Degree students must complete and submit an Application
for Graduation Form. This form alerts the Office of the Registrar
to review your academic record for the purpose of granting you a
degree. Forms are available from the Office of the Registrar, the
Learning Centres, and online. Please fax the completed form to 780.675.6174.
Application for Graduation forms must be received by the Office
of the Registrar no later than mid-April for the June convocation
ceremony, and no later than November 1 for the December graduation
in absentia. You may complete your program requirements and submit
the Application for Graduation Form at any time during the year.
The Office of the Registrar will send you a letter confirming your
eligibility to graduate.
Timelines are Crucial
If Athabasca University doesn't receive your application by the
deadline dates, you will be ineligible for graduation at the next
convocation ceremony. You may have to submit another form and wait
until the next convocation before receiving your degree. Application
for Graduation forms are valid for one academic year.
When anticipating the award of a degree in either June or December,
you must meet the deadlines for final grades. If you are completing
courses on Letters of Permission from other post-secondary institutions,
make arrangements with those institutions to ensure that official
transcripts are sent to the Office of the Registrar. Inform your
Athabasca University tutor of your application to graduate and complete
all your assignments and exams in a timely manner.
Certificate or Diploma Students
If you are working toward a certificate
or diploma from AU, and as the completion of your program approaches,
you may submit
the Application for
Form to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar will
your progress until your final grades are received.
After you have submitted your Application for Graduation Form
and have met your certificate or diploma requirements, you will
receive a letter confirming your eligibility to graduate.
Graduates of certificate and diploma programs receive their parchments
throughout the year. Graduates are listed in the convocation program
for the year following
their program completion, but they do not participate in the ceremony.
Admission Classification for Graduates
After you graduate, you will be transferred from your completed
degree, certificate or diploma program to a "None, as of
this Date" program category provided:
a) you have not applied for enrolment in a second
Athabasca University degree
b) you are not actively registered in an
Athabasca University course.
Although Athabasca University confers degrees twice a year, students
may complete their program requirements and submit an Application
for Graduation Form at any time during the year.
Once students have fulfilled their program requirements they have
the option of requesting a transcript. Students must indicate whether
transcript to be issued before or after convocation.
The statement “AU-Pending Credential” will appear
on transcripts issued before convocation. The statement indicates
that all program requirements have been met and the student is eligible
to graduate. The statement “AU Credential Awarded” will
appear on transcripts that are issued after convocation.