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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.


Graduations are generally held across two rounds each year, based on when you completed your studies (with some exceptions).

When you've met all the eligibility requirements, you'll be allocated to graduate in your faculty or school’s next available ceremony.

If you complete your degree in Semester 1, you'll usually graduate at a ceremony in October (except for Sydney Pharmacy School and Sydney Dental School students, who will graduate the following year).

If you complete your degree in Semester 2, you'll usually graduate at a ceremony in May of the following year (except Doctor of Medicine students, who will graduate in December).

We are exploring ways we might celebrate the achievements of students who were unable to attend graduation ceremonies in 2020. We will be in touch shortly with more information about this.

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, see On the day. 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.

Key information

  • You will be notified about your graduation date by email approximately three to four weeks before your ceremony.
  • All Australian graduation ceremonies occur in the Great Hall and are available to watch on a video live stream.
  • When you confirm your attendance, you will need to pay a graduation fee which covers the end-to-end experience from academic dress hire to post ceremony catering.
  • You will be allocated two guest tickets. There is limited space and we are unable to provide additional guest tickets.
  • All graduands need to arrive at least 90 minutes before the ceremony commences.
  • Your academic dress is available for collection from the USYD Store in the Holme Building. The University of Sydney Union (USU) will send you an email ahead of your ceremony, requesting you book a time for your gowning.
  • You cannot postpone your graduation ceremony. If you're unable to attend, you’ll graduate in absentia on your graduation date.

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Last updated: 30 January 2023

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