The application to graduate for Spring 2024 is open now in Compass. The deadline to apply is February 16, 2024. 

Important Graduation Information

Information for Graduating Students:  

May 15, 16, and 17, 2024 are the dates dedicated to the Spring 2024 Convocation Ceremonies

  • 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 Winter 2024 term.
  • All fees owing (finance, library, etc.) must be paid in full.  
  • Please contact if you have questions regarding graduation.  
  • Only students who attend the Convocation Ceremony will have their names presented at Convocation.
  • Still seeking your parchment from a previous Convocation contact

Important Graduation Approval Information:  

Note: Graduation application fee is $25.00, and students can apply to graduate in their Compass Student Account. (Closed for Fall 2023 Graduation). Students must be registered in all the courses required to complete a degree/diploma/certificate. Students can check their progress through their  Compass Student Account.  All academic regulations can be found CBU Academic Calendar.   

If a student plans to graduate, they must submit an application regardless of whether they intend to participate in the scheduled ceremonies. Before applying to graduate, make sure you have, or expect to have, completed all program requirements. 

The deadline to apply to graduate is February 16, 2024.

Academic Policy  

Students are responsible for informing themselves of the University’s procedures and policies and the specific requirements associated with the degree, diploma or certificate sought. Every student accepted for Registration with Cape Breton University shall be deemed to have agreed to be bound by the regulations and policies of the university and the program in which that student is enrolled. 

Ensure your 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

Valedictorian Information Click Here! 

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 Spring 2024 must complete the graduation application prior to applying for a Letter of Completion.  To apply to graduate, visit your  Compass Student Account. Letters will be issued in PDF format to your CBU email. 

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

Processing times vary:

  • Students that have graduated and received their parchments,  please allow 7 – 10 days for processing.
  • Students who are currently registered for and anticipate completing their program requirements in Fall 2023 term, letters will be issued within the first two weeks of January, 2024.
  • For students currently registered for and anticipate completing their program requirements for Winter 2024 term, letters will be issued following Spring 2024 Convocation in May.

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.

Pick up location and times will be announced closer to the date of the Spring 2024 Convocation Ceremonies. 

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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