Information for Students

Congratulations on your achievement! After all your hard work and study, you have done it. You are ready to graduate!

Students nearing completion of their programs are reminded that Convocation and Graduation are two separate events. Students must apply to graduate through their student record; attending a convocation ceremony is optional. Learn more about VIU Graduation.

Convocation 2024

Follow the steps below to ensure your convocation experience goes smoothly.

The next set of ceremonies will be held June 12–14, 2024. You can sign up to attend convocation when you submit your application to graduate. The deadline to sign up to attend is February 29, 2024.

Students who miss the deadline to sign up for their ceremony will be considered for that ceremony, only if space permits until May 1. After May 1, no late sign-ups will be accepted.

When you sign up for a convocation ceremony, you will be asked to indicate how many guest tickets you would like for your guests. All graduates are allocated up to three guest tickets upon request.

Additional tickets can no longer be requested. 

Find more details about tickets.

Most of the communication about the ceremony comes via email from These emails contain important information for you. Please add to your email contacts list to make sure that these messages end up in your inbox and not your junk mail folder.

Please log into your student record to make sure your emailing and postal mailing addresses are correct so important information doesn't go astray.

Students attending the convocation ceremonies must wear the proper VIU regalia for their program, unless they are wearing their Indigenous/Métis/Inuit regalia.

Find all the details about renting regalia.

The valedictorian is a graduating student chosen by their peers to give a 5-minute farewell and congratulatory speech addressed to the students, their guests, and the institution. One valedictorian will be selected per ceremony. Valedictorians are selected by the students of their ceremony, based on video auditions or written statements that will be posted online for viewing. The deadline to put your name forward for consideration for valedictorian is April 1, 2024.

Read more about the valedictorian selection process.

VIU graduates can sign up for an optional graduation photo session on the Nanaimo campus with Lifetouch Photography. Sessions ran March 4 - 28, 2024. If you still want your portrait done, email

Learn more about Lifetouch sessions.

We strongly recommend that you check with your Program Chair/Coordinator or Degree Advisor before April 1, 2024 to be sure you will be eligible to attend convocation in June 2024. If you have courses at another institution that are to be used toward your degree, official transcripts from there must be received by the Registration Centre before your VIU graduation application can be processed. Learn more about VIU Graduation.

Please note that to be eligible to attend the convocation ceremony, you must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. You will have all requirements of your program completed and graded by mid-May, 2024 in order to have your credential officially granted before the ceremony, or
  2. You are realistically expected to complete any remaining requirements of your program no later than 60 days after the date of the ceremony, and you have the recommendation of your Degree Advisor or Program Chair/Coordinator confirming that you are eligible for "participant" status. Students participating in the ceremony as a "participant" will not receive their official parchment until they have completed all graduation requirements and their credential is officially granted.

The Convocation Handbook for Grads contains all the details about what is involved before, during, and after your convocation ceremony. Where do I go on ceremony day? What time do I need to arrive? Can someone else pick up my regalia for me? Answers to these questions and many more can be found in this guide.

Read the Convocation Handbook for Grads.

June 2024 Convocation and Semelshun Indigenous Graduation Recognition Ceremony

The ceremonies will be held June 12­­­­–14, 2024 in the gymnasium (building 190) at our Nanaimo campus. Find a full list of programs for each ceremony.

Schedule of Ceremonies

  • Ceremony One: Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am.
    • Faculties: Academic and Career Preparation, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Trades and Applied Technologies
  • Ceremony Two: Wednesday, June 12 at 2:30 pm.
    • Faculty of Health Sciences and Human Services
  • Ceremony Three: Thursday, June 13 at 10 am.
    • Faculty of Education
  • Ceremony Four: Thursday, June 13 at 2:30 pm:
    • Faculties: Management, and Science and Technology.
  • Semélshun: Indigenous Graduation Recognition Ceremony: Friday, June 14 at 10 am.

Notice of Live Webcast / Event Photography

Please note that all VIU convocation ceremonies are webcast live internationally. VIU staff photographers also take photos throughout the ceremony for use in various forms of media, including print or multimedia materials.

Contact us at if you have any questions.