Are you ready to graduate? If so, there are a few things you need to do to make sure your convocation goes smoothly.

Apply to graduate

Complete the following five steps to ensure you are ready to graduate and receive your parchment.

1. Apply to graduate through PAWS

March 31, 2019 Application deadline to graduate at Spring Convocation
May 14, 2019 The last day to withdraw your application to graduate

Only your College Office can provide you with information pertaining to eligibility for graduation. You are considered a graduate of a program once the degree has been conferred, which occurs at the convocation ceremony.

2. Is your mailing address up-to-date in PAWS?

March 31, 2019 Deadline to submit address change

Ensure that your current mailing address is up-to-date in PAWS and if you happen to change addresses after you’ve applied to graduate, notify us by email at convocation@usask.ca.

3. Is your full legal name accurate in PAWS?

May 8, 2019 Deadline to submit any name changes for Spring Convocation purposes
Note: a $50.00 fee will be charged for name change requests made after this date

The name on file in PAWS is the name that will appear on your parchment.

You can check your name under the My Profile tab located under your name on the top right corner in PAWS. Your legal name is listed under the Bio section.

4. Have all outstanding fees been settled?

Date: TBA Deadline to clear outstanding account balances

Students who have holds on their accounts may graduate and attend the Convocation ceremony but will not receive their parchments and other official documents such as transcripts, or have the ability to re-register, until all outstanding balances are cleared.

5. Have your transcripts from other institutions been received?

Date: TBD Official transcripts must be received by fax from the issuing institution
Date: TBD Official transcripts must be received by mail from the issuing institution

If you’ve accumulated transfer credits from other post-secondary institutions that haven’t been sent to us, you must arrange to have the issuing institution both fax and mail your transcripts by the dates noted above. 

1. Fax transcripts to: (306) 966-2115

2. Then, mail transcripts to:

Recruitment and Admissions
University of Saskatchewan
105 Administration Place
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A2  Canada

Students with outstanding transcripts may graduate and attend the Convocation ceremony but will not receive their parchments and other official documents such as transcripts, or have the ability to re-register, until all outstanding documentation has been received.

Prepare for your Convocation ceremony

See the program of events and follow these steps to ensure that you are ready for your Convocation ceremony.

1. Order your tickets


Date: TBA Tickets can be ordered online through the Convocation Information channel in PAWS starting at 12:00 pm
Date: TBA Online ticket orders close in PAWS
  • Tickets are required to attend the ceremony and you can order up to 7 guest tickets. If you and/or a guest have a disability and require accommodation, please indicate this on your ticket request. 
  • Extra tickets: If you require more than 7 guest tickets, extras may become available on a first-come first-served basis. Check the Convocation Information channel in PAWS. You may request up to 4 extra tickets. 
  • Tickets will immediately be emailed to your PAWS email and can be printed or shown digitally for entry. 
  • International guests: If your guests require an invitation letter to secure travel documents, information can be found on the inviting friends and family page and the IRCC guide. Contact convocation@usask.ca if you have questions. 
  • Convocation is a public event where photographs will be taken and the ceremonies will be streamed live on the internet. By attending convocation, you are giving the University of Saskatchewan permission to use any photos or other media in future promotional materials, programs, websites, etc.

2. Order your gown

Date: TBA Rental gowns become available for online ordering

Graduands who attend the Convocation ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic dress and must obtain hoods for the degree they’re receiving — not for a degree they already hold. Gowns and hoods are available for rent and should be ordered prior to the time of assembly. They can be picked up on site at Merlis Belsher Place before your ceremony. If you forget to rent a gown, you can rent one on site prior to your ceremony. 

If you have forgotten to return your gown contact Gaspard at 1-800-380-8214 or frontdesk@gaspard.ca for instructions on how to return your gown.

3. Order your degree frame

There are four ways to purchase your degree frame. Complimentary framing will be available onsite at Merlis Belsher Place.

  • Purchase online for delivery any time with delivery directly to your home.
  • Purchase online for pickup at convocation.
  • In person at Merlis Belsher Place: Purchase your frame onsite after each ceremony. Inventory may be limited.
  • In Person, year-round: Purchase a frame at Shop usask Preston Crossing or Shop usask Bookstore all year round.

4. Order graduation flowers

Fresh roses will be available for purchase at Merlis Belsher Place from June 3-7. To reserve a bouquet, order online and pick it up when you get to Merlis Belsher Place.

5. Order your graduation photos

Your photo will be taken and proofs will be emailed to your PAWS account.

The Convocation Office will be coordinating graduation photography. A photo will be taken of you when you receive your parchment and proofs will be emailed to your PAWS account within a few weeks after convocation, where you will have the opportunity to purchase your photos.

Some colleges arrange formal graduation photos through their student unions. Contact the student union in your college to find out more information. 

Under s.23(2)(h) of the The Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the University of Saskatchewan has the authority to publish and release information pertaining to the degrees, certificates or diplomas received by individuals. If you are concerned about your name being published in the Convocation program, the StarPhoenix Convocation edition, college websites or publications, etc., please formally submit your reasons why to the University Registrar, E34-105 Administration Place, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A2. Generally, names will only be removed for reasons related to the personal safety of the individual.

What you need to know for Convocation day

Watch previous convocation ceremonies to get an idea of what to expect.

See the program of events to know when to arrive and be ready.

  • Arrive early, at least 90 minutes before your ceremony to avoid long lines when picking up your gown and hood.
  • Parking is available in the parking lot at Merlis Belsher Place.
  • Be backstage at Merlis Belsher Place place 45 minutes before your ceremony starts and be fully dressed in your academic regalia.
  • You will only walk the stage once per ceremony for your highest degree-level parchment obtained. At this time, all degrees and certificates will be awarded from that ceremony.
  • Only graduating students are eligible to cross the stage during the ceremony.
  • Each ceremony usually runs no longer than 2 1/2 hours.

Questions? Please email convocation@usask.ca or call 306-966-6735.

Degrees in absentia

Graduands are expected to attend the Convocation ceremony to receive their parchments in person. If you cannot attend, you will receive your parchment in the mail about a month after convocation. Please ensure that your mailing address is up-to-date in PAWS.

If you prefer to pick up your degree in person after convocation, please email us and ask to have your degree withheld from the mail out.

See the program of events

Ceremony details

  • Programs are handed out at each ceremony. View a past ceremony program.
  • Honorary award recipients: In addition to awarding thousands of degrees to students, a number of honorary degrees and awards will be presented to deserving individuals.
  • Orators: Orators were selected through an audition process to read out the names of degree recipients as they receive their parchments.

Monday, June 3, 2019

 2:00 pm: Education

  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

 9:00 am: Arts and Science (see below), Distance Education Unit (Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education), University Language Centre (English for Academic Purposes and Graduate Pathways Certificate), Graduate Professional Skills Certificate and School of Public Health

  • Aboriginal Public Administration
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemistry
  • Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Corrections
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geophysics
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Studies
  • Jazz
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Northern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Prairie Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Religion & Culture
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Toxicology
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


 2:00 pm: Arts and Science (see below), School of Environment and Sustainability and Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy

  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology and Microbiology
  • Biotechnology, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Business Economics
  • Computing
  • Criminology and Addictions
  • Economics
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Earth Science
  • Environment & Society
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Studies
  • Interactive Systems Design
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Palaeobiology
  • Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Regional and Urban Planning
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
MSC and PhD students with a major in Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Health Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Pharmacology and Physiology will graduate with the College of Medicine.
MSC and PhD students with a major in Toxicology will graduate with the College of Veterinary Medicine

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

 9:00 am: Edwards School of Business and Law

  • Aboriginal Business Administration Certificate
  • Business Administration Certificate

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


 2:00 pm: Agriculture and Bioresources and Veterinary Medicine

  • Prairie Horticulture Certificate

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


Thursday, June 6, 2019

 9:00 am: Kinesiology, Medicine, Pharmacy and Nutrition, School of Physical Therapy

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


 2:00 pm: Dentistry and Nursing

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA


Friday June 7, 2019

 9:00 am: Engineering

  • Certificate in Professional Communication

Honorary Degree Recipient - TBA

After you graduate

Apply to a new program

Are you planning to further your education and return to the college from which you are now receiving your degree, or a different one? If so, you must submit a new admission application through PAWS.

Graduate Retention Program

After graduation, you may be eligible for a tax exemption of up to $20,000.

Alumni Assocation

All USask alumni are members of the Alumni Association. Learn about the benefits and services available. Stay connected by updating your contact information. 2019 graduates will be entered to win one of four $250 gift cards to Best Buy when they do. Dates TBA.

Parchment replacements and duplicate copies

In the event that you require a copy or replacement of your parchment, the University of Saskatchewan will provide a second copy of a parchment at a cost of $50 under the following circumstances:

  • Official name change: you must complete the parchment replacement form and provide a copy of supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificate, marriage license). 
  • Original incorrect: you must return the original document along with supporting documentation and the parchment replacement form. To prevent this from happening, ensure that your legal name as you want it to appear on your parchment is up-to-date in PAWS. See the bio section under my profile located on the right top corner. 
  • Original lost or destroyed: You must submit a parchment replacement form and a reprint fee of $50. 
  • Original never received:  submit a written statement of request. There will be no charge if this request is made within one year of the graduation date. If the request is made after one year, the $50 reprint fee must be submitted.
  • Duplicate copies: you may also order duplicate copies of your parchment.
  • If you graduated prior to 2011, replacement or copied parchments will be in the current U of S style with current signatures.
  • Due to regulations and to protect your cyber security, credit card information will not be accepted via email. 
  • Parchment replacement forms with credit card payments must be faxed, mailed or dropped off in person. 
  • Your parchment is a legal document. The University of Saskatchewan reserves the right to limit the number of copies issued to any one person.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Other parchment changes

LL.B to J.D.: To have your Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree changed to a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree, please visit the College of Law website for application details.

If you were a NEPS graduate between 2006-2009 and would like to have your degree printed with the appropriate logos, please contact the College of Nursing for information.