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That’s a wrap on a convocation like no other!

Convocation ceremonies brought together graduates from across Canada and beyond to celebrate in our home community of Athabasca

For the first time in six years, Athabasca University (AU) convocation returned triumphantly to our home community in Athabasca! We proudly celebrated the Class of 2024, which includes 1,950 graduates from 43 programs who received degrees, diplomas, and certificates. 

Over two unforgettable days, hundreds of grads and over 2,000 guests filled the region, making our in-person celebration a grand success. After the ceremonies, everyone was invited to explore AU’s beautiful campus, fostering connections between graduates, classmates, professors, and staff who have supported their journeys. 

Highlights of the ceremonies included inspiring speeches from 2024 Honorary Doctor of Laws recipients Dr. Douglas J. Cardinal and alum Esmail Bharwani (Bachelor of Administration ’92), the presentation of the Governor General’s Academic Gold and Silver Medals, and the induction of Dr. Mike Gismondi into the Order of Athabasca University. 

New graduates also flipped their tassels from right to left and shared their proud successes on social media and, in some cases, on the news!

Take a peek at how we celebrated the Class of 2024! 

Watch the ceremonies

The two ceremonies have now been posted on our YouTube channel.

June 19, 2024

  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Health Disciplines
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws: Dr. Douglas J. Cardinal
  • Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal: Andrei Afilipoaei


June 20, 2024

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Business
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws: Esmail Bharwani
  • Order of Athabasca University: Dr. Mike Gismondi
  • Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal: Dr. Rebecca Heiser

So many messages of congrats!  

Our graduates bring inspiration to us and those around them. We invited their families, friends, and AU faculty and staff to leave congratulatory messages on a virtual message board, and the outpouring of support was truly heartwarming! 

Sharing the moment

The Class of 2024, their family, friends, and the rest of the AU community joined the celebration on social media, sharing many wonderful moments.

Celebrating Convocation 2024!

Read more stories about AU students and grads as part of our Convocation 2024 coverage.

  • June 26, 2024