Graduate in absentia

When graduating In Absentia at the University of Sydney you do so with the intent of foregoing a formal ceremony. This can be accomplished in two ways:

  1. By not attending your ceremony
    If you do not attend your scheduled graduation ceremony you will still graduate, but you will graduate In Absentia and your documents (testamur and academic transcript) will be posted to the address listed on your MyUni account by default. Please ensure that the details on your account are up to date at all times.
    Please note, if your documents are returned to the University for any reason, you will be notified and required to collect them in person from the University.
  2. Completing an application
    You may apply to graduate In Absentia by completing a ‘Graduate In Absentia' form (PDF). Applying to graduate In Absentia is reserved for students who know they will be unable to attend their scheduled graduation ceremony ahead of time and wish to be conferred at an earlier date. The Graduations Office will only accept In Absentia applications if the student has no outstanding fees owing to the university and has been awarded by their faculty. Successful applicants will have their documents printed during Senate conferrals, these are done monthly. Please see the table below for dates.

Submitting an In Absentia application

To submit an application, please



Post to:

Graduations Office
Student Centre
Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, G02
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006.

Please consider the options carefully before submitting your application to graduate In Absentia as once the form has been submitted and processed you will no longer be able to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

When can I collect my documents?

Once your application has been processed you will receive an email notifying you of the conferral date.

If you have elected to receive your documents via mail they will be sent within three weeks of the conferral date. Delivery may take anywhere between 3 to14 working days (including international post).

If you are collecting or have nominated someone to collect on your behalf, your documents will be available three working days after the date of conferral.

2015 In Absentia Conferral Schedule

In Absentia conferral dates are listed below. Applications need to be received by the Graduations Office one week prior to the dates listed below.

Day Date
Monday 5 January
Monday 2 February
Monday 2 March
Tuesday 7 April
Monday 4 May
Monday 1 June
Monday 6 July
Monday 3 August
Monday 7 September
Tuesday 6 October
Monday 2 November
Monday 7 December