Frequently asked questions

Is this a live event?

No, your virtual ceremony is pre-recorded. The link to your ceremony will be available on the day of the celebration.   

Why is Conestoga holding virtual convocation ceremonies this spring when campuses and businesses have all re-opened?

Convocation is a special time for the Conestoga community as we celebrate the achievements of those who have completed their course of studies and are taking the next step towards launching successful futures.    

Spring 2022 convocation ceremonies will be held in virtual format to protect the health and well-being of graduates, families and our college community as COVID-19 continues to circulate at high levels across Ontario and beyond. Similar to other large public gatherings, in-person convocation ceremonies, which often include more than 1,000 participants and guests, pose significant risk for virus transmission and spread.    

We look forward to returning to in-person convocation ceremonies as soon as we can do so safely.    

Do I have to register for convocation?

Yes. An email was sent to your personal account (not your Conestoga account). You must indicate your participation through a link in the email. If you did not receive an email about convocation, please contact   

How does the virtual celebration work?

Graduates are encouraged to participate and create a personalized slide with a photo and message. A link to the pre-recorded event will be posted the day of the event.    

There will be a video address by president John Tibbits, as well as the deans, chairs and faculty. You can choose to watch the entire celebration at any time, or only view the slides by school or program.    

What if I am not able to attend at my designated celebration time?

The celebration is pre-recorded (not live) so you can view it at anytime. The link to your celebration will be available for one year following the event.    

If I don't want to participate, can I still get a celebration memory box?

Only graduates who RSVP “Yes” for the celebration by the designated cut-off date will receive a memory box, delivered prior to the ceremonies. If you miss the deadline, or choose not to participate, you can email to request a box.

How will my slide look if I don't upload a picture or add a personal message?

Your slide will include your name, the name of your program, as well as any awards you have achieved.    

What kind of photo and message should I include on my slide?

Your photo should look professional, similar to what you might use on LinkedIn. It must be free of props, costumes, text, filters, or poses that may be inappropriate for this college event. Also be sure that the photo is just of you — not your family and friends.    

Your message should be written in English. It can be a famous quote, a thank you to your friends and family for their support, or any type of congratulatory message to your fellow classmates.    

All slides will be reviewed. You will be invited to resubmit your message or photo if it is not appropriate for the celebration.

What if I owe money to the college?

Graduates who have outstanding fees can still participate in the celebration, but will not receive their document until the fees are paid. You can check your financial record through the Financial tab in your Student Portal.    

How long is the celebration?

Because it is a virtual celebration, you have full control over which videos you choose to watch and which slides you would like to look through. The website will be organized in such a way that you can go directly to your school or program to find your slide.    

Are there any costs associated with the celebration?
  • If you are in a full-time program, there are no additional costs. The convocation fee is part of the tuition fees you have already paid.
  • If you are in a part-time Ontario College certificate or diploma program, you are required to pay the Application to Graduate fee.
Do I need to apply to graduate?
  • If you are a full-time student finishing your final academic level, you do not need to apply to graduate.
  • If you are in a part-time program, finishing your final course and wish to graduate, you must complete the Application to Graduate form (pdf) and submit to the Registrar’s Office prior to the graduate status deadline.
  • If your status is Special Timetable, you must advise your Enrolment Officer when you are nearing completion of your final course.

Note: If you are currently taking an OntarioLearn course, please inform Final grades for these courses must be received by the graduate status deadline in order for you to be eligible to graduate in the upcoming celebration.    

If you are unsure or have questions, please email

How will my award be recognized?
  • Graduates who have achieved High Distinction and President’s Honour List are denoted in the program.
  • Graduates who have achieved Conestoga Honour List, Distinction, High Distinction and President’s Honour List will have their award displayed on their slide during the celebration.

For more information, refer to Academic awards and recognition.    

Where can I find links to past celebrations?

You can find links to past celebrations at the bottom of the schedule and instructions web page.    

Who should I contact if I have other questions?

For more information, email