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

The registration process

Before you can graduate, you need to register to let us know whether you’re attending a ceremony, not attending or deferring*. Registration is an important step in the graduation process because it allows you to perform critical checks of your details before you graduate.

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.

The Graduations Office will email graduands directly with information about graduation throughout the February – May 2021 period. 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.

Students must be course complete by Wednesday 17 February 2021 in order to graduate in Autumn 2021.

If you are not course complete by this deadline, you will be able to graduate in Spring 2021. If you’re expecting to graduate in Autumn 2021 but are not course complete at least two weeks prior to the deadline, contact your Course Coordinator for further investigation.

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 award name and contact details. 

Autumn 2021 Graduation Registration Deadlines

Graduation registration is due to open in March 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

Do we have your correct name?

We will issue your testamur and other important graduation documents with your full name as it appears in Student Connect. So please check that the spelling of your name, capitalisation and any middle names are recorded correctly.

If you need to make changes to your name for Autumn 2021 graduation, you will need to complete a change of name form. You must submit this form by 5pm on Friday 19 February 2021, and provide certified documentary evidence to AskACU (eg marriage certificate, drivers license, birth certificate, passport).

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 will be issued in late March for Semester 1 graduates and late September for Semester 2 graduates.

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


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