This is a free event and everyone is welcome!

The 27th Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow is a community celebration to honour the success of Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba.

To be eligible as a 2016 Indigenous Graduate you must be graduating or have already graduated in October 2015 or in February, May, or October 2016.

All Indigenous graduates are encouraged to participate in the Pow Wow. Graduates, please register by April 29, 2016. No exceptions.

The first grand entry (12:00 noon) is for the 2016 Indigenous graduates and the second grand entry is at 7:00 pm.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out in various roles at the Graduation Pow Wow! To become a volunteer, please contact ISC at 204-474-8850.

Graduates, please register by April 29, 2016.


University of Manitoba
Investors Group Athletic Centre


Saturday, May 7, 2016


10:00 am - Pipe Ceremony
12:00 noon - Grand Entry (Graduates)
2:00 pm - Honouring of the Graduates
5:00 pm - Feast (MPR, 2nd Floor University Centre)
7:00 pm - 2nd Grand Entry

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. (Payment must be paid prior to setup, cash only.)

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 29, 2016.

Information for Graduates

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 12:00 noon (Graduates) and (if possible) the second Grand Entry at 7:00 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 (12:00 noon) and community flags
  7. Pow Wow dancers by category


This will take place at approximately 2:30 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.