On the day

Here is what you need to know to make the most of your graduation day. We can't wait to celebrate with you. See you there!

COVID-19 and graduation: While we have postponed graduation ceremonies, eligible students will still graduate. Find out more about 2020 graduations.

Step 1

When to arrive

You should arrive 2 hours before your ceremony, no later than 1.5 hours before. Registration, gowning and photography open 2 hours before the ceremony to give you plenty of time to prepare.

There may be up to 250 other graduands with you on the day. Arrive on time so you don't have to rush.

Step 2


Around 2 weeks before your ceremony we will email you to confirm your ceremony details. Use this email or your student number to register on the day. There will be signs clearly directing you to the registration desk.

Registration closes 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

If you don't register, your name won't get called out during the ceremony. You will not being able to cross the stage for presentation to the Presiding Officer.

Step 3


Your pre-purchased tickets will be presented to you when you register. You do not need to print tickets.

Additional tickets cannot be purchased at the ceremony.

Step 4

Collect your Academic Dress

After you have registered, move on to the Gowning Area to be dressed in your full academic regalia.

Never fear! We have a team of people ready and waiting to help. You'll look great.

You keep your trencher but we need all graduates to return their gowns back to Gowning Area within 1 hour of the end of the ceremony.

The Ceremony

  • Seating

    Graduand seating

    There is allocated seating for all graduands. We will provide you with a seat number on your ticket when you register. You need to be seated 30 minutes before your ceremony starts.

    It is important that you sit in your allocated seat as you are seated in the order that you will be presented to the Chancellor to receive your testamur.

    Guest seating

    Other than some reserved seating in the front rows, guest seating is not numbered.

  • Ceremony proceedings

    Graduation ceremonies are usually 1.5 hours long. Ceremonies include the procession into the hall of the dignitaries, an occasional address (guest speaker), conferral of awards and presentation of individual graduates to the Presiding Officer. The dignitaries then process out of the hall, followed by the new graduates and then their guests.

    Refreshments are then served after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.

    Learn more about ceremony locations

  • Presentation of graduates

    Graduates will be presented to the Presiding Officer one at a time by course order.

    As your course is called, you will move through a series of checkpoints where your name will be checked. Your name will be checked by graduation staff multiple times, prior to the ceremony and prior to crossing the stage. This is to ensure you cross the stage at the right time and receive the right testamur.

    When your name is called by the Presenter, acknowledge the Presiding Officer by doffing your cap (take hold of a corner of your trencher and nod) and then walk to the Presiding Officer at centre stage. Shake hands with the Presiding Officer and pause while a formal photograph is taken. Then walk across the stage to collect your testamur from the Executive Dean of your Faculty. Finally, exit the stage and return to your seat.

  • Presentation of University Medals

    University Medals are awarded to eligible graduating students to recognise outstanding academic achievement.

    Undergraduate and Postgraduate University Medals will be presented to eligible graduating students at their graduation ceremony when they cross the stage to receive their testamur.

    Read the medals and awards policy

  • What is doffing?

    Doffing, which is to tip one's hat in salutation, is simply lifting your right hand to touch the front edge of your trencher (hat) and nodding slightly. It is a sign of respect to the Chancellor.

  • Tips to enjoy your ceremony
    • Children may find it difficult to sit through the ceremony. Bring a book or iPad as well as a snack and a bottle of water.
    • December always brings hot weather to test the strength of any air conditioning system so please ensure you dress appropriately and have a bottle of water handy.
    • Ensure your phone or camera are charged and ready to capture the big moment. Photography is allowed during the ceremony.
    • Bring your brightest smile and relax, you've already done all the hard work!

Photos and framing

Graduation photography session

Graduation photography session

Celebrate your graduation day with a professional studio sitting shared with your family and friends. Leave it to GFP to capture your best side! All images are uploaded to a private web gallery to view and purchase.

Degree presentation photographs

Degree presentation photographs

All Graduates are photographed with the Chancellor receiving their Degree. Each Degree Presentation Photograph includes the all-important handshake, CSU crest and year of graduation.

Prints are available directly after the ceremony to view and purchase. Soft copies are available online.

Degree framing

Degree framing

GFP offer a range of professional frames and embossed mats, for immediate framing of your Degree after the ceremony. Visit the framing station on Graduation Day to select the style that suits you.

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