COVID-19 graduation update

2021 Virtual Graduation Event

In response to COVID-19, the University made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 in-person graduation ceremonies.

In recognition of the importance of graduation, a virtual event was held on Thursday 4 March 2021 for all students who were unable to attend a graduation ceremony in 2020.

Please refer to the FAQs below for more information.

Note: The following information only applies to students graduating from a UOW Australian campus. For graduation information for students enrolled at UOW offshore campuses and partner institutions, please visit the Offshore Graduation page.

Virtual event FAQs

The University took the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 graduation ceremonies in response to government advice regarding physical distancing measures.

Like you, we are disappointed that we are unable to offer a face-to-face graduation experience at this time. But we do understand the importance of celebrating graduation and providing the opportunity for our graduates to be acknowledged for their outstanding achievements.

We will therefore be inviting graduates to participate in a virtual event in March 2021, for all those unable to attend a graduation ceremony in 2020.

This customised virtual event will be a platform for graduates, loved ones and university staff to come together and celebrate.

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. A virtual event allows the University to celebrate with all of our graduates, both in Australia and abroad.

Yes, further information and an official invitation will be sent to all students who graduated in 2020. The virtual event will be held in March 2021. In the meantime, all students who have completed their degrees will graduate in absentia, regardless of attendance at a ceremony.

Updates regarding your UOW graduation application and conferral will be sent via SOLSmail.

Updates regarding the UOW Virtual Graduation Event in 2021 will be emailed to the address you nominated for your digital academic documents (My eQuals) email account. This email account was nominated during your graduation application.

An official invitation to this event will be sent to graduates via SOLS, email and mail by late February 2021.

Hire a gown on campus

If you would like to take photos wearing a graduation gown and trencher, graduates can organise to hire academic dress at our Wollongong or regional campuses. For more information visit the UniShop website or contact Student Services.

Share your uni memories

Share memories from your time at UOW with family and fellow students during our virtual event. Submit photos, artworks, written pieces or other relevant contributions for inclusion in the event by emailing

On-campus installation

We are planning an on-campus installation in 2021 to acknowledge our graduates. More details will be available in January 2021.

Share your UOW pride on Social Media

As we roll out our celebrations for UOW’s graduating class of 2020, we’re asking grads to share your UOW pride! Be sure to tag @uow and #UOWgrad2020.

You can also tap the smiley on our Instagram profile (@uow) for UOW grad filters.

Yes. All UOW students who graduated in 2020 will receive an invitation to the virtual graduation event via SOLS, email and mail.

If you have already received your testamur you will not receive another. Digital copies can be accessed via your My eQuals account.

Further information about My eQuals.

There will be an opportunity for you to send in graduation photos which may be used for the virtual event. If you would like to wear a gown as part of the virtual event, you are able to hire or purchase these from the UniShop at UOW’s Wollongong Campus.

For more information on hiring or purchasing a gown, please visit the UniShop or email  

Yes, all students who graduated in 2020 will be invited to attend their virtual graduation event.

You will receive a graduation booklet in a gift pack you will receive in the mail. Please keep checking your email for updates.

Yes. We understand the importance of celebrating your achievements with loved ones and will be sending you a link to share with family and friends. Please keep checking your email and SOLS for updates.

Currently approx. 7,600 students were unable to officially celebrate their graduation with UOW in 2020. As international borders are currently closed and a lot of our graduates would be unable to attend even if the event was held in 2021. It has been decided that this will be the best way to give all of our graduates a chance to celebrate their achievements with their fellow graduates and loved ones.

Yes, an email will be sent to your email with a link to register. Please let us know if you do not want your graduating details presented as part of this virtual event.

If you do not wish to participate or have your details listed, please email

Please email the Graduation team via and we will check if there is a graduation fee on your fees statement. If so, we will help facilitate a refund. 

Gift pack FAQs

A graduation gift pack will be sent to all graduating students, along with their testamurs (if they haven’t already received this). The gift pack will include a UOW trencher (graduation hat), some other treats and a save the date.

Yes, we want all students who have competed their studies to receive this gift. All UOW students who graduated in 2020 will be sent a gift pack.

If you applied to graduate in December 2020, gift packs will be sent to the address you nominated in your graduation application, along with your Testamur.

All other graduates (i.e. those who would have graduated between December 2019 and November 2020) would have been sent a survey at the end of 2020, seeking confirmation of your postal address.

  • If you completed this survey, your gift pack will be sent to the postal address you nominated in that survey.
  • If you didn’t complete this survey, your package will be sent to the postal address that is in SOLS.

If you think your address has changed since you applied to graduate, and you didn’t complete the survey, don’t worry – you may still be able to update your details. Our courier, DHL, will be sending out an email once they have received your parcel from UOW - so make sure you check your emails. Once you receive this email, you can contact DHL directly (as per the instructions in the email you receive from them) and update your delivery address while it is in transit.

If DHL has already tried to deliver your gift pack and your postal address was incorrect, then your gift pack will be returned to UOW. If this has happened to you, please email and we will try to get the pack to your new address.

Yes, if you live overseas you will still be sent a gift pack.

If you have graduated in 2020 you will receive a trencher as part of your gift pack. Ensure the postal address you provided UOW will be valid for at least a few months to receive your gift.

Graduation FAQs

The University took the decision to cancel April, July, November and December 2020 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.

All students near completion still need to apply to graduate. This application will enable us to administer the conferral required for your degree, even though in person ceremonies are not proceeding.

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.

Graduation key dates

All students who were due to attend Graduation ceremonies in 2020 have or will be conferred, which means your degree has been or will be officially awarded.

Graduates will receive 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. 

Although face-to-face graduation celebrations for 2020 have been cancelled, graduates can organise to be fitted in full academic dress (including gown, a hood or stole and trencher).

You can hire or purchase your academic dress from the UniShop located on UOW Wollongong campus. To make an appointment call (02) 4221 8050 or visit the UniShop website.

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