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What is the deadline to apply to graduate?

Whether you plan on attending your convocation ceremony or not, you must apply to graduate. For more information on applying to graduate and the deadlines, visit the webpage Applying to Graduate.

What does Baccalaureate mean?

On the application to graduate, there is an option for your degree to read as Baccalaureate. This is the Latin term for Bachelor’s degree. These terms mean the same thing. When completing your Application to Graduate on WebAdvisor, please choose one as you would like it to appear on your degree.

I have already submitted my application to graduate but I would like to change my Bachelor/Baccalaureate selection.

If you made a mistake and selected the wrong option, please send an email to with your request to change. Please include your name and Student ID in the email.

What is my academic standing on graduation/how do I find my standing on graduation?

Your standing on graduation is determined by your cumulative average. To find your standing on graduation, log in to WebAdvisor to view your Academic Profile. From there, select Academic Program & Evaluation to review your Profile Sheet. This will clearly outline if you have completed your graduation requirements.

Standing on graduation is noted for graduates from the honours programs as follows:

  • Degree with Distinction: Cumulative average of 80% or higher.
  • Degree with Honours: Cumulative average of 70-79%.
  • Degree with Standing: Cumulative average of less than 70%.

For further questions about this, please contact your Academic Advisor.

What does it mean to be placed on "Financial Sanction"?

Any graduating student who has an outstanding balance at the time of Convocation will be placed on Financial Sanction and will not be issued the official degree or diploma parchment at the Convocation ceremony. Parchments will be withheld until payment is made.

If I am taking my last course(s) in the Summer, can I graduate in June?

If you are taking additional credit courses that are required to complete your degree in the Summer semester, you will NOT be eligible to graduate in June. You will be eligible to graduate in the Fall semester.

I’m taking a course at another institution by Letter of Permission. What is the deadline to have my transcripts sent to my Academic Advisor?

For this deadline and other important information, visit the webpage Dates and Deadlines..


How will my name be displayed on the parchment?

Your name will be displayed exactly how it is shown on WebAdvisor. For example, if WebAdvisor shows your first, middle and last names, your parchments will reflect the same.

Before submitting your Application to Graduate, please ensure that your name is spelled correctly in WebAdvisor.

Can I change the name that appears on my parchment?

Yes, please complete the Name Change Request section of the Application to Graduate Change Request form, sign it, and return it to Student Financial Services, GH112, in person with your original IDs.

All changes must be made prior to April 30, in order for the request to be reflected on your parchments.

Will my standing on graduation (Honours or Distinction) be noted on my parchment?

No; your standing on graduation will not show on your parchments. It will only show on your transcript documents.

At the Convocation ceremony, only those graduands whose standing is at the Honours and Distinction levels will be indicated in the program; graduands whose standing is at the Distinction level will be announced.

I declared an Area of Emphasis, where and how is that noted?

If your program supports the choice of an Area of Emphasis or Specialty, please complete a Area of Emphasis form. The Area of Emphasis or Specialization will be noted on your transcripts.

I need to re-order my parchment(s).

Please contact us at to re-order your parchments.


When will I find out what time my ceremony will take place?

More information regarding Summer 2021 Convocation to follow.


If I am unable to attend Convocation, how do I receive my parchments?

If you applied to graduate and are unable to attend your ceremony, you will graduate in absentia. After Convocation, you can pick up your parchments from Student Financial Services (GH 112), with government ID. After approximately one month, all unclaimed parchments will be mailed to the home address the University of Guelph-Humber has on file for the graduate.

I graduated and received my parchments in Fall and I wish to attend a Convocation ceremony.

If you graduated in the Fall and plan to attend the June ceremony, you will need to RSVP to inform us.

This RSVP process is managed through a website called Marching Order. When logged into Marching Order, graduates can also claim their guest tickets. For detailed instructions, go to the RSVP & Tickets page. Furthermore, you will need to order your gown for the ceremony. For detailed instructions, go to the Gown Rentals page.

Do infants that will be attending the Convocation ceremony (but will be seated on an adult's lap) require an additional ticket?

Tickets are issued according to the number of seats available. If an infant (typically under 2 years old) is able to share a seat with an adult, they do not require an additional ticket. If children require a seat, please be sure to have the appropriate number of tickets. Please be prepared to show your tickets if requested by an Usher.

How do I order my gown for Convocation?

Gowns and caps are ordered through a third-party company, Gaspard & Sons. To choose your gown size and place your order, you must register on Gaspard’s website:

Orders placed in the pre-order period (between April and May 2020 (dates TBA)) will be charged a $30 rental fee. Those who do not pre-order a gown will be required to pay $40 rental fee on event day. Please note, the caps are yours to keep, but the gowns must be returned at the end of the ceremony.


How many guest tickets will each graduating student receive?

Each graduate is assigned two guest tickets. Graduates do not require a ticket to participate in their ceremony.

Graduates must RSVP to claim their two guest tickets. For detailed instructions, go to the RSVP & Tickets page.

Can I request extra guest tickets?

For information and specific dates when extra guest tickets can be requested, go to the RSVP & Tickets page.

Where can I get grad pictures taken?

For information and instructions, go to the Grad... Photography page.

Who do I contact regarding accessibility requirements?

The Pearson Convention Centre is wheelchair accessible. A ramp is installed on stage to ensure accessibility for all students crossing the stage. Closed Captioning will be available for all ceremonies.

If you are a graduating student and have accessibility needs not mentioned above for your Convocation ceremony, please complete this form.

If you require accessible seating for your guests or have other accessibility requirements, please complete this form.


Can I take courses after I graduate? If so, does it affect my GPA?

Yes; you can take courses following your graduation date. The grades you achieve in these courses will affect your cumulative GPA but it will not change your standing on graduation (Honours or Distinction). For more information, refer to the Admis... page.

Can I request a copy of my transcript?

Yes; requests for transcripts are handled by the Office of Registrarial Services. More information about how to print or order your transcript can be found here.


I would like to change the address or phone number on my student record.

You can change your address and phone number information through Notice of Change of Address forms.

How long do I have access to my Gryphmail email address?

Your UofGH Gryphmail email address will expire one year following your graduation date. We recommend you use this time to transfer any information you’d like to keep to a personal email account.

To receive information about alumni events, perks & benefits, and other news, make sure you submit an Alumni Contact Information Update Form with your personal email address.

Can I get a grad cap if I did not attend Convocation?

Grad caps are only distributed to graduating students who attend Convocation. You can try contacting the company who provides them – Gaspard & Sons, to ask about purchasing options.

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I have additional questions.

If you have questions not addressed above, please email or call the Student Services office at 416-798-1331 ext. 6288.