Frequently Asked Graduation Questions
- Do I 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?
- I will be completing my studies at the end of the semester and I wish to not attend the ceremony. What do I do?
- 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?
- I am unsure whether I can attend the graduation ceremony.
- I now find I cannot attend the graduation ceremony: what do I do?
- When will I receive my completion letter?
- How do I obtain a letter that contains all of the necessary information for immigration purposes?
- I have changed my address. What do I do?
- The level of my award is 'Pass': what does this mean?
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 graduation 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 send you a Graduations Pack including guest invitations, and information regarding the hiring of academic dress about 3 weeks before the date of your ceremony. It is your responsibility to ensure that your correspondence address is correct on your MyUni for the posting of this pack.
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?
If you wish to attend an overseas ceremony only, you should submit a Graduate In Absentiaform (see above) to the Student Centre once your final results have been released. You should then register your interest for a ceremony or on the Graduations Office website.
You may attend the ceremony in Sydney and one overseas; in this case you will not need to submit a Graduate In Absentia form and you will automatically be allocated to a ceremony. Your completion letter will indicate the ceremony date.
If you need to contact the organisers of the overseas ceremonies directly you should email: email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
If you are planning to remain in Australia after you graduate and you require a letter to verify the details of your course, you will need to submit a request for letter form to the Student Centre with the "verify my completed qualifications" box selected. You should submit this form during the exam period of your final semester of study. Please do not wait until your grades have been released.
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 Graduation Pack or testamur and academic record.
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).