Finishing your degree is a big achievement. Your graduation ceremony is a chance to celebrate all the hard work you’ve put in to complete your course. 

Learn all you need to know about attending your ceremony, including dates for upcoming ceremonies, how to arrange guest tickets and what to do if your guests are travelling from overseas.

Graduation dates

Graduation ceremonies are held in Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney in Autumn (Semester 1), and in Melbourne and Sydney in Spring (Semester 2).

If you’re finishing your course midyear and your campus does not have a Spring ceremony, your award will still be conferred at a Spring ceremony. 

If you’d like to attend a graduation ceremony at your home campus the following Autumn, simply select the option to defer attendance when you register to graduate in Student Connect. 

Upcoming ceremonies

All graduating students are required to arrive for registration, gowning and a briefing approximately three hours prior to the start of the ceremonies.

Location Date Start Faculty Venue
Melbourne Wednesday 2 October 12.30pm All Faculties Plenary, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sydney Tuesday
15 October
12.30pm Faculty of Health Sciences Grand Pavilion,
Rosehill Gardens
15 October
5.00pm Faculty of Education and Arts
Faculty of Law and Business
Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Graduation Mass

You and your family are invited to attend Graduation Mass before the ceremonies in Ballarat and Canberra.

Find out dates, times and details about the Mass

Ceremony fee and guest tickets

The fee to attend your graduation ceremony is $165 (incl. GST), which includes: 

  • your attendance at the ceremony
  • the cost of your academic dress hire
  • three guest tickets (as a graduand, you do not require a ticket) 
  • light refreshments after the ceremony.

To learn more about paying your ceremony fee, organising your guest tickets and arranging additional ones, visit the page below.

Find out more about ceremony fees and guest tickets

Graduands with special needs

If you’re attending a ceremony and have special requirements relating to mobility, sight, hearing impairment or cultural practices that may impact your ability to cross the stage and shake hands with the Presiding Officer, simply answer ‘yes’ to the special requirements question when you register to graduate in Student Connect. The graduations office will then contact you to discuss your needs in detail.

To ensure appropriate arrangements can be made, it is essential you let the graduations office know no later than four weeks before your ceremony.

Invitations for international guests

Would you like to invite an international guest who requires a formal invitation for immigration purposes? You’ll need to arrange an International Graduation Guest (IGG) invite.

Once you are officially approved as ‘course complete’, you will need to submit an online IGG request form. You will receive an email confirming when your IGG invite has been posted to you.

Submit an online IGG request form

Academic dress

Not sure how to organise your academic gown for the big day or what your faculty colour is? Our academic dress page explains it all to you.

Learn more about academic dress

What happens on the day

Not sure what to expect during your graduation ceremony? We’ve put together a guide that walks you through your graduation day. 

It contains important information such as what time to arrive, what your guests should do, and when the official photographers will snap your big moment.

Read what to expect on your graduation day

Live streaming ceremonies

We live stream the graduation ceremonies so your friends and family can share the experience.

Watch the graduation ceremonies streamed live


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How to graduate

Need help applying to graduate? Follow our simple guide to ensure you meet graduation registration deadlines.

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Graduation documents

Your testamur and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) confirm your graduation. Understand these documents and find out how to replace them.

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Support after graduation

You’ll be able to access our career development services for 12 months after you graduate, and our online job board and career resources for a lifetime.

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