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COVID-19 graduation update

July, November and December 2020 graduation ceremonies cancelled

In response to government advice regarding social distancing measures, the University's graduation ceremonies planned for the Wollongong Campus in July, November and December 2020 have been cancelled.

We’re incredibly sorry and, like you, we‘re very disappointed. We didn't take this decision lightly. We did it to protect our students, staff and communities. For further information please refer to the frequently asked questions below:

Graduation FAQs

The University took the decision to cancel April, July, November and December graduation ceremonies in response to government advice regarding social distancing measures.

We didn’t take this decision lightly, and did it to protect our students, staff and communities.

We recognise that many students will wonder why we have taken steps to cancel events so far in advance. The reason is that none of us knows how long social distancing measures will be in place, or what the easing of social distancing will entail. Experts indicate that adjustments and impacts relating to COVID-19 are likely to be felt throughout 2020. It is therefore highly unlikely that UOW can plan for or host large scale events in July, November, or December.

We are unable to predict how long COVID-19 will affect us, however, we want to assure you that we intend that graduates will have an opportunity to celebrate their graduation achievement with their family and friends at a future date.

We're committed to hosting a celebratory event for all graduates who didn’t get a chance to attend a formal ceremony, once restrictions are lifted, and a large scale event is possible. The graduation celebration will be presided over by UOW dignitaries, and you will have the chance to wear and be photographed in formal academic dress, which includes a gown, hood and trencher/ bonnet.

The date and format of this celebration are yet to be determined, as adjustments and impacts relating to COVID-19 are likely to be felt throughout 2020. The University will continue to follow Government and health advice before scheduling the event(s).

All students who are eligible to attend the cancelled April, July, November and December graduation ceremonies will be communicated with directly regarding event plans.

In the meantime, all students who have completed their degrees will graduate in absentia, regardless of attendance at a ceremony.

All students who were due to attend Graduation ceremonies in April have been conferred, which means your degree has been officially awarded.

April graduates would have already received their official academic documents digitally via My eQuals. Their hardcopy testamur has also been sent to the address provided in their Graduation application.

All students completing their degrees in 2020 will graduate in absentia and will receive their testamur through registered post regardless of attendance at a ceremony, so no graduate will be hindered in pursuing their post-university career.

All students applying to graduate for July need to continue to do so. This application will enable us to administer the conferral required for your degree, even though the ceremonies are cancelled.

We also want to ensure that students nearing completion have a positive remote learning experience that does not impact on their ability to complete their course as scheduled. Applying to graduate as soon as possible will enable us to identify students looking to complete, and further support their progress.

How to apply to graduate

Applications for July 2020 conferral close 24 May.

Graduation fees for the April 2020 ceremonies have not been charged, so there should not be refunds to process.

For students who have “prepaid” their graduation fee for April and would like a refund, please contact graduation@uow.edu.au for assistance.

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