Graduation

It's time to celebrate! Find out all about graduating from RMIT, including graduation options and ceremonies, and how to apply.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

At the end of an extraordinary and challenging year, you’ve achieved something remarkable. Congratulations and welcome to our global RMIT alumni community!

More info for graduates

Academic statements

Find out how and when to get your graduation certificate.

Gifts and merchandise

A selection of official RMIT branded graduation merch is available at Campus Store.

Framing and plaques

R & J Framing is RMIT’s contracted supplier of frames and plaques.

RMIT Alumni

Get connected to our global online community.

Graduation terms

Is conferral different to completion? What's a testamur? Here are some common graduation terms and what they mean.

  • Testamur: The graduation certificate higher education students receive when they graduate.
  • VE Qualification Statement: The graduation certificate vocational education students receive when they graduate.
  • Graduation/Academic dress: The regalia worn when graduating at a ceremony.
  • Completion: This is when you have met the academic requirements of your program of study. Normally, your completion date is the official result release date of the last semester of your program. It is not the same as your graduation date.
  • Conferral: Also called Graduation. The date your qualification is awarded and you graduate at a ceremony or in absentia.
  • In absentia: Graduating in absentia means you don’t graduate at a ceremony. In absentia conferrals are usually the last working day of the month. You can then access your academic statements (including your testamur or VE Qualification Statement) online or order a hardcopy.
  • Deferring your graduation: Postpone your graduation by applying to graduate at a later ceremony.
  • Award level: When you graduate, your award may be conferred with an award level (e.g. 'Distinction' or 'Honours First Class'). Depending on your program, your award level will be calculated based on your GPA, WAM or, for HDR students, the mark achieved in your research project. Vocational education programs and doctoral programs are awarded without an award level.

Need help?

  • For more information about accessing your testamur, VE Qualification statement or other certificates, go to Academic statements
  • Find out about Award levels (Distinction,Honours First Class, etc)
  • For general enquiries, contact Student Connect
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer