Commencement - Vancouver Campus

The Commencement Ceremony was held at Westside/The Centre on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

(Note:  All participants must be at the Westside/The Centre by 12:00 PM. Please allow adequate time for parking.)

Video of the Ceremony

2018 FDU Vancouver Campus - Commencement Ceremony from FDU Vancouver on Vimeo.

Registration to Attend the Ceremony

Students who are planning to attend the ceremony in Vancouver must register with Enrollment Services in Vancouver by February 26, 2018. Please contact at 604-648-4491 if you have any queries.

Pre-Commencement Dinner

FDU will be sponsoring a dinner for all graduates, faculty and staff on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan St, Vancouver. The Centre is about 2 blocks west of the Renfrew Skytrain Station on the Millenium Line. Please confirm your attendance on the registration form.

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

Graduation Honors and Awards

A student whose cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) is 3.85 or higher will receive his or her 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 qualified to graduate with honors will receive a medal which they can wear at graduation. Medals will be distributed on the day of the ceremony. Students who also plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony in New Jersey should take their medal 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 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 as many guests as they would like. However, as seating is limited, guests must have a ticket to attend. Tickets for guests are available from the Enrollment Services Office (Office 203) from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27, 2018 between 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please note this is only for students who already RSVP'd.

Immigration Matters

Students, who are returning to Canada to attend the ceremony, should obtain a Letter of Invitation to attend the Commencement ceremony for themselves and their guests. Students and their guests who need a visa to enter Canada will require this letter for their application for their visa. It is recommended that you apply for your visa before February 20, to provide sufficient time to process the application.

To request a Letter of Invitation for you and your guests, please email Lynda Kuit, Assistant to the Campus Provost or in person in Room 125.

Gowns and Regalia

When students register with Enrollment Services in Vancouver to attend the ceremony, 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 23 until Friday, April 27, 2018 between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

A rehearsal video providing more information about the ceremony will be posted on this website in April. Please check back here!

Students who will be attending the Commencement Ceremony in New Jersey will be issued a commencement gown at the ceremony. Please report to the Enrollment Services Desk at the event.


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 video 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

The Vancouver Campus will be recording a Grad Greeting Video where you can thank your family, friends and professors for their support. This video will be shown at the Commencement Ceremony. Come and record your 20 second message!

When: To be announced
Where: Boardroom
Times:  To be announced

We can only record 15 students per time slot. Choose a time and book your recording time by sending an email to Ruvimbo at or see her at the Enrollment Services front desk. Space is limited!

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 27, 2018.

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 a.m.–5 p.m.
Call for hours on statutory holidays

Additionally, students should arrange to have a portrait photo taken at the Student Services office in their final term of studies. This photo will be included in the composite photo which will be displayed at the campus.


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.


FDU has secured a block booking with the Georgian Court Hotel for guests flying in from out of town.

To reserve a room please email: Please quote Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduation at time of reservation.

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

Student Loan Exit Interviews

Students who have received Canadian student loans are required to attend an exit interview with the Associate Director of Student Services during their final trimester.