Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Information for Students

Due to construction, we suggest visitors use the WestGate entrance to TRU. (View map of campus)

All ceremonies are in the Tournament Capital Centre(TCC).

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 1.5 hours 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 - Inside Track at the Tournament Capital Centre

Graduands should arrive 1.5 hours before the ceremony.

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 line-up

Graduands requiring mobility assistance, interpreters, or other special assistance must make prior arrangements by 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 for graduands in your program 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

TRU Alumni & Friends Affinity Partner Tyler Meade Photography provides professional photography services as graduands 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 2 weeks after the ceremony to access your photos. 

For more information visit his site Tyler Meade Photography


Walking across the stage is the most ceremonial part of your day and marks a major milestone in your life! Be considerate of your fellow graduands by returning to your seat after you pick up your credential.

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 & 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.