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We take great pride in sharing this opportunity to celebrate and publically acknowledge your achievement in a graduation ceremony.

Graduation dates

Graduation ceremonies

Ceremony dateCeremony start timeCollege

Thursday 18 May, 2023

Darwin Convention Centre



Friday 19 May, 2023

Darwin Convention Centre



Thursday 15 June, 2023

Alice Springs Convention Centre



Wednesday 20 September, 2023

CDU Casuarina Campus, Basketball Hall



Thursday 21 September, 2023

CDU Casuarina Campus, Basketball Hall



Friday 22 September, 2023

CDU Casuarina Campus, Basketball Hall



Thursday 19 October, 2023

Sydney Town Hall




  • Graduation dates are subject to change or cancellation.
  • Charles Darwin University will endeavour to adhere to the scheduled dates, times and venues as promoted on their website. However, if ceremonies are rescheduled, delayed, relocated or cancelled, Charles Darwin University is not responsible for any inconvenience or costs that may be incurred.

Conferral of awards

The next conferral of awards will take place on the following dates:

Conferral of awards


Includes students completed by


Council meeting8 December 202224 November 2022 – request onlyNo ceremony - testamurs will be sent in the two weeks following the conferral date

Please note that due to COVID Safety plan requirements, graduand numbers will be capped and guest tickets restricted to three for each attending graduand.

COVID-safe guidelines: please be reminded to stay home if you are unwell or have recently been in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient. Remember to practice hand hygiene, physical distancing and respiratory etiquette; and ensure that you keep informed of any NT Government restrictions.

    Graduation documents

    When you're ready to graduate, there are a bunch of different graduation documents you'll receive. We've provided a rundown of the documents you'll get, depending on if you're a Higher Education or VET student.

    Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) (HE)

    The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a secondary transcript issued to students when they graduate. AHEGS provides a snapshot of your achievements at university and has been designed to make Australian qualifications more recognisable to employers and institutions worldwide.

    Students graduating from a combined degree course will receive two statements, one for each award.

    For more information on AHEGS please refer to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website or email

    The replacement fee for a hardcopy AHEGS is $40 or $20 for a digital copy.

    Requests for AHEGS can be made through the Academic Document Request eForm. Please allow up to one week for processing.

    My eQuals (VET and HE)

    My eQuals is a platform that allows Higher Education and VET students to securely access graduation documents. These documents can be securely shared with anyone, such as employers or other universities. Access to your My eQuals doesn't expire.

    You will receive an email with a link and instructions on how to access My eQuals. You can share this link with employers or other institutions as you choose.

    If you graduated before May 2018 you can request a digital transcript via eQuals. This incurs a fee and you must submit an Academic Document Request eForm.

    Testamur (VET and HE)

    A Testamur is a legal document that you receive when you graduate to certify that your degree has been completed. This is provided to you free of charge at your graduation ceremony or posted to you afterward.

    A replacement fee for a hard copy Testamur is $100 for each completed course, capped at $300.

    The fee for a digital copy is $50 for all completed awards. A request for a Testamur reprint must be accompanied by the original Testamur or by a statutory declaration stating what happened to the original Testamur.

    In the case of a change of name, you must complete a Personal Details Amendment eForm.

    Requests for a Testamur can be made through the Academic Document Request eForm. Please allow up to one week for processing.

    Academic Transcript (VET and HE)

    An Academic Transcript is provided to you free of charge when you've completed your course. This will detail the results for each unit you have completed.

    Additional Academic Transcripts cost $40 for a hard copy or $20 for a digital copy. Please note that digital transcripts do not show the grading system as the original hard copies do. You can refer to the CDU Official Grading System for this information.

    Requests for an Academic Transcript can be made through the Academic Document Request eForm. Please allow up to one week for processing.

    Unique Student Identifier Transcript (VET and HE)

    You can access your Unique Student Identifier (USI) transcript by visiting USI Transcript/Training Record. Here you can view and download a USI transcript with all of your qualifications from 2015 onward.

    If you think your transcript is incorrect, get in touch with Student Central.

    Please note: you will not be able to request a transcript of your qualifications from the USI registrar without a USI. CDU will not be able to issue you a qualification or a Statement of Attainment until you provide a USI, or show us your Confirmation of an Exemption from the USI office. Find out how to get a USI.

    Completion Certificate (VET)

    A Completion Certificate is provided to you free of charge when you've completed your VET course.

    Additional Completion Certificates cost $30 for a hard copy. Digital copies are not currently available.

    Requests for Completion Certificates can be made through the Academic Document Request eForm. Please allow up to one week for processing.

    Memorandum of Grades (VET)

    A Memorandum of Grades is a printed record of units and results within a course. This is provided at the end of each teaching period for the duration of your VET course.

    A Memorandum of Grades is not provided when fees remain outstanding. For a replacement copy of your Memorandum of Grades, contact Student Central.

    Students are encouraged to view their results on MyStudentInfo.

    Statements of Attainment (VET)

    A Statement of Attainment (SOA) is used as a record of successfully completed units. An SOA is issued under the following conditions:

    • if a student has successfully completed one or more accredited units or an accredited short course that does not meet the requirements for a full qualification within 30 days of completing the training program*
    • if a student has withdrawn from a course they are to receive an SOA for any completed units within 30 days of withdrawing from the course.

    A Statement of Attainment is initially provided free of charge at the time of completing your study unit/s.

    To be eligible for an SOA, students must be debt-free with CDU and hold a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI).

    If you need a replacement copy of an SOA, a $35 fee will be charged for each request. Contact Student Central to organise this.

    Please note: the replacement Statement of Attainment will clearly state 'This document is a reprint of the original' and show the date the original document was issued.

    For more information, get in touch with Student Central.

    Getting ready to graduate

    Completing all requirements

    It is your responsibility to ensure you have completed all the requirements for your course before you are eligible to graduate.

    If results are outstanding, you must ensure these are completed in the semester before you graduate. For example, students who graduate in May will usually have completed all the requirements for their course by December of the previous year.

    Outstanding credit transfer or RPL 

    You will need to make sure that all advanced standing applications have been processed. This includes any prior study you have done at CDU that you believe should contribute to your current course. This process doesn't happen automatically. You need to apply for advanced standing (credit transfer or RPL) by submitting anadvanced standing eForm (login to the CDU Portal, select eForms and select advanced standing eForm)

    Unpaid fees, fines or loans

    Before graduating, make sure you pay any outstanding fees, loans or fines. This might include:

    • unpaid parking fines
    • overdue library books
    • overdue Student Services and Amenities fees.

    Non-completion of course requirements

    Before you graduate, you need to successfully complete all of your course requirements. To check up on your course progression, you can email

    Unique Student Identifier

    You'll need to make sure you have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before you graduate. Once you have registered for your USI, please forward it to for verification.

    Do I need to apply to graduate?

    You do not need to apply to graduate. CDU run reports to check what students are eligible to graduate each teaching period. If you believe you have completed your course requirements and haven't been contacted within two weeks after your final grade has been released, please complete a Nomiation to Graduate eForm (login to the CDU Portal, select eForms and select Nomiation to Graduate eForm).

    What if I decide not to attend my graduation ceremony?

    If you decide not to attend your graduation ceremony, log in to MyStudentInfo to register to graduate in absentia. We also recommend checking that your personal details are up to date.

    If you elect to graduate in absentia, you will be sent your testamur by mail approximately two weeks after the ceremony. Please allow for postal delivery times from this date.

    Overseas students will be sent their testamur via courier.

    All students will be sent their testamurs in a special cardboard folder to protect against damage in transit.

    If your testamur gets significantly damaged in the post, please contact us to arrange a replacement by emailing or contacting Student Central.

    Fees and academic dress

    The only fees you'll need to pay is for the hire of your academic dress.

    When you attend your CDU graduation ceremony, you'll need to wear academic dress over your regular clothing. This varies between types of degrees, but is typically is made up of a gown, hood or stole and trencher.

    Type of degree

    Academic Dress


    Certificates I, II and III

    Gown, Stole and Trencher

    pre-paid fee of $75.00

    Certificate IV, Diploma, Undergrad Certificate and Associate Degree

    Gown, Stole and Trencher

    pre-paid fee of $75.00

    Bachelor degree and above

    Gown, Hood and Trencher

    pre-paid fee of $80.00

    Once you have received your ceremony invitation, please follow the link to RSVP, and purchase your gown hire on the GFP website.


    GFP Graduations are contracted by CDU to take photographs during the graduation ceremonies held in Darwin. They also have studios available for portraits before and after each ceremony.

    You can pre-book your photography package at GFP Graduations.


    Guest invitations

    Due to COVID Safety plan requirements, graduand numbers will be capped and guest tickets restricted to three (3) for each attending graduand. This can include children.

    Your guest tickets will be sent out to you when we receive your invitation response.

    Disabled access

    If you or any of your guests have special access requirements, please email or contact Student Central.

    Name on your testamur

    It is your responsibility to ensure that we have your name correct prior to your graduation. The name that appears on your invitation is what will appear on your testamur.

    If you've had a change to your name or address, you can complete a Personal Details Amendment eForm or contact Student Central.

    Alternatively, you can complete the 'change of address' section on your invitation.

    Graduation ceremony

    On the day of your ceremony

    Here's a rundown of what you need to do on the day of your graduation ceremony.

    1. Let us know, even at the last minute, if you are unable to attend.
    2. Arrive early and register at least 1.5 hours before the start of the ceremony.
    3. Remain in your allocated seat, as seating will be arranged in the order in which you will be called up to collect your testamur.
    4. Move quietly and promptly when your row of graduates is called to come forward.
    5. Move quietly and promptly back to your seat after receiving your testamur to avoid congestion along the aisles.
    6. Respect other Graduands and remain in your seat until the ceremony is finished.

    Affiliated and merged institutions

    Over the years, Charles Darwin University has been affiliated and merged with other educational institutions.

    Not all information for these other institutions is available.

    Listed below are the institutions we have merged or affiliated with and an indicative date as to how far back our records go.

    • University College of the Northern Territory (1974)
    • Darwin Institute of Technology (1984)
    • Darwin Community College (1985)
    • Northern Territory University (1988)
    • Centralian College (November 2003).

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