Find information below on your graduation arrangements, your graduation certificate and attending an in-person celebration in 2022.
Your graduation will involve two stages, the conferral of your award soon after you complete your study and an in-person graduation ceremony to celebrate with the University community.
1. Conferral of awards
To allow you to receive your qualification as early as possible, the formal conferral of your award will take place shortly after you complete your course, usually on the last working day of the month that your course completion is confirmed. You will receive information on how to have your award conferred as you complete your study. You can check our calendar of conferral dates for more information. You will receive your graduation certificate (known as a Testamur) and have access to your final academic transcripts. Following your conferral, you will be invited to attend an in-person graduation. Learn more below.
2. In-person graduation ceremonies in 2022
After your formal conferral has taken place, you will then be invited to attend an in-person graduation ceremony. As part of your ceremony, you will wear academic regalia, cross the stage, be congratulated by University leadership, and celebrate with your family, friends and the University community. You will also have access to studio photography and graduation merchandise before and after the ceremony.
Completing and conferring your degree
Find out what happens when you complete your course.
In-person graduation ceremony dates and invitations
Read more on the return to in-person graduation ceremonies.
Everything you need to know about your ceremony day including maps, merchandise and live-streaming
In-person graduation ceremonies
My degree was conferred in 2020 or 2021 – can I attend the 2022 ceremonies?
Graduates who completed their degrees in Semester 2 2021 AND 2020/2021 graduates who responded to their invitation to attend the August/September 2021 ceremonies (which was unable to proceed) will receive an invitation to the 2022 ceremonies.
Graduates who did not respond to their previous ceremony invitation will not automatically receive a further emailed invitation but will be able to express their interest in attending a graduation ceremony and accommodated if possible.
What is the ceremony format in 2022?
In 2022, graduation ceremonies will be the same format as previously-held ceremonies. You will be presented on stage as a graduate, dress in your academic regalia and celebrate with family, friends and your University of Melbourne community. The only difference will be that the conferral process happens in the lead-up to the event, giving you access to your qualifications shortly after your study is complete.
If I can't attend due to COVID-related impacts, will I receive a refund?
Yes. Any graduate who pays their graduation fee who is then unable to attend their graduation ceremony due to illness/isolation measures will be automatically refunded at the end of the graduation round. We will contact you again when future graduation opportunities become available.
I have been deferring my conferral and I haven't been invited to a graduation ceremony. I delayed my conferral because I wanted to attend my ceremony at the same time. Why can't I attend Graduation ceremony?
If you have not had your degree officially conferred yet, you are not eligible to receive an invitation to a graduation ceremony. The first step of your graduation experience is to have your degree officially conferred. After your degree has been conferred, you will be eligible to receive an invitation to attend an in-person graduation ceremony for your School or Faculty. Please see completing and conferring your degree for further information on how to have your degree conferred.
Can I change from one ceremony into another in the same round? I want to graduate with my friends.
Due to the large numbers of students graduating during a graduation round, we have limited flexibility with reallocating students to an alternative date and time.
If you believe there are exceptional circumstances relating to your request to graduate on an alternate date/time, please submit an enquiry, providing appropriate evidence to support your request.
How many guests will I be able to bring?
All Bachelor and Master graduates will receive two guest tickets as part of their graduation fee. PhD and Higher Doctoral students will receive five guest tickets as part of their graduation fee. More tickets may be available to purchase closer to the event and graduates will be advised if they are available.
What merchandise and photo opportunities will be available?
All traditional merchandise and studio photography will be available on the day, with options to order online in advance or purchase at the venue on your ceremony day. Learn more about photo and merchandise services.
Will there be a livestream of the in-person graduation ceremony?
Yes, a free live stream will be available for any guests who cannot attend the in-person ceremonies. The stream will be available on the Graduations website and a direct link will be emailed to you closer to the event.
What are the costs/fees for attending an in-person ceremony?
The fee for in-person graduation ceremonies in 2022 is $243.00 (GST included).
This fee includes:
- Your admission to the ceremony
- Your use of Academic Regalia on ceremony day
- Two guest tickets (Bachelors/Masters graduates) or 5 guest tickets (Doctoral graduates)
- A copy of the ceremony program
- Entry into the post-ceremony function for you and your guests where refreshments will be available
My family and I are overseas and waiting for the visa requirement to attend my graduation ceremony. When is the last day to defer my ceremony if visa is not granted on time and what happens if I’ve paid my ticket?
You can submit an enquiry up to day before your ceremony to let us know if you are no longer able to attend. Your ceremony will be deferred to the next round of in-person ceremonies.
If you have paid the graduation fee, your payment will be automatically refunded at conclusion of the graduation ceremony round.
My family is interstate/overseas and cannot attend in 2022. Can I defer my ceremony?
Yes, you can. This will be an option you can choose when responding to your invitation.
I have completed my PhD. Will my supervisor be able to attend my ceremony?
Yes, your supervisor can attend as a seated guest or as part of the academic procession. You will receive information on how to invite your supervisor to your ceremony once your response has been confirmed and your ceremony has been allocated.
I will be undertaking an Honours year, when will my award be conferred? When can I attend an in-person ceremony?
If you are about to undertake Honours, you should still have your Bachelor award conferred at the first available conferral round. Your Bachelor degree and Honours year are separate awards, and you will receive a testamur for each. Once you have been conferred for your Bachelor degree, you can attend a graduation ceremony, or wait until you have completed Honours.
What measures will the University be taking to ensure that ceremonies will be Covid-safe?
We will be working very closely with our graduation partners to provide a COVID Safe environment for everyone. The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is of the utmost importance. As part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, to minimise the risk of COVID-19 to our community, COVID-19 vaccination (or a valid exemption) is now a requirement for anyone attending our campuses. For more information visit the University’s Vaccination website.
Completion and conferral
- Once my results come out, how will I know if I am eligible to graduate?
I have completed a Bachelor or Masters degree. What happens next?
You will receive an email once you complete your course, with information about the next conferral opportunity, which is usually the same month as you complete. Click here for conferral dates. This means you receive your qualifications and graduation certificate as quickly as possible after completing your degree. Once your degree is conferred, you are eligible to attend an in-person graduation ceremony.
I have completed my PhD or Higher Doctorate. What happens next?
You will receive an email once you complete your course, with information about the next conferral opportunity, which is usually the same month as you complete. Click here for conferral dates. This means you receive your qualifications and graduation certificate as quickly as possible after completing your degree. Once your degree is conferred, you are eligible to attend an in-person graduation ceremony. If you would like to be conferred on a different date, please submit an online enquiry as soon as possible to discuss your options with us.
I have completed a Certificate or Diploma. What happens next?
You are not required to attend a ceremony, as there are no ceremonies for students graduating with these awards. We will post your graduation certificate to you once you have completed your course. If you have completed a degree at the same time as your Certificate or Diploma, you will still be invited to a graduation ceremony for the degree. If you are a Fine Arts and Music student, there are separate arrangements in place and you will be contacted according to the information outlined for Bachelor degrees.
Can I graduate if I have outstanding fees, debt or fines?
If you have any outstanding fees, debt or fines, you will receive a notification and a sanction will appear on my.unimelb. You will need to make payment to be eligible to graduate.
Can I have my degree conferred at an in-person ceremony?
There will be no degrees conferred at in-person ceremonies in 2022. The conferral of your award will take place soon after you complete your study. Once this has happened, you will become eligible to attend an in-person graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievements.
Can I defer my conferral?
There might be practical reasons to defer your in absentia conferral, such as the eligibility requirements for further study at specific institutions, which may only accept applications from students who have graduated within a specific time period. If this doesn’t apply to you, then we recommend you choose to have your degree conferred in absentia at the earliest opportunity to confirm your qualification, receive your graduation certificate (testamur) and other academic transcripts.
What evidence can I use to prove I have completed my degree for job applications or further study?
You can download an evidence of qualification for free via my.unimelb, after the final results release date. This is a useful document if you are waiting for your conferral and testamur, as it is evidence that you passed your degree. The evidence of qualification will not list your conferral date until after your degree is conferred.
After your degree is conferred (ie once you graduate in absentia) you will receive your testamur (graduation certificate) and qualifications. Graduating in absentia ensures that graduates can receive their certificate(s) and qualifications as soon as possible with the certainty that they will be invited to celebrate in person once health restrictions allow it.
Can I collect my certificate instead of it being posted?
We are currently unable to offer an option for you to collect your certificate (testamur) in person.
We post to domestic addresses and most international locations via Australia Post . Please note there are some countries who are not permitting international delivery at the moment.
To ensure your certificate is sent to the right postal address, please check and update either ‘contact’ or 'home' address details in my.unimelb (after clicking this link, you will need to click ‘Contact’ in the left menu to see your address details). Please ensure that you nominate your preferred address for postage by selecting Make preferred and saving changes. If you need to update your address details, follow these instructions.
The Graduations team will email you prior to your testamur being posted with an opportunity for you to update your address within a tight timeline.
Will my testamur have 'with Distinction' printed on it?
Students completing the following degrees will have 'with Distinction' printed on their testamur if eligible:
- Doctor of Dental Surgery
- Doctor of Medicine
- Doctor of Physiotherapy
- Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
- Master of Computer Science
- Master of Engineering
- Master of Environment
- Master of Epidemiology
- Master of Industrial Engineering
- Master of Information Systems
- Master of Information Technology
- Master of Science
You can find more information regarding your testamur here.
Need help with graduating?
Submit an online enquiry to Stop 1 and we'll get back to you within 10 business days.