In-person graduation ceremony dates and invitations

Find information on upcoming graduation events.

Update: 22 July 2021
The University is closely considering how the latest Victorian COVID-19 restrictions may affect upcoming ceremonies. Please continue to refer back to this page for information and updates on in-person ceremony dates.

In-person graduation ceremonies are now scheduled for August and September 2021. Invitations have been sent to students who have finished their degrees in 2020 and 2021 along with those set to complete in Semester 1 2021.

Please note that all plans for in-person graduation ceremonies remain subject to change depending on public health requirements in place at the time.

Completed your course in 2021 and haven’t received information on in-person graduations? Contact the graduations office to follow up.

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.

See our FAQs for information on what to do if you're graduating in absentia and about your academic transcripts.

When will I be invited to an in-person graduation?

  • Bachelor degree (including with honours) and Master degree

    If you have graduated in absentia in 2020 or in the first half of 2021, you will receive an invitation in the week commencing July 12 2021 in the lead up to the August/September round of ceremonies. If you are set to complete your course after this date, you will receive an email once you have passed, with information about the next in-person graduation opportunity, currently set for December 2021, but subject to change depending on public health requirements in place at the time.

    Final semester Invites sent Ceremony month
    Summer Term July August/September
    Semester 1 July August/September
    Semester 2 October/November December
    • Combined courses: You will be allocated a ceremony where one of your faculties is present. Your in-person graduation ceremony invitation should display your course title, showing both degrees. Please contact Stop 1 if your invitation doesn't include all your courses.
    • Concurrent diplomas: Your degree will be allocated to the ceremony of your degree faculty e.g. if you completed a Bachelor of Arts and a concurrent Diploma in Music, you will be allocated to an Arts ceremony. Your concurrent Diploma should be listed on your graduation invitation email. If your Diploma is not included in your invitation, contact Stop 1 as soon as possible.

    What happens next?

    1. Respond to your graduation invitation: In the week commencing Monday July 12 2021, the Graduations Office will email you inviting you to the upcoming round of graduation ceremonies. Once you have responded to your invitation and the response deadline has passed, we will confirm your response via your student email, and allocate you to a ceremony within your Faculty/cohort’s date range
    2. Tickets and academic dress: You will be notified when the booking system opens.
    3. Guest tickets: Subject to public health and density requirements in place at the time, all graduates will be allocated two guest tickets, which will be covered by the graduation fee. We do not expect to be able to make many additional guest tickets available for purchase due to the venue capacity restrictions. If any additional tickets become available for purchase, you will be notified of the opportunity in the weeks leading up to event.
  • PhD and Doctoral candidates

    If you have graduated in absentia in 2020 or in the first half of 2021, you will receive an invitation in the week commencing July 12 2021 in the lead up to the August/September round of ceremonies. If you are set to complete your course after this date, you will receive an email once you complete, with information about the next in-person graduation opportunity, currently set for December 2021, but subject to change depending on public health requirements in place at the time.

    If you would like to graduate on a different date in the upcoming round, please submit an online enquiry as soon as possible to discuss your options with us. See below for the schedule of graduation ceremonies.

    Inviting your supervisor

    If your supervisor would like to attend your ceremony, they can find further information on the University of Melbourne staff Graduations page. You will receive information on how to invite your supervisor in your invitation to graduate once your response has been confirmed and your ceremony has been allocated.

    Ceremonies at Wilson Hall have limited capacity in accordance with current health guidelines. Supervisors can still attend the ceremony but may be required to sit in the audience if the Academic Procession is at capacity.

    What happens next?

    1. Respond to your graduation invitation: In the week commencing Monday July 12 2021, the Graduations Office will email you inviting you to the upcoming round of graduation ceremonies. Once you have responded to your invitation and the response deadline has passed, we will confirm your response via your student email, and allocate you to a ceremony within your Faculty/cohort’s date range.
    2. Tickets and academic regalia: You will be notified when the booking system opens.
    3. Guest tickets: Subject to public health and density requirements in place at the time, all graduates will be allocated two guest tickets, which will be covered by the graduation fee. We do not expect to be able to make many additional guest tickets available for purchase due to the venue capacity restrictions. If any additional tickets become available for purchase, you will be notified of the opportunity in the weeks leading up to event.
  • Certificates and Diploma awards

    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 concurrently, you will still have 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.

Schedule of in-person graduation ceremonies

Due to the large volume of graduation events planned for the second half of 2021, specific dates and cohorts will continue to be confirmed on a rolling basis. Please check back regularly

In-person graduations for 2021

DateVenue Academic Division
Friday 27 August Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Saturday 28 August Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne Dental School, Melbourne Medical School
Sunday 29 August Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne Law School, Doctoral Degrees (all faculties)
Tuesday 31 August Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning
Wednesday 1 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning,
Faculty of Engineering & IT
Thursday 2 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Engineering & IT
Friday 3 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, Doctoral Degrees (all faculties)
Saturday 4 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Sunday 5 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne Graduate School of Education,
Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences
Tuesday 7 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Doctoral Degrees (all faculties)
Wednesday 8 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Thursday 9 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics
Friday 10 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics
Saturday 11 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics
Sunday 12 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts
Tuesday 14 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts
Wednesday 15 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts
Thursday 16 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Science
Friday 17 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Science
Saturday 18 September Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne Faculty of Science
December (Dates TBC) TBC All Faculties

The University reserves the right to make changes to the graduation schedule. This is to ensure that our schedules best meet all students' needs in a timely manner and are responsive to changes in Victoria’s public health requirements. If changes are made that affect your ceremony, we will contact you at the earliest opportunity.