Charles Sturt University

Graduate in absentia (without attending)

Graduate in absentia

If you have successfully completed your course but you don't want to wait until your graduation ceremony, you can apply to graduate in absentia. This means that once we verify that you're eligible to graduate, your name and degree will be recommended to the University Council for conferral. After that University Council meeting we'll post your graduation documents to you.

If you choose to graduate in absentia, you can’t attend a graduation ceremony, unless you're a PhD or Doctorate Graduate.

How to graduate in absentia

  1. Submit your request to graduate in absentia in either of the following ways:
    • If you have received confirmation that you’re eligible to graduate, submit the graduation preference form and select that you do not want to attend a ceremony (in absentia)
    • If you have been invited to attend a graduation ceremony, submit the Application to Graduate form and nominate 'I will not attend'. If you believe you have completed your course requirements but have not been contacted regarding your graduation options, contact Student Central at or 1800 275 278.
  2. Your request will be processed according to the dates below
  3. After processing and approval, your graduation documents will be posted to your address within 4-6 weeks of the of the University Council meeting.

Dates for 2018

Below are the final dates to submit your request to graduate in absentia. If you miss a cut-off date, your request will be processed during the following period.

Submission deadlineUniversity Council Meeting
12 January9 February
9 February9 March
9 March6 April
13 April 11 May
11 May 8 June
15 June 13 July
20 July 17 August
17 August14 September
14 September12 October
12 October9 November