Convocation program

The convocation program is a public document that lists graduates of all programs. Should you desire that your name not be included in the program, please email

Regalia (cap, gown and stole)

Thompson Rivers University provides your regalia; it is not necessary for you to reserve the regalia on the day of your ceremony.

However, regalia must not leave campus, and must be returned 90 minutes after the ceremony ends. Graduands not returning the regalia will be invoiced for replacement costs.

Take weather conditions into consideration, and ensure that your footwear is comfortable.

Regalia can be rented at the TRU Students' Union in the Independent Centre (250-828-5289) at any time throughout the year for studio photographs.

Arrival and check-in procedure

Arrive 90 minutes before the ceremony at the Tournament Capital Centre.

Look for the check in station. You will then be directed to subsequent stations.

  1. Check in and receive your gowning Card
  2. Proceed to the gowning room
  3. Pick up your name card which you will hand to the usher on stage
  4. Proceed to the academic procession lineup

Those requiring mobility assistance, interpreters, or other special assistance must make prior arrangements by email

Disability accommodations

The university, upon request, will provide accommodation services for convocating students with disabilities.

Students with disabilities who are convocating or persons with disabilities who are a member of the convocating student’s family should email

Academic procession

Once you have proceeded through the check-in stations you will line up in alphabetical order near the sign for your program. Convocation volunteers will be there to assist you. Ensure that you retain your name card for handing to the stage usher.

The academic procession is scheduled to start punctually. Once the registrar has determined that participants are in order, the procession is led by the registrar, the platform party, faculty and graduands. Faculty marshals in full regalia will lead each section of the procession.

Walking across the stage

When it is time to cross the stage, you will be escorted by an usher to the appropriate location. It is essential that you bring your name card for announcing your name on stage. You will hand your name card to the usher standing at the stage.

Photography on convocation day

Tyler Meade Photography provides professional photography services as you cross the stage and will have a studio set up at the ceremony to allow you to take photos with your family or friends.

While waiting to go on stage, please look for the photographer in front of the stage, and watch the procedure for taking your photograph. There will be tape on the stage floor marking where you should stand for the photograph.

You will be emailed a link with an ticket code within two weeks after the ceremony to access your photos.

For more information visit Tyler Meade Photography.

Credentials (certificates, diplomas, degrees)

Students who attend the convocation ceremony, and who have met all the requirements for graduation, will receive their credentials as they come off the stage.

Students who cannot attend will receive their credentials by mail.

Alumni Association

The TRU Alumni and Friends Association is an active participant in convocation ceremonies. Volunteers present each graduate with an alumni welcome and information about the services and benefits alumni can take advantage of. Visit the alumni website for the many ways you can stay connected to your university.

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