Students walking wearing graduation gown and going into the basilica

Baccalaureate & Convocation

Graduation is a celebratory milestone recognizing all of your accomplishments during your time at Brescia. Because you have completed your education at an affiliate university, you and your family have the opportunity to celebrate at both Brescia’s Baccalaureate and Magisterial Ceremony and Western’s Convocation Ceremony. 

Baccalaureate and Magisterial Ceremony

This special celebration marks your formal graduation from Brescia University College. The ceremony is open to you, a registered Brescia student who is expected to graduate in June or October, and your family and friends. During this ceremony, you will hear from the Grad Class Speaker, academic awards will be distributed and your class will be welcomed into the Brescia Alumnae Association with the presentation of alumnae rings.

All graduates are issued four Baccalaureate tickets by Brescia. As we are unable to issue additional tickets to students, it is suggested graduates connect with fellow classmates as some may not need all of their issued tickets.


Convocation marks your formal graduation from Western University. All graduates, family, friends, faculty and staff gather in front of Ursuline Hall before walking down the Brescia hill to Western. This annual Brescia tradition is led by a bagpiper followed by the graduates, family and friends walking towards Alumni Hall. During the ceremony you will be hooded, admitted to Western’s Alumni Association and you will receive your degree, diploma or certificate.

All graduates are issued four convocation tickets by Western. These tickets will be available at the end of May and can be accessed online. Should you require additional tickets, Western sends out an email with instructions to all graduating students in May.