Graduation & Convocation
Thinking about graduation? Wondering where to begin? Looking for help? Click the arrows below to reveal essential information and hyperlinks for you as you navigate your way through the graduation and convocation process.
If you intend to graduate, follow the instructions for graduating students (select the current session then click on “Instructions for Graduation Students,” in the left sidebar). Pay attention to the specific deadlines for either June or November graduation periods, which begin as early as September and July, respectively. Below is a list of the major steps in the grad request process.
1. Check Degree Explorer
- The Degree Explorer website will indicate whether or not you are on track to completing all of your degree requirements. It is a useful tool, but it is not definitive. It is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you fulfilling all of the requirements.
- Keep track of your degree requirements by making reference to the Degree Requirement Audit PDF checklist.
- After using Degree Explorer and doing a self-audit of your degree requirements, you can make an appointment with our Academic Advisor, Nancy Prior, in the Innis Registrar’s Office to discuss and confirm your path to graduation.
- Ensure that your subject POSts are correct (i.e., those that you wish to graduate with), and that you are enrolled in all necessary courses. Contact your Departmental Advisors if you have questions regarding your upcoming subject POSt assessments.
2. Request Graduation
- Request graduation on ACORN by the deadline. ACORN will automatically project whether or not you are eligible to graduate based on the credits that you have earned to date, and the courses you are currently enrolled in.
- If you have missed the deadline or are not able to to request graduation on ACORN, immediately bring a Graduation Request Form to the Innis Registrar’s Office.
3. Await Correspondence
- Your online graduation request will prompt the departments of your Programs of Study (POSts) to perform Program Requirement checks. These checks are eventually forwarded to the Office of the Faculty Registrar and are simultaneously emailed to you (Dec. to March for June grads / Aug. to Oct. for Nov. grads).
- Your grad request will also prompt our Academic Advisor, Claudia Li Tang, at the Innis College to verify that you are expected to fulfill your other degree requirements.
- You will receive an email from the Office of the Faculty Registrar confirming your eligibility to graduate (by May/October).
- The Faculty of Arts and Science can provide students with graduation eligibility and confirmation letters.
4. Follow-up on Any Discrepancies
- If there are any discrepancies, based on the outcome of your Program Requirement checks, immediately contact the respective department.
- Discrepancies pertaining to the remaining Degree Requirements should be brought to the immediate attention of Claudia Li Tang, our Associate Registrar (Academic) in the Innis Registrar’s Office.
5. Verify Your Name on Your Diploma
- Your name will appear as it is displayed on ACORN. Log into ACORN to verify that your name displays correctly.
- To request a name change, you must complete a Name Change Form at the Innis College (by early March/September). If your name change requires special characters or accents, bring this Name on Diploma form to the Office of Convocation.
Preparing for Convocation
Attending your convocation ceremony is optional. Should you choose not to attend click here to find out how to obtain your Diploma.
1. Have Grad Photos Taken (optional)
- Look for an email from the ICSS providing your “School ID” and instructions for booking an appointment, on the Lassman Studios website. Photo sessions typically happen once per year, in January.
2. Order Regalia
- If you plan to attend your convocation ceremony, you must order your gown and hood, on this webpage.
3. RSVP and Request Tickets to Your Convocation Ceremony.
- Use your regalia rental ID to do this on ACORN.
4. Apply for Graduating Student Scholarships at Innis College
- Learn about what scholarships are available. We also offer leadership-based awards requiring an application.
5. RSVP for Innis College Graduation Events
- See the Innis Student Life website for information on social events for graduating students, including a convocation reception, awards ceremony, and alumni events.
Preparing for Life After Graduation
Planning for your career after U of T should begin long before you graduate. Review resources, talk to advisors and consider all of your options while you are still pursuing your undergraduate studies. Below is a list of just some of the opportunities at your disposal.
- Visit the Career Centre website.
- Connect to the Innis Alumni Community.
- Consider Graduate Programs: You can find information at the Career Centre, through our Academic Advisor Claudia Li Tang at the Innis Registrar’s Office, and on the websites of the specific graduate programs that you have in mind.
- Upgrade your degree or enrol in a second degree: You can find information on these processes within our Frequently Asked Questions page under the “current students” dropdown.