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Elements of Convocation

Discover more about the elements of convocation, including the mace, academic robes and the coat of arms.

The mace

The mace symbolizes the authority vested in SAIT to grant academic credentials.

Designed for the convocation ceremonies, the mace masterfully pulls together many symbolic elements important to SAIT and the community. The mace represents SAIT’s long history and dedication to setting the standard in education, training and innovation.

The registrar acts as the mace bearer. During the procession, the registrar carries the mace directly in front of the board chair and president, representing the protection of these offices. Centuries ago, the mace was a symbol of authority over life and death. Today, it represents the power of knowledge and the importance of the SAIT community.

Academic robes

Along with the academic tradition of black gowns, SAIT graduates wear v-stoles to represent a certificate, diploma or apprenticeship program credential. Graduates in applied degree programs wear black Oxford hoods. Graduates in bachelor’s degree programs wear black Oxford hoods lined in traditional SAIT colours: red, white and blue. The v-stole colour selected for each school signifies academic tradition as well as the symbolism identified with that colour.

Royal purple is the colour of the vstoll for graduates of the MacPhail School of Energy

MacPhail School of Energy
Royal purple

Purple is traditionally associated with prosperity and also represents the composition of raw materials.

Aztec gold is the colour of the vstoll for graduands of the School of Business.

School of Business
Aztec gold

Gold is traditionally associated with commerce and symbolizes wealth and knowledge.

Smoke blue is the colour of vstoll for graduands of the School of Construction.

School of Construction
Smoke blue

Blue symbolizes peace, calmness and strength.

Emerald green is the colour of vstoll for graduands of the School of Health and Public Safety.

School of Health and Public Safety
Emerald green

Green is traditionally associated with health as it symbolizes wellness, growth and healing.

Olympic red is the colour of vstoll worn by graduands of the School of Hospitality and Tourism.

School of Hospitality and Tourism
Olympic red

Red is associated with passion, energy and creative endeavours.

Turquoise is the colour of vstoll worn by graduands of the School of Advanced Digital Technology.

School for Advanced Digital Technology
Turquoise

Turquoise is often associated with heightened communication skills, creativity and sensitivity.

Steel grey is the colour of vstoll worn by graduands of the School of Transportation.

School of Transportation
Steel grey

Grey symbolizes discipline and stability and often carries strength and formality.

California burgundy is the colour of vstoll worn by graduands of the School of Manufacturing and Automation.

School of Manufacturing and Automation
California burgundy

Burgundy is traditionally associated with prosperity and also represents innovation in the manufacturing of new products.

Coat of Arms

SAIT's Coat of Arms

The symbolism of the armorial bearings of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, as granted by Claire Bourdreau, Chief Herald of Canada, on 20 August 2009 and entered in volume V, page 465 of the Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada.

The original concept of Darrell Kennedy, Assiniboine Herald, assisted by the heralds of the Canadian Heraldic Authority. Painter: Gordon Macpherson | Calligrapher: Doris Wionzek

Crest: The wreath is composed of the school colours of red and blue. The open book calls students to come and learn and represents past accomplishments and unwritten future. The wolf in aboriginal symbolism characterizes a teacher.

Arms: The lightning flash represents the electrical energy produced by a dynamo, which is a symbol of technology in a broad sense. It also represents the energy applied by students. The wings symbolize the flights of practical imagination and elevated mind that turn ideas into results.

Motto: Meaning “I take in hand and educate,” this evokes not only a school’s viewpoint towards each student but also a student’s responsibility towards oneself.

Supporters: The winged dragon is an emblem of both the knowledge to be acquired and of alchemy, the process of changing base metal into valued gold or more broadly making a miraculous transformation.

The coronets containing the floral symbol of wisdom, the hazelnut, symbolize the idea of wisdom taming ignorance, represented here by the dragon.

In the school colours, the dragons allude to Heritage Hall, the building that features dragons as an architectural display and which has housed so many programs in the history of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. In addition, the wings recall the one-time use of the school building by the Royal Canadian Air Force, as well as the raptors that fly over the campus daily.

The staff represents a pole used to erect a teepee, as well as the lodgepole pine emblem of Alberta. The sandstone evokes the foundation upon which the students build their knowledge and skills to take their place in society.

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