Responding to your graduation invitation

Find out how to respond to your invitation and what to do if you need to make changes to your response.

Following the Australian Government’s response to COVID-19, traditional on-site graduation ceremonies are not running in July 2020. The University is celebrating July in-absentia graduates to honour their incredible achievements. For more information, visit celebrating our graduates.

2020 Graduation FAQs

  • Will there be graduation ceremonies held in July?

    There will be no formal graduation ceremonies held in July 2020.

    In line with the Australian Government’s recommendations surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the July graduation ceremonies will not proceed.

    University Council will however confer degrees in absentia on 27 July 2020.

    As per our recent email, please update your preference to either:

    1. Graduate in absentia on 27 July 2020 and receive your testamur by post OR,
    2. Defer your graduation to a later round of ceremonies, to be held once government policy permits.

    Please update your preference by Monday 20 July 2020 via my.unimelb.

  • 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

    In most instances, your academic transcript or an evidence of qualification letter may be sufficient to verify course completion. You will receive a free digital academic transcript when you complete your course. You should check with the organisations who require this evidence in the first instance, to confirm what they need.

    For more information on your free academic transcript and information on how to access other documents online, visit Academic transcripts and statements.

  • 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 address, please check and update your ‘contact’ address details in my.unimelb before 17 July.

How to respond

You must respond to your offer to graduate through your my.unimelb account.

  1. Go to your Graduation Details page in my.unimelb.
  2. Click on 'Respond to my graduation ceremony invitation'.
  3. Click on 'Update my Response'.
  4. Choose whether you would like to graduate in absentia or or defer.
  5. Click 'Save'.

Are there deadlines for responding to my invitation?

Yes. The deadlines for responding will be outlined in your invitation. If you don't respond by the deadline, you will be automatically deferred to the next ceremony round.

Checking your name and address details

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

Change of address

To update your address, log in to my.unimelb and navigate to the Student admin tab at the top of the page.

Change of name

Your name will appear on your graduation certificate and in the graduation program as it appears on your student record. You can submit a Change of personal details form (PDF 120.4 KB) if you need to change your name, or change the order that your names will appear on your certificate. All name changes must be submitted no later than the RSVP date. If you change your name after your graduation, you can purchase a replacement certificate. For more information see Changes to name and personal details.