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The application to apply for Fall 2023 graduation is now open.

Important Graduation Information

All students who expect to receive a credential must complete an Application to Graduate (whether you are attending the convocation ceremony or not). The Fall 2023 application is now open Compass Student Account. There is a $25 Application Fee. The deadline to apply to graduate for Fall 2023 is Monday, August 31, 2023. Please ensure you are registered in all the courses required to complete your degree/diploma/certificate by checking your progress through your Compass Student Account All academic regulations can be found CBU Academic Calendar 

Information for Graduating Students:  

  • More information on the Spring 2023 Graduation will be shared during the Winter Term.  
  • November 1, 2023 is the date dedicated to the Convocation Ceremony (Ceremony times by program will be released closer to the ceremony date).   
  • The Registrar’s Office will be communicating information on Graduation through students’ CBU email only. Please continue to monitor your CBU email accounts.  
  • All course work and term grades must be in by the end of the Spring/Summer term.
  • All fees owing (finance, library, etc.) are paid in full.  
  • Please contact if you have questions regarding graduation.  
  • Still seeking your parchment from a previous Convocation contact

Ensure you information is correct:

  • View your personal and program information in your Compass Student Account to ensure it is correct before you submit your application to graduate. 
  • Name changes: You must provide the Registrar’s Office with official documentation showing a name change. Email 
  • Address changes: You can update your address though your Compass Student Account. 
  • Program changes or additions (including majors and minors): please submit the Program Change or Declare an Area of Study form through the Service Request Form

Official Transcripts

Unofficial and official transcripts will be available to graduating students.  To request a transcript, please fill out the form here. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing.

Letter of Completion

International students who have completed their studies and plan to graduate in Fall 2023 must complete the graduation application prior to applying for a Letter of Completion.  Processing times vary depending on the time of year.  Spring completion letters can take up to 4 weeks to process, after end of term. Apply here for application to graduate: Compass Student Account. 

All outstanding fees must be paid in full, including the $25 graduation application fee, before a Letter of Completion is issued.  

Letters of Completion requested before final grades are available, will be not be processed . We encourage students to apply a month before they are scheduled to complete their program.   When complete, letters will be sent to your CBU email account.  

To apply for a Letter of Completion, please fill out the request form here. For questions on Post Grad Work Permits, please email 

Invitation Letter

If your family or friends would like to visit you in Cape Breton to celebrate your convocation, they may need to apply for a Visitor Visa. You can help to support their application for a Visitor Visa by providing them with the following documents:

1) Letter of Completion if you have met your program requirements OR Confirmation of Enrolment letter if you are currently completing your program requirements.
3) Transcript (printed from your online account).
4) Letter of Invitation written by you.

Please follow this link for further details and to see a sample letter you may use:  HOW TO INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO VISIT CANADA NEW 2022 (002)

Gown Room Location and Hours

Academic dress — also known as academic costume or regalia — are the distinctive gowns and hoods worn by all participants (including faculty members and university officials who sit onstage) during a Convocation ceremony. Students will borrow Academic Dress from CBU for the ceremony and for pictures. There will be set dates and times on campus during which students can pick up their gowns. These dates will be announced as the date of Fall 2023 Convocation approaches. 

Your Parchment  

Your parchment is your printed diploma or degree. This legal document is presented to you when you graduate. Because it is a legal document, it must be printed in the legal name listed on your official student record.  

Any changes to your recorded legal name must be supported with a piece of government issued photo ID. If you wish to change your legal name, please email and attach a scanned or photographed copy of your government issued photo ID that shows your legal name as it should appear on your parchment. The Deadline to change your name for your record is one month prior to convocation.  

Cape Breton University Senate

In order to officially graduate from Cape Breton University, you must be approved by the Cape Breton University Senate. The Cape Breton University Senate is responsible for the educational policy of the University, such as conferring degrees. The Senate has voting members, with the majority being the Registrar, Executive University Members, faculty members, deans, and students.

The Senate graduates students twice a year – in the Fall (November) and Spring (May). In order to be considered for graduation, you must apply to Graduate once it opens and by the stated deadline dates.

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