Faculty and Staff Information

Faculty and Staff Onstage

Assemble at the designated location for the ceremony in academic dress one half hour before the start of the ceremony.

The Grand Marshal has a predetermined seating plan and is there to place you in the appropriate order. The plan ensures platform party guests and faculty are appropriately seated according to their role onstage.

The Chancellor, President, Provost, Vice-Presidents, Chair/Secretary of Senate, Deans, and Registrar sit in the first two rows and their seats are reserved.

The academic procession begins approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the ceremony. You are led into the auditorium by the Grand Marshal. Please follow their direction once you are onstage. Remain standing until you are invited by the Provost to sit down. 

At the close of the ceremony, you will be asked to rise and remain standing for the singing of O Canada. Following the singing of O Canada, the Beadle will lead the platform party off stage. 

Please join your graduates and their guests at the reception.


Representatives from each Faculty participate as Marshals during Convocation. The role of the Marshal is a very important one; therefore, it is critical the person(s) appointed to act as Marshal understand the responsibilities of this role. These individuals assist with lining up graduates prior to the start of each ceremony, lead graduates into the Auditorium and assist during the ceremony.

PhD Supervisors

PhD supervisors are recognized at Convocation as being a major part of the graduate's experience at Dalhousie. The Dean will ask the supervisor to stand when the name of the PhD graduate is read out. The supervisor, if present, comes forward and stands next to the President to participate in presenting the parchment. PhD graduates are invited to join the faculty on stage for the remainder of the ceremony and in the recessional.

PhD supervisors are asked to confirm their attendance with the Admissions and Convocation Officer (fgs.convocation@dal.ca) in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.