View the Graduation Policy


  1. Have you met all program requirements ensuring you are eligible to graduate?

  2. Do you have any outstanding liabilities to the College?
    If you owe fees or have any other debts to the college, you can participate in the convocation ceremony but will not receive your diploma or certificate until any financial holds are lifted.

  3. Are your mailing address and contact information correct on your student record?

  4. Have you completed the Request to Graduate form?  
    You must complete the online Request to Graduate - North Bay/Parry Sound* by the deadline date on the form. Please only complete this form once.
    *Canadore@Stanford graduates will receive the online form with their invitation to graduate.
    There is no additional fee to graduate.  Gowns/regalia are provided free of charge but must be returned at the end the ceremony as they are rentals.  Gowns that are not returned are subject to a $150 charge applied to the student account.

  5. Do you know when and where your ceremony will be?
    Confirm the date, time and location of your ceremony that is listed both online and in the invitation you receive from the College. Plan any transportation arrangements well ahead, taking into consideration construction or other potential delays, ensuring you arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony. Graduates may invite three (3) guests to the ceremony.

  6. Have you communicated any accessibility/accommodation requirements? 
    The convocation venue is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers and there are accessible parking spaces in close proximity to the venue. 
    Email any accessibility needs or required accommodations during the ceremony to Cindy Daniher-Forth at Be sure to include any details regarding the accommodation requirements and the ceremony, date, and time of the graduating student.

  7. IF YOU ARE AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT – have you checked your study permit expiry and passport expiry dates?
    If you are applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PWGP), you need a valid study permit.  Make sure your study permit is valid for at least a few months following the last day of classes.  Additionally, a PWGP will not be issued beyond your passport expiry date.
    If you wish to invite family members to your graduation, you will be provided with supporting documentation that can be included with their Visa application that confirms the date of your convocation. For information regarding the letter of invitation, which is written by you, go to Letter of invitation -  

  1. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a water bottle. There is no specific dress code, however business casual attire is recommended and hats are not permitted.

  2. Make sure your phone is fully charged.

  3. Plan to arrive at the venue 60 to 90 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony. Parking is free on the day of the ceremony. We recommend leaving all personal belongings with one of your guests.

  4. Register at the Registration Desk – there will be signage directing you to the registration area. You will receive a name card that you must keep with you. You will need to have your Student ID or know your student number.

  5. Pick up your graduation gown in the Student Gowning Room – there will be signage directing you to the gowning area.  You must present the name card you received upon registration to pick up your gown.  

  6. Proceed to the Student Line Up area and line up with the other graduates in your program – there will be signage directing you. Please remain in this area so that you are ready for the procession.

  7. The graduate procession will begin 10 minutes prior to the convocation ceremony.  If you are late, you must wait in a designated area until the procession is complete and all students are seated. Late arrivals will not be seated with their classmates.  Students who arrive later than 15 minutes past the ceremony start date will not be permitted to cross the stage. 

  1. The graduation ceremony typically lasts for 2 hours.   

  2. There is a designated seating area for graduates and a separate area for guests.

  3. We ask that graduates return to their seats after they have crossed the stage.

  4. Graduates and guests are expected to remain in the ceremony until the end to minimize disruption and demonstrate respect for all graduating students.

  5. The ceremony will be available virtually through streaming.

  6. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates and their guests as well as opportunities to take photographs.

  1. Return your graduation gown to the Student Gowning Room. The gowning room is closed during the ceremony and will not open until the ceremony has ended.   Students who do not return their gown to the gowning room will not be permitted to pick up their credential and will be subject to a charge of $150 for the gown. 

  2. Pick up your credential from the designated room – there will be signage. You will be required to show proof that your gown has been returned.