Once you have completed your course, your degree will be conferred and you will become an official graduate of the University.
If you are in Victoria and are unable to travel to Sydney for your graduation ceremony on Monday 31 May or Wednesday 2 June due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, please let us know by making an online enquiry.
On the enquiry page, select ‘ceremony schedule questions’ from the dropdown menu and let us know you are unable to attend the ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions and would like a full refund. After you’ve submitted the enquiry, please allow up to 3 weeks for your refund to be processed.
Be assured that the status of your graduation is unaffected. You will graduate in absentia, which means your degree will still be conferred on the same date as scheduled and you will officially become a graduate of the University of Sydney. You will also be invited to attend a graduation ceremony in person in Semester 2 (October - December). Invitations will be sent out three or four weeks before your ceremony.
You will still be able to stream your graduation ceremony. Find out more information about this on our Graduation Schedule page.
In person graduation ceremonies will commence from April 2021 with COVID safety practices in place. The ceremonies will be held at the Great Hall and available to watch on a video live stream. In the event of a COVID outbreak where public health orders or Government restrictions prevent the ceremonies from going ahead, the cancelled ceremonies will not be rescheduled.
Find out everything you need to know before the ceremony, including how to RSVP to your invitation, on our ‘Prepare for graduation page’. For information on how graduation ceremonies will be run during this time, including how COVID safe practices will be implemented, visit our ‘On the day’ page. If you are unable to make it to your graduation, you will graduate in absentia and your degree will be conferred on the date outlined in your graduation invite.
Unfortunately we will be not be able to host any replacement ceremonies on campus for students who graduated in 2020. While we are aware that there are changing health guidelines regarding gatherings in New South Wales, replacing all events that have been cancelled due to COVID-19 will not be possible.
In early September we live-streamed a special online event from the Great Hall to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our students who completed their studies in Semester 2 2019, and Semester 1 2020. If you missed the event, you can watch it here.