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A globally recognised rite of passage, graduation is the formal process of conferring a degree or diploma. Our ceremonies take place in the Great Hall.

When you are eligible to graduate, we will send you an invitation by email. This will arrive about four weeks prior to the ceremony date. We will not be able to confirm your graduation date until after you have received your invitation so we recommend you do not make any plans until then.

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

It's essential that you reply to the invitation. If you confirm your attendance, we'll also ask you to provide the following details:

  • preferred pronunciation of your name
  • any specific access or seating requirements you or your guests require, due to illness or disability
  • dietary requirements, such as food allergies or intolerances.

Everything you need to know to prepare for your graduation ceremony will be provided with your invitation.

Graduating in absentia

If you are unable to attend your graduation ceremony, you will graduate in absentia and we will either post your documents to you or make them available for collection from the Student Centre. 

If you don't respond to your invitation to graduate, we will send your documents to the address nominated in your Sydney Student account. Please ensure that your address is up to date at least a week before your graduation.

If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend your ceremony, you may be able to graduate at an earlier conferral date. Please notify us if you wish to have an early conferral by submitting an application form and emailing it to grads.office@sydney.edu.au. Please refer to the 2016 In Absentia conferral schedule listed below

We post documents within three weeks of conferral. If you are collecting your documents from the Student Centre, they will be available three working days after conferral.

Please note: electing to graduate in absentia forfeits any opportunity to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

In Absentia conferral schedule

2016

Conferral date Application due date
Monday, 1 February Friday, 22 January
Monday, 7 March Friday, 26 February
Monday, 4 April Thursday, 24 March
Monday, 2 May Friday, 22 April
Monday, 6 June Friday, 27 May
Monday, 4 July Friday, 24 June
Monday, 1 August Friday, 22 July
Monday, 5 September Friday, 26 August
Monday, 10 October Friday, 30 September
Monday, 7 November Friday, 28 October
Monday, 5 December Friday, 25 November

Academic dress

As a graduand, you will need to wear full academic dress appropriate for your degree or diploma, at your graduation ceremony. Full academic dress comprises a gown, bonnet/trencher cap, and hood or stole.

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

You can make, buy or hire academic dress, although the most popular choice is to hire it.

Wearing academic dress has its own rules.

One of the most important is that the tassel on your trencher should remain on the right side until you have shaken hands with the Chancellor. Once the photograph of you and the Chancellor is complete, you can switch the tassel to the left side to signify that you are a graduate.

Men should wear their trencher only when standing. Women wear theirs both standing and seated. If you wear a head-covering for religious or other specific reasons, you are not required to wear a trencher.

2016 Graduation Ceremony Schedule

Ceremony live streams

Closer to the ceremony date you will be able to access links below to view a graduation ceremony as it happens. All times will be given in AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Semester one

Friday 6 May

Semester two

Friday 9 December

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester one

Thursday 7 April

Semester two

Friday 7 October



Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Semester one

Friday 15 April

  • All languages
  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Australian Literature
  • Australian Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Gender Studies
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • ICLS
  • Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval Studies
  • Museum Studies
  • Performance Studies
  • Studies in Religion

Thursday 5 May

  • Anthropology
  • Art History & Theory
  • BIGS
  • BSLS
  • Development Studies
  • Digital Cultures
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • Graduate School of Government
  • Human Rights
  • Music
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Philosophy
  • Political Economy
  • Psychology
  • Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • US Studies

Friday 13 May

  • Economics
  • Government & International Relations
  • Media & Communications

Semester two

Thursday 29 September

Friday 30 Sept

  • Graduate School of Government

Faculty of Dentistry

Semester one

Friday 4 March

Faculty of Education and Social Work

Semester one

Friday 4 March

  • MTeach only

Thursday 14 April

Semester two

Friday 7 October

Faculty of Engineering and IT

Semester one

Friday 29 April

Semester two

Friday 30 September

Faculty of Health Sciences

Semester one

Thursday 10 March

  • Developmental Disability
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Radiation Sciences
  • Orthoptics
  • Radiation Therapy

Friday 1 April

  • Communication Disorders
  • Health Informatics
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Research degrees
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Semester two

Thursday 6 October

Faculty of Law

Semester one

Friday 6 May

Semester two

Friday 9 December

Faculty of Medicine

Semester one

Thursday 21 April

Semester two

Thursday 8 December

Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery

Semester one

Friday 11 March

Semester two

Thursday 8 December

Faculty of Pharmacy

Semester one

Friday 4 March

Faculty of Science

Semester one

Thursday 7 April

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Bioethics
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology
  • Psychology

Friday 8 April

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science
  • Cell Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Immunobiology
  • Marine Biology
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Pharmacology
  • Plant Science
  • Soil Science
  • Sustainability
  • Wildlife Health and Population

Thursday 14 April

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nanoscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Semester two

Thursday 29 September

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Semester one

Friday 6 May

Semester two

Friday 9 December

Sydney College of the Arts

Semester one

Friday 8 April

Semester two

Thursday 8 December

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Semester one

Thursday 21 April

Semester two

Thursday 8 December

The University of Sydney Business School

Semester one

Friday 22 April

  • Undergraduate

Thursday 12 May

  • Postgraduate

Semester two

Thursday 6 October

Friday 7 October

Thursday 8 December

  • EMBA

On the day

Everything you need to know for a smooth graduation day.
1
Limited parking is available for graduands and their guests in the Shepherd Street carpark building, with a free shuttle bus service running every 15 minutes to the Quadrangle. The shuttle bus service starts at 8am and concludes one hour after the final ceremony of the day.
Learn more
2
Register your attendance at the desk outside the main doors of the Great Hall, open an hour before the ceremony.
Locate the Great Hall online
3
You'll be fully briefed on ceremony procedures once you enter the Great Hall prior to your ceremony. It takes around 90 minutes for the entire ceremony.
4
There is no childcare available for 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.
5
Professional photographers and videographers will be there to capture the moment of your graduation. You can view and buy the photographs or a DVD from our partner vendor, Ambassador Productions.
Visit Ambassador Productions
6
Complimentary refreshments will be served in the Quadrangle after the ceremony. You can also book a graduation lunch at the Forum Restaurant within the Darlington Centre.
7
All ceremonies are streamed live. Information on how to view them can be found with the Graduation Ceremony Schedule above.