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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. If you request to graduate in absentia, then you will not be able to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

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 applying to graduate in absentia. 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’), provided you have not received an invitation to attend your Sydney graduation ceremony. You need to submit your request by the following dates:

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

If you miss the deadline, you'll be able to elect to graduate in absentia when your invitation to graduate arrives. 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.

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.

In absentia conferral schedule 2019

Request received

Conferral date

Saturday 25 August - Friday 11 January

Monday 21 January

Saturday 12 January - Friday 1 February

Monday 11 February

Saturday 2 February - Friday 22 February

Monday 4 March

Saturday 23 February - Friday 22 March

Monday 1 April

Saturday 23 March - Friday 26 July

Monday 5 August

Saturday 27 July - Friday 23 August

Monday 2 September

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Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Extended in-person opening hours first two weeks of semester and during exams.

Last updated: 09 August 2019

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