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Day of Convocation

Convocation at SAIT.

When

Fall convocation is Wednesday, Oct. 30.

How to register

Where

The ceremony will be held at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium adjacent to SAIT's main campus.

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Guests

Upon arrival, guests should proceed directly to the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Give your guests their tickets — children including infants require a ticket — before you proceed to the gowning area in the 2nd Floor Alcove at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. You won't be able to leave the processional line to pick up your guest's tickets.

Guest seating will commence 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Note: All guests should be seated prior to 10 minutes to the start of the ceremony in preparation for the Academic Procession.

I registered but didn't pick up my tickets

If you registered for convocation but didn't pick up your guests tickets before the ceremony, your guests can pick them up at the information booth, located on the main floor of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

In order for your guests to pick up their tickets, they must provide your full name and SAIT student ID number for reference.

My guests need special consideration

If your guests require special considerations for seating and you didn't indicate this when you registered, please contact the Office of the Registrar and we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements.

How many guests can I bring? 

Space restrictions mean you're guaranteed up to two guest tickets each. You may request up to four tickets but we cannot promise you will receive more than two. All guests require their own ticket including children and infants.

You'll be notified by email about four weeks before the ceremony when guest tickets are ready for pick-up and how many tickets you received.

Are there extra guest tickets?

Extra guest tickets may be available on the day of convocation. Guests can inquire if additional tickets are available at the SAIT information booth one hour before the start of the ceremony on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can children sit on a lap? 

Children, including infants, require a guest ticket to enter the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and must be included in your guest ticket request.

Strollers and infant carriers are not permitted in the auditorium. There's a viewing area outside the auditorium for guests with small children.

Backpacks are not permitted inside the Jubilee Auditorium

Guests may check their backpacks at the coat check.

Gowns

You can pick up your cap, gown, stole and name pronunciation card in the 2nd Floor Alcove at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Only graduands are allowed in the gowning and processional area.

The following items are not permitted when you cross the stage: 

  • large purses
  • corsages
  • flowers
  • jackets
  • mementos
  • backpacks

There is a coat check in the Jubilee Auditorium lobby, available for a small fee. SAIT is not responsible for the loss or theft of any valuables.

You must return your gown within one hour of the ceremony's conclusion

If your gown is not returned to the 2nd Floor Alcove at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium you will be required to pay a $100 late fee.

Parking

Parking is available at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and across the way at SAIT. Remember, you can also reach us by CTrain or bus

Processional

Once you are gowned, you'll meet your other graduands from your program in the processional area in the AUArts hallway attached to the Jubilee. You'll line up alphabetically, so remember who is on either side of you and remain in alphabetical order for the duration of the ceremony. You'll be directed by ushers when it's time to enter the auditorium.

Ceremony

Guests in the auditorium are asked to stand for the processional. All guests, graduands and the platform party are asked to remain standing until after O Canada. You'll then be asked to be seated for the duration of the ceremony.

If you need assistance during the ceremony, please see an usher.

Crossing the stage

When it's time for you to enter the stage, an usher will collect you from your seat in the auditorium and lead you backstage. You'll be instructed to walk onstage and pass the announcer your name pronunciation card. Do not start walking to the middle of the stage until your full name has been announced. Your name will be announced, you'll walk to the middle of the stage, pause for a handshake and photo, and then walk to the right side of the stage and descend the stairs. You'll be guided back to your seat by an usher.

Out of respect for your peers, we ask that you remain seated until the ceremony has finished. There will be a recessional of the graduates and the platform party at the end of the ceremony.

Credentials

You'll receive your credentials backstage before you cross the stage. Credentials that aren't picked up at the ceremony will be mailed out the week after convocation. If you're not attending convocation, please verify that your mailing address is correct in mySAIT.

Photos

SAIT Alumni is pleased to give you a gift, a free photo of you in cap and gown as you cross the stage. You can order your photo online from Mountain West Studios using your email and the order code in the convocation book. The photos will be available for viewing approximately one week after the ceremony.

A photographer will also be available in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium lobby during convocation for individual and family portraits on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let's get social — #SAIT2019

Share your pride, success and memories using #SAIT2019. @SAIT and @SAITalumni will be retweeting and regramming a few favourites, so don't forget to include us using the hashtag.

Pro tip: Be in the moment for your big moment — save your selfie for offstage. 

Contact the Office of the Registrar

Refer to our frequently asked questions or contact the Office of the Registrar if you have additional questions.

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