Graduating students

Congratulations graduating students

Convocation is a special time to celebrate all of your achievements with family and friends.

The highlight of convocation occurs when graduating students receive their academic hoods, are called to the stage by name and are presented with their official diplomas. Approximately 7,384 bachelor's degrees, 351 doctoral degrees, and 2,139 master's degrees are awarded from our University each year.

All graduates will be able to reserve two guest tickets. It is mandatory for all grads to register their guests, and tickets must be presented for your guests to access the ceremony. You will be notified following the graduand registration deadline if additional guest tickets become available.

Ceremonies will be livestreamed and available for additional family and friends to watch on the convocation website.

We look forward to seeing you at your upcoming ceremony.

Provost Jim Rush shaking the hand of a graduate

Important information

Are you eligible to graduate and attend convocation?

Ensure you've completed all the required steps in order to participate in convocation. Visit the graduation checklist on the Registrar's Office website (for undergraduate students) or the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website (for graduate students).

Students that complete their degree September 1 – April 30 will be eligible for spring convocation. Students that complete their degree May 1 – August 31 will be eligible for fall convocation.

Graduand versus graduate

Graduand is the term used to address a student who is about to graduate or receive a degree. A graduate is a student who has received a degree or diploma.

Graduation versus ceremony date

Although your requirements have been completed, you become a graduate on the day your degree or diploma is conferred by Senate; this is the date that will be on your transcript, degree, and/or diploma.

Your ceremony date is the date we will celebrate you and your achievements, both in-person and live stream. To determine your ceremony date, find your faculty and degree in the list of ceremony dates and times.

If you are unable to attend your convocation ceremony

Your degree will be conferred in absentia and your diploma will be shipped by courier, free of charge, to the Mail type address listed in Quest. It is imperative you check your Mail type address and phone number listed in Quest. Please ensure your correct Mail address is provided in Quest no later than October 1, 2022.

If you are unable to attend in-person you may attend virtually by joining the livestream, but your name will not be called if you are not in-person. 

You will be able to participate as an alumnus at a future ceremony to walk across the convocation stage. Registration is required.

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