COVID-19 Graduations update

We are planning 2022 celebrations that will give graduates the best possible experience, while being in accordance with current health restrictions. For information on future celebrations, view the Graduation Dates page.

Graduations in 2022

Receiving your invitation to graduate:

Students with a 'passed' status will be invited to the upcoming graduation ceremony in accordance with the location listed on enrolment (course location).

Invitations to attend 2022 ceremonies will be sent 4-5 weeks before the ceremony date. You can check ceremony dates here. Your email invitation will include a link to the graduation registration portal, which is where you will notify us of your graduation preference (see below).

To receive your graduation invitations and to stay informed of updates, please ensure we have your best email address and mobile number so we can easily contact you. Current students can update their details in StudentOnLine. Completed students who don't have access to student accounts can request updates to contact details by submitting a question to ASK a Question.

Your graduation preference:

Your graduation preferences are:

1. attend the ceremony you have been invited to,

2. defer to a later ceremony, or

3. graduate in absentia (without attending a ceremony).

To avoid missing out on graduation:
  • regularly check your email for updates. Invitations for 2022 will be sent 4-5 weeks before the ceremony date.
  • clear any overdue fees or debts with the University (check your statement of account and sanctions in StudentOnLine, or ASK a Question).

Please Note: If you do not RSVP before the deadline, you will automatically graduate in absentia. Graduating in absentia means you will not have the option to attend a ceremony, and you will need to request your testamur (certificate) online after your original ceremony has concluded.

Once you've completed all your course requirements, keep an eye on your personal email address – as per your contact details in StudentOnLine – for instructions on how to access a digital copy of your graduation documents (these include your testamur/certificate, your academic transcript, as well as your graduation statement 'AHEGS'), via the secure platform, My eQuals.

You will receive your hard copy testamur (certificate) at a graduation ceremony. If you do not attend the ceremony, you can request to have it posted to you at a nominated address. You can let us know your preference by responding to our graduation invitation (see above).

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

Completed students who no longer have access to StudentOnLine can change contact detail preferences via ASK a Question, requesting their details be updated.

Ceremonies in 2022 will comply with current Victorian Government public health guidelines relating to events, as well as La Trobe University's Health and Safety Procedures. A number of provisions at graduation ceremonies may be in place, as required.

Attendee requirements:

Vaccinations

From 1 December 2021, the University requires all students, staff, contractors and visitors to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations (or hold a current valid medical exemption) to attend our campuses or a designated event.

This requirement is outlined in our Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 vaccination. For more information on vaccination programs at La Trobe or to make a booking for a vaccination visit the Get Vaccinated for COVID-19 page.

COVID-19 symptoms

Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell and get tested if you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).  If you are required to isolate due to symptoms of COVID and are awaiting results, and miss your graduation, please contact us to make arrangements for an alternative ceremony or full refund.

Face masks

Mask wearing will be required in line with the Victorian Government's regulations at the time of your ceremony. Find information about wearing a face mask in Victoria. You are free to wear a face mask if it's your preference to do so.

Ticketed entry

Only registered ticket holders will be able to access the Graduations precinct. Graduates and guests must show event ticket or registration on arrival.

Our venue-safe plan:

Cleaning

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

Ventilation

All venues are fully ventilated and will be aired between ceremonies.

Sanitising stations

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

Contactless testamur presentation

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

Click here for international graduation details.

More information

Please note that these Graduations FAQs are a subset of the broader University COVID-19 FAQs. Please make sure to refer to the broader COVID-19 FAQs to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments.

View our Student FAQs for COVID-19