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Attend the ceremony

This page is all about the big day. And it’s all about timing. Please read this carefully!

90 minutes before ceremony – if you’re collecting your graduate ticket on the day of the ceremony, you must arrive at least 90 minutes before the ceremony starts.

1 hour before ceremony – if you already have your graduate ticket, you must be at the venue at least one hour before the ceremony starts.

30 minutes before ceremony – it’s time to enter the theatre for the graduate briefing before the ceremony.

Ceremony day schedule

Choose your ceremony below and open to see how your day will unfold.

8.00am - Arrive at venue if you wish to have photos taken with your friends and family

8.30am - Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

9.00am - Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

9.15am - All graduates called in to theatre for the graduate briefing

9.45am - All guests called in to theatre for start of ceremony

10.00am - Graduation ceremony commences sharp

12.00pm - Graduation ceremony concludes

12.05pm - Toast to Graduates – all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served

12.45pm - Toast to Graduates concludes

Note: Professional photography available (we recommend you allow up to 2 hours for this)

12.00pm - Arrive at venue if you wish to have photos taken with your friends and family

12.30pm - Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

1.00pm - Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

1.15pm - All graduates called in to theatre for the graduate briefing

1.45pm - All guests called in to theatre for start of ceremony

2.00pm Graduation ceremony commences sharp

4.00pm - Graduation ceremony concludes

4.05pm - Toast to Graduates – all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served

4.45pm - Toast to Graduates concludes

Note: Professional photography available (we recommend you allow up to 2 hours for this)

4.00pm - Arrive at venue if you wish to have photos taken with your friends and family

4.30pm - Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

5.00pm - Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

5.15pm - All graduates called in to theatre for the student briefing

5.45pm - All guests called in to theatre for start of ceremony

6.00pm - Graduation ceremony commences sharp

8.15pm - Graduation ceremony concludes

8.20pm - Toast to Graduates – all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served

9.00pm - Toast to Graduates concludes

Note: Professional photography available (we recommend you allow up to 2 hours for this)

4.00pm - Arrive at venue if you wish to have photos taken with your friends and family

4.30pm - Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

5.00pm - Arrive at venue if you are already in possession of your graduate (and guest) ticket/s

5.15pm - All graduates called in to theatre for the student briefing

5.45pm - All guests called in to theatre for start of ceremony

6.00pm - Graduation ceremony commences sharp

8.15pm - Graduation ceremony concludes

8.20pm - Toast to Graduates – all ceremony attendees welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served

9.00pm - Toast to Graduates concludes

Note: Professional photography available (we recommend you allow up to 2 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’ll be called on stage row by row. 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.

Special assistance

Should you or your guests require special assistance at the ceremony, please call us on (61 8) 6304 2011 or email graduations@ecu.edu.au so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

If you can’t attend

If you’ve registered to attend your ceremony, but find that you’re no longer able to come along, please call us on (61 8) 6304 2011 or email graduations@ecu.edu.au immediately so we can make alternative arrangements for you to receive your testamur.

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