Graduate in absentia

Absentia is a Latin and legal term used to describe absence

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)
This process is completed on your behalf and is a service provided by the university, there will be no need to apply nor will there be a postage fee. However, please note that the university will post your documents free of charge for the first delivery, if your documents are returned to the university for any reason we will then notify you and it will be up to the graduate to retrieve them.

2. Completing an Application
You may apply to graduate in Absentia by completing a 'Graduate In Absentia form’.
Applying to graduate In Absentia is reserved for students who know they will be unable to attend their scheduled graduation ceremony. 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:

When submitting an application please either:



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 you have submitted your form and it is 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 post they will be mailed within the week of the conferral date. Posting may take anywhere between 3-14 days (including international post).
If you are collecting or have nominated someone to collect on your behalf, your documents will be available two 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