If this is the last term of your certificate or diploma program, you are eligible submit an Application to Graduate.

Why do I need to apply to graduate?

Applying to graduate is the first step to officially graduate from your program study. It lets us know that you have completed all your courses in your certificate or diploma and that you are in your last term of study. When you graduate, you officially receive your certificate or diploma, and it is sent to you by mail.

See the chart below for when you should apply to graduate.

Program completed by
Apply to graduate
Conferral Date*
Convocation Ceremony
October 31, 2023 September 15 - October 16, 2023 November 24, 2023 June 19 and June 20, 2024
December 20, 2023 September 15 - December 15, 2023 January 26, 2024 June 19 and June 20, 2024
February 28, 2024 January 15 - February 15, 2024 March 22, 2024 June 19 and June 20, 2024
April 30, 2024 January 15 - April 14, 2024 May 24, 2024 June 19 and June 20, 2024
June 30, 2024 May 15 - June 15, 2024 July 26, 2024 TBD
August 31, 2024 May 15 - August 15, 2024 September 23, 2024 TBD

*Conferral date is the date your credential (Certificate or diploma) is officially confirmed and communicated to you. It is not the same as a convocation ceremony.

Please note that if you are a Health Care Aide learner standard conferral dates listed here may not apply, as your conferral date is now dependent on when you take and successfully pass the Alberta Health Care Aide Provincial Exam. All Health Care Aide learners are given 60 days from the completion of courses to write their exam; official graduation will commence after this examination period.


Preparing to Submit your Application to Graduate

We encourage you to submit your Application to Graduate as soon as possible in the final term of your program.

We need to ensure that we have your most accurate and up to date information in order to process your Application to Graduate. Delays in processing your application will be created if your file is not accurate.

Before you submit your Application to Graduate, learners should check their MyBVC and verify that following information is correct:

  1. Legal name to verify information
    Your legal name is the name that appears on your government issued photo identification such as a passport or driver’s license. If your legal name has changed, is incorrect or needs to be updated, please fill out and submit a Change of Name form through email to grad@bowvalleycollege.ca.  
  2. Address to send your parchment
    It is your responsibility to ensure that your current mailing address is kept up to date to receive your parchment. You can verify or update your mailing address by logging into your MyBVC, going to ‘Registration’ and clicking on “Change Address”. If an original parchment is returned for incorrect mailing address, you will be notified by email. If an original parchment is not returned to Bow Valley College a $50 parchment replacement fee will be applied for a parchment replacement. Refer to Mandatory non-instructional fees chart.
  3. Personal email address this should be the email that all your college documents are sent to, for example, MyCreds transcript shares.
After you have verified your information, you are ready to apply. Submit your application here.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about whether you are in your final term, contact Academic Advising.

You need to have finished all your classes to graduate. Work Integrated Learning is a mandatory part of your program and must be completed before you graduate. Optional work experience for the Chiu School of Business is considered a class and must also be completed before you graduate.

We have deadline to the Application to Graduate process so we can confirm eligibility to graduate for students as they finish their programs. If you missed the deadline, please see the chart above for the next period. You can submit during that time and be included in the next round of graduations.

You will first receive an auto-reply email when you submit your Application to Graduate and within three weeks, we will let you know that your Application Graduate has been accepted.

If we cannot process your Application to Graduate, we will let you know as soon as possible.

For us to process and accept your Application to Graduate, it must be fully complete and contain your most up to date information.

You can expect to receive your parchment within six weeks after the conferral date. It will be mailed to the address we have on file for you.

Transcripts will be automatically issued in two business days as part of our internal process. They will be uploaded to the MyCreds platform. Please see our Transcripts page and look for the Retrieving MYCreds Documents Tips Sheet.

If you are an International learner, we will automatically send you your Post-Graduate Work Permit documents within two weeks of the Conferral Date. You do not need to request these documents.

Please click here for additional important information.

You must first submit an Application to Graduate in order to receive information on how to register for Convocation.

We will send you an email inviting you to register to attend Convocation closer to the Convocation date. Convocation registration is optional, you are not required to attend in order to receive your parchment or to graduate but who doesn’t like to celebrate?

Click here for additional convocation information (guest info, how to book portraits, venue, etc.)

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