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Graduating in absentia

COVID-19 update: October to December graduation ceremomies will not proceed 

Due to COVID-19, October-December ceremonies will not proceed. This means you will automatically graduate in absentia and your degree will be conferred on the same date as your scheduled graduation. Graduating in absentia is the process where you are awarded your award course 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 and receive your graduation documents (testamur and academic transcript).

You will receive a digital version of your graduation documents 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.

Find out more about how we’re managing graduations at this time.

Requesting to graduate in absentia early

If you require your testamur and transcript as early as possible, you can apply to graduate in absentia early. 

There are a few situations where you may want to apply to graduate in absentia early. For example, if you're a graduate seeking professional registration (eg Vet, Dentist, Doctor of Medicine), for a job application, if you're an international student returning home, you'd like to make an 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 2020 have now closed. 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: 15 January 2021

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