You’ve come to the end of your course. Now what? Here’s everything you need to know about receiving your documents and registering to attend a graduation ceremony, as well as what to do if you won’t be attending a ceremony or wish to defer*.

The graduation process

Before you can graduate, you need to complete critical checks of your name and course and then register to let us know whether you’ll be attending a ceremony, not attending or deferring*.

Each step below is important and needs to be completed by the deadline to ensure you’re able to graduate and attend a ceremony.

COVID-19 Impacts to Graduation

The COVID-19 pandemic and government regulations to ensure the health and safety of the community continue to impact large gatherings across Australia. We are planning for graduation ceremonies in 2021. These events will be run in accordance with all relevant state and territory COVID-Safe regulations. The nature of the pandemic has meant that government regulations and public health orders can change rapidly. ACU continues to monitor and abide by all public health orders that impact public gatherings. The safety and wellbeing of our graduates, their families, our staff, and our community is our highest priority.

Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled due to the current COVID-19 public health orders in New South Wales and Victoria. We are communicating directly with affected graduates. Please check your ACU email account regularly so that you do not miss important graduation updates.

1. Course completion

Course completion is the process of getting your subjects and results checked to make sure that you have completed all of the requirements of your degree.

You may be identified as potentially eligible for course completion during your final semester of study. A confirmation email will be sent to you and your transcript will be sent to your Course Coordinator to check that you have met the requirements of your degree.

If you have not received an email and intend to complete your course, then you must apply for course completion during your final semester of study.

Course completion deadlines apply. Check the Spring 2021 Graduation – Important Dates.

2. Register to graduate

Once you’ve received confirmation that you are course complete, you will need to register to graduate through Student Connect.

When you register, we’ll ask whether you will be attending your ceremony, not attending or deferring*. You will still need to register even if you don’t plan to attend, as you’ll need to confirm your contact details so we can issue your graduation documents to you.

Graduation registration deadlines apply. Check the Spring 2021 Graduation – Important Dates.

Spring 2021 Graduation – Important Dates

Why are there two conferral rounds?

We know that accessing your graduation documents as quickly as possible is important to you. Having two conferral rounds means that we can issue your official digital graduation documents much closer to when you finish studying. These documents can be used for employment and further study opportunities.

Students from both conferral rounds (July and August) are eligible to attend our Spring graduation ceremonies in October.

Spring 2021 graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled due to the current COVID-19 public health orders in New South Wales and Victoria. We are communicating directly with affected graduates. Please check your ACU email account regularly so that you do not miss important graduation updates.

 

Deadlines for

Conferral Round 1 – July

Deadlines for

Conferral Round 2 – August

COURSE COMPLETION

There are two course completion rounds for Spring 2021 graduation. If you miss Round 1, you can qualify for Round 2 and still be eligible to graduate in Spring 2021. If you miss both deadlines, you will not graduate in Spring 2021.

If you’re expecting to graduate in Spring 2021 but are not course complete at least two weeks prior to the deadline for Conferral Round 2, contact your Course Coordinator for immediate investigation.

9 July 2021

18 August 2021

CONFIRM YOUR NAME

Your official graduation documents will be issued with your full name exactly as it appears in Student Connect. Check that spelling, capitalisation and middle names are recorded correctly.

If changes to your name are required, you must complete and lodge a Change of Name (CN) form with certified documentary evidence (e.g. driver license, birth certificate, passport) to AskACU by the deadline for your conferral round.

9 July 2021

20 August 2021

DIGITAL GRADUATION DOCUMENTS ISSUED

Your official digital graduation documents will be issued to you via My eQuals. An email will be sent to the personal email recorded in Student Connect when your documents are released.

From 26 July 2021

From 6 September 2021

 

GRADUATION CEREMONY REGISTRATION

Register to attend a graduation ceremony or if you don’t wish to attend, confirm your mailing address so your testamur can be posted to you.

 

Graduation ceremony registration is due to open in September 2021. An email notification with instructions will be sent to your ACU email account in the week prior to registration opening. So you do not miss important communications about graduation, ensure that you continue to regularly check your ACU email after completing your course.

Register to graduate via Student Connect

 

GRADUATION CEREMONIES

 

October 2021 – see upcoming ceremonies to view the full schedule

 

HARDCOPY TESTAMURS (CERTIFICATES) ISSUED

Hardcopy testamurs are prepared for the ceremonies. Graduates attending a ceremony will receive their testamur at the ceremony. Graduates who choose not to attend will receive their testamur by registered post after all ceremonies have concluded. See Receiving your testamur for more information.

November 2021

 

Attending your ceremony

Graduation is a special day to share with family and friends. So that you can relax on the big day, prepare in advance by finding out:

  • the schedule of upcoming ceremonies
  • how to order your guest tickets
  • how to arrange your academic gown 
  • what time to arrive 
  • what happens on the day.

Learn more about your graduation ceremony

If you’re not attending

Even if you are not attending your graduation ceremony you’ll need to register to graduate. This allows you to check your award name and contact details, ensuring your graduation documents are sent to your most up-to-date postal address.

Your graduation documents will be sent to you at the conclusion of all graduation ceremonies in the current season.

If you’re deferring 

*The option to defer will not be available to graduands in 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts and restrictions.

If you choose to defer your ceremony, your award will still be conferred at a ceremony in the current graduation period. We’ll then send your testamur to you after all the ceremonies for the current period are over. 

When you register to graduate in Student Connect, select the future semester in which you would like to attend a ceremony. You can then choose to attend one of the graduation ceremonies held in the 12 months after you graduate. You’ll receive an email to your personal email address from our Graduations Office about two months before your nominated ceremony, confirming your attendance and finalising payment of the ceremony fee.

You will need to ensure your mailing address and personal email address are up to date. If your contact details change, please email the Graduations Office.

Receiving your testamur

You will receive a hardcopy and a digital testamur (graduation certificate). Your digital testamur will be issued through the My eQuals portal to your personal email recorded in Student Connect. Digital testamurs are issued shortly after conferral. Check the Spring 2021 Graduation – Important Dates.

If you are attending a ceremony, you will receive your hardcopy testamur at the ceremony. If you are not attending or choose to defer*, you will receive your testamur via registered post to your mailing address recorded in Student Connect. Testamurs are posted after all the graduation ceremonies in the current semester have concluded.

Registered post requires a signature upon delivery. If nobody is available to sign for your testamur, Australia Post will require you to collect your parcel from your local post office. The parcel will only be held at the post office for 7 working days, after which it will be returned to sender. If your parcel is returned to the Graduation Office, a re-posting fee of $15 (domestic) or $25 (international) will be charged for any subsequent postage requests.

It is your responsibility to ensure your mailing address and personal email are correct in Student Connect. If you are an international student returning home to an overseas address, please make sure that all address fields in Student Connect are entered correctly and include a city and a country

 

You might also like

Your graduation

Learn all you need to know about attending your ceremony, including graduation dates and how to arrange tickets for your guests.

On the day

Support after graduation

You'll be able to access our career development services for 12 months after you graduate, and our online job board and career resources for a lifetime.

Access support

Using post nominals

Make sense of post nominals, the letters you can include after your name to let people know what education qualifications you’ve received.

Browse post nominals

Graduation documents

Understand the testamur and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) that you will receive upon graduation and find out how to replace them.

Read more

Have a question?

We're available 9am–5pm AEDT,
Monday to Friday

If you’ve got a question, our AskACU team has you covered. You can search FAQs, text us, email, live chat, call – whatever works for you.

Live chat with us now

Chat to our team for real-time
answers to your questions.

Launch live chat

Visit our FAQs page

Find answers to some commonly
asked questions.

See our FAQs