Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony

Graduation group

Western’s Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony takes place each year in early April.

All Indigenous students registered at Western or one of our Affiliated University College’s (Brescia, Huron, or King’s) are welcome to participate. Families are encouraged to attend and support their graduates.

During the ceremony we honour and celebrate our Indigenous student graduates’ accomplishments. Graduates are gifted with a Western Indigenous Student Centre stole (white to acknowledge the completion of an undergraduate degree, silver for a master’s degree and gold for a doctorate degree). For students, the stoles are a visual symbol of pride in their Indigenous heritage and can also be worn during Western Convocation ceremonies in February, June, or October.

Graduation students Graduation Student and Family member

Indigenous Student Graduation Ceremony Spring 2020

Unfortunately, the 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed due to the current global pandemic Covid-19. The Indigenous Student Centre is working diligently to ensure that we support and celebrate our students throughout this global pandemic. As such we are conducting a brief survey to ensure that we can create the best plan to acknowledge your hard work.

If you are graduating in 2020, please take a look at our brief survey.

If you have more questions about the Indigenous Graduation ceremony, please contact Joy SpearChief-Morris at