Graduating Students

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all degree and program requirements have been met. Submission of the Application to Graduate by the required deadlines (see below) ensures that the Registrar has the opportunity to review your program requirements and complete a “degree check”.

Graduation & Commencement

NSCAD Degree Students may Graduate after completing their degree requirements in the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters. However, only one official Graduation & Commencement Ceremony will be held, in the spring. At this ceremony, any students who already received their diplomas on the “Degree Conferral” dates listed below are eligible to attend and cross the stage with their peers. All students who had degrees conferred the previous Fall or Summer will be listed in the official spring Graduation Program.

Students must submit an application to graduate (available for download on the Forms & Downloads page) by the published deadline to be considered for graduation.

October 30
Last day to submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of the Registrar to graduate in APRIL (Degree is Confirmed at Commencement Ceremony)

February 15
Last day to submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of the Registrar to graduate effective August or December (August Degree is conferred on October 15; December Degree is conferred on February 15; there is no ceremony for either of these conferral dates, but graduates from these periods are invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony in the spring)

Degree Conferral Dates

October 15 (completion in summer)
February 15 (completion in fall)

Commencement & Degree Conferral Date

May 12, 2022

Parchment Replacement

To replace a lost parchment, a Statutory Declaration from a notary public* to verify that the parchment has been lost or destroyed in addition to a $35 fee are required. Replacement parchments will only be produced for one of the Degree Conferral dates listed above. We do not provide duplicate parchments. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

(*A Notary Public is a public official who can authenticate documents with a notarial seal. Many lawyers are also Notaries. A Notary Public is not equivalent to a Guarantor. Please contact a local law office in your area.)


We are pleased to announce that NSCAD Graduates from the MAAE (Master of Art Education), MFA (Master of Fine Arts) or MDES (Master of Design) programs may now purchase academic regalia comprised of the Masters Robe and Academic Hood, specially designed with NSCAD’s colours. Images of the regalia can be found here.

The academic regalia of NSCAD University is supplied by DSR Harcourts Ltd in Toronto. For information on how to purchase your hood or gown, please contact DSR Harcourts directly. DSR Harcourts is the only authorized distributor of NSCAD academic regalia.

DSR Harcourts Ltd. 19 Duncan Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 3H1 tel: 416-977-4408 fax: 416-977-3856 website:

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