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FAQs - Convocation

RDC has chosen to postpone Convocation 2020 due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19. In alignment with Alberta Health directives, the health and safety of everyone on our campuses is our highest priority. We are very sorry to postpone this day of celebration, and we appreciate your understanding for the reasons why this decision has been made. 

Red Deer College is excited to share that we will celebrate our Convocation 2020 graduates with an in-person celebration during Convocation week next year. This celebration will take place during the first week of June 2021, and details will continue to be provided in the coming months. Please stay connected to www.rdc.ab.ca/convocation and to RDC’s social media channels for up-to-date information. 

Yes, Convocation 2020 and Convocation 2021 will both be celebrated during Convocation week next year, which will be the first week in June. We are still working out the exact details about what this might look like, and these will be shared in the coming months. Please stay connected to www.rdc.ab.ca/convocation and to RDC’s social media channels for up-to-date information.  

No. We understand that our graduates may have other commitments, whether Convocation is held in June or at another time of the year. While we always appreciate the opportunity to celebrate with our students, we recognize that not everyone will be able to attend. 

Students who are eligible to graduate will receive an email once the new date is known. Please ensure that you keep your contact information up-to-date by visiting rdc.ab.ca/keepintouch so that you stay informed. 

Please also stay connected to RDC’s social media platforms (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and visit the Convocation webpage for updates. 

Yes. All students who are eligible to graduate will still receive their credential. Postponing the ceremonies does not impact our students’ graduation from Red Deer College.  

Yes. All students who are eligible to graduate will receive their parchment by mail after June 5, 2020.

Please ensure that Red Deer College has your correct permanent address on file. Your parchment will be sent to this address. You can confirm your address by logging in to TheLoop and clicking on Personal Information. Students who need to change their permanent addresses should email the Office of the Registrar at admissions [at] rdc [dot] ab [dot] ca or call 403.342.3400 to update their information. We request that all students confirm their addresses by May 15, 2020

August 2020 is the cut-off for participation in Convocation 2020. If you complete your program of studies before the end of August 2020, you are eligible for Convocation 2020. If your program is still in progress at the end of August, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance at Convocation. Your actual certificate or diploma will be mailed once all courses are complete. 

Students who complete their programs after August 2020 will be eligible to attend the Convocation Ceremonies in June 2021.

If you are in an Apprenticeship program, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from RDC; your journeyman certificate comes from the Alberta Apprenticeship Board.

To Attend you must apply online. The link to apply will be available through your Loop account once the new Convocation date has been announced. 

Yes. All students who have paid to attend Convocation in June 2020 will receive a refund from Gaspard. 

No. Since the Convocation celebration that will be held in June 2021 is an entirely new event, you will have to reapply to attend. Please stay connected to RDC’s Convocation webpage for updates and information on how to apply, once the new date is established. 

Students who are eligible to graduate will receive an email once the new date is known. You are also encouraged to stay connected to RDC’s social media platforms (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and visit the Convocation webpage for updates. 

We understand that this is a difficult time and that offering Convocation at a different time may mean that some students who had planned on attending in June 2020 can no longer attend. We are very sorry if this is the case for you. Please know that you will still receive your parchment in the mail after June 5, 2020, and you will still be part of the Red Deer College Alumni community. 

Yes. Convocation will be live streamed when it is held. Details about this will be available on the Convocation webpage before the event. 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, all remaining grad photo sessions at Red Deer College have been cancelled. Please contact Mountain West Studio for further information. 

If you have already had a Convocation photo session at RDC’s campuses throughout the year, you will receive these photos, as per the original timelines. Please contact Mountain West Studio for further information. 

Yes. You are an RDC alum once you have completed 30 credits or one year of an apprenticeship program at Red Deer College. Typically, the RDC Alumni Association present new grads with a Welcome note and the opportunity to sign up for an Alumni Benefits Card at Convocation. If you’d like to sign up for your alumni benefits now, please visit rdc.ab.ca/keepintouch

The RDC Alumni Association looks forward to attending the rescheduled event to celebrate your accomplishment and welcome you to the Alumni community in person. 

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