Program Completion, Conferral and Ceremony

Are you ready for Program Completion (Conferral) then to attend a Ceremony ?

In order to complete your program, be conferred and attend a future ceremony from Western Sydney University, there are 5 main steps to go through to ensure you have a seamless experience.

Graduation Flowchart

1. Register for Program Completion (Conferral January and March 2023)

The University has reintroduced the "Register for Completion" Application form.  If you believe you are near program completion or have completed your program and will have all details finalised by the below dates, please register so we can assess your student record for completion (with the first round of conferrals occuring January 2023 and second round March 2023).  If you already have a completed status you do not need to register as your status will show  you are completed awaiting assessment to be conferred.

The register to complete application form will open 5 December 2022 with a closing date of 31 January 2023.

Please access this form through your MySR

  • select "Graduation" in the drop down menu; then
  • select the "Register to Complete" option and submit your application (If you are in a double program or integrated program you will also need to complete the early exit option for each component of your program (there is the Early Exit selection in the drop down menu under Graduations, if we do not receive the early exit submissions you will not be assessed for completion) .
  • If you have a completed status already - under Graduation in the drop down menu will be an option "Verify your Completion/Conferral details" (this option will be available on your MySR around 14 December 2022.

To be eligible for the next conferral rounds, your student record must be ready for completion as per the timelines below:

20 January conferral  - record ready by official results release - 2 December 2022
29 March conferral  - record ready by official summer results release - 3 March 2023

Once you have submitted your registration to complete, you can then check your verify your comletion/conferral details under your MySR along with checking your Degree Works to make sure it states 100% complete under the Graduation view (if this does not show 100% please contact student central as they may need to submit a contrary to program rules IT ticket for you).  Please also check your statement of account and emails to ensure there are no outstanding program fees or library fees (library fees will be via email only)

If there are any outstanding fees or program requirements (including pending grades, outstanding credit) by the advertised timelines you will be declined for completion.

If your award is conferred during January 2023 or March 2023 you will be invited to the next available ceremony round (this invitation will not come from the graduation team, please contact studentcentral@westernsydney.edu.au for ceremony information)

You may have received previous advice that the University no longer requires you to apply to graduate. Although it was our intention that students are identified automatically by our student management system, this process is not yet fully operational.

Early Exit, Diploma or one component of your double degree

Note: there is a separate process for the below situations:

  • If you wish to exit early from your enrolled award
  • If you are wanting to graduate with your Diploma in an Integrated Award
  • If you want to graduate from the first component of your Double Degree

You can apply for these three processes via the following steps:

  • Log in to MySR
  • Click on the Banner menu on the top left (three horizontal bars)
  • Click on Banner > Student > Graduation > Early Award and Exit Request
  • You can check your eligibility to receive an Early Award here and apply if you are eligible
  • You will get an outcome based on the Graduation team’s assessment of your request.

Please also ensure you have confirmed the following prior to making your application to graduate:

2. Eligibility Review

Your Register to Complete application is assessed by the University to confirm that you meet the program rules and have not outstanding administration details which include but not limited to outstanding fees, pending grades, transfer credit, prior learning credit, cross institutional credit not finalised (any of the items listed below will prevent you from being completed for these conferral rounds).

If you apply to graduate and are deemed ineligible, you will receive an outcome including what is required for you to complete your program and will need to apply for a future round.

Finalise Holds (Encumbrances)

You must clear all outstanding debts with the University before you can be completed/conferred. This includes:

  • Tuition Fees
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Loans
  • Library fines
  • Equipment fees

Potential Graduates with outstanding debts will not be permitted to graduate. If your debt is not cleared before the advertised completion/conferral dates, you will not be included on the graduation list until all debts are cleared. Please refer to Holds (Encumbrances) for information on how to pay, what will happen if you don't clear your debts, and how to get help and advice.

Once you've cleared any debts, please ensure you advise the Graduations Team by submitting emailing graduations@westernsydney.edu.au

Have all outstanding results resolved

Any activity that results in a delay to your final results leads to your completion and conferral being moved to a future month. Such activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Sitting a deferred exam
  • Sitting a supplementary exam
  • Submitting an additional assessment
  • Submitting documentation for special consideration
  • Misconduct hearings (regardless of final outcome)
  • Your results are not finalised by the advertised timelines
  • You are currently enrolled
  • You have outstanding grades
  • Professional placement / Industrial Experience processing/ Industry Based Learning / grades are not complete
  • Incomplete Contrary to program Rules application
  • You have not submitted an early exit application via MySR for double degree programs or integrated programs
  • You have advanced standing or program transfer details still pending
  • Cross Institutional details are not finalised
  • Your post census miscellaneous unit is not finalised and transferred by the advertised timelines
  • You were given an extension to submit work and results not finalised by advertised timelines
  • You have not met program requirements by the advertised timelines (regardless of cps achieved)
  • Cross Institutional study results are post our advertised timelines, unfortunately we are unable to extend our timelines
  • Delays in processing marks
  • You have not received an honours level for honours programs
  • You have not met program requirements by the advertised timelines (regardless of cps achieved)
  • Cross Institutional study results are post our advertised timelines, unfortunately we are unable to extend our timelines
  • Delays in processing marks
  • You have not received an honours level for honours programs
  • Change of Grade no processed by advertised timeline
  • Program variation not finalised on student record
  • Enrolment issues not finalised
  • You are doing the GPA neutral scheme (2021 only)
  • Submitted documentation for a review of grade

If you have outstanding details, please contact your Academic Program Advisor requesting them to finalise outstanding details to enable you to move forward in the graduation process.

Check Award & Completion details (Specialisations, Honours Class, Medal)

  • Please check that your specialisations are shown correctly (Majors, Minors etc.).  Please remove any that you will not complete as this will block you from completion if incorrect
  • Testamur Majors will be shown on your testamur (degree certificate) and the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).
  • Non-Testamur Majors and Minors will be shown on your AHEGS only – please refer to the Handbook or your Academic Program Advisor if unsure.
  • If you have completed study allowing you to graduate with Honours, check that your level of Honours has been added to your record. If your level of Honours is not reflected on your record, contact your Honours Coordinator promptly to ensure the information is added by the advertised timeline.
  • If you believe you have met the requirements to be awarded Distinction or University Medal, check that this has been added to your record. If you are unsure whether you are eligible to graduate with Honours, Distinction or a University Medal, refer to the Graduation Policy / Document / Policy DDS

Check personal and contact details

You need to check your full legal name as held in your student record. You can view your legal name by checking Name on Testamur in MySR. Your full legal name is what appears on all of your official documents from the University including your Testamur (degree certificate) and the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

If you need to change your legal name, you will need to complete the following form.

Notify the Graduations Team via email graduations@westernsydney.edu.au immediately once you have completed the above steps to notify us that you have submitted correct documentation for your name to be changed or charges may be incurred for any changes.

Please note that No titles or brackets will be printed on the testamur.

You must also ensure that all your contact details are accurate in MySR to receive important graduation information and documents.

Submit Your Thesis Before Graduation

Are you a research student? If you are a Research graduate, you must follow communication and details as provided by the Graduate Research School (GRS) ensuring all documentation is submitted to them by the timelines. Please also complete the Register to Complete form found under your MySR and the graduation option and confirm with GRS they have completed your record.  If all details are not finalised and provided to GRS and any outstanding administration details may result in your conferral being delayed until the following round.

3. Conferral

Conferral is the official University process by which students degrees are awarded after final University approval. You are considered a graduate of Western Sydney University upon your conferral date.

Upcoming conferral rounds are:

20 January 2023 - student record needs to be clean as of Main round results release - 2 December to move to the completed stage
29 March 2023 -  student record needs to be clean as of Summer results release - 3 March to move to the completed stage

4. Graduation Documents

You will receive communication with information on how to order and pay for your graduation documents online once you are deemed eligible for completion. Documents will be mailed to your nominated address by registered post as per information we will provide in our emails (usually 4 weeks post conferral). Graduation documents include your Testamur (degree certificate) and the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

Note: You will not receive your graduation documents at your graduation ceremony.

5. Graduation Ceremony

All conferred students will receive an invitation to attend the next round of graduation ceremonies.  Please contact studentcentral@westernsydney.edu.au for ceremony information.

You can decide to either:

Attend the ceremony;

If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will receive emails from the University with details of your ceremony date and time. You will need to pay for your ceremony and regalia hire to attend your ceremony. You can bring a limited number of guests which will be confirmed in your ceremony allocation email.

Students are allocated to ceremonies according to their program, and therefore unable to choose the ceremony date and time. There are many factors involved in scheduling ceremonies for certain dates/times that makes catering for individual requests impossible – i.e. Officiating Party availability, mapping of certain programs to align with school ceremony allocations, venue availability and capacity.

The cost for attending a ceremony is $110 (including GST), which is paid to Silver Rose and includes regalia hire. You will receive information about this via email. Please note that the payment for Academic documents is separate to the ceremony fee.

All graduands must wear regalia provided by Western Sydney University. Due to the formal nature of regalia, we recommend you wear smart attire to your graduation ceremony. Students may also choose to wear a black cloth trencher (hat) as part of their regalia, as this is not a mandatory requirement.

Defer the ceremony; or

Deferring your ceremony means that you are nominating to attend the next round of graduation ceremonies. You can only defer your ceremony attendance once. If you choose to defer the ceremony, you will be invited to attend the first ceremony round falling after the one you deferred from.

If you choose to defer and don’t attend the next graduation ceremony, you are not able to attend any future rounds.

Graduate in absentia

This means you decide not to attend your ceremony.

Congratulations! Successful completion of all these steps makes you a Western Sydney University Graduate and you are now one of our Alumni. Find out everything our Alumni team can do for you at Alumni.