Preparing for Graduation
Graduation marks the completion and realization of your academic goals. Once you have successfully completed and satisfied the requirements for your degree or diploma, graduation is the next step. As a student, you should continue to meet with a Student Central Professional or your Academic Advisor in your academic department to discuss your requirements for graduation. In the last year of your program, it is then time to let us know your plan to graduate. You will "officially" graduate when the Lakehead University Senate meets to approve the list of graduands. Lakehead graduates students twice a year - in May and November at the scheduled Senate meeting.
You must let us know you plan to graduate this year. Submit your Intent to Graduate through myInfo by September 30, 2019 (for Fall 2019 Graduation). For students completing the program requirements by the end of April, the Spring 2020 Intent to Graduate will open in early 2020.
Convocation is a time to celebrate your accomplishments as a Lakehead University graduate, and to share this celebration with your family and friends. Every spring, Lakehead University hosts Convocation ceremonies in both Thunder Bay and Orillia. If you are graduating, this is an exceptional opportunity for you to join your classmates, and professors in celebrating your time together and accomplishments at Lakehead. Check out the resources to help you prepare for a successful graduation and convocation ceremony celebration.
For 2020, Convocation ceremonies will take place as follows: May 29 & May 30, 2020 (Thunder Bay) and June 6, 2020 (Orillia). Further ceremony specific details to follow in January.
IMPORTANT! You must let us know you are attending Convocation. Submit your RSVP through myInfo by May 17, 2019.
As a graduating student, you will receive a degree or diploma parchment in honour of your newly obtained academic credential. The Lakehead University parchment includes the University coat of arms, an embossed seal and signatures of senior University officials. The Lakehead University degree/diploma parchment also will include your name, degree/diploma achieved and the date of approval. This is your official proof that you have graduated from Lakehead University. At times, future employers may even ask you for a copy to provide proof of your Lakehead credential.
Upon graduation, you may want to have a copy of your official Lakehead University transcript to keep on record. Alternatively, if you plan to continue with your post-secondary studies, other institutions may require a copy of your official transcript. Employers will often ask too. The Lakehead University transcript is an official document that shows all the courses you completed, along with your grades, as well as the credential you have received.