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Graduation

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Key Information

The next graduation ceremony dates have yet to be confirmed - please check back here for updates soon.

Next ceremony dates

Location Dates & Times* Ceremony by Vertical
Sydney 11am, Tuesday 15 November 2022 Business, BMIHMS
5pm, Tuesday 15 November 2022 Hospitality, Education, Health, Design
Melbourne 11am, Tuesday 22 November 2022 Business, Hospitality, BMIHMS
5pm, Tuesday 22 November 2022 Education, Health, Design
Adelaide 11am (ACDT), Friday 25 November 2022 All verticals

  *Dates and times are based on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) unless otherwise noted.

Graduation Ceremonies - November 2022

Check the sections below for important information about graduation and your specific city ceremony.

Will I be invited to the graduation ceremony?

Once your course completion is approved and Student Finance has confirmed you do not have any outstanding monies owed to the university, you will be invited to the graduation ceremony. On your invitation to attend the ceremony you can select to attend the ceremony location of your choosing, including the Adelaide graduation ceremony.

For more information, please check the 'Invitation' and 'FAQ' tab.

When will I receive more information?

We notified all eligible graduands with a pre-graduation notification outlining all the information you need to know before you receive your official invitation. The communication was sent to both your student email address and personal email address registered on our system. Please make sure your contact details are up to date as some graduands miss their graduation ceremony due to outdated contact details in our system.

If you do not have access to the Student Portal anymore, please contact the Records and Results team at your earliest convenience.

When should expect the official invitation?

Your invitation and academic documents are dependent on your graduand approval and university fees being fully paid.

Your official graduation invitation will be emailed six (6) weeks before the graduation day - on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 to your personal e-mail address.

The last day to confirm attendance/RSVP to the Graduation Ceremony is Monday, 24 October 2022.

*No physical invitations will be sent to postal addresses.

When will I receive my academic documents?

Higher Education graduands: In order to receive your final documents, we need to ensure you have been through all the appropriate approvals from our Examination Committee and Academic Board. Once approved your award will be conferred on Graduation Day and your official documents will be available for you to collect after your ceremony concludes.

Vocational (VET) graduands: Once you have finished your final subjects, our Examination Committee will finalise your results and determine the successful completion of your course. If successful, they will confirm your completion. Your official documents will be posted to you within 30 days of approval.

If you do not wish to attend the graduation ceremony, you can choose to graduate in absentia. Your award will be conferred in your absence and will be mailed to the address registered in our system. Please check the 'Graduating in Absentia' tab.

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

If I already have my academic documents, what do I receive on the day?

If you have already received your graduation documents, you will receive a congratulatory letter inside a graduation folder at the city-based ceremony.

If I graduate in absentia, where will my graduation documents be mailed to?

The Records and Results Team will mail the official graduation documents of higher education students to the mailing address registered in our system within 30 days of conferral. The conferral will take place at the graduation ceremony in November.

Please ensure all your details are correct and up to date:

  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Personal e-mail address
  • Mobile number
  • Postal/Mailing/Residential address

To update your contact details, please email the Records and Results team, with the Change of Details Form and any required supporting documentation.

Please note attending the ceremony is optional however receiving your invitation and academic documents will be dependent on your university fees being fully paid. The last day for graduands to update your contact details and pay outstanding fees is Sunday, 18 September 2022.

What is the graduation fee?

For city-based graduation ceremonies, the fee is $170 AUD per student. This fee includes:

  • your place at the ceremony;
  • hire of academic regalia;
  • a trencher/graduation hat for you to keep;
  • a printed booklet outlining the graduation program;
  • a digital photo of you, taken by a professional photographer;
  • two guests - children between 0-3 years old may attend in addition to allocated guest tickets

The online ceremony is free. This includes:

  • individual graduate recognition;
  • unique clip featuring your name, degree, and optional video message or photo;
  • online ceremony website, including live chat and social media sharing;
  • ceremony link to share with friends and family

For more information on what to expect, see the May 2022 Online Ceremony here.

How do I pay my graduation fee?

Your official invitation will be sent to your personal email address, from Wednesday, 21 September 2022. This will contain your graduation ceremony registration link.

Your registration link will enable you to confirm your attendance and pay your Graduation Fee (paid directly by you on the registration link and not via the Student Portal).

Do I have to pay the fee if I am not attending the ceremony?

No, the graduation fee is only paid if you confirm your attendance to the face-to-face graduation ceremony.

Are guests allowed at city-based ceremonies?

Yes, you can register a maximum of 2 guests to attend (children between 0-3 years old may attend in addition to allocated guest tickets).

*Due to venue capacity limits this number may change without notice.

How do I register my guests?

Your official invitation will be sent to your personal email. This will contain your graduation ceremony registration link.

Your registration link will enable you to register a maximum of 2 guests (Children between 0-3 years old may attend in addition to allocated guest tickets). You will be required to provide the Full Name (First and Last Name) of each guest attending.

*Due to venue capacity limits this number may change without notice.

Please note: Due to venue capacity limits we can only offer two (2) Guest Tickets per Graduand. Graduands will be emailed closer to the time if additional Guest Tickets are available to purchase for your Ceremony.

Guest Tickets are not issued for you graduation ceremony; however, your guest will need to provide their full name on arrival to the guest registration area. Guest arrival times are listed in your state/city information.

What should I wear for my graduation day?

Please see the 'Regalia' tab to find information on what to wear on your graduation day.

Can I leave the venue to have pictures taken with my family?

You may, but if you want to leave the venue, you will need to return the academic regalia you have rented for the day.

If I cannot attend, can I get the graduation hat and booklet?

Unfortunately, the graduation hat is only provided to graduands who confirm their attendance to the graduation ceremony.

A digital version of the program will be made available to all graduates in the weeks following graduation. You can download the program from the 'Gallery' tab.

Is the ceremony going to be live-streamed?

Yes, the complete ceremony will be live streamed as well as recorded for your families to watch in real-time or at a later date.

Should you wish to watch the ceremony live stream, please visit the Torrens University Australia Facebook or YouTube page on the day of your Ceremony.

Student being gowned by staff for the ceremony

Sydney

Students seated at graduation ceremony

Melbourne

Excited students wearing graduation gowns and hats

Adelaide

Person holding a mobile device with a drawn graduation hat hevring over the screen

Online

Graduation 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.

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.

Once you have completed your studies and been approved to graduate, you'll be invited to attend a ceremony in one of the following capital cities: Sydney, Adelaide, or Melbourne.

Your mailing address (provided to us via the Student Portal) will determine which city you are invited to. For example, if your mailing address is in NSW, you will be invited to the Sydney graduation ceremony.

Upcoming ceremonies

Location Date
Sydney 15 November 2022
Melbourne 22 November 2022
Adelaide 25 November 2022

*As we have become accustomed to in the past years, circumstances may change in line with the latest health advice from State or Federal Governments. We will promptly inform you of any changes that may affect you.

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

The invitation to your Graduation Ceremony will be sent to your personal email address registered in the system five (5) weeks before the graduation date. You will also receive an SMS* notification so you are aware of when the invitation was sent.

*Noting: SMS will only be sent to Australian mobile numbers.

You can select the location of your graduation ceremony when you register to attend your graduation. The registration link will be available on the invitation to attend the graduation ceremony, sent to your personal email address.

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

Please check the personal e-mail address you have registered in the Student Portal; your invitation might have landed in your spam/junk/promotional/social 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. If you are not sure, please contact your Program Director.
  • Check you don't have outstanding fees with the university including Library fees. The graduation fee is not an outstanding fee. If you are not sure if you owe money to the university, please contact Student Finance.
  • Check you provided all documents required for graduation, for example, your verified USI or placement completion documents (IF your award requires these documents), please contact your Program Director.

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

If you have been successfully approved as a Graduand and your contact details are correct in the system, you will receive an email to the personal e-mail address you have registered on your Student Portal.

The link on the e-mail will take you to the registration site of your ceremony. Follow the steps within the email to proceed with the payment of your graduation fee.

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

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.

The graduation fee is $150 per student. This fee includes your place at the ceremony; hire of academic regalia; a trencher/graduation hat for you to keep; a program of the day and a digital photo of you on this special day.

Please pay the graduation fee on the link provided on the invitation. Do not pay on the University portal, otherwise, the payment won't be transferred to your graduation fee.

You will be advised during registration of the number of guests you can invite to attend your Graduation Ceremony.

On the day of the event, you will need to show the confirmation e-mail of your registration and/or QR code sent after you confirmed attendance and paid the graduation fee.

If you are a Higher Education student, you will be graduated in absentia. For more information about this, please check the 'Graduating in Absentia' tab.

If you are a 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). For more information, please check the 'Results' page

Five (5) weeks before the graduation day you will receive an email to your personal email address you have registered in the Student Portal. This email will have a link to click on it to register your attendance and pay for your graduation fee.

If you no longer have access to your Student Portal, please contact Student Services to update your details. Attach the 'Change of Details' form that can be found here.

The ceremony is approximately two (2) to two and a half (2.5) hours, however, please take into consideration that we will ask you to arrive earlier so you can get your academic regalia.

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 graduands. Only graduands are to be present at the registration area.

Guest Registration: If guests are permitted to attend they will also have to register when they arrive. This will be detailed in your ceremony reminder email closer to the graduation day.

Gowning: After you have registered, you will proceed to the academic robing area.

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


Graduand registration closes - Graduands who arrive late will not be allowed to enter the ceremony from this point onwards.


Briefing: All graduands are required to go to the main room where important information about the ceremony will be provided.

Ceremony: The ceremony will be approximately two (2) hours. As a sign of respect to other graduands, academics, speakers, and sponsors we require all attendees to stay until the end of the ceremony.

Photography: A professional photographer will be available on the day. A digital photo of you on stage is included in your graduation fee. You will be able to purchase further photography packages from them if you wish to. If you want to take pictures outside the venue, you will need to return your academic dress first.

No. If you want to leave the venue please return the academic regalia you have rented for the day.

The academic regalia is the academic dress you will wear to receive your award at your Graduation Ceremony. The robe is called a 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.

Hiring academic/graduation regalia will be only available on the Graduation Ceremony day. This service will be included in your graduation fee. Please return your academic regalia at the end of the ceremony, except your graduation hat, which is for you to keep.

At the moment we do not sell any academic regalia garments.

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

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

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.

Graduates are welcome to wear cultural attire that represents their cultural traditions and beliefs. Make sure you wear the academic regalia as well.

We encourage any graduand the identifies as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin to wear a cultural stole. You can request this to be provided to you during the registration process for your Graduation Ceremony.

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.

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.

No. Your degree needs to be conferred at the Academic Board. 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.

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

Once you have met the eligibility requirements and been approved to graduate, you will receive an invitation to your graduation ceremony. This will be sent to your personal email address registered in the Student Portal, five (5) weeks prior to your ceremony date.

To apply to graduate in absentia, go to your email invitation and follow the registration link. Select ‘Not attending’ (prior to the registration deadline) and you will be automatically registered to graduate in absentia.

Once you have registered as ‘Not attending’, your award will be conferred in line with the next graduation ceremony dates. Your academic documents will then be mailed to you within 30 calendar days after the ceremony.

In the meantime, please make sure you don't have any outstanding fees with the University and that your contact information is up to date in the Student Portal. If your details are not up to date, 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.

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.

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. Records and Records Team will notify you via email once these approvals have been granted.

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 at the Graduation Ceremony you have been allocated. Your graduation documents will be given at the Graduation Ceremony otherwise you will be graduated in absentia and they will be posted to you within 30 days, from the ceremony date.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions your Graduation Documents may not be given at your Graduation Ceremony. You will be advised during your registration to attend the ceremony.

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

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

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

Yes, only if you are higher education student and have received a confirmation email informing you that you have been approved as a graduand. In the meantime, if you are awaiting the confirmation email and have completed your award requirements, you can request a 'Completion Letter'. Otherwise, you can find more information on the Results page.

Please check the 'Graduating in Absentia' tab to understand what are the requirements for this.

Please note that attending the ceremony is optional but receiving your invitation and academic documents are dependent on your university fees including library fines being fully paid.

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.

National Events Team is responsible for the organization of your Graduation Ceremony, the event itself. We are unable to help you with any enquiry regarding academic graduation processes, allocation of graduation ceremonies or graduation documents. If you need information about this please read below.

If you did not find the information you were after in any of the tabs of the graduation page, please be aware of the information below:

  • To update your contact details, please do it through the log in to the Student Portal, contact Student Services or Records and Results Team. It is very important you check this as the main reason students miss the Graduation Ceremony is due to outdated contact details in the system.
  • Please contact Records and Results team if your enquiry is in regards to the following matters:
    • Academic documents. More information can be found on the Results page.
    • Identification of graduands/eligibility to graduate.
    • No communications were received in regards to your Graduand status.
    • Update of contact details (full name, postal address, mobile, personal e-mail address)
    • Requests to change the location of your Graduation Ceremony - only 1 time is possible in the next 12 following months.
    • Graduate in Absentia (only for Higher Education students).
  • For any enquiries about university outstanding fees and library fines (the graduation fee is not an outstanding fee), please contact Student Finance

If you require urgent assistance or any other information, please do not hesitate to contact Student Services on the following contact details:

Student Services Hours:

Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm AEST

Torrens University: Phone: 1300 575 803 / E-mail: studentservices@torrens.edu.au

Think Education: Phone: 1300 209 112 / E-mail: studentservices@think.edu.au

Graduation Ceremony Recordings and Booklets

While graduations are often synonymous with endings, we know that this is just the beginning for our graduates and we look forward to seeing how they use their knowledge, skills and values learnt at Torrens University Australia to change the world.

Graduation ceremonies are live-streamed and provide an accessible way for families and friends to experience the ceremony, no matter where they may be located. Re-live and share your special moment on the Torrens University Australia YouTube channel.

2022 Ceremony booklets will be made available in the coming weeks.

Sydney 2022
Adelaide 2022
Brisbane 2022

Online 2022

Alumni

How do I sign up for the Alumni program?

Please join the Torrens University Australia and Think Education Alumni Network.

Where can I request copies of my academic documents?

You can find the information on the Results page.

Preparing to graduate

Student details

Make sure the following information is up to date in your Student Portal.

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 will 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 the Student Portal, please contact your Student Services team to confirm.