All students need to apply for degree conferral in order to get a copy of their parchment. Degree conferral is the official awarding of your degree, diploma or certificate by the University, this can only occur at a Graduation Ceremony or an Absentia conferral. 

If you don't wish to attend a graduation ceremony you may apply to have your degree conferred in absentia. This means you will not be attending the ceremony, but your degree will be conferred by the University in your absence.


Checklist for Conferral in Absentia

Step 1 - Online application:

To have your degree or award conferred in absentia, you must lodge an Absentia Conferral Application (not attending) by the due dates listed below. Your award will automatically be put into the next available conferral date.

Please note that if you choose this option you will not be able to attend a graduation ceremony, for the nominated award, at a later date.


Conferral in Absentia - 2018 Dates

Conferral  Conferral Date  Application Due Date 
Absentia conferral 25 January 2018 17 January 2018
Absentia conferral 22 February 2018 14 February 2018
Absentia conferral 22 March 2018 14 March 2018
Graduation Ceremonies  April 2018 Ceremony allocations 28 March 2018
Absentia conferral 31 May 2018 23 May 2018
Absentia conferral 28 June 2018 20 June 2018 
Absentia conferral 26 July 2018 18 July 2018
Absentia conferral 30 August 2018 22 August 2018
Graduation Ceremonies September 2018 Ceremony allocations Date to be confirmed
Absentia conferral  25 October 2018 17 October 2018
Absentia conferral 29 November 2018 21 November 2018
Graduation Ceremonies December 2018 Ceremony Allocations Date to be confirmed

If you are not attending a ceremony you must select your method of collection from the following three options:

  • Collected by yourself from Flinders Connect in the Student Hub (Level 0 of the Central Library building at the Bedford Park campus) on the next business day after conferral. If you choose this method you will be required to bring some form of photo identification with you (ie driver’s license or student card).
  • Collected by a person of your choice, you can provide us with the name of an authorised agent to collect your parchment on your behalf. Your agent will be required to provide photo identification upon collection of your parchment.
  • Posted to you, charges will apply. See the Payment details below.


Step 2 - Payments:

Please arrange for prompt payment of postage for your parchment, if you have elected to have your parchment posted out. The cost for postage is A$15 for postage within Australia (registered Mail), or A$45 for international postage. Payments can be made by credit card, cheque, money order or cash (in person at Flinders Connect). Credit card payments may be made online via Online Payments. Cheques and money orders are to be made payable to Flinders University and sent to the Graduation Office, GPO Box 2100 Adelaide SA 5001.

Parchments will not be sent until after the conferral date and once payment has been received. Please also ensure your address is correct in the Student Information System.  

Students must also pay all debts to the University; these include debts to the library, as well as other fees. Your parchment, academic transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement will not be released to you until all outstanding debts have been finalised.


Step 3 - Check your graduation status online:

Check your Graduation Status in the Student Information System. This will become active within 10 days after you apply to graduate. If your status shows as "Expected to Graduate", your eligibility to graduate is yet to be confirmed. A status of "Pass" indicates your degree is completed and you are approved for graduation. If your status indicates that you are “Expected to Graduate” but you believe it should read “Pass”, please contact your Faculty Office for advice.


Step 4 - Official Documents will be posted/available for collection:

Your parchment, transcript and AHEGS will be posted, or will be available for collection on any working day from the day after your conferral date.