Frequently Asked Questions

 


FAQs.

Did you consult graduating students about changes to the graduation ceremonies?

What is a virtual ceremony?

Where will virtual ceremonies be held?

When is my virtual ceremony?

How can I watch the virtual ceremony?

Will I be able to wear regalia for the virtual graduation?

Can my family view the virtual ceremony?

Is there a limit to how many family members can view the virtual ceremony?

Can my family around the world view the virtual ceremony?

Will the virtual ceremony be available to view at a later date?

How will I receive my diploma?

When will I receive my diploma?

Why has my status changed in the SSC to “not attending graduation ceremony”?

Can I attend the Spring 2022 graduation ceremonies instead of the virtual ceremony in Spring 2021?

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

Can I attend the virtual ceremony if I’m marked as not attending for the original in-person ceremony in the SSC?

What about graduation photography?

I heard there will be an in-person ceremony. What are the details?

 


Did you consult graduating students about changes to the graduation ceremonies?

Student leaders were consulted about the proposed changes for the traditional in-person ceremony. We want to ensure graduating students have an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, and have committed to holding both a virtual ceremony and a postponed in-person graduation ceremony.

What is a virtual ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will be an opportunity for all graduates, guests, faculty, staff and the UBC community to gather together online to celebrate the achievements of graduates.  The virtual ceremony will hold many elements our in-person ceremonies include, and some different and unique elements. Attend the virtual ceremony here.

When is my virtual ceremony?

The ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. There was one virtual ceremony for all graduates of the UBC Vancouver campus in the morning, and one virtual ceremony for all graduates of the UBC Okanagan campus in the afternoon.

How can I watch the virtual ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will be broadcast here and on YouTube, Facebook or Panopto, a platform that is accessible from many countries. Links to these streams will be posted at here one week in advance of the ceremony. The broadcast is one-way — you are not required to appear on camera. We hope you engage in the ceremony by commenting during the stream and sharing on social media with #UBCOgrad.

Will I be able to wear regalia for the virtual graduation?

There is an option for graduating students to buy souvenir academic regalia to wear for the virtual graduation ceremony, which includes a mortar board hat and black gown. For doctoral graduates, there is an option to rent or purchase regalia. For more information on these options, please visit: https://graduation.ok.ubc.ca/students/. If you have further questions about the regalia purchase and rental options, please contact: alphaomega@gaspard.ca.

Can my family view the virtual ceremony?

All graduates and their friends and family can view the virtual ceremony. Attend the virtual ceremony here.

Is there a limit to how many family members can view the virtual ceremony?

There is no limit to the number of family members who can view the virtual ceremony. The more the merrier.

Can my family around the world view the virtual ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will be made available for you and your family to view, just as our previous live ceremony webcasts were available.

Will the virtual ceremony be available to view at a later date?

All past ceremonies are available to view on the archived webcast page of the UBCO graduation website. We will post the virtual ceremony on the same page for you to view at a later date.

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be couriered to graduating students at no cost if your address is provided before September 15, 2021. Log-in to SSC, under the Graduation tab click ‘Courier my Original Diploma’. You will be able to provide the address where you would like your diploma couriered to. Thank you in advance if you have already submitted your courier request. In order to receive your diploma by courier, you must provide us with a destination address (even if your address is already in our system). If you do not provide a destination address, your parchment will be held at UBC. We are aiming to begin the couriering process at the beginning of June.

When will I receive my diploma?

We are aiming to send out parchments starting at the beginning of June (at no cost to you). Please allow extra time for processing and delivery. If you require proof of graduation sooner, you can print off a confirmation of graduation letter or order an official transcript. Both of these documents can be printed or ordered through your SSC account.

Why has my status changed in the SSC to “not attending graduation ceremony”?

All graduating students have had their applications updated to “not attending”, with diplomas for courier. This is to facilitate distribution of the diplomas as soon as possible after approval of graduation.

All students will be included in the virtual ceremony and when we are able to begin the planning for the in-person ceremonies, graduates will be contacted with information.

Can I attend the Spring 2022 graduation ceremonies instead of the virtual ceremony in Spring 2021?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate graduates who defer their attendance from Spring 2021 to any future graduation ceremonies.

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

No, participation in the virtual ceremony will be optional.

Can I attend the virtual ceremony if I’m marked as not attending for the original in-person ceremony in the SSC?

The virtual ceremony is open to all to attend and view.

What about graduation photography?

As the graduation ceremony will be virtual, graduation photography will not be provided. Graduates are welcome to make their own arrangements for photography with their preferred vendor.

Voth Photo is offering graduation portraits in Kelowna. Contact VothPhoto@icloud.com for bookings or visit their website for more information.

I heard there will be an in-person ceremony. What are the details?

UBC Vancouver and Okanagan Spring 2021 Graduation: Virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021 were held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

UBC’s Class of 2020: Virtual graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 were held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 for UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, and on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 for UBC Vancouver.

UBC is committed to holding an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 and the spring Class of 2021, when it is safe to do so. As we embark on planning for on-campus activities, in collaboration with public health, we will advise members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 on plans to hold an in-person graduation ceremony when we have more information. Further details will be available at www.graduation.ubc.ca and www.graduation.ok.ubc.ca.