On the day
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Around 2 weeks before your graduation ceremony we will email you a further copy of your ceremony details. This email is for you to present on the day at the registration desk if you don’t remember your student number.
You don't need to print the email or any tickets, just ensure you keep a copy of the email or your student number on hand.
When to arrive
You should arrive 2 hours prior to the ceremony, no later than 1.5 hours prior.
Registration, gowning and photography open 2 hours prior to the ceremony to allow you time to complete your registration and collect your academic dress. There may be up to 250 other graduands with you on the day - arrive early to avoid long queues.
Registration closes 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. This allows the presenters scripting to be prepared so that you are presented your testamur on stage.
If you don't register, this will result in your name not being called out during the ceremony and you not being able to cross the stage for presentation to the Presiding Officer.
While we do want you to invite all your family and friends to celebrate your big day, for safety, guest tickets are limited to the set capacity of each venue. We do endeavour to allow the maximum guest tickets possible by advising of any extra guest tickets once the initial purchase of tickets has closed.
Any required pre-purchased tickets will be presented to you upon registration. You will not receive any ticketing to print yourself.
Please note that additional tickets cannot be purchased on the day.
Collect your Academic Dress
After you have registered your attendance, move on to the Gowning Area to be dressed in your full academic regalia.
A team will be available to assist you.
You keep your trencher but we will need all Graduates to return their gowns back to Gowning Area within 1 hour of the end of the ceremony.
Professional photographers will be available on the day should you want to capture the moment in your academic dress. We recommend sitting for your professional photo prior to the ceremony, however, photography services will still be available to you after your ceremony.
For pricing please refer to Professional Photography and Certificate Framing Services
There will be allocated seating for all graduands and you will need to be seated 30 minutes prior to your ceremony. We will provide you with a designated seat number on your ticket when you register.
It is important that you remain in your allocated seat as you are seated in the order that you will be presented to the Chancellor to receive your testamur.
Other than some reserved seating in the front rows, guest seating is not numbered.
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.
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 isn't because we are forgetful, it 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. Proceed across the stage to collect your testamur from the Executive Dean of your Faculty. You will exit the stage and return to your seat.
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.
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