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 in Spring. 

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

The COVID-19 pandemic and government regulations to ensure the health and safety of the community continue to impact large gatherings across Australia. We are planning for graduation ceremonies in 2021. These events will be run in accordance with all relevant state and territory COVID-Safe regulations. The nature of the pandemic has meant that government regulations and public health orders can change rapidly. ACU continues to monitor and abide by all public health orders that impact public gatherings. The safety and wellbeing of our graduates, their families, our staff, and our community is our highest priority.

The Autumn 2021 graduation ceremony dates are below. Please review your liability for any planned travel bookings and other non-refundable arrangements before proceeding. These dates may be subject to change if government restrictions on large gatherings are reintroduced and events are impacted.


Location Date Venue
Ballarat 9 April 2021 Convention Centre, Mercure Ballarat
Canberra 15 April 2021 Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre Canberra
Melbourne 27 – 29 April 2021 Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Brisbane 19 - 20 May 2021 Great Hall, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney 25 – 27 May 2021 Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Gardens


The ceremony schedule will be updated in February 2021 to include further information about faculty specific ceremony dates and times.

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
  • guest tickets* (as a graduand, you do not require a ticket) 
  • light refreshments after the ceremony.

*Guest ticket numbers will be informed by COVID-Safety restrictions and capacities at each venue. Further information will be provided to graduands when registration opens in March 2021.

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

We have suspended International Graduation Guest (IGG) invitations until Australia’s border reopens and international visitors are allowed to travel. ACU will continue to monitor the advice of the relevant government authorities and we will update this page with changes as they develop.

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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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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