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Attend the ceremony

If you are collecting your graduate ticket on the day of the ceremony, you must arrive at least 1 1/2 hours prior to the start of your ceremony.

If you are already in possession of your graduate ticket, you must be at the graduation venue at least one hour prior to the start of your ceremony.

Graduates will enter the theatre 30 minutes before the start of their ceremony for the graduate briefing.

Ceremony day schedule

Here's an example of how your ceremony day will run if your ceremony starts at 3.00pm:

1.00pm    Arrive at venue to allow sufficient time for photography prior to start of ceremony

1.30pm    Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

2.00pm    Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

2.30pm    All graduates called in to theatre for the graduate briefing

2.50pm    All guests called in to theatre for start of ceremony

3.00pm    Graduation ceremony commences

5.00pm    Graduation ceremony concludes

5.05pm    Toast to Graduates - all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

5.45pm    Toast to Graduates concludes

5.50pm    Photography available (recommend to allow up to 2 hours for this)

Wearing regalia

All graduates are required to wear academic regalia for their graduation ceremony. As ceremonies are formal occasions, graduates are advised to wear business attire under their academic regalia.

For more information, download How to Wear Academic Regalia (see Downloads box to right).


All graduates are photographed while crossing the stage and may choose to have additional photographs taken before or after the ceremony.

If you wish to have your photograph taken by our professional photographers, we recommend you allow up to two hours for this.

On stage procedure

Graduates are seated by award in the theatre. When it's time for the award presentations to begin, you will be called on stage row by row and your name will be checked just prior to going on stage to ensure all graduates are in the correct order to receive their testamur.

Order of movement:

  • When instructed, exit your row to the left.
  • Your name will be checked by a member of the Corporate Events team.
  • Move up the stairs and stand on the marked line on stage.
  • When your name is called, walk at a normal pace to the Chancellor or Deputy Chancellor in the centre of the stage.
  • Take the parchment/testamur with your left hand and shake hands with your right.
  • Smile for your photo with the Chancellor or Deputy Chancellor.
  • Continue across the stage in the same direction, descending the stairs at the other side and return to your seat.

If you are no longer able to attend

If you have registered to attend your ceremony but find that you are no longer able to attend, please contact us immediately so we can make alternative arrangements for you to receive your testamur.

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