Bendigo Graduations 2021

Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 June 2021
Location: Heywood Library event space

Invitations for 2021 will be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the ceremony date. This email will include a link to the graduation registration portal.

To receive your invitation to graduate, please:
  • Ensure we have your correct contact details.
  • Regularly check your email for updates. Invitations for 2021 will be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the ceremony date.
  • Clear any overdue fees or debts with the University.
Your three graduation options:

1. Attend this ceremony
2. Defer to a later ceremony, or
3. Graduate in absentia (without attending a ceremony).

Note: After receiving your graduation invitation, if you do not choose one of the above options, you will automatically graduate in absentia. Graduating in absentia means you will not have the option to attend a future ceremony. You will need to request your testamur online after the date of your original ceremony.

COVID-Safe Graduations

Known case locations

Please ensure you are familiar with any known case locations and follow the public health orders relating to testing and leaving quarantine.

Physical distancing

Physical distancing of 1.5 m will apply and venue capacity restrictions apply.  We've reduced the number of people allowed in each space throughout the venue accordingly.


Mask wearing will apply as per the current Victorian Government's restrictions. Find information about wearing a face mask in Victoria.

Allocated seating

Seating for students and guests will be allocated and adequately distanced for the ceremony. Venue staff will be on hand to help manage this.

Contactless testamur presentation

The testamur (degree certificate) presentation will be contactless for your safety. It is tradition to doff your trencher (graduation cap) as a gesture of respect to the Presenter and the Chancellor and we will be asking graduates to do this as usual. There will not be handshaking as part of the presentation ceremony.

Sanitising stations

Hand sanitising stations will be available at various locations throughout the venue. Handwash facilities will also be available in all bathrooms.


Livestreaming will be available for all ceremonies. Please visit the Livestreaming page for more details on your ceremonies' Livestreaming. We encourage you to share the Livestreaming link with your supporters (including those at high-risk) who are unable to be with you in-person.


The venue will be deep cleaned before all ceremonies including bathrooms and high touch areas.

Before graduation and RSVP

    Once you have received your Graduation Invitation email:

    Please respond to your invitation and let us know your preference via the registration portal.

    Your three options are:

    1. Attend this ceremony
    2. Defer to a later ceremony, or
    3. Graduate in absentia (without attending a ceremony).

    If you have decided to attend this ceremony:
  • Make a note of your ceremony date and time
  • Check your award title and formal name is listed correctly as this is what will appear on your testamur. If incorrect, you may update your personal details.
  • Complete the registration process via Reed’s website, ensuring that you:
    • Enter your name pronunciation
    • Pay your registration fee.
    • Reserve your guest tickets
  • You can learn more about the registration process via Reed Graduations’ FAQs [External].

    Also, be sure to:
  • Clear any outstanding fees or debts with the university.
  • Check your student inbox regularly for graduation updates
  • Print out your registration ticket and your guests’ tickets to take with you to graduation

On the day of your Graduation

Details TBC.

Food and beverage

Will graduations be catered in 2021?

Unfortunately, graduations in 2021 will not be catered due to the Victorian Government’s mass gathering food handing safety provisions. Registration ticket prices have been reduced and adjusted accordingly. We hope you consider supporting local food retailers.

Special assistance

If you or any of your guests need special assistance at the graduation ceremony (e.g. wheelchair or limited mobility access, visually impaired or hearing impaired assistance), please let us know via ASK a Question.

Professional photography, merch and Live streaming

Professional photography and merchandise

Reed Graduations provides the following services on the day:

  • Studio photography
  • On-stage graduate photography
  • Graduation frames and plaques
  • Graduation rings
  • Flowers and graduation giftware, including teddy bears and other mementoes

Contact Reed Graduations [External]

Live streaming

Live web streaming of your ceremony will be available for friends and family unable to attend. The video will also be available online after your ceremony for re-watching later.


More information on graduation documents

Hard-copy testamur (degree certificate)

You will receive your hard copy testamur at the graduation ceremony. If you chose not to attend the ceremony by graduating in absentia, you can request to have it posted to your nominated address.

Remember, you can let us know your preference (attend this ceremony, graduate in absentia, or defer to a later ceremony) by following the instructions in your graduation invitation.

Digital graduation documents

Keep an eye on your personal email address – as per your details in StudentOnLine – for instructions on how to access your digital documents via the secure platform, My eQuals. Digital graduation documents include copies of your testamur (degree certificate), academic transcript and graduation statements (AHEGS).

Please note, to be eligible to receive your digital documents, ensure that all outstanding debts or fee sanctions are cleared with the university.

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