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Once you have completed your degree, we invite you to celebrate by attending one of our graduation ceremonies in the Great Hall.

Prepare for graduation

Once you've completed your studies we will confirm you are eligible to graduate by emailing you when your completion letter is available.

Pay any outstanding debts

You need to pay any outstanding debts to the University to be eligible to graduate. All debts need to be settled by the release of your final semester results. Find out more about paying your fees.

Check your personal details

Log in to Sydney Student to check your name and details are correct (go to 'My details', then 'Personal details'). This is what will appear on your certificate, so if you need to make any changes make sure you do this, and provide supporting documents, by the deadline:

  • 27 January for graduation ceremonies held in Semester 1
  • 11 August for graduation ceremonies held in Semester 2.

If you do not have access to Sydney Student and your details have changed since you were last enrolled, you can update your details by submitting a Change of personal details form (pdf, 220KB).

Ceremony invitations

We will email you a graduation invitation about three or four weeks before your ceremony. This will confirm your graduation ceremony time, date and location.

Your invitation will include details on how many tickets you are entitled to and what will appear on your certificate. Additional guest tickets are not available, however extra guests can watch the ceremony’s live telecast in the Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall.

It's essential that you reply to the graduation invitation to either confirm your attendance or decline the invitation and graduate in absentia.

Making travel arrangements

We will not be able to confirm your ceremony time and date until you receive your invitation, so please make sure any plans made for your graduation before then (including travel arrangements for overseas family and friends) are flexible. We do not accept any responsibility for any arrangements that you, your family or friends make for your graduation. 

Academic dress

At your ceremony, you will need to wear full academic dress appropriate for your degree or diploma. This comprises a gown, bonnet/trencher cap, and hood or stole. The most popular choice is to hire academic dress, although you can make or buy your own.

Each degree or diploma has its own colour or combination of colours. You can find more information on what you will need to wear in the University's academic dress standards (pdf, 225KB). 

When wearing academic dress, it is important that the tassel on your trencher remains on the right side until you have shaken hands with the Chancellor (or delegate). Once the photograph of you and the Chancellor (or delegate) is complete, you can switch the tassel to the left side to signify that you are a graduate.

On the day

Here is everything you need to know for your graduation day.

We recommend using public transport or taxis as your first option for getting to campus.


Limited parking is available for graduands and their guests in the Shepherd Street carpark building. Make sure you allow plenty of time to attend gowning and register before your ceremony commences. 


Bring your student ID or photo ID and register your attendance at the desk outside the main doors of the Great Hall, open an hour before the ceremony. Here, we will provide you with your graduate seat number, copy of the program and guest tickets. Make sure you are wearing academic dress and are seated 15 minutes before the ceremony.
Locate the Great Hall.


You'll be fully briefed on ceremony procedures when you first enter the Great Hall. It takes around 90 minutes for the entire ceremony.


There is no child care available for the graduation ceremonies, though small children are welcome to sit on a carer's lap during the event. The Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall also shows a live telecast for guests


Professional photographers and videographers will capture the moment of your graduation. You can view and buy photographs or a DVD from our partner vendor, Ambassador Productions.


All ceremonies are streamed live. A link to view them can be found on the graduation ceremony schedule and live streams page.

Student Centre

Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Last updated: 11 August 2017


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