Graduation and Licensure (Registration) to Practice


Undergraduate students and non-thesis graduate students must apply to graduate following the deadlines and procedures outlined at Graduation and Convocation web page. Students should not assume that the University ‘automatically’ knows they are graduating.

Graduate students will also find information pertaining to thesis and non-thesis programs on the GPS.

Convocation ceremony and reception

Time to celebrate! This special event offers faculty, family and friends the opportunity to come together and congratulate graduating students and highlight their achievements.

BSc(N) grads usually attend Fall Convocation. BNI grads generally attend Spring Convocation.

Students in the Masters program attend Spring convocation and doctoral students attend the convocation ceremony that is closest to the successful submission of their thesis.

Students are encouraged to visit the Convocation web page for more information on the convocation ceremony.

Invitations to the reception, which usually follows the ceremony, are mailed out by the School of Nursing.

Licensure to Practice

Graduates of the BSc(N) program, as well as Direct Entry Master's Students (and BNI students who did not receive licensure prior to entering our program), must seek licensure to practice. The granting of a license to practice nursing and the right to be called a 'registered nurse' - RN - is a jurisdictional issue and varies from province to province within Canada, state to state within the United States, and country to country around the world. Please consult Section 4 - Graduation and Licensure (Registration) to Practice in the School of Nursing Faculty and Student Handbook for more information on:

  • Licensure within Quebec
  • Licensure within Canada
  • Licensure around the world
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