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UNE Graduation Glossary

With graduation not too far away we thought we’d make it a bit easier for you guys with a little bit of a cheat sheet on the terms you will likely hear in the lead up to grad and exactly what they mean.

Now, we also know that this grad is still a little different to our usual and “in person” ceremonies. But we’re hoping that you can visit safely soon so we can celebrate your remarkable achievements together. That being said, we have also included a few descriptions of our beautiful campus – which many of you haven’t yet had the chance to visit yet! These on campus terms will come to life when you step foot on campus for our catch-up ceremonies that will hopefully come to life soon!!!

Booloominbah Historic House Lawns

This is our original building. Booloominbah was built (completed) in 1888. Today it still stands as one of the most prominent buildings of the university and its lawns often host our outdoor graduation ceremonies in warmer months. When the weather doesn’t permit, we usually move the celebrations into Lazenby Hall.

Booloominbah Historic House Aerial View, UNE


Conferral is the act of conferring or bestowing an award, where your academic achievement is recognised at a public ceremony such as a graduation ceremony.

Final Results

The results of your final unit grades. These can be accessed after the release date and can be found in the ‘unit results’ tab in My UNE using your student login details.


A graduand someone who has completed the requirements of their degree but hasn’t yet graduated.


A graduate is someone who has completed all the academic requirements for their degree.


Graduation is the formal conferring of awards at a Graduation Ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony

A ceremony during which all graduates receive their award for the completion of their studies.

Grad Congrats

We’re inviting UNE Students, Staff and Alumni to send messages of congratulations to the incredible 2021 cohort. The messages will be shared across an array of UNE social media channels and published on a Virtual Celebration Wall (a landing page that will sit on UNE Life’s website). Send a message of congratulations to our UNE Graduands.

Graduate Program

A graduate program is an employment opportunity in which graduates are offered industry training, professional development, and networking opportunities. Most programs offer employment for between 1-3 years.

Graduation Services, on the day

A typical UNE Graduation services is a collaborative effort between many of the teams at UNE.

It requires:

Graduates Walk

Graduates’ Walk is centrally located on campus, the long brick path leading from the main UNE buildings in Armidale to Booloominbah Historic House. This path is edged with names and years of past Graduates – over 900 other graduates in fact. If you would like your name to be included in the Graduates walk you can purchase a paver here. The money for these pavers directly assists students through scholarships.

Lazenby Hall

Lazenby Hall is a multipurpose theatre hall on campus, and it’s usually where our indoor graduation ceremonies are held. It is a fitting location as this is where most students have their orientation to the university and sit most of their exams! Unfortunately, the space doesn’t allow enough COVID-Safe spacing for this graduation, but the Graduation Team are working on alternatives for the future!


This is the hard copy of the certificate or award that you are given when you complete your award course and graduate. A testamur lists your name, course and date it was conferred. It’s pretty special – we can’t wait for you to get yours!


A transcript is the complete record of your studies at the University. It includes all units of study (attempted and completed) and your grade for each – this can be very handy when applying for jobs if you haven’t yet officially graduated.

UNE Alumni

After your graduation, with the University of New England, you automatically become a member of the UNE Alumni program.  There is no joining fee or entry form required although we ask you to help us keep your contact details up to date here.

The UNE Alumni family is an active community of hundreds of thousands of past UNE students. UNE is really proud of its alumni and their achievements – past, present, and future – and they are celebrated through the Alumni Awards each year!

UNE Life Functions and Catering

UNE Life Functions and Catering is the catering team at UNE. They are part of the UNE Life family and look after the majority of food on campus – including The ‘Stro, The Cafe, Booloominbah Collection, internal and external catering. At any typical graduation, they work tirelessly on the catering for in person ceremonies, often consisting of a coffee cart, a gourmet BBQ, and a sit-down three-course meal, drinks, and more!

UNE Life The Shop

The Shop looks after a range of services throughout the year including UNE’s very own Post Office. Some of the services they provide include; UNE merchandise, stationery and equipment to students and staff, as well as selling eBooks & paperback books, and snacks. The Shop also looks after your very special graduation gowns and gifts.

This is the team you will have chatted with if you have ordered or hired a gown, and if you’re here on the day, this is the team that will help you to fit your gown. If you’re not here check this out.

UNE Student Experience

You would have talked to this team a few times throughout your time as a student, they play an integral role in your time here. Typically, they organise and co-ordinate the event coordination on the day. If you are unable to make the ceremony they will work in collaboration with the UNE Graduation Team to make sure you receive your award(s) in the post. They also play an integral role with student wellbeing and answer a big chunk of questions on AskUNE.


On a regular graduation day, you’ll be greeted by volunteers as you arrive. They will direct you to where you and your family are to be seated and they help with a lot of behind the scenes work that UNE Student Experience manage.

We hope this has been useful and that you’re excited about your big day – you’ve worked really hard to get here and we are endlessly proud of your achievements. 

Although we can’t celebrate with you in person just yet, we would love to be a part of your celebrations, if you would like to send a message to fellow graduands you can do so here.

If you want to share a photo with your cohort simply tag @uninewengland and/or @unelife2351 and hashtag #ProudToBeUNE so we can join you celebrating from wherever you are.

And, keep an eye on these channels for special messages over the next few days. Congratulations to you all. 

Did you know…

When you purchase through UNE Life, you’re helping future graduands reach their potential as well. All money spent with UNE Life goes back into the student experience and amenity, on campus.