Your guide to graduating checklist
You are responsible for ensuring you are eligible to graduate and that you receive your testamur. Take the time to prepare to graduate during final semester to ensure you are eligible to graduate. Once you are eligible and have received your Invitation to Graduate, you can then continue to complete this process.
Step 1: Accept, defer or decline your Invitation to Graduate
You need to confirm with us if you accept, defer or decline your Invitation to Graduate -
Accept - this will confirm your attendance at the ceremony ensuring you receive your formal academic testamur
Defer - you can defer your attendance by up to 12 months. You will receive an invitation to the next round of graduation ceremonies
Decline - you will not receive an invitation to graduate at any future ceremonies for your current award. You can choose to have your testamur posted to you or you can collect it from Student Records.
Please note that if you do not respond to your graduation invitation on SIMO by the cut-off date, you will not be eligible to attend any future ceremonies for your current award.
For more information, see our accept or decline your invitation web page.
Step 2: Order your academic regalia
It is compulsory for all graduates to wear academic regalia applicable to your degree being awarded at the ceremony. Place your order online at the regalia ordering portal.
For the regalia ordering cut-off date, see our key dates web page.
Step 3: Collect your tickets and regalia
You need to collect your tickets and regalia from the collection points and on the allocated collection dates.
For more information, see our tickets and venue web page.
Step 4: Attend the ceremony
If you are collecting your graduate ticket on the day of the ceremony, you must arrive at least two hours before your ceremony is due to start.
If you are already in possession of your graduate ticket, you should arrive at least one hour before your ceremony is due to commence for the student briefing (which takes place in the auditorium).
All graduates are photographed while crossing the stage, however if you choose to have additional photographs taken, you will need to allow additional time for this, either before or after your ceremony.
For further details about what to do on the day of your ceremony, photography and on stage procedures, see our attend the ceremony web page.
The length of your graduation ceremony will depend on the number of graduates in attendance but, as a guide, ceremonies last for approximately two hours.
Following your graduation ceremony there will be a 45 minute Toast to Graduates for graduates, guests and staff. Light refreshments will be served.
Step 5: Return your hired regalia
If you have hired your regalia, please ensure you return it to the allocated return point at the graduation venue after the ceremony concludes.
Step 6: Complete the Australian Graduate Survey
All graduates will be asked to complete the Australian Graduate Survey within three to six months of course completion.
For more information, see our Australian Graduate Survey web page.