In-person graduation ceremony dates and invitations

Find information on upcoming graduation events.

Update: September 2021

The University is reviewing the Victorian Government’s recent announcements and roadmap out of the current restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The safety and wellbeing of our graduates, guests and the University community remains our greatest priority, and we are working on a revised timeframe as per the roadmap. We will confirm by the end of October 2021 the plan for Graduations.

In-person graduation ceremonies for 2021 are pending public health requirements and restrictions that are currently in place.

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 have received an initial invitation email and will be contacted once event dates are confirmed. 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 To be announced
    Semester 1 July To be announced
    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 lead up to the next main in-person ceremony round, 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

    You will receive an email once you complete, with information about the next in-person graduation opportunity. 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.

    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 lead up to the next main in-person ceremony round, 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

To be confirmed.

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.