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Convocation 2023: Let’s Celebrate Our Upcoming Graduates!

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By Emily Carr University

Posted on April 27, 2023 | Updated April 27, 2023, 9:52am

Filed in Faculty, Staff, Students

Convocation 2023

This year’s Convocation features over 400 graduates expected to walk the stage and complete their academic journey at the Chan Centre on May 10!

As a member of the ECU community, we know you’re just as thrilled to see our talented, hardworking students graduate as the Class of 2023.

Whether guiding students to the right resources or providing vital mentorship, you have played an important role in shaping a robust learning experience for students to pursue their dreams and passions.

Wondering how you can view and enjoy the ceremony? Due to the large number of graduating students and limited seating, each student is permitted two tickets for guests. ECU community members may attend as a chosen guest of a graduate or view the ceremony video recording on the Convocation webpage – the video will be posted within a day or two after the grand event.

Those without tickets are welcome to come early and wait in the standby line, which starts at 12:30pm to try their luck if tickets become available. Stand by at your own risk, as there is no guarantee that overflow guests will be able to attend the ceremony.

Convocation offers an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and sacrifices each of our students has made in their time at Emily Carr. Here’s how you can get involved.

Attending the ceremony? Be sure to use #EmilyCarrGrad in your posts on Instagram and we’ll reshare them!

Pop by the Grad-Help Desk

Graduating soon? The Alumni Relations office wants to set you up for success on the big day and beyond.

Students can pick up snacks to fuel up for The Show, a gift from the Emily Carr Alumni Association, as well as enter to win door prizes from brands that partner with the Alumni Relations office.

Drop by the grad help desk at the following location:

  • ECU Entrance (Level 2 near Reception)
  • May 4, 5 and 8 | 10am - 2pm

Questions? Contact

Learn about the Emily Award and Honorary Award Winners

Every year at Convocation, ECU bestows honorary degrees and Emily Awards to luminaries within the creative and philanthropic spheres.

We proudly announce that multi-media visual artist Zadie Xa (BFA, 2007) will receive the Emily Award. Ceramicist and mixed-media artist Glenn Lewis and photographer and curator Paul Wong will receive Honorary Degrees for their magnificent work and historic contributions to the global art and design community. All three artists will receive their honours during ECU’s convocation ceremony on May 10, 2023.

The Honorary Degree Program celebrates and recognizes the commitment, dedication, and service of individuals distinguished by their significant contributions and sustained creative and philanthropic achievements in their areas of expertise.

The annual Emily Award Program recognizes the outstanding achievements of members of the alumni community whose creative pursuits in the arts, media and design have brought honour to the university.