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Graduation is an exciting time. It's an opportunity to celebrate all your hard work and achievement. You can choose to attend a graduation ceremony in Australia or overseas.

It's important to understand that graduation is not automatic when you finish your course and you must apply to graduate.

Apply to graduate as soon as possible

Most people want to graduate as soon as they can. To do this, you need to apply in your final teaching period (semester, trimester, term). You don't need to wait until you have your results. In fact, that will be too late for some, who won't receive results until after the graduation applications close.

Make sure you're eligible to graduate

To be eligible to graduate, you also need to have paid any fees or charges owing to the University. You won't be able to get your results or graduate until you've paid all outstanding fees, including library and parking fines. Check your eligibility to graduate.

Even if you don't want to attend a ceremony, you still need to apply by the closing date.

Course completion

Your application to graduate is processed once you are course completed. This isn't the same as finishing your course.

To be course completed, your faculty must:

  1. finalise your marks
  2. check that you have met all the requirements of your course by enrolling in and passing all the required units.

If you're not course completed

If you don't get course completed, it may be because you failed a unit or you didn't take all of the right units to pass the course. In this case, the Graduations Unit will email you to advise that your graduation application will be automatically deferred to the next ceremony round. This gives you a chance to take the failed or missing units in the next teaching period.

Alternative exits

Another option is to take an alternative exit. This is usually taking a lower award such as a graduate diploma or certificate. You'll need to check with your faculty that you're eligible to receive it first, then when you apply to graduate, you can choose the alternative exit option.

Course and award name

When you graduate you'll receive your testamur. This is your certificate showing your qualifications (award). What some students don't realise is that your course name won't necessarily match your award (or qualification) which appears on your certificate. This can depend on your specialisation. ;Some examples include:

Course name: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Award name: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

Course name: Master of Teaching
Award name: Master of Teaching in Early Years and Primary Education

You'll be asked to check that your award title is correct after you apply and about six weeks before your graduation date.

Academic record

When you graduate, you'll receive your graduation documents which include your official academic record, your award certificate and a n Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.

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