I'm having trouble getting my title page to look just right. Few questions:

  1. How can I along the text such that it doesn't shift?
  2. I don't want to make use of absolute coordinates (i.e. I had yshift=-15cm before, but it got really complicated to style the whole page at once).
  3. Is the approach I'm taking the best? Maybe there is a better way.

Here is what I need it to look like (without the top two lines, of course): enter image description here

but here is what I got:

enter image description here

My code is as follows:

% Title Page Variables
\title{Mining Partially Ordered Sequential Rules on Unbounded Data}
\author{Andriy Drozdyuk}
\def\previousDegrees{Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 2001}
\def\subtitleTemplate{A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment
       of the Requirements for the Degree of}
\def\degree{Masters of Computer Science}
\def\gau{Computer Science}
\def\supervisorMain{Michael W. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Computer Science}
\def\supervisor{Scott Buffett, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Computer Science}

\def\board{Name, Degree, Department, Chair}
\def\examiner{Name, Degree, Department/Field, Institution PhD Only}
\def\submissionDate{January, 2017}
\def\unb{\MakeUppercase{The University of New Brunswick}}
% Title Page Sizes

% Title Page Layout

  % Remember where the picture is relative to the page
  % Overlay keeps the bounding box under control - prevents growing
  % to encompass the referenced points (e.g. current page)
  \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay]

    \node[yshift=-6cm] at (current page.north) (title) [text width=\mytitlewidth, align=center]{\LARGE\MakeUppercase{\@title}};
    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (title) (by) [text width=\mytitlewidth, align=center]{by};
    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (by) (author) {\Large\@author};

    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (author) (previousDegrees) {\previousDegrees};

    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (previousDegrees) (subtitle) {\subtitleTemplate};

    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (subtitle) (degree) {\degree};

    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (degree) (gau) {in the Graduate Academic Unit of \gau};

    \node[right,yshift=-1cm] at (gau) (supervisors) {Supervisors:};

    \node[right, xshift=4cm, align=left] at (supervisors) {\supervisorMain};
    \node[right, xshift=4cm, yshift=-1cm,align=left] at (supervisors) {\supervisor};

    \node[right,yshift=-2cm] at (supervisors) (examBoard) {Examining Board:};
    \node[right,xshift=4cm] at (examBoard) {\board};

    \node[right,yshift=-2cm] at (examBoard) (externalExaminer) {External Examiner:};
    \node[right,xshift=4cm] at (examBoard) {\examiner};

    \node[yshift=-3cm] at (externalExaminer) (acceptedBy) {This thesis is accepted by the};
    \node[yshift=-1cm] at (acceptedBy) (dean) {Dean of Graduate Studies};

    \node[yshift=-2cm] at (dean) (unb) {\unb};

    \node[yshift=-2cm] at (unb) (submissionDate) {\submissionDate};

    \copyright\node[yshift=-2cm] at (submissionDate) (authorYear) {\@author, \gradYear};

  • 2
    That doesn't seem to require using a tikzpicture at all, does it? – AboAmmar Nov 18 '16 at 17:50
  • @AboAmmar No, but I wanted to get the layout to match exactly. – Andriy Drozdyuk Nov 19 '16 at 2:51

You can start with something as simple as this (pay attention to the actual requirements of your institution):





Andriy Drozdyuk\par
Bachelor of Computer Science, University of Toronto, 2001

A Thesis Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of\\ the Requirements for the Degree of

Masters of Computer Science

in the Graduate Academic Unit of Computer Science

Supervisors: & Michael W. Fleming, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Computer Science\\
             & Scott Buffett, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Computer Science\\
             &                                    \\
Examining Board: & Name, Degree, Department, Chair\\
             &                                    \\
External Examiner: & Department/Field, Institution PhD Only             

This thesis is accepted by the\\
Dean of Graduate Studies

January, 2017

\copyright\ Andriy Drozdyuk, 2017



You get this:

enter image description here

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  • Thanks, but it is not the same as the one provided (which is actually the requirement from my institution). I want to get exactly the same positioning, hence the reason I used tikz. E.g. Supervisors should be aligned left. – Andriy Drozdyuk Nov 19 '16 at 2:48
  • @drozzy -- I edited my answer to get it more close to the image you posted. As I said, It is just a start. There is no such exact thing between MS Word and LaTeX documents. The original template for your image is prepared using MS Word at 12pt. In my opinion, the LaTeX version is much better. – AboAmmar Nov 19 '16 at 11:54
  • Thanks, looks good. How did you know that you needed to do \vskip2? Is it just trial and error? – Andriy Drozdyuk Nov 19 '16 at 17:29
  • Also, what do the packages newtxtext and geometry do? I mean which commands do they provide here? – Andriy Drozdyuk Nov 19 '16 at 17:31
  • Seems like this answer cautions against using vskip in a document: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/126200/… I'm not not really sure what vskip does or how it works. – Andriy Drozdyuk Nov 19 '16 at 17:37

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