Convocation Information

The Fall and Spring Convocation Ceremonies at VIU honour graduating students and confers their status as Bachelor’s Degree holders.

Currently, VIU holds ceremonies twice per year, in June and December, to which all faculty are invited.

On the Convocation Website, general information regarding Convocation is posted, as well as information specific to students and faculty.

Academic Regalia:

Regalia is worn by all graduates – the gown, the hood and the cap. The cap and gown style denote whether the degree is a Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctoral degree, while the colours on the hood, and those that adorn the Doctoral gown, represent the school and discipline of study.

At Convocation ceremonies, regalia is worn by all those involved. Faculty are invited to participate in the procession but for those that do not own their own regalia, it can be rented from the VIU Campus Store, or purchased through the Purchasing Department. Regalia rental forms are available through the VIU Campus Store or online in early October for the Fall ceremonies, or in early March for the Spring ceremonies.

VIU Degrees:

VIU currently grants the following Bachelor’s degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts, with Majors and Minors
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection
  • Bachelor of Science, with Majors and Minors
  • Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management, Major in Recreation

Convocation Ceremony Dates:

VIU holds its Convocation ceremonies on the first Tuesday in June and usually the second Friday in December, for exact dates, please refer to the Schedule of Important Dates on the Faculty and Staff page of the VIU website.

If you have any questions, please visit the Convocation website or contact:

Carrie Johns
Secretary Registrar & Convocation
Phone: 250-753-3245, ext 2234