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Oki, Amba'wastitch, Danit'ada, Tansi and Congratulations!

Although the signing of Treaty 7 occurred on September 22, 1877, our ancestors were connected intertribally for generations before. In 1910, Mount Royal College, as it was known then, was granted a charter to begin operating as a post-secondary institution. Now, as a degree-granting institution, we graduate more than a hundred First Nation, Métis, Inuit and non-status Indigenous students every year.

Imagine our ancestors from that time seeing you today, as graduates that have learned to walk in both the western and Indigenous worlds — this was their hope and dreams for the seventh generation. 

Every year, we want to acknowledge this momentous occasion — recognize your hard work; celebrate with you, family and community; and continually raise awareness of Indigenous peoples, cultures and student support throughout MRU and the greater community.

It is our honour to invite you to the Mount Royal University Indigenous Graduation.

Indigenous Graduation Celebration

You and your family are invited to participate in Mount Royal University's Indigenous Graduation Banquet and Ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments as a community.

The Iniskim Centre and MRU wish to honour you on the successful completion of your degree, diploma or certificate program.

Throughout the event, you will hear celebratory messages from Elders, MRU senior leadership and Iniskim Centre staff; enjoy a three-course served dinner; celebrate with traditional songs, dances and a graduate blanket ceremony.

After the formal ceremony, the community is invited to share stories, celebrate and get to know the people who have supported your family members during their academic careers.

Event details

Saturday, June 4, 2022
2 – 5 p.m.
Triple Gym, Mount Royal University

Indigenous graduates have the option and are encouraged to wear traditional regalia to the ceremony in place of or in addition to the cap and gown. 

Cost

  • Graduates and up to two family members — complimentary
  • Family members — $25 to $35 per plate

To ensure families are seated at the same table, please register to attend.

*Please note: When filling out the registration form, you do not need to include @mtroyal.ca in your username sign-in.

Alumni

Welcome, Alumni! After graduation, you are automatically given free, lifetime membership to the MRU Alumni Association and its exclusive perks and benefits. Make sure to visit mru.ca/NewGrads to learn more about your alumni membership.

Grad Portraits

Spring graduates can book their grad portraits through MRU's official photography partner Lifetouch. On-campus appointments are available from April 19 to 25. Book your appointment now. There will be additional drop-in sessions between June 1 – 3 during Faculty Convocation on a first-come-first-served basis. Sitting fees are $30.

Indigenous Graduation Photo Opportunities

Indigenous Graduation portrait session

If you are unable to attend the grad portrait session from April 19 to 25 or would like to have an Indigenous Grad photo, Lifetouch will be on campus on Saturday, June 4, 1 – 4 p.m. Photos will be taken in order of appearance at U111. There is no registration required. Sitting fees are $30.

For the Indigenous Graduation portrait sessions, graduates are welcome to dress up in their traditional and formal regalia, as well family members are encouraged to join the photo session. 


Indigenous Graduation photo with tipi and family

During the Indigenous Graduation, graduates and family members have the opportunity to have their photos taken in front of the tipi. Any photos taken will be shared with the graduate along with receiving congratulations on your graduation photo.

There is no registration required, photos will be taken in order of appearance. Pending weather, we will have a tipi located indoors and outside by the Inii Awatoo (Buffalo on the Move) monument.


By offering several photo opportunities, we want to ensure that we offer a culturally safe space for Indigenous graduates and their families. 


FAQ

Be sure to check out the Faculty Convocation frequently asked questions section.


Past celebrations

Spring 2021's online gathering

 

 

Spring and Fall 2019, Winter and Spring 2020's online gathering

 


Questions?

Please email Steve Kootenay-Jobin at skootenayjobin@mtroyal.ca or Marija Small Legs at msmalllegs@mtroyal.ca