Graduation

Your graduation is an exciting time that celebrates the completion of your degree and welcomes you into the global alumni community. Find information below on your graduation options, your graduation certificate and attending an in-person celebration in 2021.

Graduation arrangements in 2021

We have been exploring options for students to receive their qualifications as early as possible and still have the opportunity to attend a graduation celebration with the University of Melbourne community. We can confirm that all students who graduate in 2020 and 2021 will be given the opportunity to attend a graduation celebration in 2021. We are planning these events to begin in the second half of 2021 (subject to Victorian public health policy.)

  • How will students graduate in 2021?

    We understand that many of you will want to receive your qualifications as early as possible but still have the opportunity to celebrate your graduation in person with the University of Melbourne community.

    We can confirm that all students who graduate in 2021 will:

    • Receive their qualifications and graduation certificate (testamur) shortly after their degree is conferred, and
    • Have the opportunity to attend a graduation celebration in 2021 when it is permitted by Victorian public health policy.
  • When will I be invited to a graduation celebration?

    The University is in the process of planning graduation celebration events for all students who graduate(d) in absentia in 2020 and in 2021, along with those who have chosen to defer the conferral of their degree.

    This will be an opportunity for graduates to celebrate with the University of Melbourne community, take photographs in regalia and have access to gifts and merchandise. We will contact all eligible students and graduates when more specific information becomes available. At this stage, these events are set to begin in the second half of 2021 (subject to Victorian public health policy).

    Please note, given you will receive graduation communications for a longer-than-usual period after the completion of your studies, we will contact you on both your student email and the personal email that we have on file. Please make sure that the personal email is up to date. We would also recommend forwarding your University of Melbourne student email to a new account.

  • What happens if I choose to defer graduation?

    Choosing to defer your conferral simply moves the date that your degree is formally awarded.

    You may wish to defer for practical reasons (eg to align with the academic calendars of specific institutions), however, please note that you will only be able to receive your testamur (graduation certificate) and qualifications once your degree is conferred in absentia.

    Please note that you can only defer your conferral date once.

    If you choose to defer, you will be contacted in mid-2021 to confirm your new conferral date, unless you contact us prior via ask.unimelb.

    Please note, given you will receive graduation communications for a longer-than-usual period after the completion of your studies, we will contact you on both your student email and the personal email that we have on file. Please make sure that the personal email is up to date. We would also recommend forwarding your University of Melbourne student email to a new account.

Check your name and address details: Before graduation, it’s important to ensure that the name and address details we have are up to date. For more information on checking and updating your name and address details, visit the choose your graduation option page.