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 attending an in-person celebration in 2021.

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 are returning in 2021!

In 2021, your graduation will involve two stages, the conferral of your award soon after you complete your study and an in-person graduation ceremony to celebrate with the University community.

Conferral of awards

To allow you to receive your qualification as early as possible, the formal conferral of your award will happen on the last working day of each month. You will receive information on how to have your award conferred soon after you complete your study. You can check our 2021 calendar of conferral dates for more information. You will receive your graduation certificate (known as a Testamur) and have access to your final academic transcripts. Following your conferral, you will also be invited to attend an in-person graduation, which will be your opportunity to wear academic regalia, cross the stage, be congratulated by University leadership, and celebrate with your family, friends and University community. Learn more below.

In-person graduation ceremonies

The first in-person graduation ceremonies for 2021 will be held at the University of Melbourne in the second half of 2021, subject to government health requirements in place at the time. The first round of these events will be held at Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus. All students who graduated in absentia in 2020 and the first half of 2021 (up to 30 July 2021) are invited to this round. Learn more below.

Outside on south lawn, four students celebrate by throwing mortarboard hats into the air.
Graduates celebrating at South Lawn, near Wilson Hall.

2021 graduation FAQs

Completion and conferral
Graduation ceremonies

Completion and conferral

  • Can I have my degree conferred at an in-person ceremony?

    There will be no degrees conferred at in-person ceremonies. The conferral of your award will take place soon after you complete your study. Once this has happened, you will become eligible to attend an in-person graduation ceremony to celebrate your achievements.

  • 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 conferral?

    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.

  • What evidence can I use to prove I have completed my degree for job applications or further study?
    • You can download an evidence of qualification for free via my.unimelb, after the final results release date. This is a useful document if you are waiting for your conferral and testamur, as it is evidence that you passed your degree. The evidence of qualification will not list your conferral date until after your degree is conferred.
    • After your degree is conferred (ie once you graduate in absentia) you will receive your testamur (graduation certificate) and qualifications. 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.
  • 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.

Graduation ceremonies

  • How do in-person graduation ceremonies in 2021 differ to those held pre-2020?

    In 2021, graduation ceremonies will be the same format as previously-held ceremonies. You will be presented on stage as a graduate, dress in your academic regalia and celebrate with family, friends and your University of Melbourne community. The only difference will be that the conferral process happens in the lead-up to the event, giving you access to your qualifications shortly after your study is complete.

  • I am currently interstate – if I can't attend due to border closures, will I receive a refund?

    Yes. Any graduate who pays their graduation fee who is then unable to attend their graduation ceremony due to border closures will receive a refund. We will contact you again when future graduation opportunities become available.

  • How many guest tickets will I get?

    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. Children under 12 months old can attend on top of your allocation of tickets but must be seated in a guest’s lap. Children over 12 months old are considered part of the official venue capacity and thus must be counted in your allocation of two guest tickets.

    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.

    Additional guest tickets will be $22.00 (including GST).

  • What are the costs/fees for attending an in-person ceremony?

    The cost of attending the next in-person ceremony at the Parkville is $175.00 (including GST). This fee covers your ceremony attendance, regalia and two guest tickets. If additional guest tickets become available they will be priced at $22.00 (including GST).

  • Can I borrow regalia to take photographs?

    The University is exploring option to make hire services of academic regalia available. More information will be published here when confirmed.

  • Will there be a livestream of the in-person graduation ceremony?

    Yes, a free live stream will be available for any guests who cannot attend the in-person ceremonies. The stream will be available on the Graduations website and a direct link will be emailed to you closer to the event.

  • What merchandise and photo opportunities will be available?

    All traditional merchandise and studio photography will be available on the day, with options to order online in advance or purchase at the venue on your ceremony day. Learn more about photo and merchandise services.

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