To call and to come together

Mount Royal University prepares for first-ever drive-in style outdoor convocation


Photo of a Mount Royal University graduate.

Attendees have the opportunity to don a graduation cap (also known as a mortarboard), watch proceedings on a big screen, hear their name called and share their success with their friends and loved ones.


Ceremony dates and times

Fall Convocation 2020 will consist of three ceremonies:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. 

Refer to the FAQ section of the convocation website for more information.

Ceremony details

Translated from Latin, Quam Bene Non Quantum means “To Call and To Come Together.” Never has the motto of Mount Royal University been more meaningful.

This past spring, in-person celebrations of student success were put on hold as large gatherings throughout the province were postponed.

In November, Mount Royal is celebrating its 2020 graduates (safely) with the roll out of a drive-in convocation taking place from Nov. 4 to 6.

Due to limited space, the ceremonies will not be organized by faculty. Instead, attendees choose their preferred date and time, which have been provided based on a first-come, first-served basis.

The first ceremony will be Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and will begin with the installation of Mount Royal’s inaugural chancellor and 2019 Honorary Doctor of Laws recipient Dawn Farrell.

Attendees have the opportunity to don a graduation cap (also known as a mortarboard), watch proceedings on a big screen, hear their name called and share their success with their friends and loved ones.

“Our job is to support students from the beginning to the end of their academic journey at MRU. This is the pinnacle. The goal has been achieved, and we want to celebrate every graduate and their accomplishments,” says University Registrar Geri Lynn Gouglas.

Those who cannot attend the drive-in option are welcome to watch the recorded live stream and will automatically have their names published in the Convocation program. They may also choose to be recognized at a later ceremony in 2021.

“This will be a unique and memorable event for graduates to share with their friends and family. Only this group of graduates will have had this experience at MRU,” Gouglas says, who is looking forward to the three days.

“2020 has been a year of challenges. Our graduates have overcome these challenges, completed their final courses and are finally able to be recognized among their peers. We want to recognize each individual graduate and wish them success in their future endeavors.”

Sign up for a portrait and photo session in your grad attire.

Oct. 13, 2020 — Jonathan Anderson