Australian National University ANU graduation 2023

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

If you have been ‘approved’ or ‘conditionally approved’ (pending your final results) to graduate in the upcoming graduation session, you will receive an invitation to confer your award via your ANU student email account.

Invitations for Semester 1 are sent in May/June, Semester 2 are sent in October/November.

If you have not received an invitation, but think you should have, please contact your ANU College.

Steps to graduate:

1) Check your personal details are correct

The name on your testamur: Your name will appear on your testamur exactly as it appears in ISIS. The testamur is a legal document and as such, can only display your legal name. Testamurs cannot include nicknames, shortened or diminutive forms of your name, or initials. You may drop or reorder names, but not add names.

If your name is incorrect in ISIS, you must submit a Change of Name, Title or Date of Birth form (available in the Resources on this page) to This must be completed by your invitation to graduate response deadline.

Personal Details: When responding to your invitation to graduate, please ensure your mailing address and contact phone number/s are in English and up-to-date in ISIS. If you are graduating in absentia, this will ensure we post your Testamur to the correct postal address. Please note we cannot post to a PO Box address. There is no charge for postage.

2) Respond to your invitation

You must respond to your invitation via your ISIS account. Conferral of your award/s will not occur if you do not respond to your invitation.

You can respond to your invitation with one of the following three options:

  1. Will Attend: Choose this option if you would like to graduate in your current academic session and attend a Conferring of Awards ceremony. Your Testamur will be presented to you at the ceremony.
  2. In Absentia: Choose this option if you would like to graduate in your current academic session, but do not want to attend a ceremony. Your Testamur will be posted to your mailing address in ISIS, so please ensure it is up to date.
  3. Defer: Choose this option if you do not wish to graduate now and want to defer the conferral of your award/s for up to 12 months. You will receive another invitation for a ceremony in the future.

3) Pay any outstanding fees and fines to the University

You will not be permitted to graduate if you have any outstanding fines or obligations to the University. Please make sure that all payments are finalised well in advance of graduation to avoid disappointment.

4) Pre-order your graduation documents

You will receive free electronic copies of your Testamur, Transcript and AHEGS within 72 hours of your conferral. These documents are uploaded securely to the My Equals platform, where you will have unlimited access to your documents online.

However, you can also opt to pre-purchase hardcopies of your Transcript and AHEGS. You will be able to collect these documents from the Student Central staff at Lewellyn Hall once your ceremony has concluded. Please note this option is only available to students that will be attending their graduation ceremonies.

Pre-orders for hardcopy graduation documents will open at 4pm (AEDT) on Friday 2 December and close 5pm (AEDT) on Wednesday 7 December. You can complete your order through Miscellaneous Purchases on your ISIS account. Please note that charges will apply for the purchase of hardcopy academic documents.

5) Order your graduation regalia

If you are attending a ceremony, the wearing of regalia is mandatory. Regalia can be hired or purchased from the University’s preferred supplier, Reed Graduations Services, by following the link at the top of the page.

6) Confirm your final eligibility to graduate

Your final eligibility to confer will be listed on ISIS after 9am on Friday 2 December.

Completing an award at ANU is a significant academic achievement and is rightly celebrated at the University’s prestigious Conferring of Awards ceremonies. Conferring of Awards ceremonies are inspiring events that have both formal and symbolic significance.

The Australian National University holds graduation ceremonies several times a year to confer degrees to students who have successfully completed their studies.


At Australian National University, graduation ceremonies are held at the St Lucia campus in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The ceremonies usually take place in May, July, and December.

Students who have completed their studies and met all the necessary requirements for graduation will receive an Students wear academic gowns and hoods during the ceremony ony, students wear academic gowns and hoods and receive their degree certificate in person.

If you have any specific questions regarding Australian National University graduation, you can visit their website or contact the Australian National University Student Centre for more information.

How long does Australian National University graduation ceremony take?

approximately 90 minutes

Each graduation ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes and follows a set process: 1. The graduand procession enters the hall (in strict order) approximately 15 to 20 minutes before the official start of the ceremony.

Australian National University graduation dates 2023


Australian National University graduation 2023 tickets

All graduands who indicate they are attending the Conferring of Awards ceremony will be offered up to two guest tickets. When responding to your graduand invitation, you will be asked to indicate how many guests you would like to attend the ceremony –  0, 1 or 2.

Extra guest tickets

Students who indicate they wish to attend a ceremony will be contacted via their student email account regarding a ballot to request extra guest tickets.

Students may apply for up to three additional guest tickets.

There is no guarantee that extra guest tickets will be available; the number of available tickets is dependant on a number of factors including venue capacity, pandemic related restrictions, and the number of graduating students.

Students must enter the online ballot to apply for additional guest tickets: contacting the Graduations Office in any other way will not result in tickets being allocated.

If you are successful in obtaining extra guest tickets, please be aware that the additional seats may not be located next to your original allocation.

Ballot outcome

The outcome will be advised to your identified email addres no later that two business days prior to the date of your ceremony.

All guest tickets will be emailed to your university email adress.

Australian National University graduation 2023 live stream

Can you watch a graduation ceremony online?
You can easily broadcast your virtual graduation or commencement ceremony as long as you have the right equipment and software for professional live streaming. You can set the stream to pre-record and view the graduation video at a later date.

Allocations for individual ceremonies are listed below.

10.00am Tuesday 13th December 2023

  • ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

<<Livestream here>>

2pm Tuesday 13th December 2023

  • ANU College of Science (Undergraduate students only)
  • ANU College of Health & Medicine (Undergraduate students only)

<<Livestream here>>

10am Wednesday 14th December 2023

  • ANU College of Business & Economics (Undergraduate students only)

<<Livestream here>>

2pm Wednesday 14th December 2023

  • ANU College of Business & Economics (RSFAS Postgraduate & Research Students)

<<Livestream here>>

Student Speaker Biography

5.30pm Wednesday 14th December 2023

  • ANU College of Business & Economics (RSM, RSA & RSE Postgraduate & Research Students)

<<Livestream here>>

10am Thursday 15th December 2023

  • ANU College of Science (Graduate & Research students only)
  • ANU College of Health & Medicine (Medical School + Graduate & Research students only)

<<Livestream here>>

2pm Thursday 15th December 2023

  • ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

<<Livestream here>>

5.30pm Thursday 15th December 2023

  • ANU College of Law
  • National Centre for Indigenous Studies

<<Livestream here>>

10am Friday 16th December 2023

  • ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences (Undergraduate students only)

<<Livestream here>>

2pm Friday 16th December 2023

  • ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences (Graduate & Research Students + Undergraduate Visual Arts and Music)

<<Livestream here>>

Australian National University graduation 2023 photos

Venues and transport


Eligibility to graduate

The University will assess your graduation eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • that you have satisfied the academic requirements of your award/s, or will satisfy the academic requirements when results are released in the current semester/session; and
  • that you have settled all obligations with ANU (fees, fines etc.).

If you intend to make any changes to your enrolment (for example, drop a course) after census date, you should contact your ANU College beforehand to check if it will affect your eligibility to graduate.

Results for non-standard sessions (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring) may not be available in time for the upcoming conferrals. For example, an Autumn session course may not publish results by the deadline to graduate in July, and a Spring session course may not publish results by the deadline to graduate in December.

Transfer to Masters: Postgraduate students completing a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma should seek academic advice before graduating.

Transferring to a Masters is a straightforward application with no fee and credit can be requested at the same time. Conferring a lower award may affect credit applied to the new academic program. Please seek academic advice from your College prior to conferral if you intend to continue study.

Potential graduands

In the first stage of eligibility assessment, you will be notified via your ISIS Message Board if you have been identified as a potential graduand. If you do not have this message, and believe you are eligible to graduate, you should contact your ANU College immediately.

Assessments of eligibility to graduate will occur throughout April and May for the July graduation session, and throughout August and September for the December graduation session.

Preliminary eligibility to graduate

Following College assessment of all potential graduands, your graduation status will be viewable via your ISIS account.

Your graduation status will be one of the following:


You have met all of the requirements for your award/s.

Conditionally approved

Your eligibility to graduate depends on the successful completion of courses in the current semester/session.

If you are assessed as ‘conditionally approved’ and the conditions are not met (such as failing a course, supplementary or deferred assessment required, or a delay in receiving results), or you have outstanding obligations to the University, then your graduation status will change to ‘not eligible’.

Not eligible

You have not met eligibility requirements by the end of the current session/session.

If you are ‘not eligible’ to graduate due to late or unresolved grades, you will not be eligible to graduate in the current session. Please note: that if you are appealing a fail result, you will not be permitted to graduate unless the appeal can be resolved at least five days prior to the commencement of the July or December graduation session.

Published materials, such as program booklets, are finalised shortly after results are released. Changes to your eligibility status, level of award or personal details after the publication of results will not be reflected in these publications.

Invitation to graduate

If you have been ‘approved’ or ‘conditionally approved’ (pending your final semester/session results) to graduate in the upcoming July or December graduation session, you will receive an invitation to confer your award via your ANU email account.

***You must respond to your invitation via ISIS. It is vital that you respond to your invitation.

NOTE: the conferral of your award/s will not occur if you do not respond to your invitation to graduate***

Students who have previously deferred their graduation, and all HDR students, will not see a message in ISIS, but will receive an email invitation.

If you dispute your graduation status, please contact your ANU College immediately.

Final eligibility to graduate

Within 72 hours of the formal release of results for the current semester, your final graduation status will be viewable in ISIS.

Please refer to notification of results for more information, and result release dates.

Your graduation status will be one of the following:


You have met the requirements for your award/s. Congratulations! Please note, you are not a graduate of the University until the day/time award/s are conferred.

Not eligible

You have not met the requirements for your awards/s, and will not graduate in the current graduation session.

If you dispute your final graduation status, please contact your ANU College immediately.

**Please note that conferral of an ANU award is a matter of public record. This information will be available through Graduate Search, in accordance with the Privacy Policy

Information for Australian National University staff

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my invitation to graduate?

  • The Graduations Office will email the invitation to confer your award to your ANU student email account in May/June for July conferrals, and October/November for December conferrals;
  • You must respond to your invitation via your ISIS account. The conferral of your award/s will not occur if you do not respond to your invitation;
  • The Graduand Information Guide will be attached to your email invitation, it is important that you read it carefully.

 I have not received my graduation invitation, what should I do?

  • If you believe you are eligible to graduate, and you have not received an email invitation by 15 June for July conferrals, and by 15 November for December conferrals, please contact your ANU College in the first instance;
  • Your College will notify the Graduations Office of any necessary changes; you will receive an invitation if appropriate.

How do I respond to my invitation?

  • To respond to your graduation invitation, you will need to log in to your ISIS account: NavBar – Navigator – ISIS – Graduation – Graduation Invitation.

IMPORTANT: You must respond to your invitation in order for your award/s to be conferred. ANU awards are not automatically conferred; no response to your invitation means that no action will be taken.

When will I receive the physical copy of my academic documents when graduating in absentia?

  • Physical testamurs will generally be posted within 8 weeks of your conferral;
  • If you would like to purchase a physical copy of your academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS), please go to this page (costs apply).

Can testamurs be posted internationally?

  • Yes, we can post your physical testamur to an international address. There is no cost for international postage.

When will my documents be uploaded on My eQuals?

  • Digital copies of your Testamur, academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) will be made available via My eQuals within 72 hours of your conferral. You will receive an email notification to your ANU email account when they have been uploaded.

Can I defer my graduation?

  • Yes, you can defer your graduation;
  • To do this, you will need to respond to your graduation invitation on ISIS and choose the option “Defer your graduation”;
  • You will receive an invitation to graduate for a ceremony in the future [either 6 or 12 months later depending on your selection];
  • Note that choosing to defer your graduation means that you will not receive your award/s and academic documents. The graduation date on your Testamur will reflect the date the award has been conferred [which will be either 6 or 12 months in the future].

What name will appear on my testamur?

  • Check that your name in ISIS appears correctly. This is the name that will print on your Testamur;
  • The Testamur is a legal document and as such, can only display your legal name. Testamurs cannot include nicknames, shortened or diminutive forms of your name, or initials;
  • If your name is incorrectly reflected, you MUST submit a Change of Name, Title or Date of Birth form to This must be completed by your graduation invitation response deadline.

How can I check my outstanding obligations to the University?

  • Please check ISIS, your library and accommodation accounts to ensure no amounts are outstanding. You will not be permitted to graduate if you have any outstanding obligations to the University (e.g. tuition, SAF, library fines, accommodation fees);
  • All payments should be finalised well in advance of the end of semester to avoid disappointment.

What happens if I fail a course in my last semester?

  • If you fail a course in your final semester, you may not be eligible to graduate;
  • If you require academic advice, please contact your ANU College.

My graduation status says ‘Not Eligible’ and I don’t think this is correct. What should I do?

  • ‘Not Eligible’ means that you have not met the eligibility requirements of your award/s for the current session. This may be due to late or unresolved grades, or obligations to the University;
  • If you disagree with your final graduation status, you should contact your ANU College immediately.

What is an AHEGS?

  • The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a Commonwealth initiative introduced to help make Australian qualifications recognised and understood throughout the world. For further information please see this page.

What are Digital Documents?

  • Students and graduates can view, download and share their ANU academic documents online, at any time using a secure platform called My eQuals;
  • The academic documents available using this system are: academic transcript, Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) and Testamur.

What do I do if I need an apostille?

  • Original ANU awards containing signatures or seals obtained on or after 1995 can be authenticated or apostilled by DFAT directly on the original. There is no requirement to present them to Student Central to verify the content. The award obtained can be verified through Graduate Search as a matter of public record. For more information, please go to this page.

    PLEASE NOTE: This is only required in limited situations; most students will not need to go through this process.

How do I get a completion letter?

  • You can download a Program Confirmation Letter via ISIS. If you require proof that you have completed your award prior to conferral, you can request a Letter of Completion from your ANU College;
  • The Graduations Office cannot provide completion letters.

What is the difference between a Testamur, AHEGS and academic transcript?

The Testamur is the formal certification of your award and includes the University seal and signatures of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor.

A Transcript of Academic Record is a certified statement detailing a student’s complete academic record at the University. It includes details of all programs/courses in which the student has had an effective enrolment and the marks/grades achieved in course.

Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a Commonwealth required document in addition to the Testamur. It provides information on a student’s higher education qualification; the institute at which the qualification was obtained; the Australian higher education system, and the Australian Qualifications Framework.


See also  University of Tasmania (UTAS) graduation 2023

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