Graduation is an important time in a student’ experience at UBC. Students may have questions about how their preferred or chosen name will be used during graduation or on their diploma.

A preferred name is a given name that someone commonly uses that is different from their legal given name.

No. Students cannot have their preferred name listed in the Graduation Book because the Graduation Book is a formal document that acts as legal record of UBC’s graduates.

If you are in the middle of legally changing your name, please contact as early as possible to ensure your new legal name is listed in the Graduation Book. Please include your student number as well as your graduation information (procession number, date and time of ceremony).

Yes. Students can enter the name that they would like to have read out loud at their graduation ceremony when they apply for graduation. That name will appear on the reader card that is passed to the reader before the student crosses the stage.

Students need to ensure that their preferred name is the one listed on the reader card. Should the preferred name not be listed correctly, staff will be on hand to help any student with changes prior to the ceremony.

The name on the official student record will be the name printed on the diploma, but there are some name variations you can request. More information can be found on the Student Services website.