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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.

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.

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 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 MyUni 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.

We need to receive your application at least a week before the conferral date, which is on the first Monday of each month (Tuesday if the Monday is a public holiday). 

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.

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.

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.

2015 Graduation Ceremony schedule

Semester 2, 2015

Thursday 24 September

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Friday 25 September

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Engineering and IT

Thursday 1 October

  • University of Sydney Business School – postgraduate

Friday 2 October

  • University of Sydney Business School – undergraduate

Friday 30 October

  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning

Thursday 10 December

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Health Sciences

Friday 11 December

  • Sydney College of the Arts
  • Faculty of Nursing
  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music
  • UoS Business School
  • Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
  • Faculty of Veterinary Science
  • Other Faculties as required

Singapore

Graduations in Singapore will be held for Sydney Nursing School graduates in September 2015. For more information, please contact the Sydney Nursing School

China

Sunday 29 November

To register your interest in attending this ceremony in Beijing please email the grads.office@sydney.edu.au with your name, SID and contact number.

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 shuttle bus service running every 15 minutes to the Quadrangle.
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.
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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
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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.
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All ceremonies are streamed live. We'll have information on how to view them closer to the ceremony date.