Frequently Asked Graduation Questions


Do I need to apply for graduation?

If you are completing the requirements for your degree in Winter or Summer School, you need to apply with a graduation notification form to instigate the graduation process. This form will only be available during the Summer and Winter Sessions. Students completing their programs in Semester 1 or Semester 2 do not need to apply for graduation.

I will be completing my studies at the end of the semester and I wish to attend the graduation ceremony: how do I find out which ceremony I will attend?

You will be issued your completion letter which will inform you what day your ceremony will be held. As a guide, students graduate in a ceremony taking place during the semester after they complete their studies. If you are attending the ceremony you will not receive your testamur and academic record until this date. However, you may gain copies of your academic record beforehand from the Student Centre if you require them. The Graduations Office will then email a ceremony invitation and information about hiring academic dress and guest invitations to your University email account approximately 4 weeks before the date of your ceremony.

I will be completing my studies at the end of the semester and I wish to not attend the ceremony: what do I do?

Students who will not attend a ceremony must submit a Graduate In Absentia form to the Student Centre as soon as their final results are released. The form is available at http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/student_administration/forms.shtml. Your degree will be conferred in the next available University Senate meeting (held in the first week of each month) and then your documents will be posted to you. Please ensure that your correspondence address is correct on your MyUni for the posting of your documents from the Graduations Office Note that by taking this option you will not be able to attend a ceremony in Sydney at a later date.

I will be graduating at the end of the semester and I wish to attend a graduation ceremony overseas: what do I have to do?

Please refer to the Graduations Officewebsite for information regarding overseas ceremonies. This information is updated by the Graduations Office at the beginning of each year.

I am unsure whether I can attend the graduation ceremony.

You should wait until you are sure before submitting a Graduate In Absentia form to the Student Centre. Once a degree is conferred in absentia it cannot be retracted and you will no longer have an opportunity to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

I now find I cannot attend the graduation ceremony: what do I do?

Once you have received your completion letter including a graduation ceremony date, and you find you now cannot attend; you need to submit a Graduate In Absentia form (see above) to the Student Centre. The Graduations Office will then arrange to have your documents posted to you. You must ensure that your correspondence address is correct on your MyUni for the posting of your documents.

When will I receive my completion letter?

The University has official completion dates when completion letters are issued, and even though your results are showing, your letter can only be issued after these dates. The following is a guide to when these dates are;

  • Semester 1 - August
  • Semester 2 - January
  • Summer school - April
  • Winter school - September

Please note: the dates shown are a guide only, and may change slightly from year to year.

I have changed my contact details. What do I do?

You must at all times ensure the validity of your contact details on MyUni , making sure your correspondence address is correct for the posting of your testamur and academic record if you elect to graduate in absentia. If you will not be regularly checking your university email account, it is advisable to redirect all correspondence to your personal email at the end of your final semester. Information about redirecting is available at Redirecting email .

The Level of my Award is 'Pass': what does this mean?

Undergraduate degrees are offered either at the 'Pass' level or with 'Honours' (for those completing the appropriate Honours units of study). Postgraduate degrees are offered at the same, but may also be awarded 'with Merit' for those who average over 75 (for students who commenced their degree before 2010 only).

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