Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to graduate?

Graduation requirements are different for each program. For most programs, you must successfully complete all of your program courses and have an average of 60%.

You must also have completed the required sea time for:

Your sea time must be logged with Transport Canada. You must submit an official document from Transport Canada demonstrating your sea time to the Registrar’s Office. Once you meet these requirements, Apply for Graduation through Student Self Service. Once in Self Service, go to the Student Menu and select Graduation, then select Apply to Graduate and complete information as requested.

When does the graduation take place?

Wednesday, November 9 at 6:00 pm in the Marine Institute Gymnasium. The ceremony is approximately one hour and 30 minutes in length.

Will there be a reception this year?

Yes! Following the graduation ceremony, we will celebrate with a reception for all of our graduates, their guests, Marine Institute faculty and staff, and other invited guests. We look forward to this occasion every year, as it is a well-deserved opportunity for us to honour your achievements. This year, the reception will take place in the cafeteria, and we hope that you and your guest(s) will join us for this special reception.

Do I have to tell someone that I will be attending graduation?

Please fill out the Graduation Ceremony Attendance Confirmation form. You will receive a confirmation email after completing this form which will note your attendance along with the number of guests you selected. Graduates can invite a maximum of 4 guests and do not require a ticket. If extra seats to the ceremony become available students will be notified. There will be no physical tickets being issued this year, it will all be in your confirmation email once you fill out this form.

Where do I pick up my academic dress?

Academic dress

Gowns, caps, and hoods can be picked up on Graduation Day, November 9th from 2 pm - 4:30 pm in the Gymnasium. You will be asked to complete a card, please include your name, hometown, and program. This information is very important and should be accurate as this is the information the Registrar will announce when you are on stage accepting your diploma. Once the ceremony is over and you’ve taken your pictures, please return the academic dress to the Gymnasium. Your official diploma will be available in the MI lobby once your return your academic dress.

How do I get my diploma if I’m not attending the grad ceremony on November 9th?

Diplomas will be sent to your permanent address. Make sure to confirm your permanent address by logging into your self-service. 

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please email