Graduation

Graduation is an important academic tradition. Harvest Bible College takes this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge publicly your achievement. Guests, especially relatives and friends, are warmly invited to share this celebration with you.


How to apply to graduate

Step 1: Eligibility and Notification

Within 30 days of the end date of the final unit/s of study in your course, and having met the Academic Requirements for completion, you will receive completion information in the mail.
To be eligible for the next scheduled Graduation Ceremony, all results must be finalised and published by end of November.

It is your responsibility as a student to ensure you have completed all the requirements for your course before you are eligible to graduate. This may mean ensuring all exemptions or any Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning applications have been processed for the course you are completing.

If results are outstanding you must ensure these are completed ASAP, as this may affect the timing of your completion. For example, students who graduate in February will usually have completed all the requirements for their course by November of the previous year. Please contact Student Service staff in relation to questions regarding any outstanding credit/results.

If you believe you have completed all course requirements, and may be eligible to graduate in the next ceremony but have not received notification from the college, please contact Student Services prior to the RSVP cutoff date for confirmation.

Students who complete all requirements for their award are eligible to graduate at the next round of ceremonies.

Graduands in debt to the College

Graduands who are in debt to Harvest Bible College may not be permitted to graduate until the debt has been cleared. Unpaid fees or fines (including all library items/ fines) must be cleared prior to the end 30th November. If a debt is cleared later than this, the application will be automatically transferred to the next round of ceremonies for conferral. For information concerning repayment of debts, contact Harvest Accounts on 03 8799-1173, or email accounts@harvest.ed.au

Step 2: RSVP

The graduation ceremony invitation mailed with your Transcript will include details of the next ceremony that you are eligible to participate in.

The RSVP is your official notification to the college that your details are correct, and that you will/will not be attending the Ceremony.

The RSVP must be returned to the college before the final cutoff date for RSVP’s to be received. There is a late penalty fee payable for RSVP’s received after the cut off. Please refer to the Key Date’s page. Where the RSVP has not been received by the final cutoff date, you will be deemed to be graduating in absentia, and will be unable to attend the ceremony.

Step 3: Graduation


Ceremony locations

Melbourne

Monday 30th January 2017
7.15pm for 7.30pm start
1330 Thirteen Thirty
1330 Ferntree Gully Road
Scoresby, 3179


Academic transcripts

An Academic Transcript is an official record of your academic history at Harvest Bible College and is signed by Registrar. It details all unit attempts and your grade for each unit. If you were enrolled in more than one course, it lists all courses and all units studied at Harvest Bible College. All students receive a free transcript when they complete their course. Your transcript confirms your progress (if requesting transcript prior to course completion) or your final qualification (when complete). You can use it to:

  • Apply for jobs
  • Support applications for scholarships or further study
  • Register with government or private bodies

Academic transcripts include the following information:

  • Student name and ID number
  • Date of issue
  • Course and unit titles
  • Year of study and teaching period
  • Credit points
  • Marks and grades
  • Exemptions or credits
  • Grade point averages (GPA)

Cost

If you require a copy of your transcript (prior to course completion) or find that you need another copy in the future, you can apply for a transcript. The cost for an Academic Transcript is as listed on the Harvest fee schedule. Note: If an Academic Transcript is not needed urgently, students can wait until they have completed their course to receive one free copy as part of their Completions Pack.

Application Procedure

Complete and lodge Request for Academic Transcript form.

Processing Time

Please allow a turnaround time of up to 15 working days where you completed your studies after 1999. If you attended or completed your course before 1999, allow up to four weeks for delivery.


Testamur

A testamur is the certificate you receive when you graduate. If you graduate in absentia, we will post your certificate to you. This takes about 2-3 weeks following the ceremony date. If you don’t receive your certificate and notify us after 12 months of ceremony, you will be charged for a replacement. Details shown on the testamur are:

  • Student Name
  • Course Name
  • Conferral date
  • College seal

Graduates often frame and display their certificates in their place of business (e.g. Teacher’s office). This provides clients with printed evidence of your qualification to work in that field.

Replacement Testamur

You can request a replacement testamur if the original is:

  • Lost
  • Damaged
  • Stolen
  • Incorrect due to a name change

Cost

The cost of replacement Testamur is as listed on the Harvest fee schedule.

Application procedure

Complete and lodge Application for Replacement Testamur form.

Processing time

Signatories of this document are frequently travelling overseas, and consequently it may take up to eight weeks to complete your request for a replacement testamur. If you have not formally graduated you must put in an Application for Award / Graduation form before you can lodge a request for testamur.


Australian High Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS)

The Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) is a government initiative aimed at improving the worldwide recognition of Australian qualifications. It is a statement of Academic Performance, and is also designed to provide information to potential employers and other institutions. It is only available for completed awards, and will be automatically issued with a graduating students Testamur and Academic Transcript. Additional copies may be requested for a fee.

The AHEGS provides information on the Completed Award (including admission requirements, credit points, structure, language of instruction and external accreditation for which graduates are eligible), the Awarding Institution, Academic Results and the Higher Education System.

What is the difference between an AHEGS and an Academic Transcript?

An academic transcript is a document that contains a full history of academic results for all courses that have been enrolled in, and is available at any time.  As a student progresses, the Transcript is updated to reflect this.

The AHEGS contains specific information related to an individual award and is available only upon graduation of that award. Subsequent copies will contain the same information as the original. An AHEGS will contain only completed grades; Absences of leave, withdrawals before census date and units studied towards another Award will not appear.

Replacement AHEGS

You can request a replacement AHEGS.

Cost

The cost of replacement AHEGS is as listed on the Harvest fee schedule.

Application procedure

Complete and lodge Request for Replacement AHEGS form

Processing time

Please allow a turnaround time of up to 15 working days for delivery.