​Ceremony fee and guest tickets

Graduation ceremony fee

The fee to attend a graduation ceremony is $150 (incl GST). This fee includes:

  • Your attendance at the ceremony
  • The cost of your academic dress hire
  • Three (3) guest tickets (as a graduand, you do not require a ticket)
  • Refreshments after the ceremony.

This fee is payable when you register to graduate and select to attend a ceremony in Student Connect. Your registration is not complete until full payment is made. Payments must be made before registration closes, otherwise you will be considered as not attending your ceremony. Visit Register to graduate to find the registration closing dates.

Payment receipts are available in Student Connect under the My Fees’ tab.

Guest tickets

The ceremony tickets for your guests will be provided to you in person when you check-in at the ACU registration desk on graduation day. This includes the three guest tickets you receive included with payment of your graduation ceremony fee, as well as any additional tickets purchased prior to the applicable deadlines.

Graduation is a ticketed event and guest tickets will be checked upon entry to the ceremony. Any guests without a ticket will not be permitted entry. Children above the age of two are required to have a guest ticket and be seated in their own chair.

Additional tickets

If you'd like to bring more than three guests to your ceremony there are a limited number of additional guest tickets available for purchase at a cost of $20 each (incl. GST). Additional tickets should be purchased when you register to graduate and select to attend a ceremony in Student Connect. Additional guest tickets are strictly non-refundable.

Ticket limits

For the Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney ceremonies, graduands are each permitted to purchase up to three (3) additional guest tickets, meaning the maximum number of guests that you can bring is six (6).

Additional guest tickets are not available to purchase for Ballarat due to venue capacity and increasing graduate numbers.

Payment methods

The standard payment method is via credit card using Student Connect. If you do not have access to a credit card, you can make payment by cheque or money order. Payment should be made out to Australian Catholic University and posted to:

Graduation Office
PO Box 456
Virginia
Queensland 4014

Please ensure you include your name, Student ID and graduation location so we know who the payment is for. Also ensure that you have completed graduation registration in Student Connect prior to mailing the payment.

Cancellation fees

You can cancel your attendance at a graduation ceremony if you wish, and you will receive a full refund of your ceremony fee as long as you provide at least two weeks notice to the Graduations Office. Failure to provide the required notice will mean that you forfeit the full cost of your ceremony fee and any additional tickets purchased.

Refunds within two weeks of your ceremony will only be granted in extenuating circumstances. These are circumstances that are unforeseen and beyond your control that prevent you from attending your ceremony - for example illness, misfortune or bereavement. You will be asked to provide supporting documents to verify your circumstances.

If you need to cancel your attendance at a ceremony, please email graduation@acu.edu.au