General graduation information

Please note: in order for your diploma or certificate to be created you must apply to graduate, whether you choose to attend convocation or not.

Professional and Part-time Learning students

If you are applying to graduate from a Professional and Part-time Learning certificate or diploma program, please complete a paper Application to Graduate form [PDF - 29KB] and submit it in person or by mail to Strategic Enrolment Services at the Oshawa campus. Strategic Enrolment Services Durham College 2000 Simcoe Street North Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5 Fax:905.721.3113

Apprenticeship students

You will be emailed an invitation to convocation. For more information, please contact Strategic Enrolment Services at the Whitby campus in person in Room 103 or call 905.721.3300.

If you are unable to attend convocation

If you are not planning to attend convocation, your diploma or certificate can be mailed to your home address. If you are interested in this option, please ensure that we have your most recent mailing address on file and submit a Request to Mail Certificate/Diploma form [PDF - 24 KB] to Strategic Enrolment Services. Please note that there is a small fee to cover postage charges for this service. You may also obtain your diploma or certificate in person one week after convocation from Strategic Enrolment Services at the college’s Oshawa campus. Please bring valid photo identification with you when picking up your credential.

Graduates with disabilities

Graduates will be seated on the ice level of the Tribute Communities (TC) Centre and guests will be seated in the public seating level. The TC Centre is wheelchair accessible. If you are a student – not a guest – who requires any accommodations (i.e. sign language, wheelchair access, special fit gown), please contact Strategic Enrolment Services. Strategic Enrolment Services 905.721.2000 ext. 2665


There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring. Invitations are not required for admission.


Convocation is a formal event and graduates are asked to dress accordingly. The TC Centre is an air conditioned facility.

Arrival procedures

Graduates are asked to arrive one hour before the scheduled ceremony time. Upon your arrival at the TC Centre, signs and staff will direct you to the registration area. You will be required to show photo identification. You will then receive your gown and line up for the procession into the graduate seating area. There is no charge for your gown rental. The gowning area will not be secured and we cannot guarantee the safety of your personal possessions. We strongly advise that you do not bring purses, hats or valuables with you to the gowning area. Instead, please leave these articles with your guests; otherwise they will be with you for the duration of the ceremony. Please note: Guests and family (including children) are not allowed to accompany graduates into the gowning or graduate seating areas. Your family and guests will be directed to the public seating area and you may reconnect with them at the completion of the ceremony.

After the ceremony

Your ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. We ask graduates and guests to be considerate and remain seated for the duration of the ceremony. Please ensure that your gown and collar are returned promptly to the gowning area after you have taken photos with your friends and family. You will then be directed to the location where you will receive your credential. You will be required to show identification. Please note: If you have previously received your diploma or certificate (i.e. at the time you originally completed your program), you will not receive another one at this time.

Commemorative t-shirts

Class of 2020 t-shirts listing all graduate’s names are available for purchase before and after the ceremony on the concourse level.

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