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Graduation

Celebrate the successful completion of your degree

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.

Ceremony invitations

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

We will then send you an invitation to attend graduation by email. This will arrive about three to four weeks before the ceremony date and 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 if you wish to bring extra guests they can watch the ceremony’s live telecast in the Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall. 

If you want to attend the ceremony, it's essential that you reply and accept the invitation. Once 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.

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 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 need to update your details, you can submit a Change of personal details form.

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. 

Graduating in absentia

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

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

Request to graduate in absentia

If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend your ceremony, you may be able to have your degree conferred at an earlier date. Please refer to the In Absentia conferral schedule listed below.

You can submit a request to graduate in absentia through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’). You have until the following dates to submit a request:

  • 30 September, where you completed your studies in Semester 1 of the same year
  • 30 April, where you completed your studies in Semester 2 of the previous year

If you don’t apply by the deadline you will need to wait until your invitation to graduate arrives. You can then respond to let us know you’ll be graduating in absentia.

If you elect to graduate in absentia, this forfeits any opportunity to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

Missing your graduation ceremony

If you don't respond to your invitation to graduate, your degree will be conferred on your graduation date. We will send your documents to the address nominated in your Sydney Student account. Make sure your address is up to date at least a week before your graduation.

2017 In Absentia conferral schedule

Conferral date Application due date
Monday, 6 February Friday, 27 January
Monday, 6 March Friday, 24 February
Monday, 3 April Friday, 24 March
Monday, 1 May Friday, 21 April
Monday, 5 June Friday, 26 May
Monday, 3 July Friday, 23 June
Monday, 7 August Friday, 28 July
Monday, 4 September Friday, 25 August
Monday, 9 October Friday, 29 September
Monday, 6 November Friday, 27 October
Monday, 4 December Friday, 24 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.

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. 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.

2017 graduation ceremony schedule

Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 12 May

Semester two

Friday, 15 December

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Thursday, 6 April

Semester two

Friday, 29 September

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Wednesday, 3 May

  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Art History & Theory
  • Australian Literature
  • Australian Studies
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Digital Cultures
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • History & Philosophy of Science
  • Indigenous Australian Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Media & Communications
  • Medieval Studies
  • Museum & Heritage Studies
  • Music
  • Performance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Studies in Religion

Thursday, 4 May

  • All languages
  • Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Human Rights
  • International & Comparative Literary Studies
  • Bachelor of International & Global Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • Peace and Conflict
  • Bachelor of Political, Economic & Social Science
  • Political Economy
  • Social Policy
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies
  • Sociology
  • US Studies

Friday, 12 May

  • Economics
  • Government & International Relations
  • Graduate School of Government
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Economics and Social Science

Semester two

Friday, 22 September

Thursday, 28 September

The University of Sydney Business School

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Thursday, 11 May

Friday, 12 May

Thursday, 25 May

Friday, 26 May

Semester two

Thursday, 12 October

Friday, 13 October

Thursday, 7 December

  • EMBA

Faculty of Dentistry

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 10 March

Faculty of Education and Social Work

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Thursday, 9 March 

  • Master of Teaching

Thursday, 13 April

Semester two

Friday, 29 September

Faculty of Engineering and IT

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 5 May

Semester two

Friday, 29 September

Faculty of Health Sciences

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 10 March

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sports Science)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
  • Master of Exercise Physiology
  • Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Orthoptics
  • Master of Physiotherapy

Friday, 31 March

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Doctor of Health Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences)
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Science (Developmental Disability)
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Science (MRS)
  • Graduate Certificate in Medical Imaging Science
  • Graduate Diploma in Communication Disorders
  • Graduate Diploma in Medical Imaging Science
  • Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Master of Applied Science
  • Master of Diagnostic Radiography
  • Master of Health Informatics
  • Master of Health Science (Developmental Disability)
  • Master of Health Science (MRS)
  • Master of Medical Imaging Science
  • Master of Radiation Therapy
  • Master of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • Master of Speech Language Pathology

Semester two

Thursday, 28 September

The University of Sydney Law School

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 26 May

Semester two

Friday, 8 December

The University of Sydney Medical School

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 21 April

Semester two

Thursday, 7 December

The University of Sydney Nursing School

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Thursday, 6 April

Semester two

Thursday, 7 December

Faculty of Pharmacy

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Thursday, 9 March

Faculty of Science

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 7 April

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

Thursday, 13 April

  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nanoscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Friday, 21 April

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

Semester two

Friday, 22 September

Sydney College of the Arts

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 7 April

Semester two

Thursday, 7 December

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 31 March

Semester two

Thursday, 7 December

Faculty of Veterinary Science

These are proposed ceremony dates and are subject to review and change. Details of your graduation ceremony time, date and location will be confirmed in your invitation.

Semester one

Friday, 12 May

Semester two

Week of Monday, 11 December

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
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.
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
All ceremonies are streamed live. A link to view them can be found under Ceremony live streams above.