Convocation FAQs

We are looking forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our graduating students at StFX’s Spring Convocation Weekend on May 4 and 5. 

Gown Pick up Times & Location

Friday, May 3, 9 am - 7:30 pm KMC Conference Rooms

Saturday, May 4, 9 am - 6 pm KMC Conference Rooms

Sunday, May 5, 7:30 am - 7 pm KMC Conference Rooms

Monday May 6, 9 am - 4 pm KMC Conference Rooms

Tuesday May 7, 9 am - 4 pm KMC Conference Rooms


*StFX Student ID cards are required to sign out gowns for Convocation


Rooms are available on campus for Convocation weekend – you can book by visiting:

Accommodations in and around Antigonish fill up quickly for Convocation weekend so it is best to book early. There are also a number of hotel/motel/cottages options along with Air BNB, Bed & Breakfast and VRBO.


Dining Options

If you plan to have a family dinner during graduation weekend, we highly encourage booking reservations early.

We are happy to announce that the Morrison Hall Maritime Buffet is back for 2024, you can purchase tickets HERE.

Where on campus is the ceremony held?

The ceremony is held in the Keating Centre Arena.

How many tickets does each graduate receive and when should guests arrive?

Each graduate is allotted 4 guest tickets and will receive them when they pick up their gowns. Graduates are unable to pick up tickets prior to Convocation week.

Guests should plan to arrive together one hour prior to the ceremony time and proceed to the main arena in the Charles V. Keating Centre to be seated.  We kindly ask that all guests arrive no less than 15 minutes prior to the ceremony’s scheduled start. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. In the interest of all concerned, ushers will not permit seats to be held for late arriving guests or personal belongings.

What is the dress code for convocation?

There is no specific dress code for convocation guests. However, we recommend business casual attire as that is required of graduates.

If I need accessibility accommodations who should I contact?

Prior to convocation, contact the special events staff at the Alumni department by emailing @email. Please note that the Keating Centre Arena is a completely accessible building.  There are also a limited number of accessible parking spots available close to the Charles V. Keating Centre.

Once on campus where do I park?

Parking is limited at StFX on the day of convocation. Parking for graduates, family and guests is free and available at any of the open parking lots throughout campus. It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour prior to the start of the ceremonies to secure parking. Carpooling and taxis are recommended.

How long is the ceremony?

2024 Convocation ceremonies will be approximately three hours long.

What do you mean by "Live Broadcast"? 

During both spring and fall convocation you are able to watch the live broadcast of the ceremonies. You will be able to find the link at Convocation.

If I am not able to attend Convocation, when will I receive my degree?

Degree parchments will be mailed out starting on Tuesday, May 7th, 2024.  Parchments will be sent to the mailing address on file in Banner.  To verify your address, please visit Self-Service Banner.  If you need to update your address, please submit a request through Services@StFX by Friday, April 26th.  Within Canada, parchments will be sent via Xpresspost.  Outside of Canada, parchments will be sent via courier and will require a street address and phone number. 

When is the graduation list posted?

The graduation list will be posted on Friday, May 3rd in the afternoon.  The list will be posted and can be viewed by visiting Convocation.

Is my graduate’s ceremony at 9am or 3pm?

The list below identifies which Academic Disciplines are graduating in the Morning and Afternoon ceremony.    


Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Master of Education, Master of Adult Education, Diploma in Adult Education, Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Business Administration, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Enterprise IT Management


Master of Science, Master of Applied Computer Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Arts in Human Kinetics, Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment, Bachelor of Arts and Science in Health, Diploma in Engineering, Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence. 

How do I buy a frame for my parchment (diploma)?

The Alumni Office in Xavier Hall is open year round for purchases of diploma frames Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm. There will be a pop up shop at convocation in KMC Conference Room A as well that you will be able to purchase frames:

Saturday, May 4th - 2 - 5 pm

Sunday, May 5th 8 - 12 pm & 2 - 6 pm

Bag Policy for Graduates and Families

Due to the large number of attendees at this event and for the safety and security of all, we recommend that you do not bring any bag larger than a small purse to the convocation ceremony. All bags, regardless of size, brought to StFX events are subject to inspection and will delay your entry.

Attendees without purses or bags will get express entry into the venue and will be able to access their secure seats more quickly.