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What is the difference between graduation and convocation? 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.

Ceremonies are currently scheduled for June, for those students who complete their course work in the fall or winter terms and in October for those who complete their course work in the summer term.

Faculties of Education, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Lassonde School of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science

Students from these Faculties must apply to graduate online  (
Application deadlines:
June convocation – January 31st;
October Convocation – July 31st. 

Glendon, Osgoode Hall Law School, Schulich School of Business

Students from these Faculties are strongly encouraged to apply online  (, and to contact their Faculties for application deadlines. If not applying online, then potential graduates should contact their Faculty’s appropriate Student Services office.

Information For Students From All Faculties

Students must ensure that the University has the correct spelling of their full names on file so that diplomas are prepared accurately. Students may verify the name which will be printed on their diploma through the Web at the Registrar's Office website (, clicking on Verify my official name located under My Student Records.

Diplomas are normally distributed the day of the convocation ceremonies to those students who attend. For those students who are unable to attend, or who did not receive their diploma the day of the ceremony, diplomas may be picked up from Registrarial Services after convocation has taken place. Students who are unable to attend and wish to have their diplomas mailed to them may do so by making these arrangements with Registrarial Services or via fax to the Registrar’s Office. A fee will be charged for packaging and mailing. For more information, contact Registrarial Services at 416-872-YORK (9675) or visit the convocation Web site at Diplomas that have not been picked up or mailed will be kept on file for approximately one year. Students are advised to pick up or arrange to have their diplomas mailed as soon as possible.

Some Faculties and colleges arrange composite photographs. Contact information for photographs can be found at

More detailed information about the convocation ceremonies such as the schedule, RSVP, guests , what to expect, etc. is available on the Convocation Web site at

A student receives a diploma for satisfactory completion of his or her academic program on the condition that all of their University debts have been paid.