Graduation 2020

Dear Students,

The ICMS, Aspire Institute and ISCA graduation is an important event in the academic calendar. It’s a time to celebrate and a milestone that recognises our student’s achievements. We are incredibly proud of everyone who will graduate this year!

This year, 2020, is an unusual year. As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, the world continues to face new challenges as a result of the health restrictions and guidelines put in place to limit its transmission. Being able to provide an excellent student experience remains paramount for ICMS; therefore, we continue to find new ways to onboard and engage students in their studies as well as to celebrate successes.

As you probably are aware, the recent Graduation ceremony was held on 3PM Friday 13th November 2020.  Having already postponed the April 2020 Graduation, due to the strict lock down, we were determined to embrace the available technologies to create an event to celebrate your achievements and to show the world that at ICMS not even a global pandemic can get in the way of this important moment!

Why did we hold an online graduation?

ICMS delayed the planning of our graduation event until the very last moment hoping that restrictions would be lifted allowing us to host a face to face event for you. Unfortunately, what occurred in Victoria put an end to the further lifting of restrictions.

The decision to host an online graduation, while a difficult one, was seen as the most equitable solution for all 680 eligible graduands, some of who are offshore, some interstate and some, of course, who live more locally. An online graduation is, therefore, a way in which all of our graduands, whatever their location, can plan for a formal acknowledgement of their achievements, on the original date planned for the graduation. It is also a format that has been well-received at other Higher Education institutions around Australia and overseas.

What does this mean for you?

Be assured, if you’re eligible to graduate the status of your graduation is unaffected. You will automatically graduate in absentia, which means your degree will still be conferred on the same date as scheduled and you will officially become a graduate of ICMS. You do not need to do anything additional to graduate in absentia.

Can I defer my Graduation to 2021?

Given the nature of the global pandemic, and the uncertainty as to whether on campus graduations will be allowed even by April 2021, we cannot, unfortunately encourage any further deferrals, hence all students who completed their programs in 2020 will have graduated in absentia and will have their awards conferred through the online event.

NSW has relaxed gathering regulations recently, why didn’t we have our graduation in person?

Although the upper limit for a COVID safe gathering was up to 300pax at the time of graduation, the COVID-safe venue capacity limit of 4sqm per person in an indoor space still applies, which means the Chapel were we hold our graduations was only permitted to have 50 people at one time.

Schools are allowed graduation, why couldn’t we have our graduation in person?

NSW government relaxed restrictions on Graduations and Formals are explicitly for High Schools and not Higher Education institutions such as ICMS. The decision made by NSW Health on such events was made on the basis that high school students had continued to be in class together during the pandemic, and hence the risk was lower. Those high school events were still subject to very strict COVID related restrictions that were not initially apparent in the announcement.

Can I come to the Manly campus to take a photo dressed in regalia?
To celebrate the completion of your degree, if you were able to visit the Manly campus you were able to hire authentic ICMS graduation regalia and book professional photography. The service was available on select dates from in November 2020.
The graduation photo days are now closed for registration.
What about my graduation documents?

All eligible students will have their degrees conferred on the same date as scheduled, and their graduation documents (testamur and academic transcript) will be mailed to them. Hard copies will be posted within 4 weeks from the graduation date; however, there may be delays with Australia Post  due to COVID-19.

How do I register for the online graduation event?
To register to the Online graduation event please click HERE:
Please note that this registration will also be used to confirm your postal address to which your graduation documents will be mailed to.

I have paid for the graduation fee in April, can I receive a refund?

Yes! Since the face to face ceremony will not go ahead you are eligible for a refund. To request it please fill in this Refund E-form.

Can I have my award conferred if I still have outstanding fees?

Unfortunately, not, but there is time to resolve any issues in good time. Please contact the Finance team if this is a potential issue for you.

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with you!

What You Need To Do… 

To be able to graduate, students are required to go through some important, compulsory steps as explained below; please note that students will not be deemed eligible to graduate outside of this process:

Should you have any questions in relation to the above, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]