RMIT graduation 2023

Is conferral different to completion? What’s a Testamur? Here are some common graduation terms and what they mean.

  • Testamur: The graduation certificate higher education students receive when they graduate. For more information, see Types of academic statements and how to get them.
  • Graduation gown/Academic dress: The regalia worn when graduating at a ceremony.For more information, see Graduation dress.
  • Program completion: This is when you have met the academic requirements of your program of study and are marked as having completed your program on RMIT systems. Normally, your completion date occurs up to two weeks after your results are released for the last semester of your program. It is not the same as your graduation date.
    Please note, you cannot access or order some academic statements (including SACs and finalised transcripts) until after your program completion. For more information, see Types of academic statements and how to get them.
  • Conferral: Also called Graduation. The date your qualification is awarded and you graduate at a ceremony or in absentia.
  • In absentia: Graduating in absentia means you don’t receive your graduation certificate at a ceremony. In absentia conferrals are usually the last working day of the month. You can then access your academic statements (including your Testamur or VE Qualification Statement) online and order a hardcopy to be posted to you.
  • Deferring your graduation: Postpone your graduation by applying to graduate at a later ceremony.
  • Award level: When you graduate, your award may be conferred with an award level (e.g. ‘Distinction’ or ‘Honours First Class’). Depending on your program, your award level will be calculated based on your GPAWAM or, for HDR students, the mark achieved in your research project. Vocational education programs and doctoral programs are awarded without an award level.
See also  University of Tasmania (UTAS) graduation 2023

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


At RMIT, 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 RMIT graduation, you can visit their website or contact the RMIT Student Centre for more information.

How long does RMIT 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.


RMIT graduation dates 2023

Graduation ceremonies

Vietnam Graduation Ceremony

Date Ho Chi Minh City – 17 and 18 April 2023

Hanoi – 21 April 2023

Apply by The RMIT Graduation Vietnam team will send an invitation to your personal email address closer to the time. More information about the Vietnam Ceremony is available on the RMIT Vietnam Graduation website.
Who can attend? All bachelor degree and higher students studying in Vietnam and higher education students studying in Melbourne who have family and friends in Vietnam.

RMIT graduation 2023 tickets

Graduate in absentia

If you graduate in absentia, you’ll confer (graduate) at the end of the month in which your school confirms that you’ve completed your program. Within one week after you graduate, you’ll automatically be given access to your digital testamur or VE Qualification Statement via My eQuals. You’ll also be able to order your hardcopy testamur or VE Qualification Statement to be sent to you by post. See Types of academic statements for information about accessing or ordering your academic statements.

If you don’t apply to graduate, you’ll automatically graduate in absentia at the end of the month in which your school confirms that you’ve completed your program (excluding SIM and SUIBE students).

RMIT graduation 2023 photos

Eligibility to graduate

Information for RMIT staff




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