Sydney Graduation

Graduation Mass

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 – St Mary’s Cathedral, commencing at 7:30 PM.
The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, OP will be the Principal Celebrant.

You will need to arrive half an hour before Mass starts

At the Mass you will receive your Graduation Cross with an inscribed plaque commemorating the year of your Graduation.

You must wear your academic gown to the Mass (you do not need to wear your hood or mortar board)

You will be seated with your fellow graduands in the reserved section

Confession will be available prior to Mass

You may bring more than 2 guests to the Mass

Please note that no public photography is allowed in St Mary’s Cathedral

December Graduation Ceremonies
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 – The University of Notre Dame Australia, St Benedict’s Hall

10am - School of Medicine
2pm - All other Schools

Please note all RSVPs must be returned before the Friday 13 November 2015

Graduand Information Booklet

April Graduation Ceremonies

All Schools

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 – Sydney Town Hall (times TBC)

Your application to Graduate

Application to Graduate 2015

Upon receipt of your Application to Graduate, a Graduation Check is sent to your School. Your Dean will assess whether you have fulfilled all of the requirements of your Course or will fulfil all of the requirements of your Course pending successful completion of your current Semester's units.

To check your current graduation status, please log on to the Student Academic Information Portal. If your Graduation status is ‘APPLIED’, ‘APP_PENDING’, or ‘APPROVED’, your application has been received and is being processed.If your graduation status is ‘DENIED’, you will be contacted by your School.

Please note:

  • Graduation is NOT an automatic process – you must formally apply by completing an Application to Graduate.
  • In order to confirm your eligibility to complete your course, you must apply to graduate by 21 August 2015. (N.B. Applications received between 22 August – 4 September will attract a $100 late fee and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applications received after 4 September 2015 will not be considered).
  • Completed Application to Graduate forms can be submitted in person (Reception, Ground Floor, Pioneer House (NDS5)), by email from your University email account to, or by post (Graduation & Study Abroad Officer, The University of Notre Dame Australia, PO Box 944, Broadway NSW 2007).
Graduation Tickets

From 2016, the historic Sydney Town Hall will be the new home for graduation ceremonies for the Sydney Campus of the University of Notre Dame Australia, and each Graduand will be offered two (2) tickets for guests to attend their ceremony (this also applies for students graduating on the Broadway site in December 2015).

While the University appreciates that Graduands would like to share this ceremony with other family and friends, due to venue and resource constraints it is usually not possible to provide extra tickets. Once final numbers have been confirmed there may be a small allocation of extra tickets, but this is not guaranteed.

Notification of when the tickets are available for collection will be sent to your student email account closer to your ceremony.

Graduation Regalia

Graduands are required to wear the full academic regalia appropriate for their degree. Only those graduands in correct academic regalia will be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Regalia Craft are the University's supplier of regalia and have full details of correct hoods (colours) for each award. If you are receiving more than one award, the regalia of the highest award should be worn.

All orders to either hire or purchase regalia need to be made through the Regalia Craft website,

Regalia for Mass: We ask that Graduands wear only their Academic gown to the Mass. Please do not wear the mortar board.

Regalia for Graduation Ceremony: Graduands are required to wear full academic regalia to the Graduation Ceremony (gown, hood and mortar board).

Graduation – Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I apply to graduate after the due date 21 August 2015?
Applications received between 22 August – 4 September 2015 will attract a $100 late fee (non-refundable) and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Registrar. Applications received after 4 September 2015 will not be considered.
When do Results get released and how can I obtain a transcript?
Results for all graduands will be released on 5 December 2015, regardless of whether your ceremony will be taking place in December 2015 or April 2016.

After the release of results, transcripts listing a status of ‘Course Complete’ will be available for you to purchase to send to prospective employers, etc. (N.B. You will also receive a copy of your final transcript at your graduation ceremony).

Transcripts can be purchased by contacting the Fees Office on 02 8204 4437 or via, noting that transcripts ordered by 12:00 PM will be available for collection on the following business day.
Is the Graduation Mass compulsory?
The Graduation Mass is optional but we strongly encourage you, your family and friends, to attend. At the Mass, you will receive your special gift from the University – the Notre Dame Cross, engraved to commemorate the occasion. Only those in attendance will receive the Notre Dame Cross.

It should be noted that the Graduation Mass is the largest single event on the Sydney Campus calendar each year, and some guests may need to stand.

N.B. There is only one graduation Mass for all graduands.
I competed my course in Semester 1 2015 (or earlier). Can I graduate in December this year?
Although you have the option to request to graduate in December 2015, it may be worthwhile considering graduating in April 2016 at the beautiful and historic Sydney Town Hall, along with the other students from your School who will be completing their studies ta the end of 2015.

If you completed your studies at the end of Semester 1 2015 (or earlier) and wish to be considered for graduation in December 2015, please either indicate this on your Application to Graduate, or if you have already submitted it, email If you do not advise us, we will assume that you are wishing to graduate in April 2016.
Can I still graduate in December 2015 if I did not complete my course by Semester 1 2015?
Non-School of Medicine students who completed their studies in Winter Term 2015 or are due to complete them in Semester 2 2015 who still wish to graduate this December can elect to graduate on the Fremantle Campus, either in person, or in absentia.
What happens if I fail a unit or require a deferred examination in Semester 2 2015 – is there a possibility that I can still graduate in April 2016?
With graduation now taking place in April 2016, students who are due to complete their studies at the end of 2015, but due to exceptional circumstances require a deferred examination will have the ability to undertake their deferred examination during the 2016 Summer Term Examination Period (1-5 February 2016) and still be eligible to graduate in April 2016. Likewise, students who fail a Unit may have the opportunity to undertake the Unit (or suitable substitute) in Summer Term 2016 and still be eligible to graduate (subject to Unit availability).
Can I bring one extra guest to my graduation ceremony?
Space at the venue is limited but we do understand the difficulty in selecting only two guests to attend your ceremony. Please note that last year we were unable to accommodate any extra requests for tickets, and it is likely that this situation may occur again. Graduation ceremonies are increasingly popular and almost all students use their allocation of two tickets – leaving no spare seats at the ceremonies.

However, if you do wish to request an extra ticket, please email your request to and we will put you on a waiting list. Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of extra tickets.

Please remember that you are also able to invite family and friends to the Graduation Mass – which is a very special part of graduating from Notre Dame.
I have changed my name and would like my new name on my testamur and transcript, how do I do this?
If any of your personal details (including name) require updating, you will need to complete an Amendment to Personal Details form and submit it along with supporting documentation (e.g. ‘Change of Name’ certificate, Marriage Certificate, etc.) to Student Administration & Fees on the Broadway site (ground floor, Pioneer House (NDS5)).

Once we have sighted the original document we can change your name in our system. In order to have your testamur printed correctly please submit this documentation as soon as possible.
Key Contacts

Laurice Gea Gea – Graduation & Study Abroad Officer
Phone (02) 8204 4382
Address: Ground Floor, Pioneer House, 128-140 Broadway, Broadway NSW 2007