In Absentia Convocation 2024

In Absentia Convocation 2024

The 2024 February In Absentia Convocation is Friday, February 23rd, 2024. No in-person ceremonies are held for the February Convocation, all successful graduates will be invited to attend the June in-person celebrations.

Getting Your Diploma

If you are successful and you want to receive your degree before the June Convocation, you can pick up your degree in person at Student Central 3 business days following the conferral date, provided you do not have an outstanding hold on your account.

Alternatively, you can request to have your degree mailed (will not happen until after February 23) to you via Student Center > Diploma Mailing by following the steps listed below:

  1. Log in to your Student Center with your Western credentials
  2. Click on Academics > Graduation > Diploma Mailing
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen

Diploma Mailing for February graduates will open February 19th and mailing will begin the week of February 26th. Diplomas not picked up or mailed will be retained in the Office of the Registrar for two years following convocation, after which time they are destroyed, and you will be required to order a Diploma Replacement. More information about degrees and diplomas can be found here.

Convocation Ceremonies

All successful graduates will be invited to participate in the June Convocation ceremonies. In May 2024, successful graduates will receive further information regarding the Spring 2024 Convocation ceremonies in which you may participate.

You can see your program status and the ceremony you will be participating in in your Student Center under Academics > Graduation.

A screenshot of Graduation status in Student Center

International Students

For International students who graduated in the In Absentia convocation, you can download this statement to use with any VISA applications to attend the ceremony. You can also follow the steps below:

  1. Order your Official Western Letter after February 23 on Student Center by choosing Convocation, Degree and Graduation > Degree and year awarded
  2. Download the statement from Western for In Absentia Graduates
  3. Provide a copy of your study permit

For more details on inviting your friends and family to your Convocation ceremony, visit the International & Exchange Student Center website.


When will degree awarded show on Transcript?

Your transcript will show "degree awarded" on February 23, 2024.

When can I order a degree awarded letter?

You can order a degree awarded letter on February 23, 2024.

When can I pickup my degree?

You can pick up your degree 3 days after In Absentia Convocation in Student Central.

When will I get my mailed degree?

Diploma mailing may take up to 3 weeks following your convocation date or receipt of the request.

How do I tell what day I convocate in June?

You can view which ceremony you will be a part of by logging into your Student Center and navigating to Academics > Graduation.

Where can I go to get convocation photos?

Your composites are coordinated by your Faculty/Department. If you want graduation photos you can visit the Prestige Photos in the lower level of UCC.

When will I be able to get tickets for June Covocation?

Convocation tickets will become available for students participating in the June Convocation ceremonies in May.