Graduation

Your graduation ceremony is an exciting time that celebrates the completion of your degree and welcomes you into the global alumni community. Find information below on graduation dates and invitations, attendance options, and preparing for your ceremony.

COVID-19 Graduations update

April 2020 and July 2020 graduation ceremonies are not proceeding

Following the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19, the University of Melbourne will not be able to hold our traditional on-site graduation ceremonies in April and July 2020. While we are disappointed not to be celebrating with you in person, the University is fully committed to the health and wellbeing of our community, our students and their families and friends.

  • What does this mean for you?

    Be assured, if you’re eligible to graduate, the status of your graduation is unaffected. You will be contacted via email by the University with the offer to graduate in absentia or defer to a ceremony in late 2020 or early 2021.

    In Absentia Graduation

    If you opt to graduate in absentia, this means your degree will be conferred on a nominated date and you will officially become a graduate of the University of Melbourne as of that date. The email you receive from the University explaining your graduation options will include what your in absentia conferral date will be. Your Testamur (degree certificate) will be posted to you.

    If you choose to graduate in absentia now, you will not be able to attend an in person Graduation ceremony when these are able to be held again – as you will have already graduated (that is, your degree will have been conferred in absentia, which is what takes place at a Graduation ceremony).

    Defer your Graduation

    If you would prefer to graduate in a graduation ceremony, you can choose to defer your graduation to a future graduation round.

    It is important to note that you will be unable to receive your Testamur until your conferral takes place in person. If you require your Testamur earlier for professional or employment purposes, you should opt to graduate in absentia.

  • Rescheduled graduations

    Given the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to reschedule any graduation ceremonies at this stage. The University is exploring options for graduates who choose to graduate in absentia to return to campus to access photography in your academic regalia and other graduation services at a point later in the year, when government policy permits this. If you decide to graduate in absentia, we will contact you when this or other opportunities are available.

  • Late 2020 or early 2021 graduation ceremonies

    Please note that given current Government restrictions, the next round of graduation ceremonies is not expected until late 2020 or early 2021. All future ceremonies will be conducted in line with government policy and social distancing guidelines. We will update this page as soon as we know more.