Booking your tickets and gown

Information about ticketing, fees, guests and regalia for your graduation ceremony.

How to book

Graduation booking service

The graduation booking service will open in the weeks leading up to your ceremony.

When the graduation booking service opens, you will need to:

  • Reserve your graduation regalia (academic gown/dress)
  • Reserve your two guest tickets (Doctoral graduates receive five guest tickets)
  • Pay your graduation fee.

Please ensure you complete the above steps prior to your graduation day. If you reserve your regalia (also known as your graduation gown) and ceremony tickets on the day of your graduation, this will incur a $50 late fee.


All graduands attending a ceremony need to pay a graduation fee.

Graduation fee $243.00 Online card payments only. You will receive an email when your ceremony fee is due. Includes:
  • 1 graduate ticket
  • 2 guest tickets (Doctoral graduates receive five guest tickets)
  • Hire of official UoM regalia
  • Official program booklet
  • Post-ceremony celebration

Students facing financial hardship can seek assistance by making an appointment with Financial aid. This service provides student loans, advice and advocacy around government student payments, grants based on financial need (including housing/rent assistance grants) and welfare support.

You must pay all fees or fines owed to the University before you can graduate. Find out more about how to how to pay outstanding fees and debts.

What happens to my graduation fee if I do not attend my graduation?

If you do not attend your ceremony and have paid your ceremony fee, you will automatically be refunded within two weeks of the last ceremony date. Please submit an online enquiry if you do not receive your refund within two weeks. Please include a copy of your proof of purchase with your enquiry.

Extra guest tickets

Each graduating student is allocated two guest tickets included in the ceremony fee, which can only be reserved through the graduation booking service.

You will be notified by email when the booking service opens if extra guest tickets are available for purchase. Extra guest tickets are very limited and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.

Extra guest tickets will incur a cost of $23 and are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Guests who cannot attend the ceremony can still watch via a live video stream.

Your regalia

Your graduation regalia includes your gown, hood or hat. This will vary depending on your qualification. Only University of Melbourne regalia is permitted and must be collected from the regalia marquee at the Royal Exhibition Building. Graduates are not permitted to wear self-sourced regalia. Clothes worn underneath your gown will be visible, so please dress appropriately. We suggest you wear clothing appropriate for a job interview.

The University does not provide the option of purchasing regalia.





Bachelor, Bachelor (Degree with Honours)

Plain black gown

Black hood, bound with white silk, partially lined with discipline colour


Master degree

Black master gown

Black hood, fully lined with discipline colour

Black trencher with black tassel

Extended Master degree (MD, JD, DPT, DVM, DDS, DCD, DO)

Black master gown

Black hood, fully lined with discipline colour

Black trencher with tassel in discipline colour

Doctoral degree (PhD)

Black gown with 
cherry-red facings

Cherry-red hood, fully lined with cherry-red discipline colour

Black velvet bonnet with red tassel

Higher doctorates

Cherry-red gown faced with discipline colour

Red hood fully lined with discipline colour


Certificate and Diplomas (Faculty of VCA and MCM only)

Plain black gown



Collecting your regalia

You will collect your regalia on the day of your graduation ceremony. Please refer to Graduation Day event information for collection times and locations.

Returning your regalia

Regalia must be returned to the collection point within two hours after the conclusion of your ceremony. Regalia cannot be returned during the ceremony.

Step 1, complete your degree. Step 2, ceremony dates. Step 3, invitations. Step 4, book tickets and gown. Step 5, graduation day!