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Convocation is the ceremony for the conferral of degrees, diplomas and post graduate certificates, with traditions rooted in the thirteenth century. It celebrates your academic accomplishments and provides an opportunity for you to share this significant milestone with your family and friends. Full details for the Trent University Durham Convocation ceremony can be found on this page.

The date for Convocation 2019 for students graduating from Trent University Durham is: Thursday, May 30 at 2:00pm at the Tributes Communities Centre.

Steps to Follow if You Are Graduating

Step 1: 

Fill out the application to graduate via the MyTrent portal. Deadline is April 5.

Step 2:

RSVP  for the Convocation Ceremony - no later than May 10.

Step 3:

RSVP  for the Trent University Durham Graduation Dinner being held at the Durham Campus  - Front Atrium on Friday, May 31 beginning at 6:00pm. Eligible students will receive a formal invitation in their Trent e-mail account in the near future and are able to bring 1 guest. There is no cost for this celebration.   

Applying to graduate does not confirm your attendance at either Convocation or the Graduation Dinner. Each step must be completed to confirm your attendance at the events listed above and to confirm your eligibility to graduate. Please ensure you are completing all steps noted above.

For all details pertaining to the Trent University Durham Graduation Dinner please check your Trent e-mail account and review the formal invitation that you received. 

 Information regarding Convocation dates in Peterborough.

Durham Ceremony Details

Important Points for Convocation

  • Please arrive an hour before your ceremony and show your student card to check in. Leave your personal items with guests 
  • Pick up your Trent gown and hood – they are provided for the ceremony. Note that Trent gowns are worn open in the front and the hood you receive denotes the degree that you have earned (white for B.A., gold for B.Sc., copper for B.B.A., purple for B.S.W.)
  • Due to limited space only students in the gowning and marshalling area
  • The ceremony is expected to last approximately 60 minutes. All graduates are expected to attend for the entire ceremony
  • After the ceremony, you are welcome to take photos with your family, but please return your gown and hood before you leave

New Venue Specifics

  • ​The Trent University Durham graduation ceremony will be taking place at the Tribute Communities Centre, located at 99 Athol Street in Oshawa
  • The parking lots surrounding the Tribute Communities Centre are owned and operated by the City of Oshawa. Information regarding downtown parking can be found here 
  • There are no tickets required to Trent University Durham's Convocation - bring as many guests as you like
  • Tribute Communities Centre is in the heart of Oshawa which means there are plenty of dining opportunities nearby. Visit the Downtown Oshawa BIA Food and Drink webpage to check out available options and make your reservation!

Information for Students Wishing to Graduate


Students are required to submit an online Application to Graduate for their relevant graduation term by going to myTrent/Academic/Forms/Application to Graduate. There is no charge for the application. The Application to Graduate must be submitted by Friday, April 5, 2019. Applications received after April 5th will be considered for graduation for Fall 2019.

Once an assessment has been completed, an anticipated eligibility letter will be sent via Trent e-mail accounts. Please periodically check your "Promotions" folder if using Gmail, or your Junk folder, as many students report that emails from the Registrar's office ends up in those folders.

Students who have successfully completed their degree requirements and are free of financial obligations to the University are eligible to receive a degree or diploma at Convocation or soon after their graduation date if graduating in September or January. Students who are not free of financial obligations to the University are encouraged to participate in Convocation but will not receive their degree or diploma until their financial obligations are met.


It is not necessary for guests to have printed invitations to attend the Convocation ceremony; however invitations are available to pick up on campus for students who wish to mail them to their guests, or keep them as a memento. Pick up at the Front Info Desk or email for more information.



If you are a student and have a question regarding accessibility, please contact Corinn Phillips at


Our volunteers will assist graduates and their guests with accessibility needs on this special day.  There will be a designated seating area for those with accessibility needs and one of their guests and a sign language interpreter at the ceremony. If you or your guests need to be close to the sign language interpreter please contact Hailey Wright at or 905-435-5102 ext 5022.

Appropriate Attire and Etiquette

The ceremony will be held indoors in the Tribute Communities Centre. Trent gowns are worn open-style so your attire will be visible. Comfortable footwear is suggested.

Students should leave all personal belongings with their guests, including purses.

This is an event to honour the accomplishments of all the graduates. All participants will be expected to conduct themselves with decorum and in a mature and responsible manner. Using cell phones for conversations during the ceremony is forbidden. Please turn ringers off. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted in the audience or on the stage.

To preserve the dignity of the ceremony and the safety of those in attendance, guests are not permitted on the stage before or during the ceremony. Celebrations should be respectful of other members of the graduating class. Every graduate would like family and friends to hear his or her name called. Please withhold applause until it is invited. All graduates are expected to attend the entire ceremony. 


For information about photography, contact the Trent Durham Student Association at 905-435-5102 ext. 5058.


Flowers will be available to purchase at the ceremony, but please do not bring them on stage. Flower sales will be conducted by the Trent Durham Student Association for the 2019 Convocation ceremony. Questions about flower sales can be directed to the TDSA by calling 905-435-5102 ext 5058.

Video and Webcast

Convocation ceremonies are public events that are recorded in various ways including webcast, video and photography. The ceremonies will be live web-streamed on during Convocation and will be available to view after Convocation. These images and recordings may be used for official purposes, such as promoting Trent University. If you have any questions please contact 

Information for Faculty

Convocation is a significant event in the lives of many Trent students and their families. The students are always very happy to see and be congratulated by their professors and it's an opportunity to wish the students well as they become alumni and begin the next stage of their life.

If you would like to take part in the academic procession and sit with the faculty on stage, please ensure that you have academic regalia to wear for Convocation. If you own regalia, simply complete the RSVP sent to your email.If you do not own regalia, you can rent regalia from universities other than Trent through Gaspard. The deadline to rent is Friday May 17, 2019.

Please note that you only have to rent the regalia once. It will be available for you in both Durham and Peterborough, and for any number of ceremonies you would like to attend. 

If you have a Trent degree and wish to wear Trent regalia or have any questions or concerns, please email

Rented items will be available in the Tribute Communities Centre - there will be signs and ushers to direct you. Please return rented items immediately following the ceremonies.  

Once gowned, all faculty are asked to line up for the academic procession half an hour before the start of the ceremony. A faculty marshal will line you up. 

Keep Your Card & Keep In Touch!

Welcome new Trent Alumni! 

Your student card with the silver authentication label on the back is now your alumni card and provides access to benefits, services and discounts. The silver label is included in the Alumni Welcome Package that is handed out with your degree after the Convocation ceremony. Graduates who do not attend Convocation should contact Alumni Affairs at to inquire about their alumni identification label.

Your Alumni Association is here to assist you in many ways. We encourage you to stay in touch and involved in Alumni and University events, activities and issues. There are Alumni chapters throughout Canada and around the world. For more information visit or contact the Alumni Office toll free: 1-800-267-5774, or e-mail:

Alumni Card Benefits

  • a 25% discount of merchandise at the Trent Bookstore (some restrictions apply)
  • external borrowing rights at the Bata Library
  • discount on membership at the Athletic Centre
  • attendance at special alumni events
  • ID to avoid long line-ups at the beer garden for Head of the Trent (alumni fast track line)

Trent Alumni also receive significant discounts on Home and Auto, Health and Dental and Life Insurance and lower rates on a Trent University Mastercard. Check the Alumni website for more benefits and services.

Purchase Vintage Trent Regalia

Looking to own Trent Regalia? Check out some vintage gowns and hoods for sale at a discounted price on the Purchase Vintage Trent Regalia page.

If you can't attend Convocation

Candidates unable to attend Convocation will be granted a degree in absentia. Contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm your mailing address when requesting your degree to be mailed. If you prefer to pick up your degree please e-mail prior to Convocation.

You can obtain your Degree Certificate by:

  • Visiting the Office of the Registrar after convocation with your student ID card; or
  • Sending a written request via your Trent e-mail account to, the subject line noting MAIL DEGREE-(term you graduated in e.g. (January, Fall, Spring). In your e-mail please include your name, student ID number, and full mailing address

Degrees will only be held for two years, after which you must request and pay for a replacement degree. Your degree and official transcripts will not be released if you have an outstanding balance owing to the University or have outstanding Library fines