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Prepare for graduation

If you're attending a graduation ceremony, there's some important arrangements you need to make beforehand. Follow these steps to get ready.


If you're not attending a ceremony, you'll be able to respond 'no' to your graduation invitation. You won't need to pay the graduation fee. Closer to the date of the ceremony, we'll send an email to your personal email address asking you to confirm your postal address to send your graduation documents.



We'll email your invitation

We'll send your ceremony invitation to your University email account.

  • For Semester 1 ceremonies, this will be about six – seven weeks before your ceremony.
  • For Semester 2 ceremonies, this will be about five – six weeks before your ceremony.

Your UniKey will be reactivated in time so that you can access Sydney Student to reply to your invitation. 


Reply to your invitation

When you receive your invitation, you'll need to reply in Sydney Student (go to 'My Studies', 'Assessments', then 'confirm your graduation attendance details').

As part of your reply, we'll ask you to provide and review important graduation information, including any accessibility requirements.

It's essential you complete this as soon as possible. Unfortunately, as capacity of the Great Hall is limited, you won't be able to indicate that you'll be attending your ceremony once capacity is reached. This may be before the deadline to reply to your invitation.

If you're unable to log in to Sydney Student read our advice about password management. If you still need help, contact ICT.


Pay your graduation fee

You'll be prompted to pay a graduation fee of $165 once you reply to your graduation invite. You can pay using Mastercard, Visa, American Express and JCB. 

The fee covers:

  • academic dress hire, including a trencher hat for you to keep
  • tickets for two guests to attend the ceremony
  • entry and light refreshments at the graduation reception for yourself and your two guests
  • a graduation program
  • a digital download of your stage photo.

You can read and acknowledge the refund terms and conditions in Sydney Student before paying the fee.

We recommend you pay as soon as possible as your place at the ceremony is not reserved until we’ve received payment. You'll receive a confirmation email and payment receipt. If you don’t receive either of these once you’ve paid, let us know by submitting an online enquiry


Register for your digital tickets

You’ll receive an email about two to four weeks before your graduation ceremony, inviting you to register for your digital tickets. If you replied after the deadline, you’ll receive your email to register for digital tickets one week before your graduation ceremony.

After you've received your email, you will be able to register for your ticket, and up to two guest tickets, through the Graduations portal using your student ID.

  • You'll receive an SMS one day before your ceremony to collect your graduate ticket.
  • Guest tickets will be sent to the email address you provide.

On the day of your graduation ceremony, bring your tickets in digital or print form.


Book your academic dress

The University of Sydney Union (USU) will send you an email ahead of your ceremony, requesting you book a time to collect your gown from the USYD Store in the Holme Building.

When booking, they will confirm your degree title, graduation date and time and coordinate the hood colours as per University dress standards. See the USYD Store website for more information.

Your academic dress is supplied as part of your graduation fee.

Guests and children

You’ll be allocated two guest tickets for the Great Hall. Unfortunately, additional guest tickets aren’t available due to capacity restraints. 

If you have additional guests, they'll be able to watch the ceremony live stream.

Small children are welcome to attend the ceremony and can sit on the lap of an adult without needing a ticket. If they need their own seat, they’ll need to take one of your allocated guest tickets. There is no child care available for the graduation ceremonies. We’re unable to accommodate prams inside the Great Hall but they can be left just outside the entry doors adjoining the Hall or in the Ante room adjacent to the Hall.

Travel arrangements

We will not be able to confirm your ceremony time and date until you receive your invitation and RSVP ‘attending’, so please make sure any plans made for your graduation before then (including travel arrangements for overseas family and friends) are flexible.

If your guests are applying to travel from overseas and you have not received your ceremony invitation, we can provide you with a letter to confirm that the University supports the attendance of friends and family at graduation ceremonies. You will need submit a request for letter form (pdf, 505KB), including the information you need, purpose and recipient of the letter. 

We do not accept any responsibility for any arrangements that you, your family or friends make for your graduation.

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Last updated: 02 June 2023

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