Convocation Ceremony

COVID-19 Update - Convocation 2020 Cancelled  

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges for all Albertans and for our Keyano community.

Given the rapidly evolving situation, Keyano College will cancel the 2020 Convocation ceremonies planned for this spring. Graduating students will receive their parchments through Canada Post.

We realize this is disappointing for many. Please note, although convocation ceremonies are cancelled, we are taking measures to ensure, where possible, studies can be completed online and successful students can graduate.   

  • Nursing and Practical Nursing students will be contacted directly from the Nursing Faculty regarding the status of the Pinning Ceremony.  

Keyano College celebrates student academic achievement each spring with our annual convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 2020

Please note: An in-person Convocation ceremony has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, please view our virtual Convocation page to  see congratulatory video messages from dignitaries, College Executive, Valedictorian, Deans, and Instructors, as well as the official program, which features the names of all the graduates.

The Keyano community extends a warm welcome to our graduates, their family and their friends to join us on this day of celebration.

Invitations will be mailed to all eligible students by the end of March and the ceremony programs will be announced closer to the 2020 ceremony date. Please check back for more information.

Morning ceremony – 10 a.m.

Art & Design certificate 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Business Accounting certificate

Business Accounting diploma

Business Management certificate

Business Management diploma

Community Based Environmental Monitoring

Early Learning & Child Care certificate

Educational Assistant certificate

Human Resource Management certificate

Office Administration certificate

Primary Care Paramedic certificate

Professional designation programs

Social Work diploma

Afternoon ceremony – 1:30 p.m.

3rd Class Power Engineering CML

3rd Class Power Engineering Coop

4th Class Power Engineering CML

4th Class Power Engineering Coop

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Apprenticeship programs

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Environmental Technology diploma

Health Care Aide certificate

High School Equivalency diploma

Practical Nurse certificate

Pre-Employment programs

Each ceremony runs for approximately two hours.

Information for graduates

Please read the following information before the ceremony.

Gown rentals and dress code

The RSVP for Convocation Form has space for you to provide gown rental information. You can pick up your gown either:

  • One hour before the ceremony in the Arts Centre (AC 139); or
  • On May 6, 7 or 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Student Services (right across from the library).

You must sign a Gown Rental Agreement and show Keyano College student ID at the time of pickup.

Under your gown, please wear business clothing. The gowns are made of a heavy material, so consider wearing lighter fabrics.

Following the ceremony, please return your gown to AC 139. If your gown is not returned to the Office of the Registrar before May 12, your student account will be charged $100. Your certificate or diploma will not be released until the account balance is settled.

Location and arrival time

Please go to the Arts Centre (AC 139) one hour before the scheduled ceremony start time.

  • Morning ceremony – arrive at 9 a.m.
  • Afternoon ceremony – arrive at 12:30 p.m.

You can pick up your gown if you have not yet done so. You will be asked to sign a Gown Rental Agreement and show Keyano student ID.


Each student gets four free guest tickets. You may purchase up to four additional tickets for a charge of $10 plus HST per ticket after April 20.

Infants and children require a ticket and must be accompanied by an adult other than the graduating student.

Your guests may not accompany you to the Arts Centre for gowning. Guests can go directly to the Keyano Theatre lobby.

Personal belongings

Coat check is available at the ceremony.

You may not carry anything with you into the ceremony. This includes purses, cell phones, cameras, etc. Please safely lock up all valuables or leave them with your guests before arriving to the Arts Centre.


The Personal Florist will be selling bouquets of flowers before and after the ceremonies. Flower sales will end five minutes before the start of the ceremony and resume after the ceremony.

Ceremony instructions

Ceremony volunteers will be on hand to give you directions for the ceremony.

When your name is called, you will cross the stage. The Program Chair or Dean will shake your hand and give you a diploma cover with a congratulatory letter from the Vice President, Academic. The College President and Chair of the Board of Governors will also shake your hand and congratulate you. You will then pause to have your picture taken with the President and Chair.


Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at the Elements Dining Room. Two areas will be available for photos.

Diplomas and certificates

The diploma cover you receive at convocation will contain a letter from the VP of Academic. Your diploma or certificate will be available once all final marks are received and graduate status is determined. The parchment will be mailed to the address provided on the Application for Graduation.