Your graduation and graduation ceremony

This page will guide you to information and resources about getting ready for graduation, checking your eligibility, and what to do on the day of your ceremony.

About graduation

There are two steps to graduation:

1. The first is the conferral of your degree, after which you become a graduate of UNSW.

2. The second is the graduation ceremony which is a celebration of your achievement.

Find out more about graduation, including graduation contacts, a glossary, and FAQs.

Eligibility to graduate

Progression check 

You can apply for a progression check to find out what courses you need to complete to graduate.

To graduate, you must have completed all the requirements associated with your program, received all your results and not have any outstanding debts with UNSW. 

You are eligible to graduate – and are considered a graduate – once your degree is conferred (awarded). Your conferral date is the date on which that happens. Conferral is separate from the graduation ceremony.

About your graduation ceremony


UNSW holds three graduation ceremony periods in Sydney.   If you are eligible to graduate, you will be notified by email when your ceremony details are available in myUNSW.

  • The schedule of graduation ceremonies has a list of dates.
  • If you can’t attend the ceremony you’ve been allocated, contact UNSW Graduations to ask about changing to another ceremony, or to attend a later round of ceremonies. It may or may not be possible to do this. 

Before and during the ceremony

There are plenty of resources to help you prepare for your graduation ceremony. 

Documents you’ll receive at the ceremony

At your graduation, you will receive your testamur (official degree certificate).

If you can’t attend the ceremony

If you can't attend your graduation ceremony, find out what you need to do and how you can collect your graduation documents. 

After you graduate

Congratulations on your graduation! You are now part of the UNSW alumni family.