Convocation

Convocation 2018

Convocation 2017 is now making way for 2018!
​The dates are set!
  • Lloydminster Convocation is on Friday May 25 at 1:30 pm in the Lakeland College gymnasium. The convocation tea follows in the Servus Credit Union Hospitality Centre.
  • Vermilion will have two ceremonies on Friday June 1. Environmental Sciences, Human Services and Interior Design will convocate at 11 am and Agricultural Sciences will convocate at 2:30 pm. Both ceremonies will be held at the Vermilion Regional Centre followed by convocation teas served in the campus cafeteria in Alumni Hall.
If you are the child, grandchild or great grandchild (or even great great grandchild) of an alumnus or alumni, please apply to be recognized with an alumni generation pin.

Convocation 2017 & our Highlights

3 ceremonies, 2 days, hundreds of grads, happy families--priceless. Check out all the details on Convocation 2017 page with e-versions of each program, links to downloadable photos on flickr, and archived videos of the ceremonies themselves.
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Watch the Ceremony Online
A family member or friend can't make it to the ceremony? Don't worry, there are options.

Watch the live-stream here.

Archived video will be posted shortly after the ceremonies.
Where to be and when for Vermilion Convocation

Morning Ceremony

Afternoon Ceremony

Environmental Sciences

Interior Design

Human Services

Agricultural Sciences








Cap, Gown & Stole Pick up - BB103
  • Please arrive at Alumni Hall at least 2 hours before the ceremony start time.
  • Signs will direct you to the classroom where staff and instructors will help you with your gown, pining your stole and, if necessary, pining your cap.
  • Please leave your personal items and valuables with family or friends and not in the gowning room
Assembly for Procession - Please be gowned and waiting in the assigned room no later than:
10:30 am 2 pm
  • You will be organized by your program group in alphabetical order, which is how you will cross the stage
  • 20 minutes before the ceremony start time, you will be lined up to go to the Regional Centre for the academic processional
At the Ceremony
  • Once all preliminary speeches and award presentations are finished an usher will select a group of students for the presentation of the credentials
  • Cross the stage and shake hands with the platform party. Family and friends can come closer to the stage to take your photograph.
  • At the bottom of the stage, you will pose for a college photographer. These individual photos will be available on Facebook and flickr.
  • Return to your seat
  • Be prepared to stand and move your cap tassel to signify your graduation
  • After all credentials are presented and the closing remarks are finished, you will leave the Regional Centre through an Honour Guard
 Post Ceremony
  • Feel free to mingle with family and friends outside the Regional Centre for photos.
  • Alumni pin recipients and their family are asked to come to Alumni House for photos
  • There is a convocation tea in the cafeteria. 
  • Stay and use the quad and other parts of the campus for photos
  • Return your gown and stole to BB103 by 5:30 pm
 If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or email kyla.graham@lakelandcollege.ca
Where to be and when for Lloydminster Convocation

Before the Ceremony

  • Pick up your gown, cap and stole between 11 am and 12:30pm in Room 1015
  • Report to the gowning room assigned to your program for assembly before 1 pm. Please be gowned and ready to go! 
  • Don't bring any valuables or personal items such as your purse with you to the gowning room. Lock in your vehicle or give to your family/friends in the audience.
  • You will be organized by your program group in alphabetical order, which is how you are to cross the stage
  • Your dean or chair will check how to say your name
  • You will be lined up shortly after 1 pm and will go to the gymnasium for the academic processional

During the Ceremony
  • Once all preliminary speeches and award presentations are finished an usher will select a group of students for the presentation of the credentials
  • Cross the stage and shake hands with the platform party. Family and friends can come closer to the stage to take your photograph.
  • At the bottom of the stage, you will pose for a college photographer. These individual photos will be available on Facebook and flickr.
  • Return to your seat
  • Be prepared to stand and move your cap tassel to signify your graduation
  • After all credentials are presented and the closing remarks are finished, you will leave the gym and go down the Vic Juba hallway through an Honour Guard

After the Ceremony

  • Feel free to mingle with family and friends
  • There is a convocation tea in the Servus Hospitality Centre. 
  • Stay and take photos indoors and outdoors around the campus
  • Return your gown and stole to room 1015 no later than 4 pm
If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or email kyla.graham@lakelandcollege.ca
FAQs: What You Should Know About Convocation
What should I wear?
This is a formal event. Out of respect for the event and for your fellow classmates, we ask that you wear dark colored trousers (no blue jeans) or dresses. It can be warm, so lighter fabrics are also a good idea.  For Vermilion, ideal footwear for the march across the street to the Regional Centre is recommended.

Who can come to Convocation?
By splitting ceremonies in Vermilion and using the gymnasium on Lloydminster, there ​are no limits to the number of guests.

When can family take photos?
All the time! When it's your turn to walk across the stage, we encourage your family to come down the centre aisle and get close to get your photo. There are a lot of great spots on both campuses to take photos of you, of you and your classmates and friends, and of you and your family.

Is the bookstore open?
Yes it will be. Pick up souvenirs or a frame for your credential.

What's the convocation tea?
Ceremonies will be followed by a Convocation Tea co-sponsored by the Students’ Association. Light refreshments will be available at the cafeteria in Vermilion and the Servus Credit Union Hospitality Centre in Lloydminster.

What do I get to keep?
Your grad cap and tassel are yours to keep courtesy of your SA. Gowns and stoles must be returned by the specified times--5:30 pm in Vermilion and 4 pm in Lloydminster.

Is this the only copy of my parchment?
Yes. The document you receive at the ceremony is the original and only copy and should be stored in a safe place or framed and displayed. We recommend that you make a few photocopies in case you need to submit documentation for professional memberships or designations.

Is there somewhere to store my purse or other personal items during the ceremony?
No. We recommend that you give personal items to family or friends in the audience.

My grandmother can't attend, can she watch it another way?
We will be live streaming the ceremonies here.

It's free, but please apply to graduate.
Even before you write your last exam, you need to apply to graduate. Deadline to apply is March 26, 2018.

Why?
  • Information from the application for credential form is used for your certificate or diploma.
  • If you plan to attend convocation, we need to order a gown.
  • If you are the child or grandchild of a Lakeland College alumnus, then you also receive special recognition. Go to the alumni generation form page.
How?
It's easy. There's no payment required.
Apply for Your Credential--Even if you aren't coming/didn't come to Convocation
Even if you don't plan to attend convocation ceremonies, you still need to apply for your credential--certificate or diploma. Do it online on our apply to graduate page.
Alumni Connection
Lakeland loves to celebrate alumni connections. It's especially important to us as we celebrate our centennial.

If your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents attended Vermilion School of Agriculture, Vermilion Agriculture & Vocational College, Vermilion College or Lakeland College, please apply for an alumni generation pin.

Forms are available online. Go to the alumni generation form page







What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience