COVID-19 Graduations update

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.

Graduations in 2021

We are planning 2021 celebrations that are in line with current health restrictions and will give our graduates the best possible experience. For future celebrations, view the Graduation Dates page.

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, while completed students who no longer have access to their student account can request their details be updated by submitting a question to ASK a Question.

FAQs

How do I obtain my 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, including testamur (degree certificate, academic transcript and graduation statements (AHEGS), via the secure platform, My eQuals.

You will receive your hard copy testamur at a graduation ceremony. If you do not attend the ceremony, you can request to have it posted to your nominated address. You can let us know your preference by responding to our graduation invitation. Invitations for 2021 will be sent 4-6 weeks prior to the ceremony date.

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

I don't have access to StudentOnline. How do I update my details?

Graduates who no longer have access to StudentOnline can change their email preferences via ASK a Question, requesting their details be updated.

When are international graduations?

Click here for international graduation details.

Will ceremonies in 2021 be COVID-Safe?

Ceremonies in 2021 will comply with the Victorian Government public health guidelines relating to events. A number of provisions will be in place such as the following health measures.

Known case locations

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

Physical distancing

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

Masks

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

Vaccinations

All staff, graduates and guests wishing to attend a Graduation ceremony or the event site will be required to be fully vaccinated in line with government public health restrictions relating to planned events and the University's position on a fully vaccinated campus. For more information on vaccination programs at La Trobe or to make a booking for a vaccination click here.

Allocated seating

Seating for graduates and guests will be adequately distanced within the venue. Staff will be on hand to assist. As such, we ask that you do not move any non-fixed seating.

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 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.

Live steaming

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

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.

Where can I find more information on delayed Bendigo ceremonies?

For updates and more information, including FAQs, about the now-delayed Bendigo June 2021 ceremonies, please visit the Bendigo Graduations webpage.

Where can I find more information on delayed Sydney ceremonies?

For updates and more information, including FAQs, about the now-delayed Sydney August 2021 ceremony, please visit the Sydney Graduations webpage.