Convocation ceremonies are held at the Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
All graduates and students eligible to graduate will receive emails with information regarding the ceremonies 8-12 weeks prior to the convocation dates. Please make sure your preferred email address is current in your WebAdvisor account.
The Application to Graduate is used to advise the College that you have completed all program requirements and are now ready to graduate from your program. Every student, with the exception of Apprenticeship students, must complete an Application to Graduate by the deadline.
You can check your WebAdvisor account to confirm the Registrar’s Office has received your Application to Graduate (under Communication for Student > My Documents). Note that the “Due Date” is the date of your convocation ceremony.
Once your academic record has been reviewed and it is confirmed you have met the graduation requirements for your program, you will either receive your official Transcript of Academic Record or an email to your student email account indicating your transcript and parchment will be issued to you at the convocation ceremony.
If you haven’t received any information from RRC prior to one week before your convocation ceremony, please contact the Student Services Centre.
All graduates wanting to attend the RRC Convocation ceremonies are required to wear academic attire. Academic attire consists of a gown, hood, cap and tassel (the cap and tassel are souvenirs for you to keep). The cost of the academic attire is $35 (taxes included).
Please place your gown order online to confirm your attendance – Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
If you do not have a credit card and absolutely cannot place an order online, please visit a Student Service Centre.
If the deadline date has passed and you would like to attend your convocation ceremony, please arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 90 minutes before the ceremony with $45 cash (no credit cards or debit cards accepted) to rent your academic attire directly through Gaspard.
The College will subsidize gown rentals for students in financial difficulties, however, funding is limited. Please visit a Student Service Centre if you require assistance.
Tickets are not required and there is no maximum number of guests per graduate. Doors open two hours before the ceremony start time and seating begins one hour before the ceremony start time. Designated seating is available for persons with disabilities and the Centennial Concert Hall provides additional Accessibility Services.
Visit the Centennial Concert Hall website for parking information.
If you have recently moved, please login to your WebAdvisor account to change your address. For name changes, please visit a Student Service Centre with the appropriate documentation confirming the name change.
Information regarding graduation and awards may be made public. If you have any questions or concerns about the collection and use of this information, or if you would like your graduation or awards information not made public, please contact the Student Service Centre.
To make sure you receive your parchment at Convocation, please have all financial obligations paid in full 10 days prior to the ceremony date.
Parchments will not be awarded at the ceremony if there are any outstanding amounts against your student number (e.g. tuition and parking fees, library books, computer equipment, etc.).
An award of distinction, the Honorary Degree/Diploma is the highest honour Red River College can bestow upon an individual. This award recognizes individuals in diverse fields who are distinguished by their significant accomplishments and contributions – locally, nationally or internationally – and whose receipt of the award will bring honour and distinction to RRC.
The Honorary Degree/Diploma is presented annually at the spring convocation ceremony.
The deadline for nominations each year is January 15. More information, including the online submission form, is available on the Alumni microsite.
Ceremonies will proceed on schedule so it is very important that you are punctual. Please arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall 90 minutes before the ceremony start time to pick up your academic attire.
Once you arrive at the Centennial Concert Hall, follow the signs to the Graduate Gowning Area to register and pick up or purchase your academic attire.
You’ll be asked to fill out a name card that the announcer uses to say your name as you cross the stage. Please print your name and the name of the program you are graduating from clearly and take it with you on stage.
You’ll be given a letter section on the back of your name card at the registration table. Graduates will assemble 45 minutes before the ceremony in the backstage area where you’ll meet your assigned section marshal. The marshal will assist you in lining up alphabetically within your program.
It’s important to arrive early as you are one of many graduates taking part in the ceremony.
The cap should be worn flat on your head with the tassel over the right front edge. Do not pin the tassel as it will be shifted during the ceremony. Men should remove their convocation caps during the National Anthem.
We ask that you refrain from making any alterations to your academic attire.
Coat racks are located in the hallway outside Rehearsal Room 1 where you pick up your academic attire, but there isn’t a secure place to store your personal belongings. We recommend that you leave your phone, purse and other personal belongings with your guests before the start of the ceremony.
Red River College and the Centennial Concert Hall are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Prior to crossing the stage, please hand your name card to the announcer who may wish to clarify the pronunciation of your name.
When your name is announced, start walking across the stage toward the Dean or a representative of the School who will congratulate you. Then continue to walk toward the President who will present you with your parchment.
If you arranged for a stage photo, please remember to pause for your picture. A marshal will direct you off the stage and back to your seat. As a courtesy to your fellow graduates and guests, please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, a marshal will lead the graduates in a procession out of the theatre.
Immediately after the ceremony, return your gown to Gaspard. Ensure the return of your gown is documented by Gaspard staff so you don’t get charged additional fees. Remember, the cap and tassel are yours to keep!