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Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to common questions regarding your Graduation Celebration. Click on a question to get the answer.


Once you have applied to graduate with an undergraduate degree you can verify your graduation status online. The system will indicate if your application to graduate has been received, if your file has been audited and if you are eligible to graduate. For more information and to check your status, please visit the Graduation Eligibility and Status webpage.

Graduation is the term used to acknowledge that you have met your degree requirements and you have been approved by Senate to graduate from the program. Convocation refers to the ceremony where the Chancellor confers the degree.

If you are in the last term of your program and expect to graduate, you must apply to graduate. For information on applying, deadlines, graduation eligibility and status, visit the Preparing to graduate webpage. You will find specific information on how to apply, including deadlines, by selecting Apply to Graduate.

Alumni Convocation

2020 & 2021 Alumni who confirmed their interest in attending a ceremony will receive an electronic invitation to Convocation with instructions regarding how to register. Click here for more information.

2022 Spring Convocation

If you are potentially eligible to graduate, then you will receive an electronic invitation to Convocation with instructions regarding how to register. Click here for more information.

Those graduating in February are graduating in absentia, meaning those eligible to graduate will graduate and receive their Diplomas. However, Convocation (the graduation ceremony) is not hosted in February and all February graduates are automatically invited to the following convocation ceremonies that take place in the spring.

We are looking forward to welcoming all graduates who celebrated at virtual ceremonies back to campus this June and holding an in-person Alumni Convocation to celebrate your graduation. Click here for more information about Alumni Convocation.

Students who are graduating with a double major will be invited to the ceremony of their first major. Please check the top of your most recent grade report to see which of your majors is first.

All guests require a valid ticket to enter the Sobeys Stadium (formerly Aviva Centre) for a convocation ceremony. Each graduate will be allotted 2 guest tickets. Children under the age of three (3) do not require a guest ticket, provided they are accompanied by an adult and will share that person's seat, i.e. sit on their lap. Each ticket is unique and will only admit one.

Please note: the graduand does not require a guest ticket to attend their convocation. The robe rental confirmation page acts as a student ticket to convocation.

If tickets become available because graduating students are not attending their Convocation ceremony, they will be released to those who have replied via the online form. Students will have the opportunity to request extra tickets when completing their RSVP via the online Extra Ticket Request form. An email will be sent by May 27 for Alumni Convocation or by June 3 for 2022 Spring Convocation to all students who have requested extra tickets, letting them know if they have been granted.

Please complete the Robe Rental Refund form in order to request a gown rental refund. Please note that not all robe rental refund requests are approved. All refund requests will be reviewed after convocation, and we will contact you as soon as a decision has been made.

York's policy is to print the name of your degree on your diploma (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts with Honours). Other academic information including "Specialized Honours" and your major will appear on your transcript.

For a list of academic honours that each Faculty awards to its graduating students, click here. Please note that not all academic honours are printed on the diploma (such as Member of the Dean's Honour Roll), however they will be reflected on your transcript.

Provided that your eligibility is received prior to the printing production deadline for convocation, you will receive the diploma/certificate you are entitled to on the day of your ceremony.

If you owe money to the the University, your diploma will be held back until your debts are paid. To ensure you do not owe the University any money, please do the following:

At each ceremony a professional photographer will photograph each graduate as they greet the Chancellor. Each graduate will also be photographed as they approach and exit the stage. Since professional photographs will be taken of each graduate, we encourage family and friends to remain in their seats and enjoy the ceremony.

Complimentary photograph proofs will be e-mailed to each graduate within one week of convocation ceremonies. There is no obligation to purchase.

Most convocation ceremonies are Webcast live and a link to the live feed will be available on the Convocation website.

Please note: in some instances (eg. places of business) you may not be able to obtain the live feed due to firewall or security restrictions. Please check in advance with your technical support.

Please e-mail or call the Convocation Office at 416-736-5325.