Graduation & Convocation

New Graduate Taking a Photo

Upcoming Convocation Date: November 18, 2021 at 12pm (ET)

Online Degree Confirmation System for Employers

If your employer or another third party needs to confirm your graduation from U of T, they can do so online. Click Here For Details.

Graduation & Convocation

If you are a U of T Mississauga student and are ready to graduate, please review the following to ensure that you can take part in the convocation ceremonies.

Step 1: Thinking about graduation?
Step 2: Ready to graduate?
Step 3: Graduation

University of Toronto Parchment
Graduation Composite

Hong Kong Convocation

Step 1: Thinking about graduation?

Compare your academic history with your program and degree requirements by using Degree Explorer. It is best to review your academic history and meet annually with a faculty/program advisor in the relevant Department to review program requirements AND an Academic Advisor in the Office of the Registrar to review your degree requirements.

Checklist and Requirements:

  • Your official resource for checking program and degree requirements is the Academic Calendar. (Note: Departments do NOT have the authority to waive degree requirements)
  • Follow the program requirements listed in the Academic Calendar for the Session that you enrolled in the program (e.g. If you enrolled into a program in the summer of 2018, you would follow the program requirements listed in the 2018-19 Academic Calendar). Make sure to check your program requirements each time you consider adding or changing courses, or if you consider changing programs of study. Click here for a list of departments and programs.
  • Follow the degree requirements listed in the Academic Calendar for the Session you were admitted to the university as a degree student (e.g. If you were admitted to the University beginning September 2017, you would follow the degree requirements listed in the 2017-18 Academic Calendar). Make sure to update your contact information online using ACORN. The way your name appears in ACORN is the way it will appear on your diploma.  
  • Is your name correct on ACORN?

    Your full name, as it appears on ACORN, is how it will be printed on your diploma. The deadline to submit name change requests for the upcoming Convocation period is October 6, 2021Due to publication deadlines, forms received after this deadline cannot be processed. 

    General name change requests can be submitted through AskRegistrar using the Personal Information Change Form. Please attach copies of your original and valid government issued photo identification to support your desired changes.

    If your name is missing accents, please download and complete the Name on Diploma form and submit it to the Office of Convocation.

    Due to publication deadlines, forms received after this deadline will not be reflected on your diploma, and will only be processed after your Convocation period. Should you wish to obtain a diploma which reflects a name change request made after the deadline, submit a Replacement Diploma Request Form along with the $80.00 diploma replacement fee to the Office of Convocation. You will also be required to return your original diploma (the diploma that you will receive at your convocation ceremony).
  • Clear all outstanding debts to the university, including fines or other obligations (i.e., from health services or Library holds/fines). The deadline to clear your balance is October 15, 2021. 
  • Update your permanent address on ACORN by November 1, 2021. This is the address where your diploma will be sent via courier. Replacing a lost diploma is a difficult process, so please follow these step-by-step instructions and tips to ensure a successful delivery. Pick-up will not be available.

Please see the Graduation Checklist found on the Office of Convocation website for additional information.


Step 2: Ready to Graduate?

If you intend to graduate at the upcoming ceremony you must confirm the request on ACORN between June 29, 2021 and September 8, 2021. After this date, any changes must be done at the Office of the Registrar. A fee will apply for late requests to graduate.

ACORN will identify those students who may have completed or are enrolled in the appropriate number of courses to qualify for graduation; these students will be able to confirm their graduation request on ACORN. If you plan to graduate and do not see a graduation request on ACORN, go to the Office of the Registrar to speak with an Academic Advisor no later than October 1, 2021 to have your graduation request added.

When you log in to ACORN, it will indicate the degree you might be eligible to receive. You will be prompted to request graduation with the specified degree or to indicate that you do not wish to graduate with the specified degree. If you wish to graduate, but with a different degree from the one specified (e.g., ACORN indicates that you might be eligible to receive an Hon. B.A., but you wish to graduate with an Hon. B.Sc., or a non-Honours degree), you must contact the Office of the Registrar no later than October 1, 2021.

Students who have confirmed their request to graduate can check Degree Explorer at the end of March (for June Convocation) or September (for November Convocation) to see if their Subject POSts have been confirmed by the relevant department(s) and can view their eligibility to graduate in early May (for June Convocation) or October (for November Convocation).

Degree parchments are held by the Office of Convocation for one year following each graduation ceremony. PLEASE NOTE: Parchments are withheld until all outstanding U of T fees have been paid in full. These include library fines, charges for missed health service appointments, charges for damaged departmental equipment and fees for deferred exams.


Step 3: Graduation

Information about the ceremony can be found on U of T's Convocation website.

University of Toronto Parchment

Attention all students!

Over the years there has been some confusion surrounding the diploma parchment. We would like to take this opportunity to dispel some of these myths.

  1. The diploma parchment will say "University of Toronto" and NOT "University of Toronto Mississauga." The only place on the parchment where "University of Toronto Mississauga" appears is below the Principal’s signature.
  2. Programs of Study (Subject POSts) DO NOT appear on the diploma parchment. Subject POSt(s) appear on your transcript.
  3. Your name as it appears on ACORN is the name that will appear on your degree.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for details on how to change your name and which form of official documentation can be used to support the change.


Graduation Composite

Please visit the UTMSU website for more information on how to book an appointment to take your graduation photo, and class composites.


Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony

An Asia-Pacific Graduation Ceremony is held in Hong Kong every 2 years. For more information on this ceremony, see the Office of Convocation website.

To top