Class of 2022
Congratulations on your graduation from George Brown College! You completed your program under extraordinary circumstances, and we are so proud of your accomplishments. The RSVP for June 2022 convocation will open on March 28. The deadline to RSVP is May 30. You can view the convocation schedule to see which day your ceremony is happening.
Please check this webpage regularly for further details about Convocation week. We are excited to offer in-person ceremonies this year as well as a live stream option of the ceremonies online. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow the guidance of public health agencies.
We congratulate all GBC students graduating this year for their hard work and accomplishments. As we prepare to acknowledge the achievements of our graduates, we continue to keep community, civility, and care in mind.
To minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community at convocation and promote a safe and positive experience for everyone, we require everyone to wear a mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Complimentary disposable masks will be available on-site for anyone who needs one.
Classes of 2020 and 2021
Make sure you receive GBC Alumni communications, to learn more about your transition to the GBC alumni community. We look forward to celebrating you and your achievements.
At this year's ceremonies, we are pleased to have an Indigenous representative as a member of the platform party who will be with the President and Chancellor to congratulate graduates as they cross the stage. This representative will carry the Eagle Feather, a sacred symbol. Learn more about the Eagle Feather below.
As a symbol of the importance of honesty and truth, the eagle shows courage, strength and vision. It is viewed by Anishinaabe people as a messenger between people and the Creator. The eagle is also the predominant totem of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), upon whose traditional territory George Brown is located. The eagle, Migizi in anishinaabemowin, is also known as the messenger between the people and the Creator
The Eagle feather is the most sacred and honoured gift given to an individual and must be obtained from an Elder or Knowledge Keeper. According to the MCFN, “The Eagle is our most sacred of birds because the Eagle carries our prayers to the Creator and is therefore heard. The Eagle is also our relative and is part of our family. As a part of our family, we must care for and respect that it has given up its life so that a person may carry its feathers.”
Eagle feathers hold great significance for some Indigenous peoples and is commonly used in ceremonies. The late Edward Benton Benai (1988) tells us, “We owe our lives and lives of our children to the eagle” (p.82) due to Migizi saving us from destruction by advocating to the Creator that there were still people that remained true to their original instruction.
Benton-Banai, E. (1988).The Mishomis book: The voice of the Ojibway. Saint Paul, Minn: Red School House.