Graduating Students

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all degree and program requirements have been met.  Submission of the Application to Graduate by the required deadlines (see below) ensures that the Registrar has the opportunity to review your program requirements and complete a “degree check”.

Graduation & Commencement
NSCAD Degree Students may Graduate after completing their degree requirements in the Fall, Winter or Summer semesters.  However, only one official Graduation & Commencement Ceremony will be held, in the spring.  At this ceremony, any students who already received their diplomas on the “Degree Conferral” dates listed below are eligible to attend and cross the stage with their peers.  All students who had degrees conferred the previous Fall or Summer will be listed in the official spring Graduation Program.

Students must submit an application to graduate along with a $50 graduation fee by the published deadline to be considered for graduation.

October 30Last day to submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of the Registrar to graduate in APRIL  (Degree is Confirmed at Commencement Ceremony on April 29)

February 15Last day to submit an Application to Graduate to the Office of the Registrar to graduate effective August or December. (August Degree is conferred on October 15;  December Degree is conferred on February 15.  There is no ceremony for either of these conferral dates, but graduates from these periods are invited to attend the Commencement Ceremony in the spring)

Degree Conferral Dates:

October 15 (completion in Summer)
February 15 (completion in Fall)

Commencement & Degree Conferral Date:

April 29, 2016 (completion in Winter) GRADUATION & COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

Parchment Replacement
To replace a lost parchment, a Statutory Declaration from a notary public* to verify that the parchment has been lost or destroyed in addition to a $35 fee are required. Replacement parchments will only be produced for one of the Degree Conferral dates listed above. We do not provide duplicate parchments. For more information, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services.

(*A Notary Public is a public official who can authenticate documents with a notarial seal. Many lawyers are also Notaries. A Notary Public is not equivalent to a Guarantor. Please contact a local law office in your area.)


We are pleased to announce that NSCAD Graduates from the MFA (Master of Fine Arts), MDES (Master of Design), IMDES (International Master of Design), or MAED (Master of Arts Education) programs may now purchase academic regalia comprised of the Masters Robe and Academic Hood, specially designed with NSCAD's colours.  Images of the regalia can be found here.

The academic regalia of NSCAD University is supplied by DSR Harcourts Ltd in Toronto.  For information on how to purchase your hood or gown, please contact DSR Harcourts directly. DSR Harcourts is the only authorized distributor of NSCAD academic regalia.

DSR Harcourts Ltd. 19 Duncan Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 3H1 tel: 416-977-4408 fax: 416-977-3856 website:


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October 30: to graduate in Spring 2016

February 15: to graduate in Summer (October 15) or December (February 15)

Graduation and Commencement Dates:

2015: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2 pm: Cunard Centre

Alumni Degree FrameProudly display your degree with pizazz! Custom-designed frames from Tempo Framing are now available to all alumni. Present your degree alongside the NSCAD colours in a slick matte-black metal frame with NSCAD branded mat board cut specially for our square degrees. These frames are made in Canada and come pre-assembled. Degree framing is a breeze thanks to the unique frame design and only take a few seconds.


Alumni Ring
The NSCAD alumni ring celebrates a lifelong connection to your academic and creative achievements. Designed by Karen Konzuk, BFA 97, this stainless steel band subtly incorporates the official NSCAD colour with a side incision of purple powder-coated finish. Inside the band is an engraved Latin inscription of NSCAD's informal school motto.

Benefits and Perks

SEE NSCAD's Alumni Services page for special offers on TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia membership, Saltscapes Magazine subscriptions, NSCAD Library borrowing privileges and tuition breaks for Extended Studies adult courses.