Graduate In Absentia

We get it - there's a lot to organise once you've completed your program. If you can't make it to a ceremony, you need to apply to graduate in absentia. You'll then be conferred (graduated) on the last working day of the month* that your school signs off your program. You will then receive your digital testamur via My eQuals up to 48 hours later.

It's worth noting that if you graduate in absentia, you're unable to attend a future graduation ceremony for that program. 

Apply to graduate in absentia when you're in the final semester of your program.

*unless you apply to graduate in November or December, in which case your conferral date is the same date as the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony.

Request a hard copy of your testamur

After you've been conferred, you'll receive an email from us requesting that you confirm your mailing address. You must click the Get hard copy testamur button in this email to receive one.

If you don't click the Get hard copy testamur button you will not receive a hard copy testamur.

Vietnam students

Vietnam students who graduate in absentia will receive their testamur from the RMIT Vietnam campus.

RMIT graduation ceremonies

Enjoy the spectacle and fun of the Melbourne ceremony and parade or, if eligible, choose to graduate at one of our ceremonies outside Australia.


Melbourne Doctoral Degrees Graduation ceremony


Who can attend? All doctoral students
Date and Time 3pm Friday 15 May 2020
Venue Storey Hall, RMIT City Campus
Apply by Friday 20 March 2020
Graduation Fee $250 -  complimentary academic dress hire, four guest tickets, refreshments

Melbourne Graduation Ceremony


Who can attend? All higher education and vocational education students
Date and Time 3pm Wednesday 16 December 2020
Venue Marvel Stadium
Apply and confirm attendance by Friday 23 October 2020
Graduation Fee $250 - complimentary academic dress hire, four guest tickets, refreshments
Late Graduation Fee $100

If you pay the graduation fee and then decide not to go to the ceremony, you may be eligible for a refund. You just need to change your graduation option by Thursday 10 December,  and make sure your account is in credit.

Further details:

Note: If your result release date falls after the 30 November 2020, you're unfortunately unable to graduate at the 2020 Melbourne Graduation Ceremony. However, you may apply next year to graduate at a 2021 ceremony. 

Melbourne graduation parade

Why not make a day of it? Before the ceremony, parade down the city centre with more than 4000 RMIT students and staff!

Graduation ceremonies outside Australia


If you don't apply to graduate....

If you don’t apply to graduate within three months from the day your school confirms your completion, you’ll automatically graduate in absentia.



RMIT University acknowledges cultural and religious practices and will respect requests for non-contact protocols to be put in place for Graduations, Celebratory and Ceremonial Events