Parents of Graduating Students

What an exciting time!  Your son or daughter has worked very hard to achieve their undergraduate degree.
It’s time to celebrate!

Explore the following information and links in preparation for the big day and beyond.

Graduation Details

Visit the Registrar’s Parents and Guests of Graduating Students section for graduation dates, tickets information, accessibility needs, parking, photos and other event related details.

Remind your gruaduant to review the Graduation – Student Checklist and to ensure they complete the Graduation Information Centre (GIC) Online Form to verify their name to ensure it appears correctly on their Diploma and to request guest tickets.

Every student who is academically eligible to graduate is permitted and encouraged to fully participate in their convocation ceremonies, regardless of the status of their student account.  However, students are encouraged to settle their student account balances in full before their convocation date to avoid disappointment in the timing of receiving their diplomas.  E-cards are sent to students’ primary email with deadlines and payment information.

Convocation Photo Program

Photographs are available by professional photographers from Chappell Graduation Images which attend each convocation ceremony to capture the moment when the degree is conferred, as well as a few moments later when posing with the diploma. These special shots provide the type of picture not possible when sitting in your seats! Within one week of convocation, proofs are mailed to for review with no obligation to buy.

Graduation Rings

Class rings can be ordered in the Campus Store at any time of year. A Jostens representative will also be available after the Convocation ceremony at Hamilton Place to help you customize a ring that reflects your student’s unique style.

Framing the Degree

McMaster degree and portrait frames are always available at the Campus Store. You can also order frames online to be picked up with complimentary framing after the Convocation ceremony at Hamilton place.

Graduation Gifts

Explore the Campus Store’s on-line catalogue for Graduation gift ideas.

Preparing for a Career and Finding Employment

Career support is available for alumni within five years of convocation (excluding Divinity College, MBA, and medical students) to explore career options, search for that first job after graduation, find answers to career questions, or to plan for career growth. Suggest that your graduate visit the Alumni Success site.

Keeping in touch through the McMaster Alumni Association

Mac10 for those that graduated within the last 10 years offers resources to help with succeeding professionally, engaging in lifelong learning as well as opportunities for fun.