How Long Do Students Have Access to Canvas after Graduation?


PennKeys do not expire, so a student can still log into Canvas after they graduate with their PennKey username and password.

Although graduated students retain access to Canvas indefinitely due to PennKeys not expiring, access to particular Canvas sites depends on a two factors:

  • A Canvas site is retained in the University of Pennsylvania’s Canvas environment for five years from the term during which its associated course was offered. Once five years have passed since a Canvas site was active, that site may no longer be available.
  • Faculty may choose to enable a setting that completely prevents students from accessing a Canvas site after a term ends. Students no longer have access to a Canvas site to which this setting is applied. If a student needs access to content in a Canvas site that is no longer available, they should email their instructor to request to have this content shared outside Canvas.

Additionally, students should note the following:

  • If a student does not see a Canvas site listed on their Canvas homepage, they should look for the site under their “Past Enrollments.” They can access a past-enrollment site by logging into Canvas and clicking on Courses > All Courses and then scrolling down the page to their “Past Enrollments” list and clicking on the link for the Canvas site they want to access. If they do not see a site either on their Canvas homepage or under their “Past Enrollments,” then the site is unavailable, and they will need to email their instructor to request to have this content shared outside Canvas.
  • Students can use the Course Content Export tool in a Canvas site to download content for offline access. For instructions, student can consult.


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