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If you do things right with your heart and soul, and for the right reason, your success won’t be a matter of luck it will be the outcome of everything you do - ​

Veronica Flores (Bolivia) - Graduate from Master of Business Administration & Master of Global Project Management at Adelaide Graduation Ceremony 2018.


Congratulations Class 2020!

Thank you for joining us on last Friday 6 November to celebrate your pivotal milestone, and to acknowledge the hard work and the people who have helped you along the way – your teachers, our staff, your family, friends and fellow students.

Graduation Without Borders was a memorable virtual celebration.

If you missed it, watch it HERE!

Graduation Information

Graduation Ceremonies 2021

We know that the moment and indeed the tradition of walking across the stage in graduation regalia remains special for many of you.  So if you are a 2020 graduate who your ceremony was cancelled, we will still have the opportunity to join an in-person ceremony in 2021. We will provide you with more information once we have finalised our plans – so keep an eye out for more details.

To keep you updated on any important changes, it is vital you verify your contact details, as the main reason students miss the graduation ceremony is due to outdated contact details in the system. Please check the 'Preparing to graduate' section on the right-hand side of this page.

Graduation Without Borders

We may not be able to have an in-person graduation ceremony in 2020, but we had an amazing celebration for our 2020 graduates. This is why we are thrilled to announce that our virtual celebration last Friday, 6 November 2020 was a total success. If you miss it, watch it HERE!

This was not a graduation ceremony but a fun and informal event to recognize the achievements of our 2020 Graduates. Together we wanted to reflect and celebrate you, with special guests, and a few fun surprises.

Graduation Ceremonies 2020 - Cancelled

As you know, we made the difficult decision earlier this year to cancel our graduation ceremonies. Throughout 2020 our approach has been the wellbeing of our students and staff first.  We are postponing all graduation ceremonies this year to ensure that we do not risk the health of our students, parents, staff or communities.

For more information check our FAQ tab.

Delivery of academic documents to Adelaide 2020 graduates

To ensure that this cancellation will not impact your position in applying for employment or other opportunities, Student Records and Progressions will send your testamur to your mailing address we have in the system. Do not forget to check your information is correct in the system. You should receive an email giving you further details about the mailing of your certificates.*

For more information about your academic documents please check the FAQ tab; the 'Results' page or contact Student Records and Progression

*Graduates allocated to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane ceremonies who graduated in 2020 should have their academic documents by now.

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To be eligible to graduate, you will need to have successfully:

  • Completed the total number of subjects (core and electives) required to complete your award.
  • Paid all your fees with the university including Library fees.
  • Provided all documents required for graduation, for example, your verified USI or placement completion documents (IF your award requires these documents).
  • Updated your personal contact information at the Student Portal, such as mailing address, personal e-mail address and mobile phone.

The next step in assessing your eligibility to graduate is academically assessing your work against the course requirements. If this assessment is successful you will proceed to graduation.

The assessment and approval process involves the review by the Examination Committee (VET/Vocational AND Higher Education students) and ratification by the Academic Board (Higher Education students only) prior to the conferral of the award to ensure that the student met all course requirements.

Please refer to the 'Graduation and Certification Policy' that can be found on the links below or contact Student Services for further information.

What is academic/graduation regalia?

The academic regalia is the academic dress you will wear to receive your award on your graduation ceremony. The robe is called gown and the hat is called mortarboard, the hood and stoles are to distinguish your faculty and degree.

Please find below the academic regalia depending on the course you are graduating from:

Degree Academic Regalia
All Vocational courses, Higher Education Associated degree, and Diplomas Black gown and black mortarboard. View here*
Bachelor degree  Black gown and black mortarboard and colour hood. View here*
Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma degrees Black gown and black mortarboard and colour stole. View here*
Master degree Black gown and black mortarboard and colour hood with white trim. View here*

*Please note the academic regalia photos are for reference only

Am I able to hire academic/graduation regalia (gowns/robes, hood, stoles, hats, bonnets etc.)?

No, due to safety and hygiene concerns we will not be offering Graduation Regalia for hire in 2020.

Instead, we will be offering a photography package. If you do purchase a photography package you will be able to take photos in the Graduation Regalia and receive a graduation hat to keep. More information on the Graduation Without Borders page.

Only 2020 Graduates or Graduates from previous years will be allowed to wear the academic regalia during the photography sessions.

Please check your graduand status before booking your photography session.

Can I purchase the academic/graduation regalia from the University?

At the moment we do not sell any academic regalia garments, except if you book the photography session.  

You can use the academic regalia photos as a reference and look for an academic regalia provider in your browser.

Which colour identifies my faculty?

Torrens University is very proud to have programs in 5 different verticals/faculties Business, Design, Education, Health and Hospitality. The colours that identify each faculty are:

  • Faculty of Business - Gold
  • Faculty of Design - Pink
  • Faculty of Education - Blue
  • Faculty of Health - Purple
  • Faculty of Hospitality - Teal

Can I wear my cultural attire with my academic/graduation regalia? 

Graduates are welcome to wear cultural attires that represent their cultural traditions and beliefs. Make sure to wear it on top of the academic regalia.

We encourage any Aboriginal or/and Torres Strait Islander graduate to wear the stole we have available with any of these 2 origins.

Where and When is my graduation ceremony?

You have successfully completed your studies and approved as Graduand, congratulations! You'll be invited to attend the ceremony in your nearest state. For instance: If your mailing address state we have in the system is NSW, you will be invited to the Sydney Graduation Ceremony. Please see the table below for your reference:

The state where I reside and I have in the Student Portal is... So, I will be invited to... And the ceremony is usually in
New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT) OR Overseas Sydney To Be Confirmed
Victoria (VIC) OR Tasmania (TAS) Melbourne To Be Confirmed
Queensland (QLD) OR Northern Territory (NT)

Brisbane

To Be Confirmed

South Australia (SA) OR Western Australia (WA)

Adelaide To Be Confirmed

Can I change the location of my graduation ceremony?

Yes, you can change and attend to any location of your preference as long as you have been approved as a Graduand and met all the requirements.

You can request the change of location up to six (6) weeks before the ceremony. Please contact the Student Records to submit this request.

We highly recommend you to not do any travel arrangements until you have been approved as a graduand. 

When do I receive the invitation to my graduation ceremony?

The invitation to your graduation ceremony will be sent to your main email address we have in the system four (4) weeks before the graduation date. You will also receive an SMS notification so you are aware when the invitation was sent.

Why haven't I been invited to the ceremony?

First of all, please check the e-mail address you have registered in the Student Portal, your invitation might have landed in your spam/junk folder.

If you didn't find it in there continue with the following checklist:

  • Check your personal contact information is up-to-date in the Student Portal, such as mailing address, personal e-mail address and mobile phone.
  • Check you completed the total number of subjects (core and electives) required to complete your award.
  • Check you don't have outstanding fees with the university including Library fees.
  • Check you provided all documents required for graduation, for example, your verified USI or placement completion documents (IF your award requires these documents).

If you are unsure about any of the options mentioned above, this might be the reason for you have not received an invitation. Please contact Student Services to request further information. 

Due to cancellation of the 2020 graduation ceremonies, all applications to graduate in absentia submitted from September 2020 will be processed from January 2021 onward. 

 

What is Graduating in Absentia?

Graduating in Absentia means that you are a Higher Education (HE) student and your degree will be conferred at the academic board OR graduation ceremony but you will not be attending in person.

Who can graduate in Absentia?

Only Higher Education (HE) students who have been approved as Graduands.

This option is not available for Vocational (VET) students as their awards do not need to be conferred.

Does Graduating in Absentia speeds up the delivery of my academic documents?

NO. Your degree needs to be conferred at the academic board OR graduation ceremony. The testamur and academic transcripts will be posted to the postal address you have registered in the Student Portal within 30 calendar days after the ceremony. 

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, any application to graduate in absentia submitted from September 2020 will be processed from January 2021 onwards. In the meantime, if you need evidence of the completion of your degree, please request a Completion Letter. More information on the Results page

If I graduate in absentia, can I attend another Graduation Ceremony?

NO. Students who graduate in absentia will not be invited to attend a future Graduation Ceremony for that same qualification.

NOTE: Excepting 2020 Graduates who their ceremonies were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

How can I apply to graduate in absentia?

Before applying you need to make sure:

  • You have met all your course requirements.
  • You have successfully completed your subjects/units
  • You do not have outstanding fees with the university

Once you have completed the above requirements please fill your 'Application to Graduate in Absentia form' and send it to Student Records and Progressions before the deadline (check Key Dates section on the right) so your award can be conferred on the next graduation ceremony. 

You can find the 'Application to Graduate in Absentia in the links below

Find TUA - 'Application to Graduate in Absentia' Form here

Find Think - 'Application to Graduate in Absentia' Form here

You will need to send your form before the deadline so your degree can be conferred at the next graduation ceremony.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, any application to graduate in absentia submitted from September 2020 will be processed from January 2021 onwards. In the meantime, if you need evidence of the completion of your degree, please request a Completion Letter. More information on the Results page

What happens after I send my application to graduate in absentia?

In order to graduate in absentia, for all High Education students, results are reviewed by the Examination Committee and ratified by the Academic Board prior to the conferral of the award to ensure that the student met all course requirements. 

We will be able to send you documents just until you have been approved as Graduand. 

Once you have been approved, your award will be conferred at the next Graduation Ceremony (check Key Dates section on the right). Your academic documents will be sent within 30 calendar days after the ceremony.

In the meantime, please make sure you don't have any outstanding fees with the University and your information is updated in the Student Portal otherwise we cannot guarantee the delivery of your academic documents.

If you want to find out more, please visit the Results page or contact Student Services.

Where will my documents will be sent?

Your academic documents will be sent to the Residential Address you have registered at the Student Portal.

Please refer to the Results page for further information.  

Do I need to send the absentia form if I was invited to the Graduation Ceremony?

NO, you just need to decline the invitation.

Any Higher Education student who does not attend the graduation ceremony that was invited to will be automatically graduated in absentia. 

How do I sign up for the Alumni program?

Please join the Alumni Network

Where can I request copies of my academic documents?

You can find the information on the Results page

What happened with the graduation ceremonies in 2020?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of student and staff safety all face-to-face Graduations were cancelled. Instead, we held the amazing "Graduation Without Borders". The live-stream was on Friday 6th November. Watch it here.

The Graduation Without Borders event was a graduation ceremony?

No, the graduation ceremony is a formal event where your award is conferred. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be back to run these events in 2021.

Instead, we had a fantastic virtual celebration, a live-stream event called Graduation Without Borders.

Together, Torrens University Australia and Think Education wanted to celebrate you, with special guests, and a few fun surprises. This was a fun event where we wanted to recognize Graduates - Class 2020 for their great efforts.

Whether or not you had the chance to attend a graduation ceremony earlier this year, we wanted you to be part of this celebration.

We wanted you to join and celebrate all your achievements with your friends and family anywhere on the globe!

If you miss it, watch it HERE!

Was Graduation Without Borders my official ceremony?

No, Graduation Without Borders was the 2020 event to recognize the great achievements of Graduates - Class 2020. 

You will have the opportunity to attend to your official graduation ceremony in 2021 in the location that suits you the most. 

We will communicate further details by e-mail once we have all the information confirmed. 

Do not forget to keep your contact details up to date in the system.

Am I able to hire Graduation Regalia (gowns/robes, hood, hats, etc.) from the University?

No, due to safety and hygiene concerns we are not offering Graduation Regalia for hire in 2020.

When do I get to graduate?

Once you have met the course rules, you will be identified as a potential graduand. Your Program Director will review your completed subjects against the course rules and approve accordingly.

All students must go through this process and be signed off by our Examination Committee and if you’re a Higher Education student, also go through the approval of our Academic Board. Student Records and Progressions will notify you via email once these approvals have been granted.

As graduation ceremonies in 2020 were cancelled, all approved graduands from now on will be allocated to graduation ceremonies in 2021.

Can I get my parchment now? Why do I have to wait until graduation?

Vocational students – Once you have finished your final subjects, our Examination Committee will finalize your results and determine the successful completion of your course. If successful, they will sign off your completion.

Your documents including Academic Transcript, Transcript of Results and Testamur will be posted to you within 30 days of approval.

Higher Education students – in order to receive your final documents, we need to ensure you have been through all of the appropriate approvals from our Examination Committee and Academic Board. Once these have been approved, your award will need to be conferred.

Conferral happens at our Graduation Ceremonies or at our Academic Board meetings. If you do not wish to wait until your allocated graduation ceremony, you can opt to graduate in Absentia, where your award will be conferred in your absence and it will be posted to you within 30 days of conferral.

All details surrounding completion documents are available on the Results page. 

Please find below how the academic documents are delivered to all graduates allocated to graduation ceremonies in 2020:

  • Sydney (March 2020): Ceremony held at ICC, academic documents collected at the ceremony and already delivered by post.
  • Melbourne (April 2020) and Brisbane (July 2020): Ceremony cancelled, academic documents already delivered by post.
  • Adelaide (November 2020): Ceremony cancelled, academic documents pending to be delivered.

Am I able to receive my graduation documents online or in a digital format?

No. If you need evidence of the completion of your degree, you can request a 'Completion Letter'. More information on the Results page.

When can I receive my certificate/testamur/academic documents?

If you are a graduate allocated to a graduation ceremony in 2020, please find below the information.

  • Sydney (March 2020): Ceremony held at ICC, academic documents collected at the ceremony and already delivered by post.
  • Melbourne (April 2020) and Brisbane (July 2020): Ceremony cancelled, academic documents already delivered by post.
  • Adelaide (November 2020): Ceremony cancelled. Academic documents are in the process to be delivered. 

If you recently finished your course please check the Results page for further details.

Can I apply to graduate in absentia?

Due to the cancellation of 2020 graduation ceremonies, any application to graduate in absentia submitted from September 2020 will be processed from January 2021 onward. In the meantime, you can request a 'Completion Letter'. More information on the Results page.

Is it compulsory to attend the graduation ceremony?

It is not compulsory to attend a graduation ceremony, however, we encourage all graduates to attend as it is a day of joy and recognition of your hard work and effort.

Graduation day is a special time to celebrate with all your peers, teachers, friends and family all students' achievements across Torrens University Australia and Think Education.

If you are a higher education student who does not wish to attend, you can have your award conferred in Absentia. Check our 'Graduate in Absentia' tab for all the information. 

When are the graduation ceremonies in 2021?

Torrens University and Think Education graduations ceremonies are organized at different times during the year in different locations:

  • Sydney - 2021 TBC
  • Melbourne 2021 TBC
  • Brisbane 2021 TBC
  • Adelaide 2021 TBC

Publication of the exact dates for the following year is usually around December/January.

For more information check the 'Invitations' tab. 

Shall I register for my graduation ceremony next year?

If you are one of the 2020 graduates who their ceremony was cancelled, you do not need to do it. We will send further information about 2021 graduation ceremonies by e-mail and SMS later in the year. In the meantime, the most important is you keep your contact details up to date in the system.

On the other hand, if you have been notified about the potential location where your graduation ceremony will take place in 2021 and that does not suit you, please contact Student Records to request a change of location of the graduation ceremony. You can find more information in our 'Invitations' tab. 

Where can I find my expected date for my graduation ceremony next year?

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the graduation dates for 2021 are still pending to be confirmed. We will publish further information around December 2020 and January 2021. 

Latest News

Latest News

2020 Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled

Notifications to 2020 graduates were sent to their email addresses and mobile number registered in the system.

2021 Graduation Ceremonies dates

New dates of graduation ceremonies for 2021 will be published soon!

Are your contact details updated in the system? Check the 'Preparing to Graduate' section below. 

Graduation documents

Please check the FAQ tab or go to the 'Results' page.

Preparing to graduate

Student details

Make sure the following information is up to date in your My Account:

Full legal name
This is the name that will appear on your testamur and graduation documents.

Email address
Your graduation invitation will be sent here.

Residential address
We'll invite you to the graduation ceremony closest to where you live.

Mobile
We wil be sending SMS notifications regarding the graduation ceremony.

If we need to reissue your official graduation documents because we cannot contact you, you may be charged a re-issue fee.

If you are unable to update your details in your My Account, please contact your Student Services team to confirm.

International students

For visa help contact the Department of Home Affairs if:

Your Student Services team can supply any documentation you need