Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Graduation

All students, except those in Trades and Continuing Studies programs, must apply to graduate in order to receive their credential.

Please fill out an application for graduation form, which can be found here. The form is fillable online, and you will need Adobe Reader to fill it out.

For students in BC Campus programs, please click here for the correct application.

Okanagan College offers a commencement ceremony to Trades students in the Spring. For Continuing Studies students, there are ceremonies offered in Vernon and Kelowna in the Summer.
If you are a Continuing Studies student and wish to attend the ceremony, please fill out the application found online here under Continuing Studies. To receive your credential by mail, no application is required.

If you are a Trades student and wish to attend the ceremony, please fill out the application which can be found here. To receive your credential by mail, no application is required.
Winter Graduation and Convocation  October 31 
Spring Graduation and Convocation March 31
Summer Graduation and Convocation April 30
 Continuing Studies Commencement   April 30
Vernon Convocation April 30
Trades Commencement May 13

For students graduating in January, the ceremony is held mid-month.  All programs with the exception of Continuing Studies and Trades are eligible to graduate and attend in January.

For students graduating in June, the ceremonies are held at the beginning of June (Spring) and the end of June (Summer and Vernon).  Please check the links on the menu to your left to determine which ceremony you will attend.  Students from all programs are eligible to attend in Vernon with the exception of Trades (this includes Continuing Studies students).

For detailed information on graduation ceremonies, click here.

 The cost to attend the ceremony is $30.00. 

Please contact graduation@okanagan.bc.ca and include an application for graduation. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request within the time frame of the next graduation period, however applications made after the application deadline may not be considered until the following graduation period.
ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS (excluding Continuing Studies and Trades)

For students in all programs except Trades and Continuing Studies programs, we graduate students four times a year: in January, and three times in June (see above).  Some vocational programs may be conferred during the term, including the Health Care Assistant Certificate.  If you chose to attend the ceremony and your credential has already been received, please ensure you have submitted an application for graduation.  The application form is fillable online and you will need Adobe Acrobat to fill it out.  Credentials are conferred at convocation and, for students choosing not to attend, distributed shortly thereafter.  For a list of programs represented at each ceremony, please check the links in the side menu.

TRADES

For students in the Trades, all credentials except Welding A and B must first be audited and conferred by the Education Council, which meets monthly except for in the summer.  During the year, students are audited and sent to Education Council for approval and conferral of their credential on a monthly basis.  With processing time, you should expect to receive your credential within 3 to 6 weeks.  For students in the Welder Foundation program, you will receive your log book before your certificate is issued, usually mailed within 7 to 10 business days of receipt of final paperwork in the graduation office.  Trades also holds a commencement ceremony in the summer. 

Please note: Education Council does not meet in July and August. If your program finishes during these months, and you meet graduation requirements, you will receive your credential in September.

CONTINUING STUDIES

Processing times vary for Continuing Studies programs.  Once the graduation office has been sent a list of students eligible for certificates, they are processed within 5 to 7 business days and sent out to the mailing address on file.

BC CAMPUS

Student requests for graduation must first be audited and conferred by the Education Council, which meets monthly except for in the summer.  During the year, students are audited and sent to Education Council for approval and conferral of their credential on a monthly basis.  With processing time, you should expect to receive your credential within 3 to 6 weeks. 

Please complete the Letter of Completion request form. Ensure also that you have submitted an application for graduation.  Please note that transcripts are not included with this letter.  If you require a transcript, please order one through your myOkanagan account.
We are in touch with students if issues arise with their file, however, if you are concerned that your application has not been received or have questions and/or additional information pertaining to your graduation, please contact graduation@okanagan.bc.ca.

Students are responsible for ensuring they have or will meet all graduation requirements.  Please carefully review your program requirements in the Calendar.

If you require advising, please contact educationadvising@okanagan.bc.ca. For Business students, the Okanagan School of Business has developed a Personal Degree Plan for the BBA that you can use to check your graduation status. There is an advising sheet available for the Business Diploma as well, located here. Business advising can be reached at businessadvising@okanagan.bc.ca.

Students requiring replacement parchments should submit a Credential Reprint request form, found here.  The cost is $30.00.