Convocation 2020

The countdown is on for our 2020 Convocation Ceremonies.
  • Lloydminster Convocation is on Thursday May 28.
  • Vermilion will have two ceremonies on Thursday June 4.
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.

Graduation photos are happening now!

Dates & Locations:

Jan. 20-24

Emergency Training Centre, Vermilion, Room MM 141

Jan. 29-30

Lloydminster campus, Room 1031A


You must book your sessions here:

 Deadline to book session: Friday, Jan. 17 (if you missed the deadline, you can email or

 For more information about photo sessions and ordering photos, please email or

 Graduation portrait details:

  • Your portrait session is free and there is no obligation to purchase photographs.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your scheduled appointment. If you are late, there is no guarantee that you will have your portrait taken that day.
  • If you choose to wear a collared shirt and necktie, it is recommended that you wear neutral colours as bright colours could clash with the grad collar. Lakeland College's grad collar is green and gold.
Application for Graduation
Even before you write your last exam, you need to apply to graduate using your My Lakeland account. Currently enrolled students will receive an email with instructions. Stay tuned!
This application should be available on your My Lakeland account as early as March 1 and the deadline to apply to attend convocation is ​March 27, 2020. Applications to attend convocation received after March 27 will not be processed. No exceptions!

  • Information from the application is used to confirm your name for your certificate or diploma. Make sure to double-check the spelling of your name and that your mailing address is correct.
  • If you plan to attend convocation, we need to know your size to order a gown. Please note there is a deadline to order convocation regalia.
  • Academic records are reviewed, parchments are prepared, lists are created! We need to know if you are attending so we can plan and prepare for the ceremonies.
Apply for your credential--Even if you are not attending convocation
Even if you don't plan to attend the convocation ceremonies, you still need to apply for your credential--certificate or diploma.
This is the only way to get that important piece of paper that says you are a graduate of Lakeland College.
Alumni Connection - apply for an alumni generation pin
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.
Information about and for guests
  • There are no limits to the number of guests you can bring; however, seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Ask your guests to be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. They don't want to get mixed up in the processional.
  • Due to the length and nature of convocation ceremonies, we strongly suggest parents should avoid bringing babies and young children with them.
Lloydminster Convocation: Where to be and when

Before the Ceremony

  • Pick up your gown, cap and stole between 11 am and 12:30 pm in Room #1016
  • Report to the gowning room assigned to your program for assembly before 1 pm. You will find this list in the gowning room. Please be gowned and ready to go.
  • Leave any valuables or personal items, such as your purse, with your family/friends. Gowning rooms will be left unattended and unlocked.
  • You will be organized by your program group in alphabetical order, which is how you cross the stage.
  • Your dean or chair will check how to say your name.
  • You will be lined up shortly after 1 pm and then join an academic processional to the gymnasium.

During the Ceremony

  • There will be a program on your seat - so you don't need to look for one before the ceremony.
  • Once all preliminary speeches and award presentations are finished an usher will select a group of students for the presentation of the credential.
  •  There will be a college photographer to take your picture with your parchment. These individual photos will be available on Facebook and flickr.
  • Cross the stage and shake hands with the platform party. Family and friends can come closer to the stage to take your photograph.
  • 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 no later than 4 pm.
If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or emaiing
Vermilion Convocation: Where to be and when

Morning Ceremony

Afternoon Ceremony

Environmental Sciences

Human Services
Interior Design

Agricultural Sciences

Cap, Gown & Stole Pick up - TBD
  • Please arrive at least 1 1/2 hours  before the ceremony start time.
  • Signs will direct you to the gowning location where staff and instructors will assist you.
  • Please leave your personal items and valuables with family or friends and not in the gowning room
Assembly for Procession - Please be ready no later than:
8:50 am 12:50 pm
  • You will be organized by your program in alphabetical order, how you will cross the stage.
  • 30 minutes before the ceremony start time, you will be lined up for the academic processional.
At the Ceremony 
  • Students will march from the gowning area into the tent.  You will be placed in line according to your program and in alphabetical order 
  • 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. 
  • Return to your seat.
  • Be prepared to stand and move your cap tassel to signify your graduation. Tassels should be on the right side and you will move them to the left when instructed.
  • After all credentials are presented and the closing remarks are finished, you will exit through an Honour Guard.
 Post Ceremony
  • Feel free to mingle with family and friends 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 the gowning room by 4:30 pm
 If you are unable to attend, please let us know by calling 1 800 661 6490 ext. 8441 or emailing
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 coloured trousers (no blue jeans) or dresses. It can be warm, so lighter fabrics are also a good idea. 
What about footwear?
You will be doing a lot of standing before the ceremony, as well as walking in and out of the ceremonies and to/from the gowning room.

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. Seating is limited; however, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If your guests require wheelchair access or any other accommodation, please let us know prior to the ceremony.
How long is the ceremony?
Usually about 2 hours. Please be considerate of all graduates and stay till the end of the ceremony.
Can we bring small children?
Due to the length and nature of the ceremonies, we strongly suggest you avoid bringing babies and young children. ​
Can parents/guests proceed to the gowning room with me?
Only graduates are permitted in the gowning rooms.  Please direct your guests to be seated. Parents/guests are welcome and encouraged to attend the convocation tea following each ceremony.
What is 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.​

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

What do I get to keep?
Your grad cap and tassel are yours to keep. Gowns and stoles must be returned by the specified times.

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. Lakeland College is not responsible for the loss or theft of valuables.
Photographs and video will be taken at the event. By taking part in the event you grant Lakeland College full rights to use the images and video and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for promotional purposes.
This might include (but is not limited to) the right to use images and footage in Lakeland’s printed and digital channels including social media, website, advertisementsPhoto notice and publications.

If you have any concerns with the above, please contact a Lakeland College staff member.
Ceremony livestreamed online
A family member or friend can't make it to the ceremony?
Don't worry, there are options.
Directions for Gowning
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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
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

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

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree