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Once you have completed your course, your degree will be conferred and you will become an official graduate of the University.

COVID-19 graduations update

2020 graduation ceremonies will not proceed

Despite our most optimistic wishes, unfortunately we will be not be able to host any replacement ceremonies on campus for students graduating 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. At this stage no decision has been made about next year’s cohorts, as we monitor the situation. We share your disappointment about not being able to celebrate at a traditional graduation ceremony in the Great Hall.

All eligible students will have their degrees conferred on the same date as scheduled in 2020 and their graduation documents (testamur and academic transcript) mailed to them.

Online celebration of 2020 graduates

In early September we live streamed a special online event from the Great Hall to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our graduating class of 2020. 

Visit the Graduation 2020 page to watch the recording of the event and view the special messages from the Vice-Chancellor, Deans, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and many more. You can also share the recording, which includes a special musical performance from University graduates The Jezabels, with your friends and family.

Learn more about how you can create your perfect at-home graduation photos using our Instagram filter and purchase your commemorative graduation t-shirt on the Graduation 2020 page.

In addition, we have now published the official Class of 2020 yearbooks online for you to download, print or share with your family and friends. The yearbooks will be available online until Sunday 31 January 2021.

What does this mean for you?

Be assured, if you’re eligible to graduate, the status of your graduation is unaffected. You will automatically 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 do not need to do anything additional in order to graduate in absentia.

You will receive a digital version of your testamur and academic transcript through My eQuals within 2 business days after conferral. Hard copies will be posted within 6 weeks, however, there may be delays with limited staff on campus. We will send you an email with a link to submit your preferred postal address in the coming weeks.

Hire regalia and book a photography experience

To celebrate the completion of your degree, if you are able to visit the Camperdown campus you can hire authentic University of Sydney graduation regalia from USU In addition you can book professional photography through GFP Graduations which provides information on package options.

If you would like to order framing and plaques, you are still able to do this through our partner GFP Graduations. If you're looking to purchase a lasting souvenir, shop online through the USYD Store.

March to June 2021 graduation ceremonies

We are currently looking at all our options for how we manage graduations in 2021. We are closely monitoring the Government's advice, which will inform our decision making.

You should continue to check this page for the latest information and updates about graduation in 2021.

Be assured, the status of your graduation is unaffected. Even if in-person ceremonies are not able to go ahead, you will automatically graduate in absentia, which means your degree will still be conferred on the same date as scheduled and you will receive your graduation documents. You can check the website in late January for the 2021 graduation schedule.

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Last updated: 15 January 2021

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