Completion and graduation

Information for higher degree by research (HDR) candidates on completion and graduation.

Notification of completion

Once you lodge your final archival thesis or dissertation to the School of Graduate Research via the Candidate Centre in EOL, a recommendation will be made to the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Training and Development (ADVC RT&D) of the School of Graduate Research (SGR) that you be formally admitted to the degree.

You will lose access to your student email address following graduation, therefore it is extremely important that you keep your personal email up to date in the RMIT system.

You’ll be issued a digital transcript, which states your completion date, automatically and free of charge via My eQuals. If you require a Statement of Academic Completion you can order this via Statement of Academic Completion.

Graduating in 2021

You do not need to apply to graduate in 2021, as your award will automatically be conferred (you’ll graduate) in absentia at the end of the month that the School of Graduate Research marks you as complete from the program.

Students who graduate in absentia in 2021 will also be invited to celebrate their achievements with their classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony (excluding SIM, Vietnam and SUIBE ceremonies). Find out more about Graduation Options.

Up to two weeks after your graduation, your digital academic statements, i.e. Testamur, transcript and Australian Higher Education Statement (AHEGS), will be available online via My eQuals. You can also purchase a hard copy of your Testamur via Student Forms at a cost of $55 (including registered post).

Please note that your degree must be conferred before you can begin to use the title of Dr.

2021 ceremonies (currently still planned as normal)

May 2021 Doctoral Degrees Graduation ceremony

December 2021 Melbourne Graduation ceremony.

For more information on graduations please see the graduation pages.

Need help? 

Submit an enquiry to the School of Graduate Research

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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 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.