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 woudl normally have the opportunity to celebrate at both Brescia’s Baccalaureate and Magisterial Ceremony and Western’s Convocation Ceremony. 

Graduation 2021 Update

Western has announced that Autumn Convocation will be celebrated virtually. Brescia supports Western’s decision, and plans to send special celebratory packages to all members of the graduating class. Be sure to update your current mailing address in your student account to ensure you receive your package!


Western is planning a virtual convocation for Autumn 2021 graduates on Friday October 22, 2021 to allow you to remotely share this occasion with your family and friends. They are offering each graduate the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with a photo and personal message that can be downloaded and shared on social media.

All eligible graduates were sent an email from Western with instructions on steps to register and submit the information needed to create a personalized graduation slide. 

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.