Get Involved - Convocation!
Be a Convocation Ambassador
Convocation would not be possible at Trent without the 100+ staff, faculty, retirees, alumni and students that help out. You make the day run smoothly and provide that personal interaction that makes it such a special and memorable event for the graduates and their guests.
Convocation ceremonies are only 1 - 1.5 hours in length. Shifts start 1.5 hours before each ceremony through to the end of the ceremony for most of the roles.
There are a number of ways to assist:
- Gowning: At Student Centre, provide the hoods for the students to wear at the ceremonies. Student Centre. Shifts end 1.5 hours after the ceremonies.
- Marshalling: At Student Centre, line the students up by degree and alphabetically and give them a water bottle.
- West Bank Ushering: Greet students and guests, answer any questions and hand out programs.
- East Bank Ushering: Direct the guests from East Bank to ceremony (all weather), answer questions and hand out programs at the ceremony site.
- Student Centre Ushering: Direct students to gowning, and put up banners for photo ops. Shifts end 1 hour after the ceremonies.
- Accessible Seating: Assist guests to the accessible seating area on the bridge/Champlain level of the University Court in good weather, or in front of audience chairs in the Gym in case of poor weather.
Ambassadors are provided with lunch when they help for a full day, and a thank you event after convocation.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. The convocation team appreciates everyone who is able to help!
Faculty & Staff
Participate in the Academic Procession
Convocation is an extremely significant event in the lives of many Trent students and their families. The students are always happy and proud to see and be congratulated by their professors on stage and introduced to their families after the ceremonies. Your presence strengthens the bond with them as they become alumni.
It's not too late to participate in the academic procession and sit with the faculty on stage. If you do not own regalia and missed the deadline to rent, extra black gowns are available for $15 (cash only) in the gowning rooms: faculty gowning in the Tribute Communities Centre and the AJM Smith Room, 1st floor Bata Library. Extra hoods cannot be guaranteed. Trent regalia will be available for those whose highest degree is from Trent.
Faculty that rented through Harcourts: your regalia will be available in the gowning rooms in both Durham and Peterborough.
Once gowned, gather for the academic procession outside Champlain College, or in the hallway of the Tribute Communities Centre half an hour before the start of the ceremony. A faculty marshal will line you up. In Peterborough, if there is inclement weather and the ceremony is being held in the Gym, gown and then gather for the academic procession in the lobby of the Athletics Centre.
If you don't wish to take part in the academic procession, simply attend the ceremonies of your choice. If you would like to sit in Reserved Seating to cheer on your students, please contact email@example.com
Ceremonies are scheduled by program and usually only last 1 - 1.5 hours.
Students are provided with Trent regalia for the ceremonies, to be returned after.
Faculty or staff that would like to participate in the academic procession are asked to be in regalia. If you do not own it, you can rent it through Harcourts. If your degree is from Trent, or you have further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The convocation office is selling some vintage Trent regalia that can no longer be used for the convocation ceremonies. Supplies are extremely limited but include gowns of varying materials and shades of green, and some arts, science, business, education and a few master or arts or master of science hoods. The items are not in pristine condition. Gowns are $20 if picked up, $40 to ship. Hoods are $10 if picked up, $20 to ship. Payment is only by cash or cheque - we cannot accept any cards. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested.