2014 Traditional Graduation Pow Wow

This is a FREE EVENT and everyone is invited.

The purpose of the Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow is to honour INDIGENOUS GRADUATES of the University of Manitoba for completing their program. To be eligible as a 2014 Indigenous Graduate you must be graduating or have already graduated in October 2013 or in February, May, or October 2014).

However, because this is the 25th Anniversary of the Graduation Pow Wow, we will also be honouring the academic achievements of ALL INDIGENOUS ALUMNI of the University of Manitoba. As such, we are inviting all Indigenous Alumni of the University of Manitoba to participate in the Pow Wow.

The First Grand Entry (11:00 am) is for the 2014 Indigenous Graduates only and the Second Grand Entry (6:00 pm) is for all Indigenous Alumni (which includes the 2014 Graduates).

We are looking for volunteers to help out in various roles at the Graduation Pow Wow! To become a volunteer, please apply through our Volunteer Initiative Program here.

Graduates and Alumni, please register by April 25, 2014.

Where University of Manitoba
Investors Group Athletic Centre
When Saturday, May 3, 2014

9:00 am - Pipe Ceremony
11:00 am - Grand Entry (Graduates)
1:30 pm - Honouring of the Graduates
3:30 pm - Metis Special
4:30 pm - Feast (MPR, 2nd Floor University Centre)
6:00 pm - 2nd Grand Entry (Alumni)
7:00 pm - Honouring of Alumni

Craft Sale
($50.00 for a table. Please note: No illegal items, no sacred items, and no blow up toys or balloons to be sold. Selling any merchandise is only permitted at pre-purchased craft tables, there is no selling allowed in the stands.)

Registration opens at 9:00 am

Migizii Award Nomination

The Migizii Award is to acknowledge a university staff member who went above and beyond for you and/or other Aboriginal students on campus. Has someone helped you on your academic journey and you would like to have them honoured at the Traditional Graduation Powwow? This award is available to all staff members of the University of Manitoba, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal who made a difference. Fill out the nomination form here. Deadline for nominations is April 25, 2014.

Information for Graduates and Alumni

This Information sheet is provided to answer some questions you might have regarding your role in the Grand Entry and throughout the day. If you have any other questions not covered on this sheet, please ask any Traditional Graduation Committee member, and we will do our best to help you.

Grand Entry(s): We ask that you are available for the first Grand Entry that begins at 11:00 am (Graduates) and (if possible) the second Grand Entry (Alumni) at 6:00 pm. You will be directed to your position in the Grand Entry by the Arena Director and/or one of the Arena Director's helpers.

Tobacco will be presented to you during Grand Entry time in appreciation of your participation of the days' events. After the grand entry you may place the tobacco on a drum of your choice or you may place the tobacco in a bowl provided at the announcers stand. Tobacco is one of four sacred medicines given to us by Creator and is used to open up communication for its user.

Order of the Grand Entry

  1. Eagle Staff/Flags
  2. Veterans
  3. Honoured Guests
  4. U of M Aboriginal Student Association/Council
  5. Pow wow Committee
  6. Graduates (11:00 am) or Alumni (6:00 pm) and community flags
  7. Pow wow dancers by category


This will take place at approximately 1:30 pm. You will be directed to sit on the bleacher style seating located in the middle of the arena and the speeches from the community will commence. Following the speeches there will be a giveaway. The emcee will call you up individually and announce the degree/certificate you have received. You will be asked to come and receive your certificate of achievement and gifts from the committee members. After the graduates receive their gifts, a circle is formed.

Honour Song

After the circle has been completed, the Honour Song will begin. The Honour Song gives tribute to your accomplishments and recognizes your achievements whereby the community will be asked to come down and extend their congratulations with a hand shake. Some of the people may choose to join the circle and be with you.

* Pow Wow events may not follow strict time lines, as there may be certain ceremonies, such as retrieving dropped eagle feathers or the sounding of eagle whistles that will take precedence over time schedules. We request your understanding and respect in the event the agenda is somewhat delayed.

Alumni register here

              Graduates Register Here


We're celebrating the 25th Anniversary Traditional Graduation Pow Wow by highlighting 25 inspiring Indigenous alumni over 25 days. Click here to find out more and view the complete profiles.