Graduation Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to apply for Graduation?
You need to ensure that your course completion date is correct on MyUC. To be assessed for course completion at the end of Semester 1 or Winter 2019 and graduate in the October 2019 ceremonies it should be "MID-2019". To be assessed for course completion at the end of Semester 2 2019 or Summer 2019/20 and graduate in the March/April 2020 ceremonies it should be "END-2019".
If you intend to course complete at the end of Semester 2 2018 or Summer 2018/2019 and did not set your completion date to MID-2018 by Friday, 30th March 2018, you must contact the Student Centre immediately to request to be included in the September ceremony round.
Do I need to buy separate tickets for the Graduation Celebration Function
No. Graduates and their guests enjoy access into the function at immediately following your ceremony. Your guests will need to show their ticket upon entry.
What can I expect at the Graduation Celebration Function?
Immediately following your Ceremony, you and your guests are invited to an exclusive function. More information on this function will be available shortly, and will be sent out to all graduates to share with their guests.
I want to graduate with a subsumable award or from one component of a double degree, what do I do?
You need to contact the Student Centre as soon as possible and indicate your intention to graduate with a subsumable award or one component of your double degree.
When will I know if I am eligible to graduate?
Students who have been identified for graduation at the end of Semester 1 2019 will receive confirmation of their eligibility in July 2019. Students who have been identified for graduation at end of Winter 2018 will receive confirmation of their eligibility shortly after the release of Winter results in August 2018.
What should I do if I am ineligible to graduate?
You should contact the Student Centre. You may then be referred to your course convenor for further advice.
How do I RSVP for the ceremony?
Once you receive an invitation, you will be able to RSVP through the UC Graduation Portal. Please note that the deadline to make changes to your name and award title is 22 February 2019.
Do I have to RSVP if I am not attending the ceremony and wish to graduate in absentia?
It is helpful if you do, but not strictly necessary. You can respond that you wish to graduate in absentia through the UC Graduation Portal.
If we do not receive a response through the Graduation Portal, it will be assumed that you do not wish to attend the ceremony and you will be marked as in absentia.
How do I defer my graduation?
Please email the Student Centre by 25th February 2019 to request a deferment. You cannot defer on MyUC. Please note that if you opt to defer to the next round of ceremonies, these will be in October 2019. Students may only defer their graduation once.
Is there anything that will prevent me from graduating?
Yes, if you have an outstanding debt to the University. For example:
- Unpaid library fines
- Unpaid residential fees
- Unpaid student loan
- Unpaid student fees (including SSAF)
I have not received an invitation for the ceremony, what should I do?
You must contact the Student Centre if you do not receive an invitation by mid February 2019.
Do I need to buy tickets for my guests?
Yes, graduands must purchase guest tickets. Each graduand may purchase up to four tickets initially and then there is the option to purchase more during the second round of ticket sales on a first-come, first-served basis.
How can I get additional guest tickets?
Additional tickets may become available. Please read the ticket information carefully.
How do I arrange my academic dress?
Please see Gowning & Academic Dress for more information.
What time should I arrive at the venue?
Graduands should arrive 1 hour before the commencement of the ceremony. Graduands will need to register with UC staff.
How long are the ceremonies?
The duration of a ceremony depends on the number of graduands being conferred. Ceremonies tend to be 1.5 - 2 hours long.
If I request to graduate in absentia, when will I receive my testamur?
Testamurs for students who have requested to confer in absentia will be available for collection from the Student Centre for a number of days following the ceremonies. Students must present valid photo identification to collect the testamur. Students must also provide authorisation for someone to collect a testamur on their behalf.
Any uncollected testamurs will be sent via Courier. The Graduation Team will contact all graduates via University email and any non-University email registered on the system in order to confirm a suitable mailing address and contact telephone number (note that couriers cannot deliver to PO Boxes). The testamur cannot be posted until your address is confirmed, so please ensure you are monitoring your email account after the ceremony to avoid delays.