Spring Grad 2021

[Updated May 25, 2021]

The recognition of students’ academic success is important to the university. We are proud of the resilience our students have shown in these ever-changing times. UVic looks forward to honouring our graduating students as they embark on the next phase of their lives.

Due to ongoing provincial health guidelines that restrict gatherings, Spring 2021 graduation activities will not be held in an in-person format.

The graduating class of Spring 2021:

  • Are invited to attend a future in-person convocation over the next three years, and
  • Have the option to receive a Grad Box, which contains their parchment (degree/diploma/certificate), printed program, mortarboard and tassel, and alumni gift.
  •  Did you miss registering for yours? Contact .
  • Visit uvic.ca/grad2021

Learn more about UVic's response to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be an in-person convocation ceremony?

No, due to ongoing public health orders that restrict gathering we are unable to host an in-person ceremony. The Spring graduating class of 2021 will be invited to attend a future in-person convocation over the next three years. 

Has Fall 2021 Convocation been postponed?

No decision has been made about Fall 2021 convocation. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus is our highest priority. The university will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation carefully and will follow the direction of public health officials. We will provide an update once a decision has been made.

Will I still graduate even if there is no convocation ceremony?

Yes, students who have successfully completed the requirements for their degree, diploma or certificate, will graduate. All applications to graduate are managed by the Office of the Registrar.

When will my credential be awarded?

Degrees, diplomas and certificates will be officially awarded on May 27, 2021. For information on the application to graduate and degree completion letters please see the following websites:

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

When will I receive my parchment (degree/diploma/certificate)?

Those students who have completed the online registration will be sent their parchment (degree/diploma/certificate) after May 27, 2021 when credentials have been awarded.

Do I have to receive a Grad Box?

No, it is optional. 

If I choose to receive a Grad Box can I still attend a future ceremony?

Yes, you can receive a grad box and attend a future ceremony over the next three years.

Can I pick up my parchment (degree/diploma/certificate) instead?

At this time, it’s unknown when the Office of the Registrar will resume in-person service.  Please continue to watch this page for updates.

How will the parchment (degree/diploma/certificate) be sent?

 Parchments (degree/diploma/certificate) will be sent via tracked Canada Post (Canada and US) and via tracked DHL (international). Only students who register by the deadline will receive a tracking number.

Does having my parchment (degree/diploma/certificate) and Grad Box mailed to me cost anything?

No, your parchment (degree/diploma/certificate) and grad box will be sent by the university to the address indicated in your registration.

How do I register for a future in-person convocation ceremony?

Graduates will be contacted directly and invited to participate in an in-person ceremony, over the next three years, when it is safe to bring people together again.

Can I rent regalia or purchase regalia (cap and gown)?

Students can rent and purchase regalia through the UVic Bookstore.  

Can I still have graduation photos taken?

Yes, you can book sessions with UVic Photo Services

I have a question about graduation and convocation that has not been answered in the FAQs

Please contact the UVic Ceremonies and Events office:

Phone: 250-721-7445