Frequently Asked Questions

 

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? Will it be the same day and time as the original schedule?

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?

My family has booked travel – what about refunds?

How will I receive my diploma?

Can I attend the Spring 2021 Graduation ceremonies instead of the virtual ceremony in Spring 2020?

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

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?

We are currently working out the details for the virtual ceremony/ceremonies, with participation of graduating students and guests taking place online. Please be patient during our planning process and we will post all the details as soon as we can.

Where will virtual ceremonies be held?

The virtual ceremony/ceremonies will not be held at the UBC Okanagan campus. Participation in the ceremony will be online.

When is my virtual ceremony? Will it be the same day and time as the original schedule?

We are still working out the details at the moment and will communicate this information as soon as the dates and times are confirmed.

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

We are still working out the details at the moment and will communicate how graduating students will be participating in the ceremony. At this time, you will not need to book/rent regalia, and anyone who has booked regalia for Spring 2020 will receive a full refund. For regalia related questions, please email gown.rentals@ubc.ca.

Can my family view the virtual ceremony?

We are working towards a virtual ceremony that all graduates and their friends and family can view. Please be patient as we work out the details.

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 UBC Graduation website. We will post the virtual ceremony on the same page for you to view at a later date.

My family has booked travel – what about refunds?

Unfortunately, we do not issue refunds for guest travel.

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to graduating students. More details will be shared about this process once confirmed.

Can I attend the Spring 2021 Graduation ceremonies instead of the virtual ceremony in Spring 2020?

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate graduates who defer their attendance from Spring 2020 to any future Graduation ceremonies.

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

No, participation in the virtual ceremony will be optional.

What about graduation photography?

We are working with our photography partners at the moment and will communicate if and when photography will be available.

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

We are working on planning for the in-person ceremony when it’s safe to bring people together again. Further details will be available at www.graduation.ubc.ca and www.graduation.ok.ubc.ca.