4. Preparing to graduate

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

If you have been 'approved' or 'conditionally approved' (pending your final semester results) to graduate in the upcoming graduation ceremonies, you will receive an invitation to your graduation ceremony to your ANU email. Invitations for the July ceremonies will be sent in May and invitations for the December ceremonies will be sent in October.

If you do not receive an invitation but think that you should have, please contact the Graduations Office.

You must respond to your invitation via your ISIS account. It is important that you respond to your invitation even if you will not be attending a ceremony. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for options for graduating.

Before you graduate, here is what you need to do:

It is essential that you download and follow the 'Graduand Information Guide and Checklist' included with your invitation, and tick each item off as you go.

This information guide will tell you how to:

  • Respond to your invitation;
  • Check your personal details are correct for your testamur and the ceremony program;
  • Pay any outstanding fees and fines to the university;
  • Hire or purchase your academic regalia (also see Academic Dress for Graduation);
  • Apply to be a Student Speaker (optional);
  • Apply for additional guest tickets (optional); and
  • Check your final eligibility to graduate.

If you are graduating from your program without attending a ceremony, you must:

  1. Either respond to your invitation (via ISIS) or apply to graduate.
  2. Check your personal details

The name on your testamur: Your name will appear on your testamur exactly as it appears on your ISIS account. 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 names, or reorder names, but not add names.

If your name is incorrect on your invitation, you must submit a Change of Name, Title or Date of Birth form to student@anu.edu.au. Evidence of name change, such as a marriage certificate, driver's license, birth certificate, passport or statutory declaration must be provided to support all changes of name, except correction of minor errors. This must be completed by 14 June (First Semester Ceremonies) or 15 November (Second Semester Ceremonies).

  1. Pay any outstanding fees and fines to the University

You will not be permitted to graduate if you have any outstanding debts to the University. Make sure that all payments are finalised well in advance of graduation to avoid disappointment. This must be completed by 14 June (First Semester Ceremonies) or 8 November (Second Semester Ceremonies).