Applying to Graduate

Near the end of your program, you must complete an Application to Graduate to start the graduation process (whether you are attending the convocation ceremony or not).


When do I apply to graduate?

Near the end of your program, you must complete an Application to Graduate to start the graduation process. The Application to Graduate will be open for students completing their requirements by the end of the summer term.


Wondering if you are ready to apply to graduate?

Book an appointment with your faculty advisor.

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Conferral periods

Conferral refers to the exact date you are awarded a designation from UCalgary. There are three conferrals per year. Your conferral date will determine which convocation ceremony you can attend. It will display on your transcript, and the month and year will show on your parchment. 

Programs completed: Eligible conferral:
By end of summer term  Fall convocation
By end of fall term  Winter conferral*
By end of winter term  Spring convocation

* There is no convocation ceremony connected with the winter conferral. As an eligible student, you are invited to attend the spring ceremony, or you can request to have your degree mailed. 

Important graduation dates and deadlines

Fall Convocation:
November 13–14, 2024

Spring Convocation:

Sept. 15

Graduate application deadline 
(Fall 2024)

Oct. 1

Letter of Permission (LOP) transcript deadline
(Fall 2024)

Graduate application cancellation deadline
(Fall 2024)

Name change deadline 
Fall (2024)

Oct. 23

Attendance notification deadline (by 11:59 p.m.)
(Fall 2024)

Your graduation checklist

As you near the finish of your degree, the following steps will ensure you've completed everything required for you to graduate and convocate.

Verify your program

Connect with your faculty advisor to ensure that your program information (including your major, minor, area of study, specialization, etc.) is correct in your Student Centre. If your information is not correct, you must meet with an advisor—this update cannot be made through your Student Centre.

Also verify with your advisor:

- Degree requirements completed
- Your eligibility to graduate

Apply to graduate

Once you have verified your program information, complete your online application to graduate in your Student Centre. Choose "Apply for Graduation" and fill in the webform.

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Submit your attendance notification for convocation

Complete your attendance notification to indicate if you will attend convocation, have your parchment mailed to you, or pick up your parchment at UCalgary.

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Check faculty approval

Your faculty will review your application to graduate approximately three weeks prior to the conferral date. You can view the status of your application under "Convocation Status."

Clear any outstanding fees

If you have outstanding fees owing to the university, you're allowed to graduate and attend your convocation ceremony. However, until the account is cleared, you won't be able to receive your degree(s), transcripts, other official degree documentation or be eligible to register in courses.

Please refer to the How to pay your fees web page for information on fee payment options.

Learn about fee payment options

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