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Your parchment is a scroll of paper embossed with the name, crest and seal of Dalhousie University and signed by the Dean of your Faculty, the Chair of Senate and the President. It includes your full legal name, the date, your degree and any defining characteristics (ie. honours, major, cooperative program and field of study), where applicable.  During the Convocation ceremony, graduates cross the stage to receive their parchment from the President.

Check DalOnline to ensure we have your full legal name correct in our records.  All requests for changes, including accent information, the addition of middle name(s) and use of preferred name, should be sent to convocation@dal.ca and must be received by 10 business days before the first day of ceremonies.

Use of preferred name

We recognize that many students use a name other than their legal first name to identify themselves. Dalhousie seeks to promote understanding for those who wish to do this by using a preferred name on graduation materials. 

Outstanding accounts

All graduands are encouraged to attend Convocation. In order to ensure you receive your parchment, we recommend that you check your account online if you are unsure whether you have outstanding tuition fees or other charges. Graduands with outstanding fees at the time of Convocation, will receive a letter indicating such. Once fees are paid, the graduate can pick up their parchment.

Certified Copies

A certified copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of an original document (ie. your parchment).  The copy includes an endorsement that it is a true copy of the original document by affixing a signature, seal and statement to that effect on the copy. It does not certify that the original document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the original document.

Certified copies can be endorsed (signed) by a notary public, lawyer, or commissioner of oaths.  The Registrar’s Office can provide a certified copy of your Dalhousie parchment. Your original parchment is required to make the copy which is endorsed by a Dalhousie representative with signing authority.

Information about:
Replacement parchments
JD conversion


Certificates are reserved for programs with measurable learning outcomes and assessment.  Students awarded a Certificate can pick it up at the Registrar's Office the 2nd week of June.