When to apply
When to apply to graduate
You don't need to wait for your results to apply to graduate. To graduate at the earliest possible date, apply in your final teaching period (semester, trimester term), before the closing date.
You'll see the closing date, cost and other deadlines when you select a ceremony location. Start with the link below.
Your application won't be processed until you're course completed.
If you miss the deadline to apply to graduate, you can submit a late application online.
You’re not guaranteed a place, but if there is one available, you’ll receive confirmation and be asked to pay the late application fee of $166 - plus the current graduation fee of $235 if attending a ceremony.
If you don't apply to graduate
If you don't apply to graduate, we'll email you at least twice to remind you to make an application. If you're eligible but still don't apply a year after being course completed, you'll be graduated in absentia (without attending a ceremony) and we'll email you about getting your award certificate.
Graduating with an alternative exit
An alternative exit is an official exit point from an award course. This is often in the form of a lower award (e.g. graduate diploma or graduate certificate).
To apply for an alternative exit, first contact your faculty to request a course completion with an alternative exit. Then apply to graduate, choosing the alternative exit option in your application.
Course and unit types
You can apply to graduate from both your bachelor and honours degrees. You don't need to wait until you have completed your honours degree to graduate from your bachelors. Generally, graduands prefer to attend their honours ceremony and have their bachelor's degree awarded in absentia.
If you're graduating with two awards, we'll give you graduation documents for both on stage at your ceremony. To apply, you must complete a single application for the double degree. We'll assign you to the ceremony date for your managing faculty and course.
If you want to have one of your degrees conferred before the other, you'll need to apply twice. Check with your faculty about the rules for your degrees.
You'll need to apply to graduate for each course if you're doing several different courses.
Apply before the application closing date on 15 January to graduate at the next ceremony round. If you don't complete all requirements of your course, you'll be allocated to the following ceremony round.
If a student has passed away, a family member can request a posthumous award. This is subject to approval by University Council.
There are three options:
- graduating in attendance, with a family member representing the deceased student
- graduating in absentia and receiving the award certificate (testamur) in the mail
- family receiving the award from the faculty at a private occasion.
The family need to advise the student's faculty which option they prefer.