Graduation on the Sydney Campus
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Applications are now open for Graduation March 2021!
March 2020 Graduate Update
In early 2020, the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic meant that we were unable to hold a physical ceremonies for the students who were due to graduate on 30 March 2020. As a result, these students graduated in absentia.
At the time, we earnestly hoped that circumstances would improve sufficiently to allow for the possibility of ceremonies being held later in 2020 so that we could personally celebrate our graduates’ achievements with them and their guests. Unfortunately, due to on-going restrictions, this was not possible. As such, we made the difficult decision to cancel the graduation ceremonies.
As a result, in November 2020 we mailed the physical testamurs to those graduates who had not already requested theirs, and we are regularly liaising with the NSW Department of Health on updating public health orders, and will certainly advise when we have any news or developments on accommodating the March 2020 graduates at a future ceremony where they can be formally presented with their testamur (N.B. all graduates have already received their digital testamur, transcript, and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) via My eQuals).
Additionally, in November 2020 our academic wear provider, Regalia Craft, commenced issuing refunds for all regalia hired for the March 2020 graduation ceremonies (including refunds of any cancellation fees previously retained). Regalia Craft have advised that all refunds should be completed by the end of December 2020, and unless otherwise advised, they will be refunding to the original account from which the payment was made. All questions regarding regalia, including advising of updates to credit card details, should be directed to Regalia Craft, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the graduation team at Sydney.Graduation@nd.edu.au.
A message from the Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Campbell, to the Sydney Campus March 2020 Graduates
Graduation Mass details
The annual Graduation Mass is an important aspect of graduation.
We are pleased to confirm that the Principal Celebrant for this year’s Graduation Mass will be Bishop Richard Umbers, Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney. Bishop Umbers has a long association with Notre Dame, and we are delighted that he is available to celebrate this special Mass for you, our graduands.
Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney (opposite Hyde Park on College Street)
- Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the maximum capacity of St. Mary’s Cathedral is 300 persons. As such, registration to attend (on a “first come” basis) by Friday, 20 November is essential.
- All students who have applied to graduate in March 2021 have been sent an invitation via email (to their student email address) to register for the Graduation Mass, as have those students who have not yet applied to graduate, but whose academic record indicates that they are nearing the end of their studies.
- If you have not received an invitation, but believe you are eligible to graduate, please contact the Graduation team at email@example.com.
- Given the current capacity of St. Mary’s Cathedral, at this stage graduands are unable to bring guests to the Graduation Mass. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.
- The Graduation Mass will be live streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.
Graduation Ceremonies 2021
Our graduation ceremonies are currently scheduled to take place at Sydney Town Hall on Monday, 29 March 2021. Further updates will be provided in early 2021, taking into consideration any pandemic-related restrictions, etc. which may impact the format, etc. of the ceremonies.
Applying to Graduate
Applications to graduate on the Sydney Campus in March 2021 are now open. Applications received by 1 November 2020 will be reviewed ahead of the release of grades in December 2020, with those received after this time being assessed early in 2021. The last day to apply to graduate is 17 January 2021.
Applying is easy, with the How to Apply to Graduate guide providing full details.
- Graduation is NOT an automatic process, and you cannot graduate unless you formally apply. If you are due to complete your studies at the end of this year, or in Summer Term 2021, you are encouraged to apply now to graduate in March 2021.
- Please contact your School should you have any questions regarding whether you will be able to complete the academic requirements of your current program to be able to graduate in March.
- If you have already completed your studies (in Semester 1 / Winter Term 2020) and have since applied to become ‘Program Complete’ please refer to Step 8 in the How to Apply to Graduate guide and follow the instructions to view your current graduation status.
- If you are not due to complete your studies until Semester 1 2021 (or later), please do not apply to graduate at this stage. Our March 2021 graduation is only open to students who are due to complete their studies by the end of Summer Term 2021.
- If you are completing your studies in Summer Term 2021, you will need to be enrolled in courses which conclude by the end of the standard Summer Term period (i.e. by 5 February 2021) to be eligible to graduate in March.
If you are planning to attend your ceremony, you will need to wear full academic regalia appropriate to your degree. Regalia Craft are the University’s supplier of regalia and have details of the full academic wear appropriate to your degree. If you are receiving more than one award, the regalia of the higher of the two awards should be worn.
All orders to either hire or purchase regalia need to be made through the Regalia Craft website, www.academicwear.com.au by filling out their online form.
If you have applied to graduate, please order your regalia, even if your results have not yet been finalised. If you end up being ineligible to graduate, a refund can be organised.
Graduation Information Handbook
Majors / Minors / Specialisations
If your program has provision for Majors, Minors, or Specialisations, it is your responsibility to ensure that they have been recorded correctly. These can be viewed in Student Centre, under Student Centre, and then selecting ‘My Academics’ (under Academics). Any recorded Majors, Minors, or Specialisations will be listed under ‘My Program’ on the far right hand side.
More detailed instructions are available via the link: Majors-Minors-Specialisations.
Should you need to update any Majors, Minors, or Specialisations, please complete a Change of Course form as a matter of urgency, and by no later than 17 January 2021.
You can check your graduation status in Student Centre under:
- Student Centre > Self Service > Degree Progress/Graduation > View Graduation Status.
The possible Graduation Statuses are:
- Degree Awarded: The academic requirements of your program have been met, and so you are eligible to graduate. Congratulations!
- Applied for Graduation: Your application to graduate is still under assessment. Please contact your School, or firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions, and keep checking back for future updates.
- Program in Review: Your application to graduate is still under assessment. Please contact your School, or email@example.com should you have any questions, and keep checking back for future updates.
- Denied: Unfortunately, the academic requirements of your program have not been met, and so you are not currently eligible to graduate. Please contact your School to discuss.
Official Academic Documents
The University is now issuing digital versions of Academic Transcripts and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statements (AHEGS) to graduands through My eQuals.
My eQuals is a secure platform used by all universities in Australia and New Zealand to issue and authenticate academic records in a digital format. You can use My eQuals to safely share your digital documents with anyone you choose, such as employers, universities, and other parties. Further information is available in the My eQuals information flyer.
Whenever an academic document is uploaded to My eQuals, you will receive an email from My eQuals to your ND email account. You will need to complete a registration with My eQuals the first time a document is uploaded, and for subsequent ones you will need to simply log in. Further details can be found in the My eQuals Registration & Login Process document.
Upon graduation you will receive a hard copy testamur.
Both the Graduation Mass and Ceremonies will have accessible seating available and wheelchair access for those who need it.
If you personally require accessible seating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to make suitable arrangements.
Should any of your guests require accessible seating, upon arrival, simply approach one of one of the friendly Notre Dame staff helpers who will be outside the venue greeting all guests. Please let them know if any of your guests require assistance and they will contact a dedicated staff member to assist your guests with gaining entry to the Cathedral or Town Hall and arrange a seat for them in our accessible seating section. Please contact email@example.com should you have any questions, or if you or your guests have any other access requirements.
Graduation Items & Mementos
A range of items to commemorate your graduation will be available in the Lower Town Hall after your ceremony. Below are some details of the suppliers we use, with some of them offering substantial discounts if you pre-order before your ceremony:
Graduation Photography provide a range of ceremony and portrait photography services, and their staff will take a photo of each graduand as they are presented with their award by the Chancellor. They will also be doing studio photography in Lower Town Hall after your ceremony. Their website is www.GraduationPhotography.com.au/UND
Ambassador Productions provide a range of commemorative plaques which can be made as a replica of your testamur. Their website is www.ambassador.com.au/notredame.
Jackson Frames provide a range of frames for your testamur. Further details are available under the same link as Graduation Photography (www.GraduationPhotography.com.au/UND).
The ever-popular NDA Store will be offering a range of Notre Dame merchandise which you will be able to purchase on the day.
As well as academic regalia, Regalia Craft also have a range of commemorative graduation bears which can be purchased when you collect or return your regalia.