Graduation

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Graduation

In order to graduate, you must complete faculty and program requirements. It is your responsibility to meet all faculty and program requirements before graduation.

At the time of graduation from an undergraduate degree, you must be in Satisfactory Standing with a minimum CGPA of 2.00. Some faculties may require a higher CGPA in order to graduate.

You should contact your adviser (graduate students should contact their department) early in the graduating year to make sure you will meet your program requirements by graduation time. For contact information on advisers, see www.mcgill.ca/students/advising/advisordirectory.

Minimum Residency Requirement

The total number of McGill credits required to graduate is known as the minimum residency requirement. You must successfully complete a minimum of 60 McGill credits in order to obtain a McGill undergraduate degree. Some programs have specific requirements on the type of credits that must be completed at McGill. For example, two-thirds of all program requirements must be completed at McGill. For specific information refer to your faculty section of this publication.

Students completing a second undergraduate degree at McGill must successfully complete a minimum of 60 McGill credits to obtain their degree. You should check with your Faculty adviser for any conditions applicable to the McGill credits required toward your degree.

Graduate students should refer to your faculty under Faculties & Schools > Graduate > Program Requirements for information on minimum residency requirements for graduate programs. This information is listed for each faculty, so you can also access it through your faculty's graduate pages.

Note for Continuing Studies: Minimum Residency Requirement (Continuing Studies):
  • You must successfully complete a minimum of 21 McGill credits (excluding pre-requisites and co-requisites) in order to obtain a McGill undergraduate certificate. For specific information refer to your department section of this publication.
  • Students completing a second undergraduate certificate at McGill must successfully complete a minimum of 21 McGill credits (excluding prerequisites and corequisites) in order to obtain their certificate. You should check with your adviser for any conditions applicable to the McGill credits required toward your certificate.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Apr. 7, 2016) (disclaimer)

Apply to Graduate

Apply to Graduate

Most undergraduate students and non-thesis graduate students (master's, certificates, diplomas) must use Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva) to apply to graduate (go to Student Records > Apply for Graduation for Your Primary Curriculum). It is your responsibility to inform McGill of your intention to graduate. You need a minimum residency requirement of 60 credits at McGill to qualify for a McGill undergraduate degree. For more information, see Graduation. The minimum CGPA required to graduate is 2.00, and you must be in Satisfactory Standing.

The Application for Graduation is available on Minerva when you register for your final year (e.g., U3 or U4), except if you are in the Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Dentistry, where you are automatically flagged for graduation in your final year. For more information on how to apply on Minerva, go to www.mcgill.ca/students/graduation/applying.

Once you apply to graduate, you are authorizing the University to include your name in the Convocation program. If you want your name to be omitted from this publication you must send an email to Enrolment Services at studentrecords [at] mcgill.ca by March 15 for Spring convocation, and September 15 for Fall convocation.

Deadlines

Deadlines

  • Fall term graduation (courses completed in December; transcript will indicate “Degree Granted” in February; Spring convocation): You must apply on Minerva by the end of November.
  • Winter term graduation (courses completed in April; transcript will indicate “Degree Granted” in May; Spring convocation): You must apply on Minerva by the end of February.
  • Summer term graduation (courses completed by August; transcript will indicate “Degree Granted” in October; Fall convocation): You must apply on Minerva by the end of March.

If you miss one of these deadlines, contact your Faculty Student Affairs Office immediately.

Note for the Faculties of Arts and Science (including B.A. & Sc.): Requests are made at Service Point (3415 McTavish Street). However, it is important that you also see a Faculty adviser in Dawson Hall to talk about your options and the effects that your request may have on your studies. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/students/advising.
Note for Continuing Studies: The minimum residency requirement of 60 credits does not apply to the School of Continuing Studies certificates and diplomas.
Note for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: If you miss one of these deadlines, you must follow the procedures at www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/graduating. The Application for Graduation is available on Minerva for students in non-thesis programs who have registered for their final year. To ensure that you have met the requirements for graduation, you should refer to Program Requirements > Master's Degrees, found under each faculty's Graduate section in the McGill eCalendar.
Note for Physical and Occupational Therapy: You must be in Satisfactory Standing with a minimum CGPA of 2.30 to graduate.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Apr. 7, 2016) (disclaimer)

Graduation Approval Query

Graduation Approval Query

As a graduating student, you can view the status of your graduation record on Minerva (www.mcgill.ca/minerva) during the Faculty review and approval process (go to Student Records > Graduation Approval Query). The Graduation Approval Query form becomes available to graduating students approximately three to four weeks before the Degree Granted notation is updated on their records.

If you have met all requirements for graduation, your student record on Minerva will display the Degree Granted notation at the appropriate time:

  • Late February, for Fall term graduation (Convocation in Spring)
  • Late May, for Winter term graduation (Convocation in Spring)
  • Late October, for Summer term graduation (Convocation in Fall)

See www.mcgill.ca/students/graduation/convocation for information regarding convocation ceremonies.

Note for Medicine and Dentistry: The Application for Graduation is available on Minerva when you register for your final year (e.g., U3 or U4), except if you are in the Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Dentistry, where you are automatically flagged for graduation in your final year.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Feb. 23, 2016) (disclaimer)

Replacing a Diploma

Replacing a Diploma

Required Documents

Required Documents

Replacing a lost diploma

You must provide a request including your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth, as well as your degree and the year it was granted.

Requesting a diploma or modifying your name

You must provide a written request including your full name, address, phone number, and date of birth, as well as your degree and the year it was granted. For name changes, upload a photocopy of your birth certificate, change of name certificate, marriage certificate, proof of divorce, or other legal documents that support your name change, corrections, additions, or deletions. Make sure to indicate any changes you want made in your written request.

Submitting your request

Submitting your request

There are two ways to submit a request:

  1. Via Service Point Checkout e-store – Follow the instructions found at www.mcgill.ca/students/graduation/diplomas first, then to submit the order go to spcheckout.mcgill.ca.
  2. Come to Service Point in person with the required documents. You must pay the replacement fee of CAD$120 per diploma copy (includes trackable mail delivery). Payment is accepted by debit card only. If you choose this option, please allow for appropriate delays in diploma printing and mailing time.
Note: Requests made on behalf of a student must be accompanied by a signed letter of authorization from the student.

Certified Copies

Certified Copies

Enrolment Services will certify copies of your diploma in the original language or issue certified translations in English (from the original Latin) or French (from the original in English or Latin).

Submitting your request for a certified copy

There are two ways to submit a request:

  1. Via Service Point Checkout e-store – Follow the instructions found at www.mcgill.ca/students/graduation/diplomas first, then to submit the order go to spcheckout.mcgill.ca.
  2. In person:
    • Come to Service Point with a photocopy of your original diploma on 8.5" x 11" paper in landscape mode, making certain to reduce it so that all seals and signatures are visible, and indicate how many copies you need;
      • Indicate if you require certified translations, and if yes, in what language (i.e., English or French);
    • Pay the CAD$15 per copy fee payable via debit card only.
Note: Requests made on behalf of a student must be accompanied by a signed letter of authorization from the student.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Apr. 15, 2016) (disclaimer)

Aegrotat Standing and Degree at McGill University

Aegrotat Standing and Degree at McGill University

Aegrotat standing is awarded in rare cases where a student, based on serious medical or similar evidence, is unable to complete course requirements within a reasonable time, or at all.

At McGill, this designation is currently applied toward the end of a student’s degree program resulting in the awarding of an aegrotat degree. An aegrotat indicator of 'Y' at graduation signifies that a student was awarded such a degree. An aegrotat degree is awarded only to students in good standing who have been unable to complete their degree due to special circumstances. Information on this degree designation is included only in the convocation program, and not on the transcript.

Aegrotat standing is rarely granted at McGill University. A formal request must be submitted to the Dean of the faculty in which the student is registered during the graduating year. The approval of the Dean and the Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning, is necessary to grant this status.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Feb. 23, 2016) (disclaimer)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Apr. 7, 2016) (disclaimer)