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To prepare for your graduation ceremony, it’s important to find out where you are going, what you need to bring and what to expect on the day. You will also find information for guests and how to share your day.

About the ceremony

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Each graduation ceremony runs to a strict schedule. Review the schedule for your ceremony and carefully note when and where you need to arrive and register.

It is essential that you arrive on time for registration and gowning. This opens three hours prior to your ceremony start time and closes one hour before your ceremony start time. We recommend that you plan your route to the venue and allow extra time in case there are delays.

Graduation ceremony running times

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What to bring

Remember to bring a copy of your graduand seat ticket (print or electronic) on the day.

What you’ll do

Once you have been gowned, make your way to the student entry within the building, present your seat ticket to the ushers to scan.

All graduands will receive a conferral program on arrival. The program includes:

  • messages from the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor
  • a complete order of proceedings
  • a list of all graduands and citations
  • information about the University of Melbourne alumni community.

Order of proceedings

Ushers will be present to direct you through your graduation ceremony.

  1. When it is your turn to receive your Award, you will be ushered from your allocated seat and directed towards the presentation point on the stage.
  2. Your name will be called and you will come forward to receive your Award.
  3. To acknowledge the Dean, nod if you are collecting a Bachelor degree or nod and tip your hat if you are collecting a Master degree.
  4. Walk over to the Presiding Chancellor to receive your certificate and congratulations.
  5. Exit the stage.

At the conclusion of the ceremony you will follow the academic procession out of the venue (ushers will direct you). All guests and graduands are expected to be respectful and remain in their seats until the end of the ceremony. Ushers will be available to guide guests and students to the bathroom, parents room or prayer room as required.


Mobility assistance

Please use the East Entrance (Nicholson Street entrance side) if someone in your party has mobility access requirements and needs to be dropped off as close as possible to the venue. A security staff member will be at this entrance and will open the boom gate for your vehicle to enter. Lifts are also available for graduands and guests with mobility requirements.

If you are a graduand requiring extra assistance during the ceremony (mobility requirements, vision or hearing impairments), please contact the Graduation team at least 10 days before the ceremony to discuss your needs. We will ensure that arrangements are in place for you and your guests.

If you have a guest who uses a wheelchair, walker, frame or cane, is vision impaired, or has difficulty in crowded spaces, please ask them to enter the venue as soon as the doors open (see your ceremony running schedule for exact times). Ushers will seat your guests first before the venue opens to other guests.

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