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CityU like many postsecondary institutions had to rethink its Commencement Ceremony this year because of the VIVID-19 Pandemic. With the current pandemic-related restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border Canadian students and their family members and friends are not able to travel to Seattle for the 2021 Commencement Ceremony scheduled Saturday, August 7th at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. The alternative is a live stream virtual ceremony. 

CityU welcomes all of our 2020 and 2021 Graduates for this special day

CityU 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

  • Who: Classes of 2020 and 2021
  • When? Saturday, August 7th at 1:00 p.m.
  • What: Live Stream Ceremony 
  • How: RSVP by July 25, 2021

Please check the invitation here.

Coming Soon: Watch the CityU Virtual Commencement 2021 Ceremony Live Stream (Live Video during ceremony)

Connect with us at social media!!

Use #CityUGrad to share your commencement experience.

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Instagram: @cityuofseattle / @cityuincanada
Twitter: @cityu / @cityucanada

Useful information about the Degree Audit, Commencement, and Graduation processes

Typically graduation is a special ceremony at university during which degrees and diplomas are given to students who have successfully completed their studies. CityU Annual Commencement usually taking place in mid-June is a recognition ceremony with full regalia with the opportunity to take official pictures. Students do not receive their actual degrees or diplomas during the Commencement Ceremony. Please click here to learn more about the CityU 2021 Commencement

Here are some useful definitions that can guide you as you prepare for your CityU graduation


“Conferred” in CityU’ s context means officially awarded and the date of your graduation is posted on your transcripts.

When CityU has verified to academic credentials and admitted you into your award as a legal graduate of the University, your degree is conferred. For your degree to be conferred you must have finished all academic and practical requirements and have no outstanding debts to the University. You become an official legal graduate of the University from the moment your degree has been conferred and can use titles associated with that award. You can order your official transcripts for professional registration or for any other purpose if needed at this point.


The ‘Completion’ in your degree means that you have completed the academic requirements for your award. This could be useful if you are applying for further study, or need proof that you have met the academic requirements of your degree while you are awaiting for your conferral.

CityU typically issues the Degree Certificate of Completion (also known as diploma) in the mail soon after the degree is officially posted on your transcripts. You should receive your degree certificate in the mail six to ten weeks later.

Scholastic Achievement Honoured

CityU commends and recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement as outlined in the university catalog.

Applying for Graduation

All students must apply for graduation in order to obtain a credential for their chosen program,. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation six to 9 months prior to the expected completion of their academic program requirements. Graduation application forms also called Degree Audit Application are available through the Student Center in the Portal online. Click here to learn more about the steps Once you have applied online or sent in the paper application to the Registrar, your academic record will be audited to determine eligibility to graduate and thus, eligibility to participate in Commencement. A fee will be charged for the audit (currently $100, please check the fee structure to confirm the amount).

  1. To participate in Commencement you must first apply to graduate by the prescribed deadline of February 15.
  2. Deadline to apply:
    Students should apply for graduation two quarters before their final term. It is highly recommended that you apply no later than February 15, to ensure your name is in the Commencement Program.  Students who wait to apply until after that date will not have their name in the Commencement Program, but will still able to attend the ceremony if eligible.
  3. Results of degree audit:
    As mentioned above, once you have applied to graduate, the Registrar’s Office audits your academic record. The results of the degree audit, along with an updated program plan, are then emailed to you. In addition to any impediments to program completion, the degree audit states clearly whether you are eligible to participate in Commencement.
  4. Student information change: Please complete a Change of Name Request Form if your name changes after you have submitted your Degree Audit Application. Send the form along with the appropriate name change supporting credentials to your Academic Advisor. 
    Address changes can be completed through your CityU Student Portal or through your Academic Advisor by e-mail. Also, notify of the change to ensure the proper delivery of your degree certificate.

Degree Audit Application (View the steps below)

Step 1.Follow the link to view the step by step process: Applying for Degree Audit
Step 2.Apply online through the Student Center page on the CityU portal
Step 3.Pay the associated $100 fee. (You must complete the payment before receiving the results of initial Degree Audit.)
Step 4.Registrar’s Office will review your academic records to determine your current standing and your eligibility to participate in the annual Commencement (typically students must have completed all but one or two courses of their degree program by June.)
Step 5.You will receive electronic reports from the Registrar’s Office: Updated Program Plan and Degree Audit ResultsReview and make sure they match your academic standing

Date: TBA
Location: T-Mobile Park (formerly known as Safeco Field), Seattle, WA

CityU Commencement 2021 (Attendance confirmation and Regalia ordering)

Step 1.Learn about Commencement Eligibility:  CityU Commencement Eligibility
Step 2.Confirm your attendance in a timely manner (if applicable if you are planning to attend the 2021 Commencement) by e-mail at:
Step 3.Order your regalia** if applicable online at Jostens or through their consumer call center at 1.800.854.7464.

** Two reminders:

  • Advice to avoid customs/duty fees for cap and gown: Canadian students will be responsible for customs/duty fees. To avoid customs/duty fees you can have your cap and gown shipped to Seattle for pick-up at the Graduation Help Desk on the day of the ceremony. All orders of this nature must be made in the student’s name. Notify that your cap and gown have been shipped for pick-up, and provide your name, contact number, and a copy of the shipping order confirmation number. Use the following address for shipping: Use the following address for shipping: 521 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121 Attn: Cap and Hood
  • Hood Degree Colors:
WhiteMaster of Counselling
Light BlueMaster of Education (all)

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