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Graduating in absentia

If you’re unable to attend your graduation ceremony, you will graduate in absentia. This means the University will automatically put you forward for conferral, the process where you are awarded your award course at the University.

Your degree will be conferred on the date outlined in your graduation invite.

Receiving your graduation documents

If you RSVP ‘no’ in your invite, your documents will be posted to the preferred address nominated in your Sydney Student account. The documents will be posted within four weeks of conferral. You will receive digital access to your documents within 2 days after conferral.

If you do not RSVP to the invite, we will send your documents to the preferred address nominated in your Sydney Student account. Make sure your address is up to date at least a week before your graduation.

Request to graduate in absentia early

If you know in advance that you will not be able to attend your ceremony you may be able to have your degree conferred by requesting to graduate in absentia early. If you request to graduate in absentia, then you will not be able to attend a ceremony in Sydney.

Here are a few examples of where applying to graduate in absentia early may be of interest.

For graduates seeking professional registration (e.g. Vet, Dentist, Doctor of Medicine), job application, international students returning home, application for further studies, or a visa application.

We will send your documents to the address nominated in your request.


Before you request to graduate in absentia early, you need to have received your completion letter and paid any outstanding debts to the University.

All appeals need to be lodged before your degree is conferred. If you have lodged an appeal, you will need to withdraw from the graduation or conferral process until your appeal is finalised. Find out more information about the appeals process.

When you need to apply

Applications for 2021 are provided in the table below.

You can submit a request to graduate in absentia early through Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, then ‘Assessments’).

You need to submit your request by the request deadlines. We will confer your degree according to the date we receive your request.

Request received by

Conferral date (this date will be printed on your testamur)

Monday 11 January 2021 Monday 25 January 2021
Tuesday 12 January - Monday 8 February 2021 Monday 22 February 2021
Tuesday 9 February - Monday 22 February 2021 Monday 8 March 2021
Tuesday 23 February - Sunday 21 March 2021 Tuesday 6 April 2021
Monday 22 March - Monday 26 July 2021 Monday 9 August 2021
Tuesday 27 July - Monday 23 August 2021 Monday 6 September 2021

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Last updated: 12 July 2021

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