Graduation

UBC has switched to a new student system called Workday. For Graduation actions related to the Winter 2024/25 academic session or beyond, step-by-step tutorials will be made available on students.ok.ubc.ca/workday in late August.

For Graduation actions related to Winter 2023/24 or Summer 2024, students should continue to use the SSC.

The Okanagan Senate grants degrees twice annually at the UBC Okanagan Campus, with one graduation ceremony held in June. Students whose degrees are granted in summer or fall will be invited to attend the following June ceremony.

Read our frequently asked questions about graduation:

Graduation FAQ

In order to graduate, you must:

Graduation ceremony

For information regarding ceremony schedules, guests, and gown rentals, visit the UBC graduation website.

Graduation website

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Using your preferred name for the upcoming Graduation Ceremony

If you’d like to have your preferred name read as you cross the stage and printed in the graduation ceremony booklet, request a change by May 3, 2024.

REQUEST A CHANGE

Applying to graduate

In order to graduate, students applying for Fall Graduation 2024 must submit a formal application for graduation via the Student Service Centre (SSC).

You are required to apply for graduation, even if you don’t plan on attending the ceremony.

While completing your application, check your legal name and your listed specializations for accuracy. Contact gradapps.okanagan@ubc.ca if there are any errors. Once you have completed your grad application, hit the SUBMIT button to ensure your application is sent to Enrolment Services.

Note: UBC has no graduation fee.

Eligibility to graduate

May graduation: Your program requirements must be completed by April 30.

Fall graduation: Your program requirements must be completed by August 31.

  • If you are completing Term 1 courses in December, you are not eligible for fall graduation and should wait to apply for May graduation. If you have questions about your degree requirements, contact an Academic & Career Advisor.

Make sure your financial account with UBC is settled. You will not receive a diploma or be able to order transcripts with an outstanding balance of fees. You’ll still be able to attend the ceremony, but will not receive your diploma when you cross the stage. If you have questions about your finances, contact gradapps.okanagan@ubc.ca.

Learn more about preparing to graduate.

Timelines

Spring Graduation in May 2024

The following dates for Spring Graduation in May 2024 are tentative based on campus policies and public safety guidelines.

Application period December 15, 2023 – February 28, 2024
Degree requirements must be completed by April 30, 2024

Graduate students: Visit the College of Graduate Studies website for specific deadlines

Order ceremony gown and guest tickets Visit the ceremonies website for specific dates
Degree conferred (awarded) and credential added to UBC record End of May

Your grad application status on the SSC will be updated from ‘approved’ to ‘conferred’ within two business days after the May meeting of the Okanagan Senate.

Your credentials will then appear on the official transcript.

Graduation ceremony dates Visit the ceremonies website for information about the graduation ceremony

 

Fall Graduation 2024

The following dates for fall graduation in 2024 are tentative based on campus policies and public safety guidelines.

Application period May 1 to July 31, 2024
Degree requirements must be completed by August 23, 2024

Graduate students: Visit the College of Graduate Studies website for specific deadlines

Degree conferred (awarded) and credential added to UBC record Your grad application status on the SSC will be updated from ‘approved’ to ‘conferred’ within two business days after the meeting of the Okanagan Senate.

Your credentials will then appear on the official transcript.

Getting your diploma

Normally, you will receive your original diploma at your in-person graduation ceremony.

If you’re not attending the ceremony

You can pick up your diploma or pay to have your diploma delivered by courier.

To receive your original diploma by courier, log into the Student Service Centre (SSC) and select Graduation > Courier Original diploma. View the Ordering Diplomas page for information about courier fees and timelines.

Diplomas are not printed until just before the conferral periods. Your original diploma will will only be available at the ceremony, or by pick up or courier in early June and December for all students.

Already received your diploma? Learn how to request a replacement or copy of your original diploma.