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All graduates will receive a Testamur, Official Statement of Academic Record and an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

  • Testamurthe official certification document that confirms a qualification has been awarded to an individual.

  • Official Statement of Academic Recorda certified statement detailing your academic record at USC. The Official Statement of Academic Record (academic transcript) issued at graduation contains the date the award was conferred as well as a notation of “Requirements Completed” and will list any major(s) and minor(s) confirmed by the faculty.

  • Graduation Statement (AHEGS)—The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) describes the nature, level, context and status of the studies that were completed by graduates and comprises information about the award, institution, graduate’s academic achievements and the Australian higher education system.

  • Statement of Completionthis is your notification that you have completed your program. The Statement of Completion can be used as proof of your graduate status until you receive the above graduation documents.

Receiving your documents

Hard copy documents

If you attend a graduation ceremony, you will receive your documents during the ceremony.

If you graduate in absentia (i.e you don't attend a graduation ceremony) your graduation documents will be posted to you within 10 working days of the graduation ceremony. To ensure your documents are sent to the correct address, please keep your contact details up-to-date on USC Central. Please note that mailing times to international destinations can vary greatly from country to country.

Digital documents

From September 2017, new USC graduates will receive digital versions of all three graduation documents, in addition to hard copy documents. Graduates will receive an email confirming when the documents are available to be viewed in the My eQuals portal. See Official Digital Documents for more information.

Replacement academic documents
Hard copy testamur

If your original testamur has been irretrievably lost or damaged, or you have changed your name, complete an Application for Replacement Testamur form to order a new one. You will need to provide supporting documentation and pay the fee as listed on the form.

Official statement of academic record

Replacement academic transcripts can be requested through Student Central.

Digital documents

Students who request replacement academic documents will be given access to digital versions through the My eQuals portal.

Using postnominals

Following the conferral of your program (either by attendance at a graduation ceremony or in absentia), you are entitled to use postnominals.

Postnominals are the letters placed after a person’s name to indicate education qualifications, title of office, decoration or honour. For example, a Doctor of Philosophy has the postnominals PhD (or, alternatively, the prefix of Dr can be used), while a Bachelor of Business has the postnominals BBus. If you wish to indicate that your qualification was obtained at the University of the Sunshine Coast, follow the postnominal for the qualification with , Sunshine Coast. For example BBus, Sunshine Coast.

The authorised award abbreviation of your degree name can be inserted as a postnominal after your surname on items such as business cards and resumes.

Areas of study (majors and minors) do not appear in your postnominals, for example, a student completing a Bachelor of Business with a major in Management can use the award abbreviation BBus, while a student completing the named Bachelor of Business (Management) can use BBus(Mgt).

For your authorised award abbreviation, find your program under Courses and Programs and refer to ‘Award abbreviation’.

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