Graduate Information

Congratulations! You’ve finished your program and are ready to graduate!

If you plan to have your graduation photos taken at an off-campus location, you can borrow a gown & hood by e-mailing: 


All graduates who have completed their programs and have been approved to graduate will receive an e-mail from the Registrar's Office at least two weeks before their ceremony with further instructions and information. 

Plan to arrive 90 minutes prior to the ceremony’s scheduled start time. The graduand procession will begin 20 minutes before the ceremony, so it’s important that you arrive on time.

Pick up your gown and hood in the RJ Surtees Student Athletics Centre. There is no need to reserve your regalia and there is no charge. You will be given instructions when you line up for the graduand procession. 

Don't Forget!

  • Bring photo ID with you to pick-up your degree 
  • Leave valuables with your guests prior to the start of the ceremony
  • The ceremony is approximately 90 minutes long
  • Smile! You did it! 


The ceremony is held on a ramped stage for both entrance and exit. Staff is available at the ceremony to assist with any other concerns. For accessibility inquiries, please contact

Reserved accessible seating is available for guests with accessibility requirements. Please contact the university in advance if you are planning to bring a stroller so that extra seating space can be arranged. Please contact or call 705.474.3450 ext. 4285.

All washrooms are accessible within the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre (where the ceremony is held).

Additional accessible washrooms are located:

  • in the front foyer near the Registrar's Office (near F213)
  • beside the Education Centre Cafeteria (1st floor)
  • in the Harris Learning Library (all three floors)
  • near A244 (main campus)
  • near H105 (main campus)
  • near F306 (main campus)

Individual gender neutral washrooms are available in the:

  • Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre - 213, 214
  • Harris Learning Library - 3rd floor
  • Main campus near A360

Guests are welcome to bring their own personal assistive device.

Limited numbers of courtesy wheelchairs can be reserved in advance by contacting or calling 705.474.3450 ext. 4285. The courtesy wheelchair must be returned to the Accessibility Services area at the side of the gym once the Convocation ceremony is complete.

Red Cross personnel and staff from Accessibility Services will be in attendance at each Convocation ceremony (in the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre) to offer assistance.


Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board

Your Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board (NUAAB) is an integral part of the University community. When you graduate from Nipissing University, you automatically become a lifetime member of the Nipissing University Alumni Association at no charge and part of a wide network of NU Alumni who are making an impact!

The NUAAB is guided by up to ten Nipissing University Alumni with additional student and community representation. The NUAAB has three main objectives:

  • supporting and advancing the cause of the University by strengthening its standards and reputation for academic excellence through dedication and financial generosity;
  • promoting interest and understanding of the Association's objectives among undergraduates of the University;
  • encouraging and promoting a sense of collegiality and unity among members and providing an opportunity to continue associations enjoyed as students.

Alumni Services include:

  • Preferred home and auto insurance rates with TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
  • MBNA Canada MasterCard
  • Canada Life Alumni Insurance products and services
  • Perkopolis - discounts on everything from movie tickets to shopping
  • Preferred membership rate at the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletics Centre and access to the Harris Learning Library
  • and more!

For details on accessing Alumni services and information about volunteer opportunities, please visit the Nipissing University Alumni website

Keep us updated on your current whereabouts and life milestones, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter! There are many opportunities for Alumni to be actively involved with Nipissing University. As an alumnus/a, you serve as an ambassador for all that Nipissing has to offer. Graduation is the beginning of a new relationship with Nipissing University, one that we hope will continue to offer you the Nipissing experience that you know and love!

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If you would like to borrow a gown & hood for graduation photos prior to convocation, please e-mail: 

The Pick-Up and Drop-Off Room for graduates will be in Fitness Room #2 in the RJ Surtees Student Athletics Centre. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with sizing and further instructions. 

Graduates do not need to pre-order their regalia (gown & hood) and there is no charge for renting the regalia.



Indigenous graduates, faculty and other participants may choose to wear traditional Indigenous attire, with or in lieu of a gown, at all convocation ceremonies. The hood may be carried rather than worn depending on cultural protocols. Nipissing University acknowledges the diversity of Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations. As such it is recognized that traditional Indigenous attire may vary.


There are no tickets. Graduates are encouraged to limit their guests to 6 to allow all graduates to bring their supporters. Please note, the seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, please see Guest Information page


Graduates must pick up their degree AFTER THE CEREMONY in Fitness Room #2.

Students will be asked to present their I.D. card and will also be required to "sign" for their degree.


Parking is free for the ceremonies; please follow the signs on campus. 

Accessible Parking is reserved for Lot 4 (Visitor's Parking). 

Guests are encouraged to park in Lots 1 & 5. 


The Campus Book Store will be set up in the lobby of the RJ Surtees Student Athletic Centre, as well as Jostens Rings and Convocation Flowers. 

Degree frames are available for purchase all year and make great gifts!​

Pre-order your diploma frames HERE and jump to the front of the line to pick them up after the ceremony.

Proudly display your degree with a custom Nipissing University degree frame. Proceeds from sales are used to support on-going student programs, scholarships and services through NUSA.

To order your frame, simply fill out the online order form here. Remember to add shipping for orders within Canada. If the order is shipping outside Canada or you have questions regarding your order please call (705) 474-3450 ext. 4573 or email


Heritage Photography will be on site during Convocation for those who missed the opportunity to have graduation portraits taken earlier in the year. They will be located in Fitness Room #1.

The photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to view photos to order from Heritage Photography


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There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following the ceremony in the RJ Surtees Student Athletics Centre Gym next to the ceremony space. See you there!