All PhD and Research Masters graduates will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony.


All graduates will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony. All graduation matters are managed by the Graduation and Prizes Office.

Graduation ceremonies are normally held in each semester at Callaghan campus and once each year in Ourimbah, Hong Kong and Singapore. The timing of the award of your degree and your location of enrolment will determine which ceremony you are eligible for. The Office of Graduate Studies can provide relevant cut-off dates to help you organise your final submission for a particular graduation ceremony.

If a candidate chooses not to attend a graduation ceremony, the testamur and transcript will be forwarded by registered post as soon as possible after the next ceremony. This is usually 6-8 weeks after the relevant ceremony.

If documents are required prior to the next ceremony a Request for Early Release of Testamur form, along with proof of payment of the associated fee, may be submitted to the Graduation and Prizes Office.

If the testamur and transcript are required for employment or immigration purposes, candidates may apply to the Dean of Graduate Studies for the associated fee to be waived.

Requests for a fee waiver should be sent to and include details of the circumstances that require you to obtain this documentation early.