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Graduation

Graduating in absentia

If you're 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 by requesting to graduate in absentia. We will send your documents to the address nominated in your request. If you request to graduate in absentia, then you will not be able to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

Eligibility

Before you request to graduate in absentia, you need to have received your completion letter and paid any outstanding debts to the University.

When you need to apply

You can submit a request to graduate in absentia through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’), provided you have not received an invitation to attend your Sydney graduation ceremony. You need to submit your request by the following deadlines:

  • 24 August, where you completed your studies in Semester 1 of the same year
  • 23 March, where you completed your studies in Semester 2 of the previous year.

If you miss the deadline, when your invitation to graduate arrives you can respond and let us know you won't be attending. Your degree will automatically be conferred in absentia during your graduation ceremony.

When your degree will be conferred

If you submit your request to graduate in absentia by the deadline, we will confer your degree according to the date we receive your request.

Request received by

Conferral date

Monday 6 January 2020

Monday 20 January

Monday 27 January

Monday 10 February

Monday 17 February

Monday 2 March

Monday 23 March

Monday 6 April

Monday 20 July

Monday 3 August

Monday 24 August

Monday 7 September

Missing your graduation ceremony

If you don't respond to your invitation to graduate, your degree will automatically be conferred in absentia during your graduation ceremony. 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.

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Last updated: 14 January 2020

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