When to apply
To graduate at Monash, you need to apply in your final teaching period.
Apply to graduate as soon as possible
Even if you choose to graduate without attending a ceremony (graduating in absentia), you still need to apply.
Most people want to graduate as soon as they can. If that’s your plan, make sure to apply by your final teaching period. You don't need to wait until you get your results. In fact, it could be too late to apply if your results arrive after graduation applications close.
Explore your options and see the application dates and deadlines on our apply to graduate page.
Your application won't be processed until you’re course completed.
For information on receiving your award certificate and other documents, see how to receive your documents.
If you don’t apply to graduate
If you don’t apply to graduate, you won't have access to your hard copy award certificate (testamur) and official digital graduation documents.
Once you're qualified to graduate, we'll email you at least twice to remind you to apply to graduate.
If you don't apply within a year or so of qualifying to graduate, we'll create an application on your behalf for an upcoming round, to graduate in absentia. We’ll email you to let you know we’ve done so, and provide you with the following options:
- graduate in absentia (without attending a ceremony) – we'll advise you how to arrange to get your award certificate and graduation documents
- change to attending a ceremony
- cancel the application and graduate in a future round.
Please ensure your personal email address is up-to-date in WES, so you receive our email.
Graduating with an alternative exit
You might like to opt for an alternative exit. This usually means taking a lower award such as a graduate diploma or certificate.
First send an enquiry to check whether you're eligible for a course completion with an alternative exit.
Monash Business School students: Use the application for an alternative exit.
If your faculty approves the alternative exit, you can then choose this option in your graduation application.
Course and unit types
- 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 can advise Monash Connect about which option they prefer through our online enquiry form.