Choose your graduation option

Find out how to choose your graduation option and what to do if you need to make changes to your response.

Your graduation options

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.

In 2021, once the University can begin to host events again, all students who graduated with a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral degree* in 2020 (and those who are eligible to graduate in 2021) will receive an invitation to attend a graduation celebration. All future events will be conducted in line with government policy and physical distancing guidelines in place at that time.

When you are eligible to graduate, you will be contacted via email to choose your graduation option:

Option 1. Graduate in absentia on the date outlined in your graduation email. If you choose this option, you will be able to claim your qualification and receive access to your digital graduation certificate (testamur), academic transcript and AHEGS. A physical copy of your graduation certificate (testamur) will be posted in three to four weeks after your conferral date. The Graduations Office will email you a tracking number once your testamur has been posted. You will receive an invitation to attend a graduation celebration when the University is able to host events once more in 2021.

To have your degree conferred in absentia on date outlined in your graduation email, view the ‘How to respond’ section below.

Refer to the graduations dates page for all deadlines.

OR

Option 2. Defer your in absentia graduation to a later in absentia round. If you choose to defer, you are deciding to move the date that your degree is formally awarded in absentia. This means you will not receive your graduation certificate (testamur) and qualifications until your degree is conferred in absentia in 2021. After your degree is conferred in 2021 and once the University can begin to host events again, you will receive an invitation to attend a graduation celebration. If you would like to graduate in absentia before June 2021, please contact the Graduations Office via ask.unimelb. In absentia graduations will take place at the end of each month in 2021.

Please note that no degrees will be officially conferred at an in-person celebration in 2021.

To defer your graduation to a later in absentia round, view the ‘How to respond’ section below.

How to respond

This information applies to students graduating with a Bachelor degree (including with honours), Master degree, PhD or doctoral degree.

  • Option 1. To graduate in absentia

    To have your degree conferred in absentia on the date outlined in your graduation email, there is no further action required, provided that you complete your course requirements by the deadline outlined in your graduation email. You will receive an email before your conferral date, which will confirm if you are eligible to have your degree conferred in absentia.

    If you are a PhD or doctoral student, you need to select this offer in order to have your degree conferred in absentia on the date outlined in your graduation email.

    Refer to the graduation dates page for all deadlines and email dates.

  • Option 2. To defer your in absentia graduation

    To defer the date of your conferral, you must respond to your offer to graduate through your my.unimelb account. Your degree will be conferred in absentia unless you choose to defer (PhDs/Doctoral degrees excepted). If you are a PhD or doctoral student and you do not respond to your graduation offer, the conferral of your degree will be automatically deferred until the next round.

    1. Go to your Graduation Details page in my.unimelb by clicking on 'Student admin' in the top navigation bar and selecting 'Graduation' from the drop-down list.
    2. Click on 'Choose my graduation option'.
    3. Click on 'Update my Response'.
    4. Choose whether you would like to graduate in absentia or defer.
    5. Click 'Save'.
  • Are there deadlines?

    Yes. The deadlines for responding will be outlined when we contact you with your graduation options. If you don't respond by the deadline, you will be automatically graduated in absentia (PhDs/Doctoral degrees excepted). If you are a PhD or doctoral student and you do not respond to your graduation offer by the deadline, the conferral of your degree will be automatically deferred until the next round. Students are able to update their response any time before the response deadline.

2021 graduation FAQs

  • 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.

  • Once my results come out, how will I know if I am eligible to graduate?

    After your results have been published in my.unimelb, we will confirm with you via email if you have passed all your course requirements. You will need to pass all your course requirements to be eligible to graduate.

  • Why would I want to defer my in absentia graduation?

    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.

  • Can I borrow regalia to take photographs?

    The University does not currently provide hire services of academic regalia.

  • I need my testamur as evidence of completion to support employment applications/further study

    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. If you need your testamur as soon as possible, we recommend that you graduate in absentia.

  • Can I collect my certificate instead of it being posted?

    Due to the COVID-19 restrictions currently in place, we are currently unable to offer an option for you to collect your certificate (testamur) in person.

    We post to domestic addresses (via Australia Post) and most international locations via DHL couriers. 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 your ‘contact’ address details in my.unimelb (after clicking this link, you will need to click ‘Contact’ in the left menu to see your address details). If you need to update your address details, please 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.

  • I graduated in 2020 – can I still attend a graduation celebration in 2021?

    Yes. All students who graduate in absentia in 2020 (along with those who are eligible to graduate in absentia in 2021) will be invited to attend a graduation celebration when holding events become possible in 2021. All future events will be conducted in line with government policy and physical distancing guidelines in place at that time.

    The Graduations Office will be in touch during 2021 with more information about your in-person graduation celebration once dates have been confirmed.

  • Tell me more about the 2021 graduation celebrations

    We will provide more information about 2021 graduation celebration events when we have more clarity about the health and logistical requirements of running large events in 2021. All future events will be held in line with government policy on COVID-Normal events.

    We do expect that graduation celebrations will continue to be an opportunity to come together to celebrate with the University of Melbourne community, wear your academic regalia and access photography services, and other graduation services.

Checking your name and address details

Before graduation, it’s important to ensure that the name and address details we have are up to date.

Change of address

To ensure your certificate is sent to the right postal address, please check your address details in my.unimelb (after clicking this link, you will need to click ‘Contact’ in the left menu to see your address details). If you need to update your address details, please 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.

DHL require your address details to be in a particular format as outlined below.

Address information

Address Line 1: (mandatory)

Address Line 2: (if applicable)

Address Line 3: (if applicable)

Suburb/City: (mandatory)

State/Province: (mandatory)

Postcode: (mandatory)

Country: (mandatory)

Contact phone number: (mandatory)

Contact email: (mandatory)

Please include all mandatory fields or DHL will not be able to deliver your parcel. Note that DHL can only accept standard English alphabetical characters.

Change of name

Your name will appear on your graduation certificate (testamur) and on the celebration website as it appears on your student record. You can submit a Change of personal details form if you need to change your name, or change the order that your names will appear on your graduation certificate (testamur). All name changes must be submitted no later than the response date. If you change your name after your graduation, you can purchase a replacement graduation certificate. For more information, see Changes to name and personal details.

*As per the University graduation policy, this will also include certificate and diploma awards from the Melbourne Business School or the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.