Convocation 2021: Questions and Answers

Questions and answers for students

Questions and answers for guests


Questions and answers for students

How do I access the YouTube chat for the ceremonies?

Click on "Watch on YouTube" at the bottom left of the ceremony video and that will open the video in new tab within the UNBC Youtube channel. In this channel, the live chat appears on the right of the screen. You will be able to comment during the live event (i.e. during premiere) and once the live event is over the chat is saved and replayed for people watching on demand.

Please note: in order to comment you must have a YouTube Account and login to that account with your username/email prior to viewing the ceremony video.

What is happening with Convocation 2021?

This year's Convocation will again be virtual, in order to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our graduates while reducing the health risks to our UNBC community. More specific information can be found on each page of the Convocation website.

Regardless of what the ceremony looks like, if you meet the requirements you will graduate and receive will your parchment.

Why can't we have Convocation 2021 in-person this fall?

Even though vaccinations are happening throughout the world, and classroom instruction has been deemed safe for fall, it is still not safe for us to hold large gatherings on campus. We are committed to holding face-to-face ceremonies for both the Class of 2020 and 2021 once holding large events is deemed safe. We will continue to provide information on any in-person events as it becomes available.

We held a focus groups at the end of March to gather feedback from upcoming grads. Topics the group deemed important will be addressed in the upcoming Virtual Convocation, to the best of our ability.

What is the date for celebrating graduation?

The traditional Convocation date would be May 28, but given our requirement to follow Public Health guidelines that date has changed to June 25 for our Virtual Convocation. We will continue to provide updates on details as they become available.

Will I still graduate?

Yes, students who have successfully completed requirements for their credentials will graduate.

What does a Virtual Convocation look like?

To get a sense of what to expect you can check out last year's videos (click link below). For 2021, you can expect a similar format and style, but with some tweaks based on student feedback.

I am completing the final coursework required for my degree on a Letter of Permission, but will not be finished by May, will I still be able to graduate this year?

Students who had submitted an Application for Graduation for the May 2021 degree conferral will be moved ahead to the September 2021 degree conferral. You will not need to submit a new application for graduation or pay to re-apply. Simply email: credentials@unbc.ca to let us know that you will be moving your degree conferral to September. Degree parchments are printed following each conferral, and will also be available at this time. Students who have their degrees conferred in September 2021 are eligible to attend the 2022 Convocation Ceremony.

I am supposed to be graduating in May 2021, how will I receive my degree parchment?

Degree parchments are expected to be distributed in June 2021. Students will need to RSVP for the ceremony before May 9 in order to confirm their mailing address. Parchments will be mailed at no cost to you. In person pick-up at the Prince George campus may be available but will be dependent on Public Health regulations at the time.

Please note, that any fees owing may still impede receipt of your parchment.

I submitted an RSVP, do I need to do anything else?

Yes, you have completed step 3 of 9. Please follow the instructions found here unbc.ca/convocation/checklist to make sure you have completed all the necessary steps.

When can I submit my personalized content (message, photo, and video) to StageClip?

StageClip will be in contact with you in June with instructions on how to submit content through their online portal. The Convocation Office will also send an email when the portal opens, and reminders to submit before the deadline. You will have only two weeks to submit your material, so please keep checking your UNBC email regularly.

You can find examples of 2020 clips here unbc.ca/convocation/checklist

Do I still need to RSVP if I haven't yet?

Yes, ALL students need to submit an RSVP by May 9 in order to ensure all mailing addresses are up to date and phonetics recordings are captured. Please follow the instructions found here unbc.ca/convocation/checklist.

Can I still have graduation photos taken?

Artona Photography will be coming to Prince George for professional portrait sessions between March 29 - April 12, 2021. Please visit our photography page for more information: www.unbc.ca/convocation/photography. Please note, 2021 graduates will need to rent regalia to comply with UNBC's COVID-19 pandemic protocols.

If you are in the Lower Mainland, Artona does have a studio in Vancouver and can be booked for a photography session there, but the dates will be different due to regalia restrictions.

I have a question about graduation and Convocation that has not been answered. Who do I contact?

For inquiry about graduation requirements (degree, parchment, etc.) – credentials@unbc.ca

For inquiry about the event (modifications, dates, etc.) – convocation@unbc.ca


Questions and answers for guests

How do I access YouTube chat for the ceremonies?

Click on "Watch on YouTube" at the bottom left of the ceremony video and that will open the video in new tab within the UNBC Youtube channel. In this channel, the live chat appears on the right of the screen. You will be able to comment during the live event (i.e. during premiere) and once the live event is over the chat is saved and replayed for people watching on demand..

Please note: in order to comment you must have a YouTube Account and login to that account with your username/email prior to viewing the ceremony video.

Will I still be able to attend the ceremony?

The Virtual Convocation will be premiered online and then available on demand at any time. This event can be viewed from around the world, and although not in-person, guests can participate by sending shout outs to their grads using #UNBCgrad2021.