Graduation FAQs

Once you have fully satisfied the requirements of your course, you will be able to register for an upcoming Graduation Ceremony.

When completing placement/practical, the final report must be received and processed by your Faculty/College before you will be eligible to graduate.

It is important to note that the Graduation Office is unable to assist with any queries regarding your placement/practical. Please direct those enquiries directly to your Faculty/College.

Graduation tab will become available after you have fully satisfied the requirements for your course/award (generally this occurs after your final Session/Study Period grades official release date).

If you cannot see a graduation choice but believe you have now completed your award please contact our Student Administration Services Team:

T: 1800 005 687


Your complimentary academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement are sent within 20-25 working days of when you complete your award.

Testamurs (degree certificates) can only be released after an award is officially conferred (approved) by the University Council. All testamurs are held securely by the SCU Graduation Office awaiting instructions from each graduating student.

Your testamur (degree certificate) will be sent after your award has been conferred (approved) by our University's Academic Board.

To avoid delay please ensure your preferred address and phone number are updated in My Enrolment.

Testamurs will be sent by registered mail for domestic deliveries and by courier for all international addresses.

The Graduation Office is located at R Block, Lismore Campus (R2.07). You will be able to collect your testamur during business hours, after it is conferred (awarded) by the University Council.

You will need to provide photo identification before your testamur can be released. Please email or phone 02 6620 3184 to arrange a suitable time to collect

You can choose any of the following options in My Enrolment or by emailing

  • Mail: You can choose to receive your testamur by mail and it will be sent to you as soon as it has been conferred (awarded) by the University Council.
  • Collect: Testamurs can be collected from the Graduation Office, Lismore Campus. Please email or call to arrange a suitable time during business hours for collection.
  • Postpone: You can choose to postpone and attend a future Ceremony.

Yes. If you are unable to attend your allocated Ceremony, you can choose to postpone your attendance until a future date.

A list of upcoming Ceremonies can be found on the SCU website

As soon as you have found a Ceremony you would like to attend, please email the Graduation Office at so we can make the necessary arrangements.


Yes. Ceremony allocations are based on your study location or if studying online default to either Lismore Campus or next available ceremony.

You are more than welcome to attend any of our scheduled Ceremonies at any of our locations. A complete list of upcoming Ceremonies can be found on the SCU website.

Please email with the details of the Ceremony you wish to attend so we can make the necessary arrangements.


No. Unfortunately, it's not possible to change the time of your Graduation Ceremony. Each Faculty/College/Cohort is allocated to a particular Ceremony time.

Registration deadlines

Ceremony Location

Ceremony Date

Registration Deadline
Sydney 24 February 2023 27 January 2023
Gold Coast 4-5 April 2023 10 March 2023
Coffs Harbour 20 June 2023 19 May 2023
Melbourne 1 September 2023 4 August 2023
Lismore 29 September 2023 1 September 2023
Gold Coast 6-7 December 2023 (TBC) 10 November 2023

No. If you have missed the last day to register for an upcoming Graduation you will need to email and register for a later Ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony times and Faculty/College and cohort allocations will be available after the registration deadline has passed.

As soon as the Ceremony time/s are available, all registered graduands will be advised by email, the details will be published on the Graduation website and the Everything You Need to Know about your Graduation booklet for your ceremony.

Following the registration deadline for your ceremony, a decision will be made about whether any additional guest tickets are available. If extra tickets are available, you will be able to purchase them for $20 each when you book and pay for your academic dress online.

The Ceremony will be live streamed and a recording will be available on our website.

Links to book and pay for your academic dress hire as well as information about collection arrangements will be made available as your Ceremony approaches. Please refer to the Everything You Need to Know about your Graduation booklet for your Ceremony.

Yes, we are following all local health directions in relation to COVID-19 safety protocols.

In addition, we recommend you wear a mask when entering and exiting the venue, use the hand sanitiser provided and, most importantly, if you are unwell stay at home.

Importantly, if graduates or guests are unwell, please do not attend the Ceremony.

Graduates can postpone to a later Ceremony and guests can view the Ceremony via the livestream.

If staff deem that graduates or their guest/s are unwell on the day, they may not be allowed to take part in your Ceremony.

In 2021, SCU merged some Schools and created Faculties, graduating students will be presented under the relevant Faculty, College or cohort for their award:

Former School  New Faculty

School of Arts and Social Sciences
1. excluding Social Work and Community Welfare awards
2. including Social Science awards


Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
2. including Social Science awards





School of Business and Tourism
3. excluding Information Technology awards
4. excluding The Hotel School awards

School of Law and Justice

School of Education

Faculty of Education
School of Health and Human Sciences  

Faculty of Health
1. including Social Work and Community Welfare awards

School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering
3. including Information Technology awards

4. The Hotel School awards will be presented with their cohort