Oki, Amba'wastitch, Danit'ada, Tansi and Congratulations!

Although the signing of Treaty 7 occurred on September 22, 1877, our ancestors were connected intertribally for generations before. In 1910, Mount Royal College, as it was known then, was granted a charter to begin operating as a post-secondary institution. Now, as a degree-granting institution, we graduate more than a hundred First Nation, Métis, Inuit and non-status Indigenous students every year.

Imagine our ancestors from that time seeing you today, as graduates that have learned to walk in both the western and Indigenous worlds — this was their hope and dreams for the seventh generation. 

Every year, we want to acknowledge this momentous occasion — recognize your hard work; celebrate with you, family and community; and continually raise awareness of Indigenous peoples, cultures and student support throughout MRU and the greater community.

It is our honour to invite you to the Mount Royal University Indigenous Graduation.

Indigenous Graduation Celebration

You and your family are invited to participate in Mount Royal University's Indigenous Graduation Banquet and Ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments as a community.

The Iniskim Centre and MRU wish to honour you on the successful completion of your degree, diploma or certificate program.

Throughout the event, you will hear celebratory messages from Elders, MRU senior leadership and Iniskim Centre staff; enjoy a three-course served dinner; celebrate with traditional songs, dances and a graduate blanket ceremony.

After the formal ceremony, the community is invited to share stories, celebrate and get to know the people who have supported your family members during their academic careers.

Event details

Saturday, June 4, 2022
2 – 5 p.m.
Triple Gym, Mount Royal University

Indigenous graduates have the option and are encouraged to wear traditional regalia to the ceremony in place of or in addition to the cap and gown. 


  • Graduates and up to two family members — complimentary
  • Family members — $25 to $35 per plate

Indigenous Graduation Photo Opportunities

By offering several photo opportunities, we want to ensure that we offer a culturally safe space for Indigenous graduates and their families. 

Indigenous Graduation portrait session

Lifetouch will be on campus on Saturday, June 4, 1 – 6 p.m. Photos will be taken in order of appearance at U111. There is no registration required and, through a Lifetouch sponsorship, Indigenous grads will not incur the sitting fee.

For the Indigenous Graduation portrait sessions, graduates are welcome to dress up in their traditional and formal regalia, as well family members are encouraged to join the photo session. 

Book your Lifetouch photo session.

Indigenous Graduation photo with tipi and family

During the Indigenous Graduation, graduates and family members have the opportunity to have their photos taken in front of the tipi. Any photos taken will be shared with the graduate along with receiving congratulations on your graduation photo.

There is no registration required, photos will be taken in order of appearance. Pending weather, we will have a tipi located indoors and outside by the Inii Awatoo (Buffalo on the Move) monument.


Be sure to check out the Faculty Convocation frequently asked questions section.

Past celebrations

Spring 2021's online gathering



Spring and Fall 2019, Winter and Spring 2020's online gathering



Please email Melanie Parsons at mparsons@mtroyal.ca or Marija Small Legs at msmalllegs@mtroyal.ca

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