2021 Graduation Ceremony Postponement
The uncertainty surrounding the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made it impossible to plan large scale events with any certainty this year, therefore, the decision was taken earlier in the year to postpose the 2021 ceremonies This decision was made in the interests of the health, safety and wellbeing of our graduands and staff.
We look forward to celebrating your achievement at a formal ceremony in 2022 assuming that ceremonies will be possible at some time during the year given the high vaccination rates we are now seeing. Graduates who were conferred in absentia in 2020 and 2021 will receive an invitation to attend a ceremony in this coming year as soon as dates become available.
If you have any questions, please contact Student Services:
Mr Robert Pastorelli
Registrar and Director of Student Engagement
Asia Pacific International College
Graduation is one of the most important events in any student’s life. It is the opportunity to celebrate, with colleagues, family and friends the achievement of an academic award through years of hard work and commitment. It is the acknowledgement of a great deal of personal sacrifice and the sacrifice and support of family and friends.
APIC holds one ceremony in Melbourne and one in Sydney each year in November. Graduates who missed out attending the ceremony in the previous year are also invited to attend the November Ceremony.
Further information about the free English classes for APIC students is found on the ELSIS website: http://www.elsis.edu.au/free-workshops/
|Academic Transcript||An academic transcript is a record of all learning leading to an AQF qualification or an accredited unit in which a student is enrolled and issued by an authorised issuing organisation.|
|Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)||The minimum standards and levels specified for Australian qualifications and award courses.|
|Award||A diploma, degree, Statement of Attainment, prize, or other certificate or recognition conferred on a student upon completion of a course or unit(s) of study.|
|Course||A structed sequence of study leading to the award of a degree, diploma, certificate or other recognised qualification, which when completed, is conferred on the graduand by the Board of Directors of APIC.|
|Graduand||A student who has completed all the course requirements for the award and has been deemed eligible to graduate.|
|Graduate||A graduand who has had their award conferred on them by the Board of Directors of APIC.|
|Graduate in absentia||To have an award conferred without being physically present at an official graduation ceremony.|
|Testamur||A testamur is an official and certified document identifying that the student named on the document has successfully completed the award named on the testamur.|
|Tertiary Education Quality Standards Australia (TEQSA)||TEQSA is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.|
Eligibility to Graduate
Graduates who attend the graduation ceremony are required to wear full academic dress, the hire of which is included in the AUD $120 graduation fee.
To be eligible to graduate, students must have:
- been enrolled in the course that leads to the award
- are not suspended or excluded from APIC
- they have not already graduated from the award; and
- been assessed as having completed the academic requirements for the award, which may include being awarded credit for part of that award in accordance with the Award of Credit Policy
- confirmed as eligible to graduate by the Academic Board
- have no outstanding fees owing
Conferral of Awards
Students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for graduation in accordance with those set out in the course accreditation documentation will be considered eligible to be conferred the entitled award at the next APIC graduation ceremony.
Graduating In Absentia
If you do not attend the ceremony your award will be conferred in absentia which means the award/qualification is conferred without being physically present at an official graduation ceremony.
Every graduate receives their award/testamur and an official academic transcript when they graduate.
Your graduation invitation will be emailed to you 5-6 weeks before your ceremony. This will confirm your graduation ceremony time, date and location. Reminder emails will also be sent up until the registration closing date.
Responding to your invitation
When you receive your email invitation it is important that you confirm your attendance by registering as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your ceremony. Further email reminder letters will also be sent up until the closing date if you have not registered to attend.
Graduation Ceremony Fee
The cost to attend the graduation ceremony is AUD $120.00 per graduate. This includes the hire of your academic regalia*, entry for 2 guests, refreshments following the ceremony, 2 online digital photos (portrait and stage photo) and a copy of the graduation booklet which lists all graduates. Children under 5 do not require a ticket and must be supervised at all times. Should you wish to bring an additional guest, please lodge an expression of interest with Student Services via email. Additional guests can only be approved if the venue’s capacity allows. Please note that there is a charge of AUD $20 per additional guest.
*Academic regalia must be returned before leaving the venue following the ceremony, students are liable for any damage of or loss of the hired academic regalia.
Preparation for your Graduation Ceremony
Plan ahead and allow extra time on the day of your Graduation Ceremony
Plan ahead and allow extra time to get to the ceremony location as graduands who arrive after the ceremony start time will not be admitted. We recommend using public transport.
You will need to arrive around 9.30am on the day of your ceremony for registration and gowning. Students MUST be seated in their allocated seat 15 minutes before the ceremony start time.
Graduands must leave all personal belongings with their guests or under their allocated seat during the ceremony. The College takes no responsibility for the personal belongings of both graduand students and their guests. Guests should arrive no later than one hour prior to the ceremony start time.
Dress/Attire on the day of your Graduation Ceremony
Graduands are required to wear full academic dress at their graduation ceremony. As graduation is a formal occasion, graduands should dress appropriately, and it’s recommended that you dress as if you are attending a formal job interview. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, thongs, joggers or bare feet are not considered appropriate.
Academic Dress Schedule
The academic dress for graduands of diploma courses shall be a black bachelor academic gown in the Oxford or Cambridge style and a stole with the colours pertaining to the award as prescribed by the College. No cap is worn.
|Diploma of Business||Azure|
|Diploma of Business Information Systems||Burnt orange|
The academic dress for graduands of bachelor courses shall be a black bachelor academic gown in the Oxford or Cambridge style, a black cloth trencher cap, and a hood of black cloth or silk edged in silk with the colours pertaining to the degree as prescribed by the College.
|Bachelor of Business Information Systems||Burnt orange|
|Bachelor of Business||Azure|
Graduate Certificate and Diploma
The academic dress for graduands of graduate certificate or graduate diploma courses shall be a black bachelor academic gown in the Oxford or Cambridge style, a black cloth trencher cap, and a stole with the colours pertaining to the award as prescribed by the College.
|Graduate Certificate in Project Management||Azure|
|Graduate Diploma of Project Management||Azure|
|Graduate Certificate in Business Management||Azure|
|Graduate Diploma in Business Management||Azure|
The academic dress for graduands of the master courses shall be a black master academic gown in the Oxford or Cambridge style, a black cloth trencher cap, and a hood of black cloth or silk fully lined in silk with the colours pertaining to the degree as prescribed by the College.
|Master of Business and Project Management||Azure|
|Master of Project Management and Business||Azure|
|Master of Business Administration||Azure|
Staff of the College
Staff who are present at the Graduation Ceremony as official representatives of the College and who attend the ceremony as part of the official party on the day are invited to wear full academic dress.
Post Ceremony Celebration and Refreshments
Graduate students must return their academic regalia within one hour of the close of the official ceremony and are encouraged to register to join APIC’s Alumni when original documentation is collected before leaving the venue on the day.
Nomenclature / Postnominals
All award courses will have an award title that unambiguously represents the qualification type, level, and field of study of the qualification and meets the AQF requirements. The name of an award will be as listed in the TEQSA National Register: https://www.teqsa.gov.au/national-register and will be accurately displayed on all documentation.
Award abbreviations (nomenclature/postnominals) are aligned with accepted conventions with the higher education sector.
|Diploma of Business||DipBus|
|Diploma of Business Information Systems||DipBIS|
|Bachelor of Business Information Systems||BBIS|
|Bachelor of Business||BBus|
|Graduate Certificate in Project Management||GradCertPM|
|Graduate Diploma of Project Management||GradDipPM|
|Graduate Certificate in Business Management||GradCertBusMgmt|
|Graduate Diploma of Business Management||GradDipBusMgmt|
|Master of Business and Project Management||MBPM|
|Master of Project Management and Business||MPMB|
|Master of Business Administration||MBA|
Please contact Student Services for any further information.
Sydney Campus - Email: [email protected]
Tel: (02) 8319 2100
Melbourne Campus Email: [email protected]
Tel: (03) 7035 5300