Students who complete their program requirements in the fall
semester won’t have to wait until spring convocation to graduate.
“This past spring, Memorial’s academic governing body
adopted a proposal to allow for an in-absentia convocation,” said Tom Nault,
university registrar and secretary to Senate.
“In previous years, students who completed their program in
December received their parchment during convocation in May of the following
year. This year, students will get their parchments early.”
Feb. 11 Senate meeting
The approval process will occur at a Senate meeting on
Tuesday, Feb. 11, following which nearly 500 certificates, diplomas and degrees
will be available for pick up or mail out.
Official transcripts will be updated immediately.
While there will be no formal ceremony, students have the option to
participate in the subsequent spring convocation if they wish to collect their
parchments in person during spring convocation ceremonies.
“As we continue to see more students completing their program requirements
in the fall semester, we have to continue to provide a high level of service
that meets student needs,” said Mr. Nault. “The benefit for a student to
receive their parchment in a more timely manner is that it allows them to
immediately move on to the next chapter of their life.”
Currently, students completing academic program requirements in December
comprise approximately 21 per cent of Memorial’s spring convocation degree
graduates each year.
Students are encouraged to pick up parchments at the Office of the Registrar
during the following week after the Senate meeting. Questions? Please inquire here.