2021 graduation ceremonies

If you have any questions regarding the information below, please contact the graduation team at graduation@uow.edu.au

2021 Graduation Ceremonies Update

Due to the ongoing lockdown and the continued prevalence of the COVID-19 Delta strain in New South Wales, we are making the necessary arrangements to present graduation safely online in 2021.

The 2021 graduation ceremonies will be live streamed at 6pm (ADST), Thursday 14 October.

All students eligible to participate from the 2020 and 2021 graduating cohorts will be sent additional info, including timings and order of proceedings, and will be invited to upload a photo to be shown during the celebration’s broadcast.

The decision to conduct a virtual ceremony instead of the planned in-person events has been made in the interests of protecting the safety of students, staff and the community while still providing an opportunity to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of graduating students.

All students eligible to participate from the 2020 and 2021 graduating cohorts will be sent additional info in the coming weeks, including dates, timings and order of proceedings.

For further details, please refer to the FAQs below, or read the full media release here.

Graduation Ceremony FAQs

We are planning a graduation ceremony for you that will be broadcast live, though it will include some pre-recorded content. It will be as close to a real graduation ceremony as we can make it:

  • Each graduate’s name will be read out with the degree they are graduating with*,  
  • Each name called will be accompanied with a photograph (which we will ask you to upload as part of the registration process) 
  • There will be congratulatory speeches, and we will also provide a digital version of the graduation booklet as well as some other things to help make the broadcasted graduation ceremony as enjoyable as it can be.

 In the weeks following the ceremonies’ broadcast, recorded versions will be available for you to watch on-demand. 

 *Only students who register to participate in the live online ceremony will have their names read out.

No. There is no charge for graduands or their family/friends to participate in the virtual ceremonies. If you have already paid a graduation fee, you can apply for a refund by emailing graduation@uow.edu.au and attach the invoice/receipt that was attached to your payment confirmation. 

If you want to participate in a traditional in-person ceremony in the future, we can hold on to your payment and apply it to your eventual in-person ceremony.

Yes. An official invitation will be sent to all students who graduated in 2020. In the meantime, all students who have completed their degrees will graduate in absentia, regardless of attendance at a ceremony. Make sure to update your contact details if they have changed since you left UOW. 

Yes. All UOW graduates from the 2020/2021 graduating cohorts will be invited to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

We don’t know when this will be yet, but we do know how important it is that you have an opportunity to come on campus with your friends and family to celebrate your achievements. 

Make sure that your contact details are always up to date so that we can contact you in the future.

You will be sent an email on Wednesday, September 8 with your own personal link to RSVP for your ceremony.

You will have until Monday 20 September to RSVP.

The live online ceremony will be held on Thursday 14 October, and a URL to your ceremony will be emailed to you on Monday 11 October.

Yes. If you can’t join the live stream, don’t worry. Soon after the live-stream ceremony has concluded, we will upload a recording to UOW’s YouTube channel so that you and your family can watch it. We’ll be in touch when it’s uploaded.

We are aiming for 1.5 hours, but it is difficult to know at this stage because registrations are still open. As we get closer to the event, we will know how many names we have to read out and we’ll be able to give a clearer indication.

Remember only the names of graduates registered to participate in the live online graduation ceremony will be read out.

We will only send the broadcast’s URL to graduates who have registered as an attendee. This will be sent on Monday 11 October and will include a separate URL that you can forward to any family and friends who would like to watch from wherever they are.

Yes. All UOW graduates from the 2020/2021 graduating cohorts will receive an invitation to the live streaming of the live ceremony via email on Wednesday 8 September.

If you have already received a hard copy of your testamur you will not receive another. Digital copies can be accessed at any time via your My eQuals account. 

Yes, but not yet. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to provide gowns at the moment. Once current restrictions ease, you will receive an invitation to our ‘Graduation photoshoot week’ where you will be able to borrow a gown at our Wollongong campus so that you can take photos with your family and friends. The exact dates for the Graduation photoshoot week are to be confirmed.

Yes, all students who graduated in 2021 will be invited to attend the live online graduation.

After you register for our live online graduation, you will be able to access the ceremony’s website that will have the downloadable graduation booklet and some other things to make your at-home graduation as enjoyable as it can be.

Yes. We hope you do! We understand the importance of celebrating your achievements with loved ones and on Monday 11 October, we will send you a link to share with family and friends.

The University had to postpone all 2020 and 2021 graduation ceremonies in response to government health advice and restrictions due to COVID-19.

We know that our graduates want an in-person graduation ceremony, so making this decision was difficult and disappointing for all of us, but none more so than for you. Trust us when we say, we have been riding this rollercoaster with you every step of the way!

We understand the importance of formally celebrating graduation and providing the opportunity for our graduates to be acknowledged for their outstanding achievements.

We also recognise that many of our international students may have returned to their home countries since graduating and are not able to attend an in-person ceremony. This live, online ceremony allows the University to celebrate with all our graduates, both in Australia and abroad.

Due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, we don’t know when we will be in a position to hold a large-scale in-person ceremony, so have invited the November cohort to participate in the upcoming ceremony if they want to.

One of the options in the invitation’s RSVP is to register for an in-person ceremony – we just don’t know yet when that will be. As soon as we’re able to schedule a traditional graduation, we will let all of these registrants know.

Currently approx. 11,800 graduates have been affected by graduations having to be cancelled since 2020.

Restrictions are still in place and remain unpredictable, so a lot of our graduates will not be able to attend even if the event were to be held over the coming months.

It has been decided that a live online graduation ceremony for the interim will be the best way to give our graduates a chance to celebrate their achievements with their fellow graduates, with an opportunity to attend an in-person ceremony in the future.

Yes. During the presentation, your highest (most recent) qualification will be announced by the presenter, and both qualifications will be listed in the graduation booklet.

Yes, an email will be sent to your email with a link to register. If you register as an attendee, your name will be read out. If you do not want this, you can still participate by watching as a guest.

Your privacy is important to us, please email graduation@uow.edu.au with your full name and UOW student number, and let us know that you do not want your name published. You will need to do this by Monday 20 September.

Yes. Please email the team at graduation@uow.edu.au to request a refund and attach the invoice/receipt that was attached to your payment confirmation.

We will process your refund within three weeks.