Graduation


The culmination of a student's successful studies.

Information on this page will assist students in making sure that all final stages proceed smoothly.

Bachelor of Information (BI) Students: Click here for more information on the process for undergraduate students.

There are 3 opportunities to complete degree requirements:

  1. By the end of April – convocation in June
    • Intent to Convocate form opens March 1 to April 1.
  2. By the end of August – convocation in November
    • Intent to Convocate form opens August 1 to September 1.
  3. By the end of December – convocation in absentia in March (without ceremony) OR convocate in June 2021 (with convocation ceremony – might be held remotely dependent on COVID-19)
    • Intent to Convocate form opens November 1 to December 1.

Details about graduation and convocation, e.g., ceremony dates and tickets, are available from U of T’s Office of Convocation.

Continue to check your University of Toronto email account. Promptly follow-up on instructions you may receive from the Faculty, the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) or the Office of Convocation.


For students completing degree requirements at end of August


If you will be completing the requirements for your degree by the end of August 2021, you will be considered to have completed degree requirements by end of August (i.e. unable to take further courses in subsequent terms), and must convocate in November 2021 either with a convocation ceremony (to be held remotely due to COVID-19) OR in absentia (no ceremony).

*Please disregard if you are completing your degree in Fall 2021. Information about Fall 2021 Finishers/March or June 2022 Grads will be posted in the Fall.

Please read the following information/timeline thoroughly and follow-up with the required steps/checklist in a timely manner:


Step 1: Submit Intent to Convocate form between August 1st and September 1st


    • Students must submit an Intent to Convocate form during their final session in preparation to convocate and to be reviewed for graduation eligibility.
    • Even though you may still be currently wrapping up your final course(s) this summer term, do not wait until your summer grades are available on ACORN (September 8, 2021) to submit the form
    • Upon submission of your form, iSchool Student Services will review your program and academic record, and submit a degree recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Students will receive an email from iSchool Student Services once the degree recommendation have been submitted.

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Step 2: Check Fees


    • Check your online ACORN invoice.
    • See below for more details:

All of our Master’s students pay a Minimum Degree Fee. It represents the minimum amount of tuition that every student must pay upon completion of their program prior to graduation. The Minimum Degree Fee is equivalent to two years of full-time academic/program fees.

For students who have already paid the Minimum Degree Fee, please disregard any fees invoice posted to ACORN.

For Full-time students who have completed their Master’s degree in less than 2 years, or Part-time students who completed their degree in less than 6 years, please note the following:

    • You will most likely receive a Balance of Degree fee to pay off closer to the date of the convocation.
    • The Balance of Degree fee covers the remaining Minimum Degree Fee.
    • Check your ACORN invoice closer to the date of convocation and pay the Balance of Degree fee once posted, if applicable.

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Step 3: Check Name & Gender



The name on your diploma will appear as it is recorded in ACORN. Name and gender changes must be sent to SGS in March for the June convocation ceremony, in September for the November convocation ceremony, and in February for the March convocation in absentia.

    • Verify that the spelling of your name and gender is correct as it appears in ACORN
    • The deadline for name changes for November 2021 graduation: TBA.

If you would like to change your name or gender: Submit the School of Graduate Studies Name or Gender Change form via the SGS portal. This is to change misspellings, the addition or deletion of a name, and the changing of a last name (due to marriage/divorce, adding a middle name, spelling corrections etc.).

If you would like to add accents or special characters to your current name: Submit the Name On Diploma form (by TBA) to the Office of Convocation at 27 King’s College Circle. This is to add/delete accents or special characters only.

Reminder: to receive your couriered diploma ensure that your current updated permanent address is recorded in ACORN (not the mailing address).

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Step 4: Degree Recommendations


All Degree Recommendations will be submitted by the Faculty to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) by October 1, 2021. You will receive a notification email to your UTmail+ account from the Faculty’s convocation.ischool@utoronto.ca account – this is your official notice/confirmation that you will be graduating. The Office of Convocation will email information on ordering your gown/hood and RSVP’ing/ordering guest tickets closer to convocation.

Confirmation of Degree

Students may need a letter to confirm their status at the University and Faculty. Check the types of letters available and process to request a confirmation letter.

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Step 5. Wrapping Up at the Faculty


Career Services

Recent graduates can continue to take advantage of career services offered at the Faculty of Information.

Connect

Stay connected to the Faculty of Information community via: Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA)

Electronic Key Fobs

Please return your key fob to Mailbox #B72 in the Bissell Building, second floor (just outside of the Dean’s office, BL211). You can also mail us the keyfob to the following address:

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Claude Bissell Building
140 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3G6

Please note: students who started in Fall 2015 and onward did NOT pay a key fob deposit and will NOT be receiving money back. Those who paid $20 for a replacement key fob also will not receive the replacement fee back.

Building and Lab Access

If you still require building and lab after graduation, access please contact inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca.

Email

After graduation, your student email address is automatically changed to your.name[at]alum.utoronto.ca. Find out more about alumni email.

Faculty of Information Network

Access to the Faculty of Information network for students convocating in March and June will terminate some time in August. For those convocating in November, access will cease in December. In preparation, we request that you make back-up copies of files stored on the Faculty of Information servers that you wish to keep and unsubscribe from any listervs/mailing lists you subscribed to with your UTOR email account.

Final Tests and Assignments

Please pick-up your graded final tests and assignments from the Student Services Office (BL211) only if your instructor has emailed you to let you know they have left them at the front desk. 

Lockers

If you have a rented locker for the 2019-20 academic year please be sure to clear all items and remove your lock from the locker. Please contact inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca on when you intend to head into the building to clear out the locker (please include your locker# in your email). We need to ensure that proper social distancing guidelines are followed.

Once your locker is cleared, please let us know at inquire.ischool@utoronto.ca.

Returns & Retrievals

Return all Inforum items that you have checked out to avoid fines. Resolve outstanding library fines at Robarts Library or online

Borrowing Privileges

U of T library borrowing privileges, including Inforum borrowing privileges, tech loans, and remote access to library e-resources, will expire in October 1st. To continue borrowing from other U of T libraries, you can purchase a U of T alumni card. See the UTL website for details.

Wireless Network

U of T does not offer access to its wireless network to alumni.

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Step 6. Grad Photos


We will share more information about grad photos when details are confirmed. Please contact CanGrad or New Paramount Studios to book appointments directly when these businesses are able to book graduate photo sessions.

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Step 7: RSVP to UofT Convocation Ceremony & Faculty Reception


UofT Convocation Ceremony

The University’s Convocation office is responsible for scheduling and arranging convocation ceremonies for all graduands. Please check their website for the most up-to-date information on details and how to prepare for your convocation ceremony.

Virtual June Ceremony

  • Graduation with Ceremony:

    • U of T’s June 2021 virtual ceremony is scheduled for 12pm EST on June 23. The Chancellor will be conferring degrees on June 2021 grads in a virtual ceremony on June 23, 2021.
      Note: for June 2021, your diploma will be couriered to you. Please ensure that you have a permanent address on ACORN, and that it is up to date by June 1, 2021.  Details to follow.
  • Graduation in absentia (no ceremony):
    • See details on how to pick up your diploma at the end of the convocation period.
      Note: for June 2021, Your diploma will be couriered to you. Please ensure that you have a permanent address on ACORN, and that it is up to date by June 1, 2021.

Ceremony

  • Check the Office of Convocation website for updates on specific dates and times.
  • Check their list of Upcoming Events for the most up-to-date information and their specific deadlines for name changes, tickets, regalia etcetera.
  • Follow the Office of Convocation’s Graduation Checklist to ensure you have everything lined up for the big day.
  • Check the Office of Convocation’s Gowns & Hoods and RSVP & Guest Tickets pages to see when you can book your regalia, RSVP your attendance for the ceremony and request guest tickets online via ACORN.

Faculty Reception

Every June and November convocation cycle, the Faculty will also arrange a reception to honour the achievements of our graduands. Reception information will be shared as we get closer to the convocation date.

You’re Invited! Pre-Convocation Ceremony:
We are delighted to invite you to our pre-convocation ceremony to be held online prior to the main U of T event.

The Faculty of Information will be celebrating our 2021 graduates with our own online Pre-Convocation Ceremony, on Wednesday, June 23rd from 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM on Zoom. Join us for opening remarks from Dean Wendy Duff, recognition of our Faculty award recipients, well-wishes from the Faculty community, and to catch up with your friends!

Breakout rooms will open at 10:45 AM, and opening remarks are at 11 AM.

Please RSVP by 5:00 PM EST on Monday, June 21st to ensure we can accommodate everyone. A Zoom link will be emailed to those who’ve RSVPed here:

https://forms.office.com/r/uykP01vqGj

Also, please join us in signing our virtual banner: https://utoronto-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/steff_rose_utoronto_ca/EUbtnJBitKdOnavd-tiB3CMBNxZw49fFKkK4n6fsHxEfhg

Please contact Edith (edith.krohmalnik@utoronto.ca) if you have any questions.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

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8. Continue to Learn!



Recent grads are eligible for the Alumni Benefit – a one-course discount of up to $550 for New Grads at UofT’s School of Continuing Studies.

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Congratulations to all our graduands!