FAQs

DAY-OF DETAILS FOR GRADUATES

What time is the commencement ceremony?

The ceremony will take place at the Orpheum on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Venue doors open at 12:30 p.m. for guests and the auditorium will open at 1 p.m.

What do I need to know about my regalia?

Please see the regalia page of this website or the FAQs below.

Where do I park?

Please see the directions and parking page or the location and parking FAQs below.

RECEIVING YOUR DIPLOMA

Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

Individuals attending the ceremony will receive a commemorative diploma cover. The Office of the Registrar will send an email confirming degree conferral with a diploma recipient. Graduates can expect to receive their diploma in the mail within 12 weeks of receiving the Registrar’s email. Please note, your diploma will be sent directly to the address listed in Self Service at the time you order it.

Will my diploma be mailed to me?

Individuals attending the ceremony will receive a commemorative diploma cover. The Office of the Registrar will send an email confirming degree conferral with a diploma receipt. Graduates can expect to receive their diploma in the mail within 12 weeks of receiving the Office of the Registrar’s email confirming their degree conferral and diploma receipt.

How can I update the address my diploma is mailed to?

Your diploma will be sent directly to the address listed in Self Service at the time you order it. If you are moving and would like it mailed elsewhere, please update your address in Self Service by the time you order your diploma.

REGALIA

How do I order my regalia?

The University rents regalia for each student to wear during commencement. Regalia orders are filled based on information provided in the graduation petition form. It is picked up the morning of the ceremony upon entering the theatre at the Granville St. entrance.

Master’s graduates can keep their mortarboard and tassel. Doctoral graduates can keep their hood, mortarboard, and tassel.

All other regalia items but must be returned to the regalia tables near the Granville St. entrance following the ceremony.

Are honor cords available?

Adler does not provide honor cords.

TICKETS

How many tickets will graduates receive?

Each graduate will be invited to request up to 10 tickets for their guests. 

Tickets are provided free of charge and seating is general admission style. If extra tickets are available, they will be distributed approximately three weeks prior to the ceremony date.  

Are additional tickets available?

If any extra tickets are available, they will be distributed about three weeks prior to the ceremony date.

How do I access my tickets?

Tickets will be sent electronically. Students are responsible for distributing them to their guests. Every guest will need a ticket to enter the venue. 

If guests are unable to attend, can they watch the ceremony?

Yes, the ceremony will be available for viewing online. On the day of the ceremony, friends and family can click on the livestream portion of this website to view it.

Are there accessible seating options and support available at the venue?

Yes. Wheelchair seating is available on the orchestra and dress circle levels.  The washrooms are accessible and the venue has other supports available such as hearing-assist and binoculars. More information can be found on the Orpheum’s website.  

If you or guests require additional support for this event, please email Susanne at smilner@adler.edu for assistance.    

LOCATION & PARKING INFORMATION

Where is this year’s ceremony?

The Vancouver Campus Commencement Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Orpheum.

The Orpheum is located at:

601 Smithe Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 3L4

Is parking available & how much does it cost?

There is no parking attached to the Orpheum. Short-term parking is available at parkades near the venue or on the street.  Please be mindful of parking restrictions on street and at meters. 

Is public transportation available to the venue?

Yes, the Orpheum is easily accessed by public transportation, including the SkyTrain. If you’re taking the Expo Line, hop off the train at Granville station and head south on Granville towards Smithe Street. If you’re taking the Canada Line, exit at Vancouver City Centre station and walk south on Granville street towards Smithe. The Orpheum can also be accessed by many trolley bus lines. Check the Translink website for schedules and routes.