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Student Hub: Graduation


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.

Celebrate with us!

Your graduation ceremony is the moment to celebrate all your hard work, sacrifices and effort you have gone through to complete your degree. 

Torrens University Australia in conjunction with THINK Education holds four (4) annual Graduation ceremonies in different cities and times of the year so our students have the opportunity to join in the location of their convenience.

Graduation Ceremony Information

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.

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

Which graduation ceremony I will be invited to?

Once 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.

Mailing address state Graduation Ceremony to be invited*
New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Overseas Sydney
Victoria (VIC) and Tasmania (TAS) Melbourne
Queensland (QLD) and Northern Territory (NT)


South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA)


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


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. 

How 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.

My family is abroad and they want to come for my graduation ceremony. Is it possible to get a letter from the university so they can apply for their visa?

No, these letters are not issued by any of our colleges. Please refer to the Home Affairs website for further information. 

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. 

How do I reserve my place at the ceremony?

You will receive an email with a link to register for your ceremony. Follow the 3 steps within the email to proceed with the payment of your graduation fee and guest tickets.

Please be aware that you need to register before the deadline otherwise you won’t be allowed to attend the ceremony.

How much is the graduation fee and what is included in it?

The graduation fee for 2019 is $60 per student. This fee includes your place at the ceremony, hire of academic regalia and two (2) guests.

How many guests can I invite to the ceremony?

You will have an opportunity to purchase additional guest tickets (limits per student apply), please ensure to register and make your booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If more than two (2) guests are joining you at the ceremony, you will need to purchase extra guest tickets. Each extra guest ticket is $35, except children who are under the age of 5.

If you want to buy more guest tickets after you have registered, please go back to confirmation e-mail received after online registration and continue with the steps.

Can children attend Graduation?

All children are welcome. There is no charge for children under the age of 5, however, you need to have a family member or friend to supervise them and look after them during the ceremony.

Please be mindful of the formal nature of the ceremony, this event can take up to two (2) and half-hours where children can get very tired.

The invitation link is not allowing me to RSVP, what should I do?

Please contact Student Services.

I have ordered tickets and paid the fees for graduation, how do I collect my tickets?

On the day of the event, you need to come to the registration area where you will confirm you and your guests’ attendance.

I'm having trouble making payments for the graduation ceremony, who should I contact?

Please contact Student Services.

I did not RSVP, how do I get my academic documents?

If you forgot to RSVP or you do not want to attend your graduation ceremony, you do not need to worry.

If you are a Higher Education student, your documents will be sent after the ceremony to your international or domestic main postal address we have in the system. For further information, please check our 'Graduating in Absentia' tab.

If you are Vocational student who has been approved as Graduand and you have not received your documents yet please contact Student Services.

Please make sure your information is updated in the Student Portal / My Account otherwise we cannot guarantee the delivery of your documents to the correct mailing address (academic documents cannot be sent by e-mail).

What is the schedule on Graduation day?

The exact time schedule of the day will be sent after the RSVP has closed, however, the usual routine of the day is:

Registration: Check-in of students. Only students need to be present at the registration stage.

Gowning: After you have register yourself and your guests, you proceed to get the academic dress

Cloakroom: All Graduands are required to leave any belongings with friends, family or in the cloakroom. To prevent accidents while students walk up to the stage, only mobile phones are allowed to be held during the ceremony.

Rehearsal: After registration has been closed, all students are required to go to the main room where important information about the ceremony will be provided. No guests are allowed in the main room at this moment.

Guest Entry: After rehearsal has finished all guest are allowed to get in and take his or her seat. There are no allocated seats, however, if your guests include children, assistance dogs, guests in wheelchairs or with any disability, please let any of our friendly ushers know so they can help them with priority entry.

Please note that prams are not allowed inside the main room, they need to be left outside. Our friendly staff will take care of them

Ceremony: The ceremony will take about 2 hours. As a sign of respect to other Graduands, academics, speakers, and sponsors we required all attendees to stay until the end of the ceremony.

Light refreshments and Photography: After the ceremony, light refreshments (finger food and a beverage) will be provided to Graduands and guests.

A Professional Photographer will be available on the day and will take a photo of the Graduate receiving parchment and after the ceremony. If you want to take pictures outside the venue, you will need to return your academic dress first.

What is the dress code for the ceremony? 

As this is a formal event, we suggest you wear smart casual attire that allows you to be comfortable the whole day with the academic regalia on top.

Please note that the graduation venue has varied surfaces and there are a number of ramps and stairs to negotiate during the ceremony, so please wear appropriate footwear. No thongs allowed.

Can I wear my Cultural Attire? 

Students are welcome to wear cultural attires that represent their cultural traditions and beliefs; however, they must ensure to wear their academic regalia too. 

What is academic regalia?

The academic regalia is the academic dress you will wear to receive your award on stage. 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

Can I keep the academic regalia?

No. Please return the academic regalia you have rented for the day.

We know your academic dress means many memories and effort for you and your family, however, we appreciate you returning your academic dress one (1) hour after the ceremony has finished, otherwise you will be charged for the cost of the gown.

Please be mindful, we use this academic dress in all the ceremonies we have Australia wide, and other students would like to wear it as well.

If you want to wear your own academic regalia, we suggest you purchase one set in any academic regalia provider. You are welcome to use your own academic dress for this special day and we will provide you with the hood or stole depending on your degree. 


Where do I purchase my Graduation’s professional photos?

One week after the ceremony, all graduation ceremony professional pictures will be available.

An email with the link to the professional pictures provider will be sent to your email address where you received the graduation invitation. You will be able to purchase your pictures in that link.

How do I sign up for the Alumni program?

Please join the Alumni Network

Where can I request copies of my academic documents?

Please contact Student Services.

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. 

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.

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 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.

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 my documents will be sent to?

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. 

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Key Dates

Upcoming ceremony:

Adelaide – 27th November 2019

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre 

Ceremony Time: TBC

Graduation Dates 2019:

Melbourne – 11th April 2019

Sydney – 16th & 17th April 2019

Brisbane – 2nd August 2019

Adelaide – 27th November 2019


16th of October 2019

  • Submit a request to graduate at Adelaide Graduation Ceremony.
  • Submit the application to graduate in absentia at Adelaide Graduation Ceremony (Only Higher Education students not located in SA or WA).

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.

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 visa expires before your graduation date; or
  • You want to invite friends or family from overseas to attend your graduation

Your Student Services team can supply any documentation you need