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Winter graduation

Winter 2020 Graduation Student Information Guide

The deadline to apply for the Winter 2020 Graduation without the late fee is Sept. 27, 2019. Applications will be accepted with a late fee of $25 from Sept. 28 to Dec. 13, 2019. All applications received after this time will be forwarded to the Summer 2020 Graduation being held on June 9, 10, and 11, 2020.

Graduation Ceremonies

Wednesday, Feb. 19, Thursday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre,
4th Floor - New Westminster Campus,
700 Royal Avenue,
New Westminster, BC

In 2020, Douglas College will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Graduation commemorates and rewards all your hard work and effort here at Douglas College. It is a very special day - for you the graduate, your friends and family, and for Douglas College. To observe and celebrate the realization of your goals, we urge all graduates to participate in the ceremonies. Douglas College is proud of its graduates, so plan to attend the Winter 2020 Graduation Ceremonies.

The College will be hosting ceremonies this Winter on February 19-21st. Students must pay particular attention to the time they are scheduled to receive their award and ensure that they attend the appropriate ceremony. PLEASE ARRIVE ONE HOUR BEFORE YOUR CEREMONY TIME.

Please read all of the information carefully. If you have questions, please contact the graduation office by email at  

Ceremony Schedule - Winter Graduation 2020

The Winter 2020 Graduation Ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, February 19, Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21, 2020. You are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments here at Douglas College. If you plan to attend, please submit your request for tickets by following instructions on the Graduation RSVP webpage. Your request must be submitted no later than Friday February 7, 2020. Once the theatre is filled additional guests will be directed to the overflow room where the ceremonies can be viewed via a live video feed. 

If you are unable to attend the Winter ceremony and would like to attend the summer ceremony please email for further information.






Continuing Education


Certificate of Completion in Career Development Practice

Certificate of Completion in Career Development Practice - Advanced


Certificate in Basic Occupational Education - Retail and Business Services

Certificate in Behaviour Intervention

Certificate in Classroom and Community Support

Certificate in Customer Service and Cashier Training

Certificate in Post-Basic Early Childhood Education – Infant/Toddler

Diploma in Child and Youth Care – Aboriginal Stream

Diploma in Child and Youth Care

Diploma in Classroom and Community Support

Diploma in Community Social Service Work

Diploma in Early Childhood Education – Special Needs

Diploma in Youth Justice

Advanced Certificate in Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis

Advanced Certificate in Employment Supports Specialty 

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (all Concentrations)

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation




Certificate in Academic Foundations

Associate Degree in Arts

Associate Degree in Arts - Environmental Studies

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Anthropology

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Criminology

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Economics

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Geography and the Environment

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in History

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Philosophy

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Psychology

Associate Degree in Arts – Specialization in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology (all Concentrations)

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology (Honours)

Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Rehabilitation






Certificate in Community Mental Health

Certificate in Health Care Assisting

Certificate in Health Care Support Work

Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing




Certificate in Communications

Certificate in Performing Arts

Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Diploma in Performing Arts - Music

Associate Degree in Arts - Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies

Associate Degree in Arts - Intercultural and International Studies

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Communications

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Creative Writing

Associate Degree in Arts - Specialization in Modern Languages






Certificate in Criminal Justice Studies

Diploma in Criminology

Diploma in General Studies

Diploma in Legal Studies

Diploma in Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology (all Concentrations)







Certificate in Marketing

Diploma in Marketing

Post-Degree Diploma in International Business Management

Post-Degree Diploma in Marketing

Post-Degree Diploma in Project Management

Post-Degree Diploma in Sales






Certificate in Accounting

Certificate in Office Administration

Certificate in Office Administration - Legal

Certificate in Office Administration - Medical

Diploma in Accounting

Diploma in Office Administration 

Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting (all Concentrations)

Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting

Post-Degree Diploma in Accounting Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting and Finance






Certificate in Computing Science

Certificate in Engineering Foundations

Diploma in Dispensing Opticianry

Diploma in Sport Science (all Specializations)

Associate Degree in Science – Environmental Science

Associate Degree in Science (all Specializations)

Bachelor in Physical Education and Coaching (all Concentrations)

Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education







Certificate in General Business

Diploma in Business Management - Business Administration

Diploma in Business Management - General Business

Diploma in Commerce and Business Administration

Diploma in General Business

Diploma in Management

Bachelor of Business Administration – Management






Diploma in Computing Studies and Information Systems

Diploma in Financial Services

Bachelor of Business Administration – Financial Services (all Concentrations)

Post-Degree Diploma in Data Analytics

Post-Degree Diploma in Financial Analysis

Post-Degree Diploma in Financial Planning

Post-Degree Diploma in Information and Communication Technology

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Computer and Information Systems

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance






Continuing Education


Certificate of Completion in Home Inspection

Certificate of Completion in Veterinary Office and Animal Care


Diploma in Hospitality Management

Post-Degree Diploma in Global Banking and Economics

Post-Degree Diploma in Hospitality Management

Post-Degree Diploma in Hospitality Marketing

Post-Degree Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Hospitality Services Management

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in International Supply Chain Management


Procedures for the Ceremonies

Report to the third floor North Building, one hour prior to your ceremony to check-in and pick up your Credential and gown. Late arrivals will be difficult to accommodate due to the gowning of students so please be on time. Once gowned, graduates will not be permitted to leave this area. Students are advised to leave purses and bags at home or with guests prior to check-in but there is a coat check available. Guests are to go directly to the Performing Arts Theatre. 

Once the theatre is filled to capacity, any further guests will be directed to the overflow room to watch the ceremonies via the live feed or they will be able to watch the ceremonies in the concourse on the big screen.

Your program will meet in a designated area. Once you find your program group, please remain in this area to receive further instructions regarding the processional into the Performing Arts Theatre. All graduates and guests are to remain seated in the Performing Arts Theatre until the achievements of all students have been recognized.

The ceremonies will be approximately 60 to 90 minutes in length. After each ceremony, graduates and guests are invited to a reception.

Graduation is a semi-formal event and all students will be provided with a gown for the ceremony. The Graduation gown is black and approximately knee length.Please return the graduation gowns to the gowning room as soon as possible after your ceremony. Remember to sign in your gown as you will be charged the cost of the gown if not returned. Note: Douglas College does not own any gowns for use before or after the ceremony date.



Requests for guest tickets will open on January 15 at 11:00 am for students that applied by the application deadline and indicated on their application that they will be attending. After this time tickets will be available for all students who applied by the application deadline from January 28 at 11:00 am to February 7.

You will be required to sign into and complete a ticket request form according to the date and time of your ceremony. Due to the limited seating available in the theatre and the number of students who indicated they will be attending, we will be issuing 2 tickets per student. This will ensure that there are at least two guests in the theatre for each graduate attending the ceremony.  

If there are any tickets remaining, the system will reopen for an additional ticket on February 11 at 11:00 am. Tickets may also be available on a first come/first served basis at the door one hour before the ceremony begins. Please click the link to your ceremony on the RSVP page to request guest tickets:


Gabor Gasztonyi Photography will be capturing an action shot of each graduate while crossing the stage during the ceremony. Students will have an opportunity to purchase these photos. In addition, before and after each ceremony, Gabor Gasztonyi will be available for drop-in photo sessions for individual portraits. (Please note: gowns will be available for photographic sessions). It is recommended for graduates who wish individual portraits, to plan to be here two hours prior to the commencement of their ceremony.


Convocation Flowers provides flowers for the ceremonies for graduates and guests have the opportunity to pre-order their flowers online - you will be able to purchase and reserve your flowers ahead of time and have them available for pick-up at their table outside of the Theatre on your graduation day.


Free parking is available, space permitting, for graduates and their guests. Access to the parkade is off Victoria Street. Once the parking lot is full there is two-hour metered street parking.

Students who currently have courses in progress

If you are currently enrolled in courses that are needed to meet graduation requirements you must verify successful completion of these courses before attending the Graduation Ceremony. Please go to the Douglas College Web site or check with the instructor or department to verify grades. All requirements must be on student records by Monday, February 10th. If you are continuing your studies and will be eligible to receive an additional award at a later time you will be required to apply for the next Graduation Ceremony. As stated on the graduation application: Students may apply for only one award in related fields of study and will be granted to the highest eligible award. To claim a second diploma, either in the same or other graduation term, an additional 50% (30 credits) new workload must be completed.

Name and address verification

Please carefully check that your name and address is correct; this is how your name will appear on your credential. You can view your graduation application on-line through your secure area - sign on through myAccount at Contact the Graduation Office immediately by email at: if any corrections are required.

Any changes or corrections that are not reported before January 15, 2020 will result in the student bearing any and all associated costs for reprinting. The current price for reprinting is $25.

Award Pickup

  1. Credentials may be picked up by graduates who do not attend the Ceremony at the Office of the Registrar, located at the New Westminster campus between Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 and Friday, March 27, 2020. If you would like to pick up your credential at the Coquitlam campus please contact the Graduation Office by email at Graduates must present pictured identification at the time of pickup. A person other than the graduate may pick up the award upon presentation of a permission letter signed by the graduate and picture identification of themselves.
  2. After March 27, 2020 the awards will be mailed to the permanent address indicated in the student's file. Once mailed, the College is not responsible for any damage or loss which may result in the mailing process. Any request for reprinting resulting from loss or damage must be paid by the student. Students are, therefore, encouraged to pick up their awards at the College.

The Douglas College alumni card

The Douglas College Alumni Association will have a booth set up at the graduation ceremony for all Graduates who would like to receive a permanent Douglas College photo ID Alumni Card.

The Douglas College Alumni Card provides alumni with access to many on- and off-campus services and discounts. Douglas College Alumni Cards are permanent and there is no charge for the card.

A premier benefit of the Douglas College alumni card is the use of the library, student rate discounts on all performing arts shows, athletic events and recreational facilities.

Special assistance or request

For students with special needs such as ASL interpreters, photo enlarging or braille, please contact Miriam West 604 527 5120, email or TTY - 604 527 5450 by January 15, 2020.


Notice of live web stream and event photography

Please note that the graduation ceremonies are streamed via a link on the Douglas College website. As well, Douglas College has roving staff photographers taking photos of the event which may be used to promote the College.

If you do not wish to be photographed, please let the photographer know and they will be happy to comply.