Program Completion

University of Alberta Continuing Education would like to congratulate all students who have successfully completed their program in 2023. We are excited to honour and recognize your hard work and accomplishments. 

Requirements to Complete Your Program

  • Students must be admitted to the applicable program of study in order to be eligible for Program Completion; General Studies students do not qualify for Program Completion.
  • In those cases where more than 24 months have elapsed since the last registration in an Continuing Education program and the student wishes to be eligible for Program Completion, the student will be required to contact the program office before applying for Program Completion.
    • Students may be required to reapply for their program of study. Students should note they will be obligated to meet program requirements in effect at the time of readmission before Program Completion will be conferred.
  • Students admitted to a program of study can track their academic requirements in Bear Tracks (Academics > Plan > Academic Requirements).
  • Academic Standing for Program Completion - students must obtain a cumulative program GPA of 2.0. Those students who do not meet this requirement should contact their program to discuss.

Professional Development Series 

There are no admission requirements or process students need to complete when pursuing an Continuing Education Professional Series. Once students have completed the required courses (as stated on the program page), it is the responsibility of the student to notify their programming office. Students may contact the program directly or send an email to Series completions are mailed to the current address on your student file, therefore, please maintain your contact information by reviewing and updating in Bear Tracks.

Request your Record of Achievement for series completion »

2023 Key Dates

March 2023

  • Bear Tracks application for program completion opens.
  • Students navigate to Bear Tracks > Academics Records Tile > Graduation > Apply for Graduation, then select their academic program.

September 1, 2023

  • Bear Tracks application for program completion closes (missed this online application deadline…contact your program’s coordinator).

Early September 2023

  • Confirmation email sent to students who applied.

October 2023 

  • Continuing Education finishes reviewing & confirming applicants’ program completion status. Students who qualify will be sent further information.

November 2023 

  • Parchments issued to students. 
  • Students who meet all requirements for program completion will receive instructions on when and where they can pick up their parchments or, have their parchments delivered through regular mail.

Apply for Program Completion

If you meet the requirements to complete your program, follow the steps below.

1. Apply on Bear Tracks

  • Bear Tracks is open until September 1 for Continuing Education Students to apply for program completion.
  • In order for you to receive your parchment, you must apply for program completion. Failure to do so prior to the September 1st deadline may delay your parchment until the following year.
  • You must be admitted to your program in order to qualify for program completion and receive your parchment. General studies students do not qualify for program completion.
  • Please submit your application for program admission well in advance of September 1st to allow adequate time for processing.

Apply on Bear Tracks

2. Verify your name and address in Bear Tracks

  • Your name will be printed on your official parchment exactly as it appears in the Parchment Name field in Bear Tracks > Academics > My Academics > Graduation page > Graduation Status panel.
  • Please note that only full names can be printed on your parchment; initials are not allowed.
  • Name changes require completion of a Change of Name form. Please make a note on your form that it is “For Graduation Purposes.”
  • A current and complete address is required so we can mail your parchment. Addresses updated after October 20 may result in significant delays in receiving your parchment.

3. Pay any outstanding fees

  • Parchments and other official documentation will not be released to students who have outstanding accounts with the University. Therefore, you are urged to clear all outstanding accounts.
  • Use Bear Tracks to check your account.

4. Follow updates on your program completion status

  • Use Bear Tracks to check the status of your program completion graduation application. In late October, your status will change from Applied to either Expected or Denied.
  • In mid-November, students who are expected to meet all program completion requirements will see a status update to Awarded.