Graduation requirements for all certificate and diploma programs*

To graduate from a certificate or diploma, students must satisfy all requirements including:

  • Admission to the program.
  • Completion of the number of hours or courses required for the program.
  • Successful completion of the core, option and elective program requirements.
  • Attained a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.

NOTE: In the case that a student attains a grade of "C-, D+ or D" in ONE course, the Program Director and Lead, Registrarial Services have the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact Registration Services at contedreg@ucalgary.ca to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for graduation are fulfilled in a timely fashion. To assist students in this, customer service and information specialists are available to meet with students to review their status and determine outstanding requirements.

* The Certificate for Emerging Leaders has different requirements. Click here for details.

Apply to graduate

It is the student's responsibility to initiate the steps that result in Continuing Education issuing a certificate or diploma and sending an invitation to the annual graduation event to be held in June. To start the process, students must submit a Graduation Application.

Once you have enrolled in the final course(s) needed to fulfil your program requirements, you are eligible to apply. It is not necessary to have your final grades at the time of application; however, your application cannot be approved until your last course is completed and your grade has been received from your instructor. The name on your certificate or diploma will be the student name on file unless otherwise specified.

  Apply for Graduation
Applications are reviewed for approval three times during the year.
To have your certificate or diploma... Application Submission Deadline
Issued and mailed to you at the beginning of November 2019 September 30, 2019
(Final grades must be in by Oct 9, 2019)
Issued and mailed to you at the beginning of March 2020 January 31, 2020
(Final grades must be in by Feb 11, 2020)
Issued and presented at the graduation ceremony in June, or mailed to you at the end of June 2020 April 30, 2020
(Final grades must be in by May 6, 2020)

Please Note: While your certificate or diploma is under review for approval, the status of your program will display as completed in your student record under My Certificates. Once approved the status will change to issued. Certificates and diplomas are reviewed for approval and issued only three times per year.

Transcripts will not display that a program is completed until it is has been approved and issued. This is only done three times during the year. If you require supporting documentation for your employer or another institution before your certificate or diploma is issued, you can request a letter of certificate completion from Registration Services at contedreg@ucalgary.ca

All students awarded a certificate or diploma will be invited to participate in the June graduation ceremony. You will be notified of the time and location of the June ceremony by the end of May.

Questions about graduation?

See these Frequently Asked Questions.

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