Changes to Graduation in 2020

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, we have made the decision to cancel or defer the following 2020 Graduation ceremonies.

Cancelled ceremonies

  • Doctoral Degrees Graduation Ceremony (15 May 2020)
  • SUIBE Graduation Ceremony (13 June 2020)
  • UPH Graduation Ceremony (Originally 20 March 2020, postponed to 19 June 2020, now cancelled)
  • Kaplan Graduation Ceremony (9 October 2020)
  • Hong Kong Graduation Ceremonies (11 October 2020)
  • Melbourne Graduation Ceremony (16 December 2020)

Deferred ceremonies

  • SIM Graduation Ceremonies (19-21 August 2020, postponed to Monday 23 August - Friday 27 August 2021)
  • Vietnam Graduation Ceremonies (1-2 & 4 December, postponed to 29-30 March & 1 April 2021)

You'll find more details about each ceremony below, including any action you need to take. 

Graduate in absentia

If you choose to graduate in absentia, you'll graduate at the end of the month in which your school completes you from your program. You'll then be given access to your digital testamur/VE Qualification Statement via My eQuals.     
 
Students who graduate in absentia in 2020* will also be invited to celebrate their achievements with their classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony. 

*Excluding SIM, Vietnam and SUIBE students.

The Graduation 2020 process

Only applicable to 2020 graduates, excluding SIM, Vietnam and SUIBE students, in response to cancelled 2020 ceremonies due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Students who have a debt to RMIT are not able to graduate or receive their testamur/VE Qualification Statement until this is cleared.

Melbourne Graduation Ceremony

In light of ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions, the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony and Graduation Parade have been cancelled. 

If you’re completing your program in 2020, your award will be conferred (you’ll graduate) in absentia at the end of the month that your school marks you as complete from your program. You’ll also be invited to celebrate your achievements with your classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony. 

We know that graduation is a huge milestone, and we'll still be celebrating with you in 2020. We're currently planning the events and activities that will take place instead of the 2020 Melbourne Graduation Ceremony and Parade.  Check in regularly to our Graduation page for updates. 

Ceremonies outside Australia

Cancellation of the 2020 Hong Kong Graduation Ceremonies

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to cancel the Hong Kong Graduation Ceremonies scheduled for 11 October 2020. If you’re completing your program in 2020, your award will be conferred (you’ll graduate) in absentia at the end of the month that your school marks you as complete from your program. You’ll also be invited to celebrate your achievements with your classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony.

2020 Vietnam Graduation Ceremonies Deferred

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to defer the Vietnam Graduation Ceremonies scheduled for December 2020. Please see the deferred dates for the Vietnam Graduation Ceremonies below.

Who can attend?
All bachelor degree and above students studying in Vietnam and higher education students studying in Melbourne who have family and friends in Vietnam.
Date 

Monday 29 March 2021 - Ho Chi Minh

Tuesday 30 March 2021 - Ho Chi Minh

Thursday 1 April 2021 - Hanoi

Apply by
23 January 2021
Contact
graduations@rmit.edu.vn

 

Cancellation of the 2020 Kaplan Graduation Ceremony

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to cancel the Kaplan Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 9 October 2020. If you’re completing your program in 2020, your award will be conferred (you’ll graduate) in absentia at the end of the month that your school marks you as complete from your program. You’ll also be invited to celebrate your achievements with your classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony.

2020 SIM Graduation Ceremonies Deferred

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to defer the SIM Graduation Ceremonies scheduled for August 2020. Please see the deferred dates for the SIM Graduation Ceremonies below.

Who can attend?
All SIM-enrolled students   
Dates
Monday 23 August – Friday 27 August 2021  
Apply by
TBC   
Contact
students@sim.edu.sg

Cancellation of the 2020 SUIBE Graduation Ceremony

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to cancel the SUIBE Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 13 June 2020. For further information, please contact Zhang Kangkang at zhangkk@suibe.edu.cn.

Cancellation of the 2020 UPH Graduation Ceremony

In light of COVID-19, and with the health and safety of the RMIT community in mind, the decision has been made to cancel the UPH Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 19 June 2020. If you have applied to graduate at the UPH Graduation Ceremony and require further information, please contact Ms Liza Handoko, Deputy Department Chair of Management, Faculty of Economics & Business, Universitas Pelita Harapan at liza.handoko@uph.edu or +6221 546 0901 (ext.1266).

2021 Doctoral Degrees ceremony (Melbourne)

If you’re completing your program in 2020, your award will be conferred (you’ll graduate) in absentia at the end of the month that your school marks you as complete from your program. You’ll also be invited to celebrate your achievements with your classmates, friends and family at a 2021 ceremony.
Who can attend?
All doctoral students    
Date and Time
3pm Friday 14 May 2021    
Venue
Storey Hall, RMIT City Campus    
Apply by
Friday 19 March 2021    

Cultural and religious practices

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.

Need help?

Contact RMIT Connect.