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Your guide to graduating checklist

A graduation ceremony is a formal event where your academic achievements are recognised and honoured. Upon graduating, you will receive a formal testamur (certificate).Your guide to graduating will take you through, step-by-step, the graduation process and attendance at the ceremony.

You are responsible for ensuring that you are eligible to graduate and that you receive your testamur. Take the time to prepare to graduate during your final semester to ensure you are eligible to graduate. Once you are eligible and have received your Graduation Invitation, you should follow the steps below.

Check out the Graduation: Time to Celebrate booklet for lots of useful information about your graduation!

Step 1: Accept, defer or decline your Graduation Invitation

You need to confirm with us if you accept, defer or decline your Graduation Invitation -

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.

An administrative charge will be made for any testamur requests made more than 12 months after course completion.

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 and your testamur will not be produced.

For more information, see our accept or decline your invitation web page.

If you register to attend your graduation ceremony, you must complete the following steps:

Step 2: Order your academic regalia

It is compulsory for all graduates to wear academic regalia applicable to the degree they are 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 1 1/2 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 graduate briefing (which takes place in the theatre).

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.

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