Autumn Graduation Update: May Graduation Ceremonies will not take place on May 1 and 2, 2020

Published On March 18, 2020 | By Amy | Latest News, News, Opportunities and Events

In light of recent recommendations by the Federal Government, the University of New England will not be holding the Autumn Graduation Ceremonies on May 1 and 2, 2020.

As always, the safety and wellbeing of all UNE staff and students is our highest priority, and we will work with all students to minimise the impact of this decision.

Attending a Graduation Ceremony

We understand that your Graduation Ceremony is a significant event in your study journey and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduands when possible.

We invite all May graduands to attend a future Graduation Ceremony by advising the Graduation Team of your preferences.

The Graduation Team will confirm future ceremony dates when possible. Please refer to the UNE Coronavirus Information page for all information.

What does this mean for my graduation documents?

We will provide your Graduation Documents following the official dates of Autumn Graduation Ceremonies (from Monday 4 May onwards). Please advise the Graduation Team how you would like to receive your documents.

If you request your documents via post, please allow up to four weeks to receive them. If you have not received your documents by June 2020, please contact the Graduation Team for assistance.

Document collection from Dixson Library will not be available for 2020 to minimise contact risk to all staff and students.

Graduation Orders

The team at UNE Life will be calling you if you have placed an order through the Graduation Portal. This includes Academic Dress, Graduation food, and Photography.

Academic Dress

If UNE Life has already sent you your gown you may either;

1. Keep your gown, as you’re welcome to graduate at a future ceremony.
2. Post it back to UNE Life (at your own expense) for a full refund on the gown.

Graduation Food & Photography

UNE Life is currently working on applicable refunds. Your money will be returned to the account it was purchased from and depending on your bank, may take up to 7 working days.

Look out for a phone call from UNE Life on Wednesday 18 March. If you have any concerns about your orders, please feel free to reach out to the UNE Life team by calling 02 6773 3073, or by emailing

If you have made travel arrangements for May Graduation Ceremonies

Please contact your travel or accommodation providers directly for advice regarding their refund or credit policies.

Who can I speak to?

Live updates regarding COVID-19 impact at UNE can be found on the UNE Coronavirus Information page. Additional information is available on the ‘Your Graduation’ page.

If you have questions about your Graduation you can contact the Student Success Team via AskUNE or by phone on (02) 6773 2000.

We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this decision has caused, and look forward to celebrating with our graduands and your guests in the future.

Kind regards,

Graduation Team
Student Success
University of New England

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