Graduate Information

Congratulations on graduating! We are pleased you will be joining us to celebrate this great achievement.

The PACE Graduation ceremony will be held Friday, October 13th at 2:30p.m.

Below you will find information for the ceremony. Please review this information carefully to ensure you are prepared for the event.

Order your gown online here between August 31st, 2017 – October 8th, 2017 4:30


The graduation ceremony will be webcast live, so individuals who are unable to attend can view it online at


To Do for October 13th

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pick up your processional card and gown in the Buffeteria 4th Floor Centennial Hall, 515 Portage Avenue.
    • You need your processional card to pick-up your cap and gown and to line-up in the graduation procession.
    • During the ceremony, you will present this card to the Registrar before you cross the stage. It will be used to announce your name as you receive your certificate or diploma.
  • 1:30-2:00 report to marshaling area in Buffeteria. Procession will leave the marshaling area at 2:15 sharp.
  • 4:00-4:30 return your gown. Gaspard will be set up outside of Riddell Hall where the reception is held. Students who do not return their gown after graduation will be charged a rental fee.


The Graduation Procession follows a route that involves an extended walking path which includes a set of stairs with no handrails. Please call 204.982.6633 if you feel this may be a concern and an alternate procession arrangement will be made.

You will be led into the Duckworth Centre by ushers. Keepsake programs will be placed on your seats.

Remember to take your procession card to the stage with you as this will be used to announce your name.

The cap tassel should be worn over the right front edge of the cap during the procession and prior to officially graduating.


You will be provided with a generic blank certificate when you cross the stage. This is to ensure a smooth flow to the ceremony. Your official certificate/diploma will be mailed to you, if you have not already received it.

Personal Effects

Personal items should be left with your family or friends or we suggest you wear a garment with pockets underneath your gown. The gowns are flowing in nature and may also accommodate a small purse worn across the shoulders underneath the gown. 

Cell phones are to be turned off during the ceremony and should be left with family or friends.

 Accessibility Supports

Graduates with limited mobility should know that the Graduation Procession follows an extended walking path which includes a set of stairs with no handrails.

If this is a concern, alternate arrangements can be made. Access to the stage involves a small number of stairs with a single hand rail or a ramp. During the ceremony, you are also required to stand for an extended period of time before going on stage. We strongly advise students or guests who have limited mobility or accessibility needs to arrive early. Doors will open one hour before the ceremony begins.

American Sign Language-English interpretation will be provided for the duration of the Graduation ceremony.


  • Stage Shot Photos

The university engages a professional photographer to take your picture as you receive your parchment on stage.  If you would like to order one,  Click here for the stage shot photo form to print and bring to the ceremony. Forms will also be available in the Gowning Area.

  • Seated Graduation Photos by Lifetouch

Professional Graduation photographs will be available through Life Touch on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at their location at 1410 Mountain Avenue Suite 1.   Photography appointments must be made prior to this date by contacting Tina Goncalves:  or (204) 272-3500. Click here for order form.

Note: Guests are not permitted to take photographs on the floor or on the track directly behind the stage.

Frames & Gifts

Certificate frames and keepsakes may be purchased after the Graduation ceremony from the Alumni Association booth located on the second floor of the Duckworth Centre. The campus bookstore will be on-site at graduation to sell souvenirs such as mugs, pens, portfolios, clothing, etc.


Light refreshments will be served immediately after the Graduation ceremony in Ridell Hall.

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