Attend the ceremony
If you are collecting your graduate ticket on the day of the ceremony, you must arrive at least two 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 auditorium 30 minutes before the start of their ceremony for the student briefing.
Ceremony day schedule
Here's an example of how your ceremony day will run if the ceremony starts at 3.00pm:
1.00pm Arrive at venue if you need to pick up your graduate (and guest) ticket/s
1.00pm Arrive at venue to allow sufficient time for photography prior to start of ceremony
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 auditorium for the student briefing
2.50pm All guests called in to auditorium 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 (please note that there may be long queues)
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.
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
You will be called on stage row by row in school and course order. Please be aware that there may be slight amendments to the graduate calling order on the day so do not be alarmed if this happens.
Order of movement:
- When instructed, move to the left and give your name to the assistant at the bottom of the stairs.
- Move up the stairs and stand on the marked line.
- When your name is called walk at a normal pace to the Chancellor or the Pro-Chancellor in the centre of the stage.
- Take the parchment/testamur with your left hand and shake hands with your right.
- Continue across the stage in the same direction, descending the stairs 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 unable to attend your graduation ceremony, please contact us immediately as this will have a direct affect on your fellow graduands and the smooth running of the ceremony.