Graduation on the Sydney Campus
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28 July 2021
Due to the current NSW current Public Health Orders and the extension of the current lockdown until at least 28 August, it is not possible at this time to provide an update on when we will be able to proceed with rescheduling the 24 June ceremonies. Further information will be provided as soon as practicable and again thank you for your patience and understanding.
24 June 2021 Ceremonies
Due to the rapidly changing situation relating to COVID-19 in greater Sydney and a range of increasing restrictions and measures being introduced from 4:00PM Wednesday, 23 June, the University has regrettably decided not to proceed with the graduation ceremonies scheduled for Thursday 24th June.
This decision has been taken having regard to current NSW Public Health advice, the growing number of cases, number of exposure sites and the paramount importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our graduates, students, staff and guests.
The University understands that this news is disappointing for all involved and we acknowledge that many graduates and guests had made arrangements to be able to attend. We share in this disappointment and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.
Further information about rescheduling these ceremonies will be provided as soon as we are able to arrange these important milestone celebrations.
- Academic Regalia: Graduates who hired their regalia through Regalia Craft and have collected it are requested to hold on to it until further notice. Once decisions have been made regarding the ceremonies, further information will be provided (including details regarding returns, refunds, etc.). Any specific questions should be directed to Regalia Craft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tickets: Graduates and their guests are requested to hold on to the physical tickets which were issued for the 24 June ceremonies.
Thank you again for your understanding and should you have any questions please contact email@example.com.
2021 Farewell Addresses
At each graduation ceremony, the graduate with the highest Weighted Average Mark in attendance is invited to present the Farewell Address on behalf of all the graduates at that ceremony.
For the 2021 ceremonies, Farewell Addresses were presented by:
June 9 Ceremonies
9:00 AM: Emma Kohen (Bachelor of Arts) on behalf of the 2020 graduates from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Philosophy &Theology.
1:00 PM: Madeleine Goodsir (Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Arts) on behalf of the 2020 graduates from the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Nursing.
5:00 PM: Alexander Du Maurier (Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Bachelor of Commerce) on behalf of the 2020 graduates from the School of Business and 2021 graduates from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Law.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
2020 & 2021 Graduation Ceremony Times and Livestream Links
We are pleased to advise that in-person graduation ceremonies for those students who graduated in March 2020 and March 2021 are taking place in Sydney Town in June.
Higher Degree by Research graduates should attend the ceremony applicable to their Faculty and School.
*2020 Graduates are those who had their award conferred on 30 March 2020. The 2021 Graduates are those who had their award conferred on 29 March 2021.
- RSVPs for graduates to attend these ceremonies have now closed
- The ceremonies will be filmed. Graduates, guests, and staff who are unable to attend the ceremonies will be able to watch them via live stream, and can download them afterwards. Links are available in the Ceremony Schedule above.
- Any graduate who wishes to provide phonetic pronunciation of any part of their name is asked to email email@example.com by no later than 4 June 2021, including their name, phonetic pronunciation, and University ID.
- Any graduate or guest who requires accessibility support at a ceremony should contact the Graduation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- These ceremonies were originally postponed due to COVID-19, with the current NSW Public Health Orders being taken into consideration when re-scheduling them.
- Graduates and their guests should not attend a ceremony if they:
- Are experiencing any flu-like symptoms
- Are awaiting results of a test for COVID-19
- Have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test
- Have, in the past 14 days, returned from overseas, or any other location which is the subject of an NSW Public Health Order
- Appropriate physical distancing should be maintained at the ceremonies.
- Sydney Town Hall has a number of protocols in place, including the provision of sanitising stations, increased cleaning, signage, QR Codes, designated seating / seating limits, etc.
- 2021 graduates in attendance at their ceremony will be presented with their physical testamur by the Chancellor. Graduates who are not attending will have their testamur mailed out after the ceremonies have concluded, or they can collect them from on-campus (Broadway).
- 2020 graduates were sent their physical testamurs late last year. 2020 graduates attending their ceremony are requested to bring their testamur (in its folder) with them to carry with them as they walk across the stage and for photos in their regalia.
- Graduates will be able to invite two guests to attend their ceremony in person and due to on-going restrictions, additional guest tickets will not be available. Other friends and family will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream.
- Tickets for graduates and guests will be distributed when graduates collect their regalia (refer ‘Academic Regalia’ below). Final graduate seat numbers will be assigned 24 hours ahead of the ceremony, with graduates receiving a text and being asked to complete a final event registration.
- Now that the ceremonies have been finalised, Regalia Craft will automatically assign graduates to the correct ceremony date. There is no need for graduates to advise if their ceremony is taking place on 9 or 24 June.
- Regalia will be available for collection from the ground floor of NDS15 (29-35 Shepherd Street, Broadway) on Fri 4, Sat 5, Mon 7, Tue 8, and Sat 19 June from 8:30 – 5:30
Graduation Items & Mementos
- Please refer to the Graduation Items & Mementos section further down this page for details of the various suppliers and special offers to help make your graduation ceremony even more special.
We will continue to provide further details regarding the ceremonies on this webpage, and should you have any queries, please contact the Graduation team at email@example.com.
Virtual Graduation Ceremonies 29 March 2021
Congratulations to the students who had their awards conferred at a series of virtual conferral ceremonies on Monday, 29 March 2021.
Ceremony 1 – School of Arts & Sciences
Ceremony 2 – School of Business & Law
Ceremony 3 – School of Education
Ceremony 4 – School of Education and School of Philosophy & Theology
Ceremony 5 – School of Nursing
Ceremony 6 – School of Nursing and School of Medicine
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 each ceremony. To assist in complying with COVID-19 restrictions, Graduation Photography are offering a pre-order service through their website: 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 https://ambassador.com.au/product-category/university-of-notredame-australia/.
Jackson Frames provide a range of frames for your testamur. Further details are available under the same link as Graduation Photography (http://www.jacksonframes.com.au/index.php?route=product/category&path=59_92).
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.