Graduation

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

Need help? Review the My OCAD U Intent to Graduate and Non-Tuition Payment Guide.

Note: If your Intent to Graduate was already submitted for a previous term and you paid the convocation fee and late fee (if applicable), you do not need to pay the convocation fee again as it will be deferred from the original when you submit a new intent to graduate.​ However, intents submitted after the deadline to submit without a late fee will be subject to the late fee.

Students are asked to include the phonetic spelling of their name on the Intent to Graduate to assist with the proper pronunciation of their names at the Convocation Ceremony. 

The required convocation fee of $50.00 must be paid when students submit an Intent to Graduate through Self-Service. Late submissions are subject to an additional $50.00 late fee. The fee is payable using Mastercard or Visa. If you wish to pay with other forms of tender (i.e., cash, debit, Amex, etc.), payments must be made in-person at the Cashier’s Office, 230 Richmond Street West, Level 7.

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

January Graduation:

Starting September 4, 2019, submit your Intent to Graduate for January graduation if you have already completed your major/program requirements or are completing them in the fall term. Graduation term: Fall 2019 (program completed December 2019 or earlier).

[This deadline has passed.] Tuesday, December 3, 2019 was the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for January 2020 Graduation and pay without a late fee. 

Late submissions for January 2020 Graduation will be accepted until January 7, 2020 with a late fee.

Students who have met all graduation requirements will be reviewed and approved to graduate by the OCAD University Senate at its January meeting. Graduands are invited to the following spring convocation ceremony.

May Graduation:

Starting January 8, 2020, submit your Intent to Graduate for May graduation if you have already completed your major/program requirements or are completing them in the winter term. Graduation term: Winter 2020 (program completed April 2020 or earlier).

Monday, February 10, 2020 is the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for May 2020 and pay without a late fee.

Late submissions for May 2020 Graduation will be accepted until Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with a late fee.

Students who have met all graduation requirements will be reviewed and approved to graduate by the OCAD University Senate at its May meeting.

September Graduation: 

Starting May 6, 2020, submit your Intent to Graduate for September graduation if you have already completed your major/program requirements or are completing them in the spring/summer term. Graduation term: Summer 2020 (major/program requirements completed August 2020 or earlier).

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 is the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for September 2020 Graduation and pay without a late fee. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 is the last day to submit an Intent to Graduate for September 2020 Graduation and pay with a late fee. 

Students who have met all graduation requirements will be reviewed and approved to graduate by the OCAD University Senate at its September meeting. Graduands are invited to the following spring convocation ceremony.

Graduation assessments

It is the responsibility of all students to be familiar with the specific requirements associated with the major/program and degree sought. While advising and counselling are available, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that all courses they take are appropriate to 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):

Convocation

Spring 2020 Convocation 

June 12, 2020

Diploma

Graduands unable to attend convocation can pick up their diploma at the Office of the Registrar after 9:30 a.m. on the next business day. Diplomas not collected within 20 business days following convocation will be mailed to the address in your User Profile in My OCAD U Records (Self-Service).

It is our policy to use the full legal name as recorded in OCAD U's student information system on the diploma. Any requests to change a name, by means of alteration, substitution or addition must be supported by legal documentation and presented to the Office of the Registrar at least 4 weeks before graduation.

Chosen name, major and award information is published in the Convocation program.

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.

 

Graduation Portraits

New Paramount Studios has been engaged to provide graduation portrait photography services. Onsite appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, March 2 to March 27.

Booking Instructions: Starting February 3, Book a photoshoot online at www.appointment.com/newparamount. You must book your appointment at least 12 hours in advance.

Sitting Fee: $25 payable at time of sitting, cash only - includes online proofs and a complimentary graduation composite if studio appointment is booked by May 2.

Where: All sittings will take place in room 318, 205 Richmond Street West.

You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment for registration. The New Paramount Studio website includes tips on what to wear.

Note: You will be notified of ongoing special and graduate only discounts on New Paramount Studios photography services via email.

If you have any questions, please contact New Paramount Studios at nps@look.ca or 416-653-5103