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Graduation Award Document Reissues

Ryerson University is still the official name of the University and the name under which we have the legal authority to grant degrees. Official documents, including graduation parchments, will continue to be issued using the official name Ryerson University.

We will provide regular updates to our community on the process, including decisions regarding degrees and certificates.

A graduation award document is an official university-issued document. As such, only one original award document may exist and it must reflect your true and correct personal legal/official name.

All reissued (Replacement or Amended) award documents will be produced using current Ryerson University graphics, printing standards and signatures. Graduates from Ryerson Polytechnic University, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute or Ryerson Institute of Technology will also have their graduation award document reissued under the name of Ryerson University.

Until the PDF fileRyerson University Act is amended by legislation (a process outside of the university’s control), all legally issued documents, including both new and reissued parchments, can only reflect the name “Ryerson University.”

Your name, as it appears on your official university student record, will be the name that will be printed onto your reissued award document. Please ensure your name is updated on your academic record prior to submitting your application. Should you wish to make changes to your name, please see Student ID and Personal Information, opens in new window.

How to Submit Your Request 

Your record will be reviewed to confirm your graduation status and, if eligible a replacement document will be produced. This process can take up to 6 to 8 weeks.

 Please Note:

Reissued award documents may be forwarded to you by courier (at your expense) or will be held the ServiceHub for pick-up.

Reissued award documents that are not retrieved (couriered or picked up) within one year of the date of the reissue date, will be destroyed. This includes any documents that may have been couriered by request but are returned as being undeliverable.

Reason for request:

  • Lost or damaged your original graduation award document (diploma/degree/certificate)
  • You have had a legal name change since the time you graduated

If the request is due to a legal/official name change and you want this name to appear on the re-issued award document, you must submit proper documentation to substantiate the name change. Please refer to the Student ID and Personal Information website, opens in new window for more details.  

A replacement document is regarded as an original award document. The document will indicate the original conferred date and the replacement reissued date with the statement: “issued to replace original.”

For example:

June 2005
Issued to replace original August 2014

Reason for request:  

  • Have your award document amended to reflect the new degree designation of the program from which you graduated (for example, you graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts that has since changed to a Bachelor of Arts).

    OR
  • Have your award document reissued under the name of Ryerson University (applies to all alumni who graduated from Ryerson Institute of Technology, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute or Ryerson Polytechnic University).

An amended document is regarded as an original award document which will reflect the updated degree designation and/or program name.

An amended award document will only be issued if eligibility requirements are met. For more information on eligibility criteria, please email gradinfo@ryerson.ca.  

It will indicate the original conferred date and the amended reissued date with the statement: “issued to replace original.”

For example:

June 2005
Issued to replace original August 2014

If you are not eligible for an amendment, you will receive a Replacement document (see above definition) of your original award.

Ryerson University has approved the use of the Honours degree designation for specific undergraduate programs and majors.  

Eligibility for Amendment:

If you graduated from one of the programs and majors listed below, in June 2011 or later, you are eligible to submit a request to have your degree amended to the Honours designation.

For example, if you graduated with a:

Bachelor of Science - Biology

It will be amended to instead indicate that you graduated with a:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Biology

Honours designations have been approved for the following:

  • Faculty of Science
    New degree designation: Bachelor of Science (Honours)


    • Biology
    • Biomedical Science
    • Financial Mathematics
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Medical Physics
  • Faculty of Arts
    New degree designation: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


    • Arts and Contemporary Studies
    • Criminology
    • Criminology and History
    • Criminology and Politics and Governance
    • Criminology and Sociology
    • English
    • English and History
    • English and Philosophy
    • Environment and Urban Sustainability
    • Geographic Analysis
    • History
    • History and Philosophy
    • History and Politics and Governance
    • History and Sociology
    • Language and Intercultural Relations
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and Governance
    • Politics and Governance and Sociology
    • Public Administration and Governance
    • Sociology
  • The Creative School
    New degree designation: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

    • Professional Communication
  • Ted Rogers School of Management
    New degree designation: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

  • Accounting and Finance program (You must have been admitted to the
    School of Accounting and Finance program in 2013 or later to qualify for
    the Honours designation. It does not apply to Accounting or Finance
    majors from the Business Management program.)
    • Accounting
    • Finance
  • Business Management (listed majors only)
    • Economics and Management Science
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Global Management Studies or Global Management
    • Human Resources Management
    • Law and Business
    • Marketing Management
    • Real Estate Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Retail Management

Reason for request:

  • To amend your degree to reflect the new Honours designation.  

An amended document will indicate the original conferred date and the amended reissued date with the statement: “issued to replace original.”

For example:

June 2011
Issued to replace original October 2021

If you are not eligible for an amendment, you will receive a Replacement document (see above definition) of your original award.

Reason for request:

  • Require only a certified photocopy of your original graduation award document
  • Photocopy must be certified by Ryerson University as a true photocopy of the original document

See Documents and Letters for information on how to obtain a certified photocopy of your award document.

As of January 1, 2020 and as part of the reissue process, Ryerson is pleased to provide you with the option to receive a gender neutral degree designation printed on your undergraduate or graduate degree award document.

What this means: Instead of the standard nomenclature, you may elect to have your graduation award document produced/printed and reissued with the alternate language as noted here:

‘Baccalaureate’ instead of Bachelor (for Bachelor’s degrees)
‘Magisteriate’ instead of Master (for Master’s degrees)
‘Doctorate’ instead of Doctor (for Doctor’s degrees)

How to submit a request for a gender neutral reissued graduation award document: Once you have submitted your Graduation Award Document Reissue Application, you must then also send an email to gradinfo@ryerson.ca to request the gender neutral nomenclature option. Please use the Subject: Request for Gender Neutral Degree and state that you have submitted an application for a reissued graduation award document with the date of your submission.

Please note:
1. Only one graduation award document will be printed and released (i.e. either using the standard language or the gender neutral language).
2. Only the graduation award document will show the alternate degree designation – all other student records (i.e. official student transcript) will indicate the standard degree nomenclature.