In order to graduate, students must submit an application to graduate regardless of whether or not you intend to participate in a convocation ceremony. The application will enable you to receive your parchment and have the official notation of graduation on your official transcript once your program requirements have been met.

How do I apply to graduate?

For academic programs

  1. Log on to your online student record and select "Apply to Graduate" from the menu.
  2. Complete the form (make sure all the information is correct).
  3. Submit the form.
  4. Pay the fee (a Graduation & Alumni Fee will be charged to your student account and it is due when you submit your application).

Once the Graduation & Alumni fee has been paid, your application is available for your Degree Advisor or Program Chair/Coordinator to review. If you have completed all the graduation requirements of your program, the application will be approved.  If you have not met the requirements, your application will remain on hold until you have completed all requirements.

If you are using courses taken at another institution toward your program requirements, official transcripts from that other institution must be received by the Registration Centre before your application can be fully processed.

For Trades and vocational programs

If you're in an entry-level Trades or vocational program, a graduation application was automatically submitted for you when you enrolled in the program. You will be sent an email and asked to review your graduation application for completeness and to confirm your participation in a convocation ceremony.  

When will I receive my parchment?

It may take up to eight weeks after the completion of your program for graduation to be confirmed and your parchment printed. Once your parchment is printed, an email will be sent to you confirming your graduation and letting you know your parchment has either been mailed, held for pick up at the Registration Centre, or held for presentation at convocation. Please ensure that your address is up to date on your on-line student record.  Congratulations!

Where can I find information about Convocation?

Please visit VIU Convocation.