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Applying to Graduate

By submitting an Application to Graduate, you are advising the university that you expect to complete your program by the date you select to do so.

An Application to Graduate must be submitted if you are enrolled in your final course, term or year of study. You must apply by the deadline date for either Fall or Spring Convocation, in order to be considered for graduation.

Completing your courses in fall or winter term?
Apply for graduation at the Spring Convocation Ceremonies. Choose Winter Expected Graduation Term.

Completing your courses in spring/summer term?
Apply for graduation at the Fall Convocation Ceremonies. Choose Spring/Summer Expected Graduation Term.

You may submit an Application to Graduate even if you have a Hold (for unpaid fees or other obligations owed to the university) on your account. If eligible, you will still be able to  graduate and attend Convocation ceremonies.

How to Apply to Graduate 

Don't have access to RAMSS? Please contact Curriculum Advising at gradinfo@ryerson.ca for assistance.

You must successfully complete all program requirements as prescribed by Senate in order to graduate with a degree, diploma, or certificate. You must submit an Application to Graduate in order to determine if you are eligible to graduate.

If you are eligible to graduate, you will be invited to attend Convocation (graduation ceremonies). Convocation is held in the Spring and Fall of each year. Convocation information is available at www.ryerson.ca/convocation.

Are You Ready to Graduate?

Review your academic progress-to-date to determine if you are nearing completion of all of the requirements for graduation from your program. Your Academic Advisement Report will provide complete details of your progress. View your AA Report before you submit an Application to Graduate.

An Application to Graduate must be submitted if you are enrolled in your final course, semester or year of study. Do not wait for final grades of your final program courses to apply to graduate. You must apply by the deadline date for either Fall or Spring Convocation, in order to be considered for graduation. See How to Apply to Graduate for step-by-step instructions.

Spring 2021 Convocation  

Spring 2021
Application Deadlines Important Notes

Online Application to Graduate via my.ryerson.ca

Fee: $0

November 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021 No applications will be accepted after April 15, 2021 for Spring 2021 Convocation. If you have missed this deadline, please submit an Application to Graduate for Fall 2021 Convocation.

Online Late Application to Graduate via my.ryerson.ca

Fee: $50 late fee

March 2, 2021 to April 15, 2021

If you are planning to graduate for Spring 2021 Convocation - select the last available term to complete all courses prior to graduation: Winter Term 2021.

Fall 2020 Convocation

Fall 2020
Application Deadlines Important Notes

Online Application to Graduate via my.ryerson.ca

Fee: $0

June 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020 No applications will be accepted after August 15, 2020 for Fall 2020 Convocation. If you have missed this deadline, please submit an Application to Graduate for Spring 2021 Convocation.

Online Late Application to Graduate via my.ryerson.ca

Fee: $50 late fee

August 1, 2020 to August 15, 2020

If you are planning to graduate for Fall 2020 Convocation - select the last available term to complete all courses prior to graduation: Spring/Summer Term 2020.

If you are an undergraduate student who intends on graduating with a Minor, you must add the Minor to your Program and Plan after you have submitted your Application to Graduate.

Go to How to Select a Minor for step-by-step instructions. You must follow these instructions in order to be considered for graduation with the Minor.

Completion of a Minor is noted on the academic transcript, not on the award document.

Important information: If you are eligible to graduate from your program (Major) but it is determined that you are not eligible to graduate with your choice of Minor, you will still be eligible to graduate from your program (without the Minor).

Your name, as it appears on your student record, is the name that will appear on your graduation award document.

To make a change to your name, go to the ServiceHub (POD 150).

Graduation name changes must be submitted no later than the published deadline for each Convocation. This date can be found within the Significant Dates table.

Ryerson is pleased to provide you with the option to receive a gender neutral degree designation printed on your undergraduate or graduate degree award document. This option is in effect as of Graduation/Convocation Spring (June) 2020.

What this means: Instead of the standard nomenclature used, you may elect to have your graduation award document produced/printed with the alternate language as noted here:

‘Baccalaureate’ instead of Bachelor (for Bachelor’s degrees)
‘Magisteriate’ instead of Master (for Master’s degrees)
‘Doctorate’ instead of Doctor (for Doctor’s degrees)

How to submit a request for a gender neutral graduation award document: Once you have submitted your Application to Graduate via RAMSS, you must send an email to gradinfo@ryerson.ca no later than the final date to apply to graduate to make your request. Please use the Subject Line: Request for Gender Neutral Degree.

Please note:
1. Only one graduation award document will be printed and released (i.e. either using the standard language or the gender neutral language).
2. Only the graduation award document will show the alternate degree designation – all other student records (i.e. official student transcript) will indicate the standard degree nomenclature.

Why Cancel Your Application to Graduate?

If you wish to upgrade your program graduation CGPA or continue in your program of studies, you must cancel your application to graduate.

Cancel your application to graduate by submitting an PDF fileApplication to Graduate - Cancellation Form.

Go to Graduation and Convocation Dates, opens in new window for deadline dates to cancel an application to graduate.

 Note: Cancellation of application is automatic for students who do not meet graduation requirements.

Important: If you do not cancel your application to graduate, you will be approved to graduate if you are eligible. Your graduation CGPA is final and cannot be adjusted once you graduate.  

To confirm that your application has been received for the right Convocation (Fall or Spring) ceremony, and to monitor the status of your application, go to your Student Centre in RAMSS>My Academics>Graduation>View my Graduation Status.

Graduation Status Definitions

Application Received: Application Received. Graduation audit is in progress.

Pending Final Assessment: Confirmation of eligibility to graduate is conditional upon successful completion of all program graduation requirements, including review of final grades.

Not Eligible - Check Ryerson Email for Details: Ineligible to graduate. You have not successfully completed all program graduation requirements. Check your Ryerson email for details.

Application Cancelled: Your request to cancel your Application to Graduate has been received. Thank you.  Please re-apply in the future.

Eligible - Program Requirements Satisfied: Eligible to graduate. You have successfully completed all program graduation requirements. Congratulations.

View Your Graduation Communications

You will be sent (via email to your @ryerson.ca email account) graduation status communications (letters). Copies of each communication emailed to you can be seen in your Student Centre in RAMSS >Communications >View My Communications.


Acknowledgement of the receipt of your application to graduate will be sent to your Ryerson email within 24 hours of submitting the application online.

Confirmation of your eligibility to graduate will be sent to your Ryerson email address approximately two weeks prior to the convocation ceremony for which you applied. 

Check your Ryerson email account regularly to ensure that you will receive time sensitive graduation and convocation ceremony information.

Also, check your email account filters, spam folder and ensure your email account does not reach over quota.   

To view important communications regarding your application to graduate, go to your Communications page in your Student Centre in RAMSS>Communications>View My Communications.

Based on an undergraduate degree program student’s graduation with an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.50 or higher. This high level of academic achievement is recorded on the student’s transcript and graduation award document, in recognition of their having graduated ‘with distinction.’

Graduation award documents will be presented to students who attend their convocation ceremony. If you do not attend the ceremony, you may pick-up your document on campus or arrange to have it couriered to you. Please see Graduating in Absentia for more information.