Graduation ceremonies

Graduations are the culmination of your course studies at Sydney TAFE and an opportunity to celebrate your achievement with your classmates, teachers, friends and family. Petersham College – as part of Sydney TAFE – will be hosting a number of graduation ceremonies and end of course celebrations in May 2014.

RSVP to attend

If you are due to graduate in the forthcoming ceremonies you should have now received an email invitation from Customer Services. You must reply by the deadline stated in your invitation in order to attend. If you believe you are due to graduate and have not received an invitation please contact Customer Services by emailing or phone 02 9335 2500.

Graduation ceremony dates

DateTimeGraduation or end of course eventLocation
Mon 5/056:30 for 7:00pmChild StudiesTurner Hall, Ultimo College
Fri 9/056:30 for 7:00pmInterpreting end of course eventBoydell Room, Petersham College, West Street campus
Tues 20/056:30 for 7:00pmBusiness, Accounting & Management StudiesTurner Hall, Ultimo College
Thurs 22/056:30 for 7:00pmMedia and CommunicationMedia Centre, Petersham College, West Street campus
Mon 26/056:30 for 7:00pmHairdressingMarcus Clark Building Level 8, Ultimo College
Tues 27/057:00 for 7:30pmBeautyMarcus Clark Building Level 8, Ultimo College

Location & Access

Turner Hall is located on Level 1, Building B, on Mary Ann Street in Ultimo. The Marcus Clark Building is located on George Street in Ultimo. Both are a short walk from Central Station. Unfortunately there is no parking available on the Ultimo campus.
Parking is available at Petersham West Street campus for the graduation events held there.

If you or your guests have special needs please alert Customer Service on 02 9335 2500 and every effort will be made to accommodate you.

Order of proceedings for graduation ceremonies

Please arrive for registration at the time stated on your invitation.

The formal part of your ceremony will last around one hour and will include a welcome address from a senior member of the college or faculty, an address from a nominated fellow graduate as well as, in some cases, an address from an industry representative or special guest. This will be followed by the presentation of achievement awards before the main presentation of the graduation certificates where you will be called to stage to receive your testamur.

Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are politely requested to stay for the duration of the ceremony to recognise your classmates’ success.

A celebratory reception will be held either prior or at the end of the ceremony where light refreshments will be served.

All events are expected to finish by 9:00 pm

Dress code

Please check your invitation for any dress code. Most graduation events advise smart casual or business attire.

Graduating in absentia

It is not compulsory to attend your graduation ceremony. If you are unable or do not wish to attend, you can contact Customer Service at any time after course completion to receive your testamur.

Alumni programme

Don’t forget to register for the Sydney TAFE Alumni programme - all graduates of Sydney TAFE are welcome to join. As a member of the Alumni you will be invited to exclusive networking events, exhibition previews and presentations, meet with our Ambassadors, plus have further access to career support from Sydney TAFE. You can register to join at your graduation or join now.


Do I have to collect my testamur in person?
You can have it collected by a nominated person of your choice however this person will require a letter from you with your signature authorising him/her to collect your testamur.

If I’m unable to collect my testamur in person can I have it posted?
Yes, please contact the college so that customer service can send you the authorisation letter for you to sign to authorise for your testamur to be posted.

What do I do if I have changed my address?
Please ensure you contact the College to notify of the change of address.  You will be required to fill a personal adjustment form so that Customer Service can update your address on the system. If you are a current student you can update your address by accessing the student portal via eservices.

What happens if I have not received the testamur that was posted to me?
You will be required to provide a statutory declaration confirming you never received your testamur and have this signed by a Justice of Peace. Once this declaration has been supplied to Customer Service your testamur will be reissued for you.

What if the name on the testamur is spelt incorrectly or does not have the name I would like?
Please notify Customer Service. There may be a fee of $75 for a reissue. Please contact Customer Service for further enquiries. 

Will I be able to attend the graduation if have outstanding fees?
Invitations to graduation are not issued where there are fees outstanding. This includes Library fines. Testamurs are also not made available whilst outstanding fees and fine are unresolved.  Contact Customer Service as soon as possible to arrange payment.

If I have lost my testamur can I have it reissued and how long does it take to be reissued?
Yes, you will be required to file a replacement testamur form and pay $75 to have it reissued.  Please allow at least two weeks for it to be reprinted.

Does every section have a Graduation?
Not all sections have a formal graduation ceremony. Please contact Customer Service for more details.