Graduation process

This page outlines the formalities involved with completing your course, such as receiving your graduation documents and attending a graduation ceremony if you wish to. The process varies depending on your qualification.

At the end of your course, check your results to confirm you’ve completed all the required units.

Higher education students (undergraduate, postgraduate and UniLink)

If you’ve completed your course, or you’re likely to complete your course soon, you’ll receive an email from Swinburne Graduations around four weeks before the upcoming round of graduation ceremonies.

Once you receive this email, you’ll need to sign into My graduation and confirm whether you’d like to:

  • attend your upcoming graduation ceremony (or postpone* and attend a later ceremony)
  • receive your graduation testamur in the mail, or
  • collect your graduation testamur in person from Swinburne.

Follow these steps to prepare for your graduation ceremony.

*You can only postpone to attend a later ceremony once.

Studying a master, double degree or untagged degree?

If you're currently enrolled in a master, double degree or untagged degree and wish to graduate with a different award/course, please find out what you need to do before you graduate.

Waiting on your results?

If you’ve almost finished your course, you may receive an email from Swinburne Graduations before your results are released. We encourage you to confirm your graduation option (and organise your regalia and guest tickets if you wish to attend your ceremony) by the due date so that you don't have to wait until the next round of graduation ceremonies if your results show that you are eligible to graduate.

Once your results are released, you can be refunded the cost of guest tickets and regalia hire if your results show that you are not eligible to graduate.

Haven’t heard from us?

If you haven’t received an email from Swinburne Graduations three weeks before the upcoming graduation ceremonies, contact studentHQ.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) students

If you're an OUA student enrolled in a Swinburne course, you will first need to let us know you’re about to finish your course by submitting this Graduation application form.

If you're an undergraduate OUA student, you should confirm your degree admission status prior to applying to graduate. Check your course code and title by logging in to My Enrolment with your SIMS username and password. If you are degree admitted your course title will start with Bachelor, Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate. If you are not degree admitted your course code and title will appear as one of the following:

  • NN-OUASUB Open Learning Australia Single Subject
  • XU-UGUNIT2 Cross institutional undergraduate Lilydale
  • XU-UGUNIT3 Cross institutional undergraduate OUA

If your course is listed as one of these options, you need to apply for degree admission as soon as possible. You can apply as soon as you've passed a minimum of three undergraduate units or equivalent.

Vocational education students

Certificate IV and above 

You will receive your graduation documents in the mail within four weeks of completing your course.

If you would like to attend a graduation ceremony please follow the steps to prepare for graduation.

Certificate III and below

You will receive your graduation documents in the mail.

Graduation ceremonies are not held for Certificate III and below.

Early exit or intermediate qualifications

If you would like to get graduation documents for the lower level qualification you have completed as part of a higher qualification, complete this Graduation application form.

For example, you may wish to get a testamur for the Graduate Diploma that you have completed as part of a Masters qualification.

Get help and advice

If have a question or need help with any aspect of completing your course or graduating, contact studentHQ.

StudentHQ can help you if you haven’t received your graduation documents or need to get replacements.