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Finding past Canvas sites (before or after graduation)


Concluded Courses

Once a course is over, the link to its Penn Canvas website will be removed from your Dashboard to make room for current and upcoming courses. However, past Canvas sites may remain accessible for up to five years from the first class meeting, depending on faculty preferences. To access concluded courses:
  • On the left-side global navigation bar of Penn Canvas, click Courses (right under Dashboard).
  • Underneath the list of current courses, click the All Courses link. Past course sites will be listed there underneath the Past Enrollments heading. If a past course is not listed on All Courses, that means its site is no longer available.

After Graduation

After you graduate, you will transition to alumni computing services, many of which will still utilize your PennKey. Be sure you are signed up for the PennKey Recovery Service so that you can easily reset your PennKey password after graduation.

As long as the University continues to license the Canvas platform, it’s expected that Penn Canvas will support alumni login through PennKey. However, this doesn’t mean “Canvas is forever”; rather, each individual course site will eventually close – either at faculty request, or on the Concluded Courses timeframe described above. Thus, we recommend that you download materials you wish to keep as soon as possible after you graduate.

Related notes:

  • Licensed materials may have shorter availability: Course materials delivered through Study.Net, as well as library reserves and certain other licensed materials, typically expire shortly after the end of a course. Thus, please don’t expect Study.Net or e-reserves to remain online as long as your course’s Canvas site will.
  • JD/MBA students: Please note that policies differ at Penn Law, which uses its own separate Canvas platform.


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