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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

Semester 2 graduation ceremonies update

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions have been put in place for events in New South Wales. We are following advice from NSW Health and taking the necessary steps to help contain the spread of the virus and protect the health of our staff and students, and the broader community.

Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision that in person graduation ceremonies scheduled for Semester 2, 2021 will take place remotely. 

We share your disappointment in not being able to celebrate at a traditional graduation ceremony, however, the safety and wellbeing of our graduates, their families, our staff, and our community is our highest priority. Find out more information about what this means for you.

Online graduation ceremony

Graduation is a significant milestone in your University experience, so we have planned something special to help you celebrate with your cohort and family and friends. We will be holding an online graduation ceremony later in the year to celebrate your achievements and will email you before then with more information. 

Graduation status

Please 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 proposed date as listed on the conferral schedule page and you will officially become a graduate of the University of Sydney.

You will receive a digital version of your documents 2 business days after conferral. Hard copies will be posted within 4-6 weeks, however there may be delays with limited staff on campus. Please ensure your preferred address details are up-to-date by completing the preferred mailing address form by 6 October.

PhD and Doctoral Students

While it will not be possible to reschedule all Semester 2 2021 ceremonies due to our limited capacity and availability of University spaces, it’s our intention to invite PhD and Doctoral students to attend an in-person graduation ceremony in Semester 1, 2022, pending public health orders and advice from the NSW Government.

The ceremony will take place between March to June. You will be sent a graduation invitation about three to four weeks before your ceremony. This will confirm your graduation time, date and location. Find out more about how to prepare for graduation on our website.

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Last updated: 27 September 2021

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