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Please note that all graduation dates, times and guest allowances are subject to change. Holland College runs all events in compliance with current CPHO guidelines and the Holland College Ease Back Plan

Check here to see where and when your ceremony is taking place.

Watch the graduation ceremony live here. 
 
We know that you have lots of questions, so please read the information below to find out more about our graduation ceremonies.

Before Graduation Day


Do I need to apply for graduation?

Yes! You must apply to graduate and submit your notice to attend through Webadvisor by March 25 to finalize your credential, transcript and attendance.

I have a financial hold on my account, can I still graduate?

No. Your account must be paid in full before you are permitted to graduate.

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

Login to your Webadvisor account and run your program evaluation. This will confirm whether or not you have met all your program’s graduation requirements.

If I do not attend graduation, how do I get my diploma?

Students who earn a credential but do not attend their in-person graduation will have their diplomas mailed to them. Make sure your address is up to date in Webadvisor.

Will I be able to get professional grad photos prior to graduation?

Heckbert's Photography of Summerside is the official photographer for Holland College graduations. If you live in Summerside or West Prince, you can book an appointment to have your portrait taken in the studio in Summerside. Heckbert's will also be at the Tourism and Culinary Centre on March 4, 5, and 7. and at the Prince of Wales Campus March 8, 9, 10, and 11. For more information, including pricing and links to book a sitting, visit this page

How do I get my gown?

Charlottetown ceremonies: you will be asked your gown size when you complete your Application to Graduate. You will receive an email in your Holland College account two weeks prior to your ceremony with pick up times for your gown and stole. 

Summerside ceremonies: Graduates will receive their gown upon arrival at the Harbourfront Theatre on graduation day.

Are there graduation awards or special distinctions?

Yes! Several programs have graduation awards students can apply for. If your program has any, you will receive an email in April from awards@hollandcollege.com with more information.

One student in each graduation ceremony will hold the distinction of being the valedictorian and giving a speech at the graduation ceremony. Staff, faculty, and students can nominate graduating students to be valedictorian, or students may nominate themselves, including two letters of support, one of which must be from a faculty member, with their application. The valedictorian will be selected based on their academic achievement, strong moral compass, and leadership within their program.

Staff, faculty and students can submit nominations here.

Graduating students can nominate themselves here.

The college also presents two students with the Governor General's Award each year. This award is based on academic achievement, students do not apply. There is an award for Charlottetown and east and one for Summerside and west. The award is presented to the graduating student with the highest aggregate in each region.

The President’s Award of Dedication is also presented at graduation. This award is chosen by program managers and learning managers, students do not apply. An award is presented to one student in each program department at the college. The recipient will have shown strong personal achievement, dedication to their program, and a positive contribution to their class and campus.

Graduation Day Details


When is graduation?

There are several graduation dates. Check here to see the date, time, and location of your graduation

Are guests allowed?

Yes! We are thrilled to welcome your family and friends back to celebrate graduation with you. All our ceremonies have a limit of two guests per graduate, but you can request additional tickets when you submit your Application to Graduate. Requests for extra tickets go on a waiting list and will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Guests must have their ticket to enter the graduation.  

How do my guests get their tickets?

You must pick up your guests' tickets from the person listed below for your location:
Georgetown Centre – Phyllis MacPhee 
Summerside Waterfront Campus – Lisa McCarthy 
West Prince Campus – Julie Gavin 
Prince of Wales Campus – Tracey Vessey (1st floor Montgomery Hall) 
Tourism & Culinary Centre – Rhonda Power 

You will be notified when the tickets are ready for pick up. 

Is the graduation ceremony venue accessible?

All graduates will be asked if any of their guests require accessibility accommodations when they apply to graduate. 

Charlottetown Ceremonies: The McMillan Centre for Community Engagement and Florence Simmons Performance Hall are both wheelchairs accessible. The MCCE has a full ramp with accessibility to the gym floor seating area. The FSPH is fully accessible with space for wheelchair seating at the top of the tiered seating. If staff at the performance hall are made aware of an accessibility requirement in advance, they can arrange for seating at the front of the theatre.

Summerside Ceremonies: The Harbourfront Theatre is fully wheelchair accessible with availability in Row T in the Centre, North, and South seating sections.

Is there a link to watch the ceremony online?

Yes. Watch the graduation ceremonies live here. 

What should I wear to graduation?

With the exception of Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts graduates, who wear their chefs' whites, all graduates are required to wear a Holland College gown and stole. You are encouraged, but not required, to wear business casual clothing. The gown length is approximately mid-calf, so please keep that in mind when choosing your outfit and footwear. The college does not permit any add-ons or alterations to graduation gowns and stoles such as flags, specialty sashes, or signs. Save those items for your celebrations after the ceremony! 

Will there be a secure place to leave my personal belongings?

We discourage you from bringing any personal belongings that you cannot carry on your person, as there is no secure area where you can leave these items while you are participating in the ceremony. The college is not responsible for any loss or damage to items during the ceremonies 

When should I arrive and where do I go?

McMillan Centre for Community Engagement (MCCE) Ceremonies
Arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony start time with your gown on. Enter through the Charlottetown Centre main entrance on Kent Street and congregate in the cafeteria. You will be directed to the MCCE at the appropriate time. Guests enter through the main door of the MCCE on Grafton Street.  
 
Florence Simmons Performance Hall Ceremony
Arrive 45 minutes before the ceremony start time with your gown on. Enter through the Charlottetown Centre main entrance on Kent Street and congregate in the cafeteria. You will be directed to the FSPH at the appropriate time. Guests enter through the Weymouth Street entrance of the Charlottetown Centre.  
 
Harbourfront Theatre Ceremony
Arrive one hour before the ceremony start time. Enter through the theatre's main entrance and register. After you register, you will be directed to the gown pick up area. Once you have your gown, join the others from your program and you will be directed from there when it is time to enter the theatre. Guests can enter through the main entrance of the Harbourfront Theatre no earlier than 30 minutes prior to ceremony start time.  

Where do I park?

Prince of Wales Graduation Ceremonies

For graduations in the McMillan Centre for Community Engagement and the Florence Simmons Performance Hall, graduates and guests can use the student parking lot on Grafton Street or park on the street. Please do not park in or block private driveways.

Harbourfront Theatre

There is a large parking lot in front of the theatre that students and guests can use. 

Will I be able to purchase a frame or other souvenirs at graduation?

Yes! Samuel’s Campus Store staff will be on site with diploma frames and graduation memorabilia. If you're looking for HC swag or other items, visit the stores in the Charlottetown Centre or on the Summerside Waterfront Campus, or shop online here

I’ve read through the FAQs and still have questions; who do I talk to?

You can email your inquiries to graduation@hollandcollege.com.