Each student who wishes to graduate must submit a formal application no later than the date published in the Graduate
Calendar as the “last date for application to graduate”. Applications received after the published date will be processed for
the following convocation.
IF YOU WISH TO GRADUATE, AN APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED REGARDLESS OF YOUR INTENTION
EITHER TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY OR TO HAVE YOUR DEGREE PARCHMENT MAILED TO YOU FOLLOWING
SURNAME TO APPEAR ON PARCHMENT:
You may use the surname under which you are currently registered. Should
you wish to have a different surnam
e on the diploma, appropriate verification (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate,
passport, legal name change, etc.) for that surname will be required.
GIVEN NAMES: Most students have their full given names appear on their diplomas rather than some combination with
initials; however, this is not mandatory. If you are adding names which do not appear on our files, your application cannot
be processed until you submit appropriate documentation (see above). Please also note that reference to maiden name
(in the format: née SMITH) are not permitted, nor are titles (Dr.) or previously earned academic degrees (D.V.M.)
CAUTION: If you plan on working overseas or in the USA please make sure the name(s) you request to appear on the
degree parchment match the name(s) on your current passport.
ALTERNATE DEGREE DESIGNATION: You may choose an alternate degree designation (a gender-neutral term) on
your diploma. For example:
Instead of “Master of Arts
”, the diploma would read: “Magisteriate in Arts”;
Instead of “Master of Science”, the diploma would read: “Magisteriate in Science”;
Instead of “Doctor of Philosophy”, the diploma would read: “Doctorate in Philosophy”.
As a service to graduands, a photographer will take a personal photo during convocation of each graduate on stage with
the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor. You will be able to view your photo and order copies online at Orderphotos.ca
immediately following the Convocation ceremony.
It is very important that your MAILING ADDRESS is kept current and that any changes to addresses are communicated
to the Convocation Clerk in Enrolment Services, especially if your parchment is being mailed to you following
Convocation. If your diploma is returned to Enrolment Services because you have moved and not notified us of the
change, we will not bear the expense of sending it again.
Details concerning the convocation ceremony, gowning and ticket acquisition will be emailed to you in advance of the
ceremony. For additional information you can also review the University's Convocation website.
If you are unable to attend the Convocation Ceremony at which you would normally graduate, you do have the opportunity
to WALK THROUGH the very next ceremony. You must inform the Convocation Clerk at: in writing of your intention, no
later than the deadline for applications for the particular Convocation that you wish to attend.