Applying to Graduate
Remember that you are required to apply to graduate, regardless of whether you intend to participate in the scheduled ceremony events.
If you have applied to graduate, check your status on LORIS under "Unofficial Record of Course Work." The status of your application will change from "Applied for" to "Granted" once all of your final grades have been received, your record has been reviewed and you have met all program requirements for graduation.
Additional information on our convocation ceremonies including our guide to graduation can be found in the convocation section.
Academic medals are awarded on the basis of overall academic standing.
Governor General's Academic Medal
This medal is awarded at the fall convocation to the graduate student who achieves the highest academic standing in a master's or doctoral degree program at either the spring or fall convocation.
Medal of Academic Excellence: Doctoral Level
At each of the spring and fall convocations one Medal for Academic Excellence at the doctoral level may be awarded.
Medal of Academic Excellence: Master’s Level
At each of the spring and fall convocations the Medal for Academic Excellence will be awarded to the top master’s students in research-intensive and professional master’s program. Awards will be distributed as follows:
- Research-intensive master’s programs: For the first 50 research students graduating at convocation, one medal shall be awarded; for each additional 25 students, an additional medal shall be awarded.
- Professional master’s programs: For the first 50 master’s students graduating at convocation, one medal shall be awarded; for each additional 25 students, an additional medal shall be awarded.
Award for Outstanding Graduate Work
All students nominated by a graduate program, but unsuccessful, for the Medal of Academic Excellence (doctoral and master’s) competition will be eligible to receive the Award for Outstanding Graduate Work.