Graduands must submit an Intent to Graduate through Self-Service ('My Academics' > 'Graduation') by the published deadline in order to be considered for graduation.

Note: The required convocation fee of $50.00 must be paid at the Cashier's Office (7th Floor, 230 Richmond).

For more information, review Policy #1013 Graduation Approval Process and Convocation.

Spring Graduation:

Friday, February 3, 2017 was the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for Spring 2017 Convocation without a late fee.

Late submissions for 2017 Spring Graduation will be accepted until May 12, 2017 with a late fee.

Fall Graduation:

Friday, July 14, 2017 is the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for Fall 2017 Graduation without a late fee.

Late submissions for 2017 Fall Graduation will be accepted until September 22, 2017 with a late fee.

Note: Fall graduands are invited to the following spring convocation.

Graduation assessments

It is the responsibility of all students to be familiar with the specific requirements associated with the degree sought. While advising and counselling are available, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that all courses they take are appropriate to the program requirements of their program. Each student is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their own academic records.

formal assessment of any remaining requirements for graduation can be requested by completing and submitting the form below to the Office of the Registrar (please allow four to six weeks for processing):



Spring Convocation Ceremonies

Friday, June 9, 2017

OCAD University Convocation​ Document (PDF)


Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., Toronto, ON.


Graduands arrive by 9 a.m.
Morning Ceremony: 10:30 a.m.
Graduands are asked to arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. for the 10:30 a.m. ceremony.

  • AOCAD Diploma Design
  • Bachelor of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Material Art & Design)

Graduands arrive by 2 p.m.
Afternoon Ceremony: 3:30 p.m. 
Graduands are asked to arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. for the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. 

  • AOCAD Diploma Art
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Design (Digital Futures)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Design
  • Master of Fine Arts

Note: Guests may arrive closer to the ceremony start time.

Guests are strictly prohibited from bringing outside alcohol inside Roy Thomson Hall (this includes alcohol as gifts).


Graduands are asked to contact if they or their guests require alternative access to the hall and seating, or require other accommodations.


Graduands will receive their diploma following the ceremony. Graduands will be asked to show photo identification when collecting their diploma.

Alumni in the degree completion program, must return their AOCA/AOCAD diploma to the Office of the Registrar before the date of Spring Convocation.

Graduands unable to attend convocation can pick up their diploma at the Office of the Registrar the following business day, after 9:30 a.m.  Diplomas not collected within 20 business days following convocation will be mailed to the graduand.

Graduation photography

New Paramount Studios has been engaged to provide graduation portrait photography services.

New Paramount Studios 
837 St Clair Ave W, Toronto

Deadline to make an appointment at the studio and appear on the graduation composite is April 15, 2017.[Updated 2017-04-03]

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Special Permission

Under exceptional, extenuating circumstances, students who have fulfilled all core requirements for their major program and completed all but one 0.5 credit elective course may submit a written appeal for special permission to participate in convocation ceremonies. Appeals must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar and will be considered by the student’s Dean.