Vancouver Campus 2020 Commencement

Important Announcement

Due to the current COVID-19 virus, the Vancouver Campus 2020 Commencement Ceremony and related events initially scheduled from May 2 to May 7 are now postponed until further notice. Please continue to check this page and your FDU email for updates. If you have any graduation questions, please send an email to

Registration to Attend the Ceremony

Students who are planning to attend the ceremony in Vancouver must RSVP to the Ceremony between February 1 and February 29 by submitting a Build a Grad online registration form. Only students who declare for graduation (using Webadvisor) will receive an e-mail from Enrollment Services with the steps and procedures for Build a Grad. For any questions, please contact at 604-682-4474.

Pre-Commencement Dinner

FDU will be sponsoring a dinner for all graduates, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver. The Centre is about 2 blocks west of the Renfrew Skytrain Station on the Millennium Line. Please confirm your attendance on the Build a Grad registration form.

Registration: 5:00 PM
Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Graduating students can bring up to two guests to the Pre-Commencement dinner for an additional fee of $50 CAD each. The payment will be collected during Regalia pick-up from April 27 to May 1, 2020, at Enrollment Services (Office 203)

Vancouver Graduation Salute

FDU Vancouver will host a Graduation Salute on Saturday, May 2 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Vancouver Campus (842 Cambie Street). Graduating students are invited to this FREE event where they can attend multiple workshops, info sessions and fun activities designed for graduating students.

Student Loan Exit Interviews

Students who have received Canadian student loans are required to attend an exit interview with the Director of Enrollment Services during their final trimester. To book an appointment please email

Graduation Honors and Awards

Undergraduate students whose cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) is 3.85 or higher will receive their degree summa cum laude; if the CGPR is 3.67, magna cum laude; if the CGPR is 3.33, cum laude. Only weighted grades will be included in computing honors. Only the credits taken at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a minimum of 54 credits, will be used in this evaluation.

Students who qualify to graduate with honors will receive a medal which they can wear at graduation. Medals will be distributed at the Pre-Commencement Dinner on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Students who also plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony in New Jersey should take their medals with them.

Students in the Business Program, who have been admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma, may also wear their award cord.

Pinnacle Award

Each year faculty and staff nominate one undergraduate student from the graduating class for the Pinnacle Award. The student is invited to speak at the Commencement Ceremony.

Graduate Program Speaker

Each year a graduating representative from the graduate program is invited to speak on behalf of the class at the Commencement Ceremony.


Students are encouraged to invite family and friends to the ceremony. Graduating students may bring up to four guests to the Commencement Ceremony. Seating is limited, and guests must have a ticket to attend. Tickets for guests are available from the Enrollment Services Office (Office 203) from Monday, April 27 to Friday, May 1, 2020, between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Please note this is only for students who already RSVP’d using Build a Grad.

Invitation Letters

If you would like to invite family members to Canada to attend your Commencement Ceremony, you can use the provided invitation letter template.  You should complete the Bolded portions of the letter with the appropriate information for each family member.  You can send invitation letters to your family members at any time.

For information regarding the invitation letter, please see the IRCC invitation letter guidelines.

FDU Vancouver will not issue invitation letters for Commencement.

Gowns and Regalia

When graduating students RSVP to the Commencement Ceremony using Build a Grad, they will be asked to provide their height for their gown.

Rehearsal and Gown Pick Up

Graduation gowns can be picked up from the Enrollment Services office, room 203 from Monday, April 27 until Friday, May 1, 2020, between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

Students who RSVP to Build a Grad for the Commencement Ceremony in New Jersey will need to bring their gowns with them to that event.


The dress should be appropriate for the occasion. It is recommended that graduates wear business casual attire for the commencement ceremonies. Please wear comfortable dress shoes (no running shoes). Personal belongings should not be brought into the lineup area. Graduates will not be permitted to carry handbags, cameras, balloons or other objects.


Photographs may be taken at any time and the use of video cameras is permitted during the ceremony.

For personal safety and fire code compliance, pictures and videos can only be taken from your guests’ designated seating area. Individuals are asked not to leave their seats to take pictures of graduates.

Disabled Guests

Seating for a disabled guest accompanying family members is available on request. Please contact the Enrollment Services office at 604-648-4474 for further information.


Parking is available in the public parking lot located under the Vancouver Public Library (corner of West Georgia and Hamilton Street). The entrance to the parking garage is on Hamilton Street (near Robson Street). 5 AM to Midnight, 7 days a week.

Specially designated handicapped parking stalls are beside doors to the elevators in the parking garage below the library building (exit on level 1).

Processional, Benediction, and Recessional

Graduates and their guests remain standing after the processional for the singing of the National Anthems and the Invocation. Men should remove their caps for the National Anthems, Invocation, and Benediction. During the Benediction, all graduates stand. After the Benediction, all will remain standing while members of the platform party leave, followed by faculty and then graduates.

Students will be seated according to college affiliation and degree attained.

Note: Once the ceremony begins and out of respect for all graduates and their guests, graduates are not permitted to leave the seating area until after the ceremony is completed. All graduates are expected to participate in the processional and recessional of the formal and dignified ceremony.


Graduates and their guests are invited to join the faculty, staff and honored guests for a reception in the foyer immediately following the ceremony.

Recording of the Grad Greetings Video

We invite you to take part in the annual Grad Greetings video message. This year we are combining the video messages from all campuses. We are asking graduates to submit their videos virtually. These messages can be up to 30 seconds long and express appreciation to those who have helped you reach this milestone and other meaningful messages you wish to convey. 

Deadline: May 1

Maximum length: 30 seconds

Format: MUST be filmed horizontally

For the full recording guidelines and uploading steps, please click here.

Grad Slide Show

The Vancouver Campus is putting together a slide show to display at the Commencement Ceremony. Send your photos from your time at FDU to before Friday, April 24, 2020.

Graduation Photos

To book your personal portrait sitting, please contact Artona by calling 604.872.7272, or visit their website at Click the “My School Info” button on the homepage. Enter “Fairleigh Dickinson University”. Follow the on-line instructions.

There is a $15 non-refundable sitting fee and a $60 refundable deposit. The $60 deposit allows them to produce and send you previews of your photos, which will be applied to your photo order.


Artona is located at 353 West 7th Avenue in Vancouver.
Mon-Sat / 9 AM to 5 PM
Call for hours on statutory holidays


Diplomas will be available for pick up from the Enrollment Services office about 8 weeks after the date of graduation. Unless otherwise specified, all diplomas will be available for pickup at the Vancouver Campus.

General Information and Questions

Vancouver students with questions concerning graduation, eligibility and the Commencement Ceremony should contact the Enrollment Services office in Vancouver at 604-648-4474 or by emailing