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 responding to your graduation invitation, your graduation certificate and joining the virtual graduation celebrations.

COVID-19 graduations update

Graduation ceremonies will not take place in 2020

Following the Victorian Government’s response to COVID-19, the University of Melbourne will not hold traditional graduation ceremonies in 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. In the meantime, we will deliver virtual graduation celebrations to mark the occasion.

What does this mean for you?

If you’re eligible to graduate this year, you will be contacted by the University via email with the option to graduate in absentia or defer to a ceremony in 2021.

  • In absentia graduation

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

    If you choose to graduate in absentia in 2020, you will not be able to attend an in person graduation ceremony in the future, 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). However, we will deliver virtual graduation celebrations to mark the occasion.

  • Defer your graduation

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

    It is important to note that if you choose to defer, you will not receive your testamur until your graduation (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 and the Victorian Government restrictions, 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 later date, when government policy permits this. If you decide to graduate in absentia, we will contact you when other opportunities to celebrate are available.

2021 graduation ceremonies

The University will hold-over all 2020 graduation ceremonies to 2021 when there may be a greater chance of delivering a traditional in person ceremony format that enables the presence of families and friends. The dates are to be confirmed subject to Government restrictions. All future ceremonies will be conducted in line with government policy and physical distancing guidelines. We will update this page as soon as we know more.