2021 graduation ceremonies

UOW is very pleased to advise we are working to return in-person graduation ceremonies from July 2021. Ceremonies will include many elements of a traditional graduation, with COVID safe practices in place.

July ceremonies

To be held between 21 and 23 July 2021

  • Faculty of Business and Law (BAL) 
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) 

ceremony compositions by course

November ceremonies

To be held between 2 and 4 November 2021

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) 
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH)

Details about December ceremonies will be provided in the second half of this year. Only students who apply for Spring 2021 conferral will be able to attend a ceremony in December.

Your graduation day - how to prepare and what to expect

We’ve put together a list of what you can do in preparation for your graduation ceremony, as well as what to expect on the day. This page contains important information, and we recommend you read it thoroughly.

Your graduation day

Further information

Updates will be provided on this website, so please check back regularly. 

If you have any questions, please contact the graduation team via graduation@uow.edu.au 

How to apply

How to apply to graduate 

Students who apply to graduate in 2021 will follow the normal graduation application procedure. All communications will be through SOLSMail, and listed under the ‘Graduation Confirmation and Eligibility’ section in SOLS. Information about your ceremony will be available in SOLS approximately one month prior to the ceremonies. Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your proposed ceremony, and double check your personal details again. 

July ceremonies

  • Faculty of Business and Law (BAL) 
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) 

Registration and payment has now closed.

November ceremonies

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) 
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH) 

Registration has now closed. Registered graduates will be advised via email when payment of the $160 graduation fee is required.

graduation fee information

About the ceremonies

Under current planning and in line with NSW Health guidelines, graduates who attend a ceremony may:

  • receive up to two (2) guest tickets, so they can celebrate this milestone with loved ones
  • wear official academic dress including trencher (hat) or bonnet (PhD students), which they will keep
  • hear their name announced*
  • walk across the stage
  • have a photo opportunity
  • receive a graduation booklet
  • have an opportunity to take photos on campus, pre or post event.

*Please note that only graduates in attendance will have their name announced.

COVID safety requirements

To ensure we can deliver the safest possible in-person experience, the most up-to-date COVID safety requirements will be in place. Under current restrictions this means:

  • maximum occupancy limits for the venue will apply
  • physical touching within the ceremony (eg. handshakes) will not be possible
  • a post ceremony reception will not be held

Venue

Graduation ceremonies will be held in the University Hall on Wollongong campus.

Academic dress/ gown

Graduates are welcome to purchase their own academic dress/ gown should they not wish to hire it. Refer to the Unishop website for more details. 

Live stream

All ceremonies will also be available to watch via live stream either on campus at one of our indoor or outdoor locations, or from home via this website. More information is available on the your graduation day webpage.

Graduation fee

A graduation fee of $160 (inc. GST) will apply to all graduates who elect to attend a ceremony. The fee includes: 

  • hire of academic dress 
  • trencher or bonnet (to keep) 
  • up to two (2) guest tickets 
  • graduation booklet
  • gown laundering 
  • additional COVID-Safe cleaning between ceremonies 

COVID-19 contingencies

UOW may be required to amend the planned ceremonies should public health orders and government advice change. The following scenarios may be implemented should the need arise. Should any of these scenarios be activated, graduates will be contacted as soon as possible. 

 

RestrictionsChanges to graduation ceremonies
Slight to moderate increase If restrictions on social distancing and indoor gatherings increase, ceremonies may still proceed as described above but guest attendance may be reduced to one (1) per graduate, or guests may be invited to watch by live stream only. 
Significant increase If restrictions are put in place which do not allow for public gatherings, ceremonies may proceed with only the UOW staff academic procession in attendance and live streamed to graduates and guests. The intention is that official speeches and announcement of names will still occur.
Extreme increase/ lockdown

Should a lockdown occur and government health advice permit, the University’s preference is for a limited capacity ceremony live stream where graduate names can be announced. 

However, should government health advice prevent ceremonies proceeding in this limited capacity, they may need to be cancelled.

If a ceremony needs to be cancelled, a refund will be provided.

Frequently asked questions (all graduates)

2021 graduates should also refer to the usual graduation FAQs for further information.

The safety of graduates, guests and staff is our top priority. UOW will follow advice and guidelines from health and government authorities to ensure a COVID safe event. 

The following measures will be in place at all ceremonies:

  • Limited venue capacity based on NSW Health guidelines
  • Hand sanitiser required upon entry 
  • QR code check-in required upon entry 
  • Wearing of face masks is recommended
  • Guests and graduates are asked to stay home if unwell

UOW has put together a number of possible ceremony scenarios which could be implemented should NSW public health orders and government advice change.

UOW will advise all registered graduates as soon as possible of the need to amend ceremonies and/or reduce guest tickets.  

Only graduates who are in attendance will have their names announced. UOW does not present in absentia for graduates who are unable to attend.

Both 2020 and 2021 graduates are being offered the same in-person graduation experience. All graduates are required to pay the $160 graduation fee, regardless of the year they graduate/graduated. 

Graduates can purchase their own academic dress. Refer to the Unishop website for more details.

Unfortunately, due to COVID safe occupancy limits we are unable to accommodate more than 2 guests per graduate.  

All ceremonies will be available to watch via live stream, so your family and friends can also share in your celebration from afar. Information about how to access live streams will be available on this page closer to the events.  

Unfortunately we are unable to defer your attendance at a graduation ceremony beyond 2021. This includes students who are currently outside Australia (offshore).

Graduates will be allocated to a ceremony based on their faculty and degree awarded, and will not be able to swap ceremonies or attend a ceremony for another faculty.

2020 graduates

Any graduates who were unable to attend an in-person ceremony in 2020 due to COVID-19 but wish to attend one are only able to do so in July or November 2021.

2021 graduates

Students who apply to graduate in 2021 are only able to attend the ceremony allocated to them based on the time they apply for conferral.

Autumn 2021 conferral
Ceremony monthFaculty
July 2021
  • Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Faculty Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS)
November 2021
  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH)
Spring 2021 conferral
Ceremony monthFaculty
December 2021
  • Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Faculty Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS)
April 2022
  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH)

Graduates will be allocated to a ceremony based on their faculty and degree awarded, and will not be able to swap ceremonies or attend a ceremony for another faculty.

July ceremonies include graduates from:

  • Faculty of Business and Law (BAL)
  • Faculty Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS)

November ceremonies include graduates from:

  • Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH)
  • Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health (SMAH)

This is the usual allocation and timings for graduation ceremonies and is the same as it was pre COVID-19.

If you are currently located outside of Australia (offshore), you may not be able to attend an in-person ceremony in Australia, as international borders remain closed and entry to Australia remains strictly controlled. You can find out more about travel restrictions and coming to Australia on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Unfortunately we are unable to defer your attendance at a graduation ceremony.

All registered attendees will be notified of their ceremony allocation approximately one month prior to the ceremony dates.

2020 graduates will be sent an email to the address used for your registration. 

2021 graduates will receive notification via SOLSMail, and also under the ‘Graduation Confirmation & Eligibility’ section in SOLS.

Information about what to expect on the day of your ceremony, as well as how to prepared, can be found on the your graduation day page.

Graduation ceremonies can take between 1.5 and 2 hours, depending on the number of students in each ceremony.

If you wish to attend your scheduled graduation ceremony, it might be possible for you to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa or a Bridging Visa for International students. Find out more via the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you do not want your information published in the graduation booklet, graduation roll on the UOW website, or in any media related to graduation, please contact the graduation team at least one week prior to your graduation ceremony. All efforts will be made regarding your request.

Phone: +61 2 4221 3733
Email: graduation@uow.edu.au

Frequently asked questions (2020 graduates)

UOW acknowledges that 2020 was a difficult year for all students, including graduates. Many graduates were extremely disappointed they were unable to attend an in-person graduation ceremony in 2020. 

UOW committed to providing 2020 graduates the opportunity to celebrate their achievements by attending an on-campus celebration, and so we are very pleased to be able to provide them with this opportunity. We very much looking forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduates in person this year. 

Registration is now closed.

Should you wish to cancel your registration, please email your request to the graduation team at graduation@uow.edu.au.

Only graduates who register and pay the graduation fee will be allocated to a ceremony. 

Graduates attending a July ceremony are required to register and pay by 30 May 2021. 

Graduates attending a November ceremony are also required to register by 30 May 2021. Payment details and deadlines will be communicated via email closer to the ceremony date.  

Ceremonies have limited capacities to ensure we meet COVID safe occupancy limits. Requests for late registration will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Email graduation@uow.edu.au to enquire if late registration is available following the close of registration on 30 May 2021.

If you’ve purchased your own academic dress and would like to wear it on the day, you are able to do so.  

Please note if you choose to wear your own gown, you are still required to pay the full graduation fee. 

Graduates receive one copy of their hardcopy testamur, so you will not receive it again in 2021. Your digital academic documents are available through My eQuals, and other official documentation is also available to purchase. 

Graduates who attend an in-person ceremony in 2021 will receive a trencher or bonnet (which they will keep) as part of the official academic dress for the graduation ceremony. 

All graduates will receive a new trencher or bonnet on the day of their graduation ceremony. You are not required to bring the trencher or bonnet you received in your gift pack.

To unsubscribe, 2020 graduates can email the graduation team at graduation@uow.edu.au with the subject line ‘unsubscribe request’. 

Graduation celebrations are informal occasions that are generally held at Bega, Batemans Bay and Southern Highlands campuses. Graduates from these regional campuses are invited to attend a formal UOW graduation ceremony in 2021 where they will be allocated to ceremonies aligned to their degree and faculty.

Contact the graduation team