Graduation

Your graduation is an exciting time that celebrates the completion of your degree and welcomes you into the global alumni community. Find information below on your graduation options, your graduation certificate and joining the graduation celebration hub.

Graduation arrangements in 2020 and 2021

Graduation ceremonies will not take place in 2020

In line with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 public health requirements, the University of Melbourne will not hold in-person graduation ceremonies in 2020. While we are disappointed not to be celebrating with you in person this year, the University is fully committed to the health and wellbeing of our community, our students and their families and friends.

All 2020 graduates will be invited to a graduation celebration in 2021!

We have been exploring options for students to receive their qualifications as early as possible and still have the opportunity to attend a graduation celebration with the University of Melbourne community. We can confirm that all students who graduate in 2020 will be given the opportunity to attend a graduation celebration in 2021, as soon as it is safe and permitted by the Government's public health policy. In the meantime, we will deliver a graduation celebration hub to mark the occasion in December 2020.

  • How will students graduate in December 2020?

    All students who have completed their course after 5 October 2020 will have the option to have their degree conferred in absentia on Tuesday 22 December 2020 or deferred to 2021. This gives graduates the opportunity to receive their graduation certificate(s) and qualifications as soon as possible with the certainty that they will be invited to celebrate in person once public health restrictions allow it.

  • When will I be invited to a graduation celebration?

    Once it is possible to hold large events, the University will contact all students who have graduated in absentia in 2020 and 2021 to invite them to a celebration of their graduation where they can celebrate with the University of Melbourne community, take photographs in regalia and have access to gifts and merchandise.

    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.

    The dates for these celebrations in 2021 are still to be finalised and will be subject to government public health policy and advice. It is expected that the earliest date for an in-person graduation celebration will be mid-2021 but we will let you know once we confirm these dates.

  • What happens if I choose to defer graduation?

    Choosing to defer your conferral simply moves the date that your degree is formally awarded in absentia.

    You may wish to defer for practical reasons (eg to align with the academic calendars of specific institutions), however, please note that you will only be able to receive your testamur (graduation certificate) and qualifications once your degree is conferred in absentia.

    Please note that you can only defer your in absentia conferral date once.

    If you choose to defer, you will be contacted in mid-2021 to confirm your new in absentia conferral date, unless you contact us prior via ask.unimelb.

    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.

Before graduation, it’s important to ensure that the name and address details we have are up to date. For more information on checking and updating your name and address details, click here.