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New graduates celebrate their achievement

Thousands of new Queen’s graduates are crossing the stage this week as convocation ceremonies pass the halfway mark.

  • Graduating students from the Faculty of Arts and Science laugh during Monday morning's convocation ceremony. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • Two new graduates celebrate on the steps of Ontario Hall following their convocation ceremony on Monday. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • A new Queen's graduate is wrapped in a Pendleton blanket by Kanonhsyonne - Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation). (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • City Hall is lit up in tricolour for convocation week.
  • Principal Patrick Deane, Rector Owen Crawford-Lem, and Chancellor Emeritus Jim Leech pose for a photo with a graduating student during one of the 10 convocation ceremonies being held this week. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • Robert Spade started the convocation ceremonies on Tuesday, National Indigenous Peoples Day, by drumming in the graduands and providing a teaching. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • A group of graduate students from the Faculty of Engineering – masters in black and doctorals in red – pose for a group photo in front of Richardson Hall. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • Graduating students fill the floor in front of the stage during Monday evening's convocation ceremony at the Leon's Centre in downtown Kingston. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • Family members capture the big moment as their graduating student takes part in convocation. Two ceremonies are being held each day from June 20-24. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)
  • Campus is packed with graduates and their friends and families following each ceremony to get photos in front of buildings such as Ontario Hall and Grant Hall. (Queen's University/Bernard Clark)

Convocation is all about special moments and there have been many moments to celebrate as Queen’s enters the final two days on Thursday and Friday.

Throughout the week – June 20-24 – Queen’s is hosting an expected 8,000 graduating students along with their families and friends, as they officially mark the completion of their studies.

All ceremonies – two each day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. – are being hosted at the Leon’s Centre in downtown Kingston with many new graduates returning to campus to cap their big day with some photos around our beautiful buildings.

Ceremonies are being hosted for the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022, due to delays during the pandemic.

Joining the celebration, the City of Kingston has illuminated City Hall in Queen’s tricolour, and Kingston Transit is offering free transportation between campus and the Leon’s Centre on behalf of Queen’s.

Full details on the convocation ceremonies are available online, including schedules, directions, and venue information.

Those unable to attend in person can join over livestream.

The university is also sharing photos and stories on its social channels, including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Graduates are encouraged to use the hashtags #QueensuGrad20 #QueensuGrad21 and #QueensuGrad22 to share their photos and convocation moments.