and convocation ceremony is October 28.
3. Fill out the convocation tile
Fill out the convocation forms tile in Mosaic. The forms tell us whether or not you are attending, your in-person ceremony needs, your preference for receiving your diploma & more. These forms also contain the information you need to pay your ceremony fee (if attending) and courier fee (if not attending). The deadline to complete the tile is October 28.
4. Check your student account
It’s important to make sure there are no outstanding balances on your student account, otherwise, you won’t be able to receive your diploma until your balance is paid.
We recommend that the name displayed on your diploma matches that of your legal name as future employers, licensing bodies, or other educational institutions may require proof the documents match. It is also recommended for visa or identity purposes abroad.
- McMaster graduates have the option of receiving a digital version of their diploma.
- The diploma is anchored in the bitcoin blockchain.
- You will receive an email to opt-in to this initiative.
- Please make email@example.com a safe sender.
- Want to know more about digital diplomas? Visit our dedicated digital diploma information page.
- Spring 2022 diplomas will be available for pick-up beginning the week of July 4.
- Diplomas are available for delivery up to one year following your convocation ceremony.
- After the year, there is a fee to request a replacement or duplicate diploma.
- Policies and procedures on how early conferrals work.
You can request an Approved to Graduate/Post-Graduate Work Permit letter later this spring if you have a graduation status of ‘Approved to Graduate’ in Mosaic. Official transcripts stating your degree awarded and conferral date will be available the day after convocation. You will also be able to download a PDF “degree conferred” letter from your Mosaic Student Centre after this date.
Accessibility at Convocation
Accessibility requests for grads and guests are accommodated upon arrival at your scheduled ceremony. We can accommodate the following:
- Wheelchair users
- Limited mobility
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
Photos of the processional route travelled by graduands on the day of the ceremony (including photos of stairs, railings, etc.) are available as a PDF document.
Please let event staff know of your seating accommodation needs once you arrive at the venue.
FirstOntario Concert Hall has several wheelchairs that can be loaned to guests during the ceremony at no charge. Ask your guests to inquire at the information desk in the main lobby.
Have questions? Need additional accessibility accommodations from what is listed? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McMaster has a long tradition of graduates wearing academic regalia during convocation celebrations. This includes McMaster-provided gowns and hoods for undergraduates and gowns, hoods and graduate caps for Master’s and PhD graduates. Unofficial memorabilia regalia can be purchased through the Campus Store for those that would like a keepsake.
McMaster is committed to promoting an environment of respect and collegiality that honours the rich diversity of our campus community. We fully support and encourage the inclusion and addition of culturally specific apparel during celebrations.
Access some of the photos taken at convocation on McMaster’s Flickr account.
You can request a letter of invitation for your guest(s) visiting from outside of Canada for your spring convocation ceremony or legacy event. Please complete the form and submit a Parchment order for an educational verification letter.
Have questions or concerns around your privacy at convocation? Visit our privacy page to learn more about it.
You can request an Approved to Graduate/Post-Graduate Work Permit letter later this spring if you have a graduation status of ‘Approved to Graduate’ in Mosaic. Learn more about this process.
Reviewing is completed by your Faculty. Thank you for your patience as your request is processed. Requests made too early will be cancelled. Please remember to follow the steps for timely processing.
Join the Academic Procession or Chancellor’s Procession and volunteer for the convocation ceremonies.
The Lifetouch Graduation Photo studio is located in MUSC. Book your appointment online through their website.
- Click McMaster University Grad sitting
- Click McMaster University for the site
- Click McMaster – all Faculties for the faculty
- Choose a day and time that is best for you
Questions? Reach out directly through email@example.com or 905-525-9140 ext: 26222.
Note: COVID restrictions might impact or delay bookings.
Don’t know what to give your graduate? We’ve got you covered.
Remember to check out the Campus Store’s Grad page for diploma frames and more!
Flowers can be pre-ordered through this website.
Give yourself a grad present! There are scholarships specifically for undergrads in their graduating year.
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