Graduation and Convocation - What is the Difference?

Graduation is the formal process of completing all your academic requirements for a certificate or diploma program. When you graduate, you officially receive your certificate or diploma, and it is sent to you by mail.

Convocation is a ceremony that celebrates your completion of a certificate or diploma program. It is a formal event where you will typically wear a cap and gown and walk across a stage where the College President and Board of Governors representative as well as our executive team, management and faculty are there to greet you and celebrate your success.

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes! If you are in your last term of your program, you need to submit your application to graduate. You do not need to wait until your final grades are received.

Do I need to apply to attend convocation?

You don’t have to apply to attend convocation however, once you've applied to graduate, and have decided you wish to attend convocation, your next step is to confirm your attendance by placing an order to rent your regalia. Read more about the Convocation Ceremonies.

International students

Click here to find the International Learner Program Completion Next Steps to Graduate Checklist out what steps you need to take.

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