If this were any other year, by now you would have already attended your formal Graduation Ceremony to mark the completion of your degree.

Things are different this year and, sadly, we are unable to celebrate your great achievements with you in person. Instead, your degree has been conferred in absentia, and The University of Western Australia would like to share a short video that celebrates your achievements and those of your fellow students.
The WA Premier Mark McGowan, UWA’s Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor and other senior staff and alumni have messages of congratulations for you, acknowledging your accomplishments.

Once this current situation passes, however, you will have two years in which you can return to our campus for an in-person celebration with your loved ones.

We’d love for you to take this chance to reflect on how much you and your mates have achieved in a few short years, especially given the adversity you’ve all faced in 2020. Please share your celebratory images with us on social media by tagging #UWA #UWAgrads #uwastudents.


Everything you need to graduate from UWA

Congratulations! It’s almost time to celebrate your achievements at your graduation. First, you need to apply to graduate, regardless of whether you’ll attend a ceremony or receive your certificate in the mail (graduating in absentia, Latin for in or during one’s absence). Once you’ve applied, we’ll guide you through the steps required. Read on to find out everything you need to know about graduating at UWA.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have had to postpone face-to-face graduation ceremonies scheduled for July 2020. Students who are eligible to graduate will be graduated in absentia (without being present) at the first available date after their completion is confirmed and invited to attend a ceremony of their choosing within the next two years once gathering are permitted again.

Your hardcopy award certificate will be posted to your semester address in studentConnect within a week of your in absentia graduation date. Certificates are posted by registered post within Australia, and DHL Courier for overseas, so allow at least 10 working days for delivery. You will also receive a digital testamur and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement via My eQuals within 48 hours of your in absentia conferral.

This decision has been made to ensure that our graduates are able to receive their confirmation of completion and continue with their career planning, while also recognising the importance of being able to have friends and family attend the face-to-face graduation ceremony event as a celebration, at a later time. Our highest priority is the safety of our staff, students, and the wider community.

Important dates

There are a few important dates to be mindful of to make sure you can graduate on time.

Nominated completion period: When you enrol, you’re asked to nominate when you plan on completing your course. This lets us know when to send you an invitation to graduate.

Apply to graduate: When we send you an invitation to graduate, it’s important you apply on studentConnect before the deadline.

Confirmation of attendance: If you apply to graduate at a ceremony, we’ll send you another email to confirm the date and time of your ceremony, and ask you confirm that you’re able to attend.

Course completion: Your course needs to be completed by this date for you to be eligible to graduate – it can be affected by cross-institutional studies or and studying overseas in your last semester.

PhD or master's by research students: You must submit final version documents to the Graduate Research School before Friday 19 June 2020 to be eligible for the July 2020 In Absentia graduation conferral. Once your thesis has been classified as 'passed' or 'passed subject to correction', contact the Graduations team via askUWA.



July 2020 In Absentia Conferral (Face-to-Face Ceremonies Cancelled) Date
Nominated completion period Mid 2020
Apply to graduate Monday 27 April to Friday 15 May 2020 
Results release
Course completion requirements must be met
Friday 10 July 2020
In Absentia Conferral  Monday 27 July 2020 
December 2020 ceremonies Date
Nominated completion period End 2020
Apply to graduate Thursday 27 August to Wednesday 23 September 2020
Confirmation of attendance Thursday 1 October to Thursday 15 October 2020
Results release Friday 27 November 2020
Course completion requirements must be met Monday 30 November 2020
Graduation ceremonies in Winthrop Hall Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 December 2020

Draft ceremony configuration coming September 2020.

In absentia conferral of awards

Conferral date Apply to graduate by Course completion requirements must be met by
Monday 27 July  2020 24 May 2020
10 July 2020
Monday 31 August 2020 31 July  2020 31 July  2020
Tuesday 29 September 2020 31 August 2020 31 August 2020
Monday 26 October 2020 29 September 2020 29 September 2020
Monday 30 November 2020 26 October 2020 26 October 2020
Monday 14 December 2020 30 November 2020 30 November 2020

Important steps

Watch our video to find out what’s involved in graduating from the University and visit our other pages to make sure you're fully prepared.



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