General information

Convocation rehearsal

All those receiving degrees at the ceremony are required to attend the convocation rehearsal in the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre on Thursday, May 16, from 5 – 6 p.m.

Led by the Student Marshal, the rehearsal provides graduands with instructions and information not only on their role in what can be a rather complex pattern of events during the actual ceremony, but on topics such as the proper way to wear academic regalia as well as the degree-granting process.

Graduands will receive their parade cards from the Student Marshal at this rehearsal. This is the card to be presented to the Orator from which your name will be read as you cross the stage to graduate. In addition to your name, it will contain a number to ensure that you are lined up and seated in the correct order. If you are not able to attend the rehearsal, you must locate a student marshal in the Quad on the day of the ceremony to obtain your parade card.

Convocation schedule

4 – 5 p.m. | Hazen Hall upper foyer – Pick up guest tickets and parade cards

5 – 6 p.m. | Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre – Convocation rehearsal

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Registrar’s Office front counter – Tickets available for pick up, if they weren’t picked up at the rehearsal the prior evening. Student identification is required.

10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | K.C. Irving Hall, Rm. 106 - Graduands pick up convocation regalia (academic robe [gown], academic cap [mortarboard or doctoral beefeater], hood).

12:30 p.m. | In front of the Hans W. Klohn Commons – Graduands gather for the Associated Alumni Toast.

12:40 p.m. | In front of the Hans W. Klohn Commons - Class of 2024 Group Photograph.

1 p.m. | Sir Douglas Hazen Hall, basement level (tunnel) – Line up of graduands for the academic procession.

1:50 p.m. | Procession from Sir Douglas Hazen Hall to the back of the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre.

Following the ceremony, graduates, their guests and ceremony participants are invited to a Convocation Reception in the Baird Dining Hall in the Thomas J. Condon Student Centre.

Rental regalia must be returned to K.C. Irving Hall, Rm. 106 immediately following the ceremony.


Although graduands do not require a ticket, parents and guests who wish to attend must have a ticket for admission. Each graduand may have up to two tickets for the Spring Convocation Ceremony. If children are attending, they will require a ticket.

All tickets will be available for pick up on Thursday, May 16, from 4 – 5 p.m., in the upper foyer of the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre.

If unable to attend the rehearsal, you may pick up tickets on the day of convocation from the Registrar’s Office front counter, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Student identification is required.

To receive additional tickets for the ceremony in Saint John, email no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Submissions will not be accepted after this time/date. All graduands submitting a request for additional guest tickets will be given consideration after this date and will receive an email notification of whether their requests were able to be accommodated no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

Please advise your guests that the gymnasium at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre will be open for seating beginning at 12:30 p.m. Seats are unassigned and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friends and family who do not have a ticket will be able to view the ceremony either from the overflow area in the Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre or from the comfort of their homes via a live feed at

UNB Associated Alumni toast

Join members of the UNB Associated Alumni at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 17 in front of the Hans W. Klohn Commons for the traditional alumni toast to celebrate the accomplishments of the spring 2024 Saint John graduands.

The toast will be delivered by a member of the #ProudlyUNB alumni family with a class photo taken immediately following.


UNB is committed to providing accessible and inclusive spaces and experiences on campus. The G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre has barrier free entrances, and is equipped with an elevator. Ushers are available to direct guests with limited mobility to the accessible seating area in the gymnasium. See the campus map for accessible parking, accessible entrances, and accessible washrooms. Additional accessible parking has been designated on the west side of the Athletics Centre for this event – for access, simply show your disabled parking placard to attendee.

Ceremonies will be live-streamed at for those who wish to watch from the comfort of their homes. Closed captioning will be available.

UNB is scent aware. Please respect the health of others by using products without perfume/cologne or reducing the amount you wear.

UNB asks that balloons not be brought to campus during graduation, as they create a visual barrier in the seating area as well as pose a threat to those with latex anaphylaxis.

Photos during the ceremony

The UNB photographer will take a photograph of each graduate receiving a diploma with a dean on stage. You will be able to easily download a free print quality photograph a few weeks after the ceremony. Details will appear in the graduation program.

Please encourage your guests to take their photographs prior to and/or after the ceremony.

Purchase a degree parchment frame

Frame your success! Purchase a degree parchment frame from your UNB Associated Alumni and display your degree with pride. The UNB Alumni Office will be on-site selling frames in the Baird Dining Hall during the Convocation reception.

Flowers available for purchase

Flowers may be pre-ordered and picked up prior to the ceremony or purchased on-site in front of the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre.

Pre-order your bouquet

UNB branded products available

During the Convocation Reception, the Campus Store will have UNB branded merchandise on-site in the Baird Dining Hall.

Alumni honour guard

Family members or friends of graduates who are UNB alumni, and would like to attend the ceremony, are welcome to participate. For more information about the alumni honour guard, or to reserve regalia, email your name, height and degree information to by Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Won’t be able to attend the ceremony?

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, arrangements can be made to pick up your degree parchment, by booking an appointment.

Degree parchments designated as “to be picked up” will only be held at the Registrar’s Office for three weeks after the ceremony. They will then be mailed to the graduates’ address appearing on the application to graduate form. For those who selected to have their diplomas mailed, they will be sent out the week of May 20, 2024.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, your name will not be announced but will appear in the program.

Has your address changed?

If you are an undergraduate student who needs to update the address you provided on your application to graduate, email For graduate students, email