Charles Sturt University

Your guide to grduation day

Your guide to graduation day

Around 1 - 2 weeks before your graduation ceremony we will email you a copy of your ceremony details and ticketing numbers. This email is for you to present on the day at the registration desk.

You don't need to print the email or any tickets, just ensure you keep a copy of the email on your mobile device to present on the day.

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. Remember, there will be many other graduands with you on the day - arrive early to avoid long queues.

Registration

Registration closes 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

You must register your attendance at the ceremony when you arrive. This will ensure your name is called during the ceremony so that you can be presented with your testamur.

If you don't register, this could result in your name not being called out during the ceremony and you not being able to cross the stage for presentation to the Chancellor.

Tickets

All 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 collect your academic gown, hood and trencher (cap).

You keep your trencher but we will need all Graduates to return their gowns back to gowning within 1 hour of the end of the ceremony.

Photography

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 https://graduation.csu.edu.au/photos-memorabilia

Seating

Graduand seating

There will be allocated seating for all graduands and you will need to be seated no later than 20 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.

Guest seating and children

Guest seating is not numbered.

The Ceremony

Graduation ceremonies are usually 1.5 hours long. Ceremonies include the procession into the hall of the dignitaries, an occasional address, conferral of awards and presentation of individual graduates to the Chancellor. 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. Graduation services (photography, framing etc) are located in the same area.

See the ceremony dates, times and location maps.

Presentation of Graduates

Graduates will be presented to the Chancellor of the University 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 Chancellor by doffing your cap (take hold of a corner of your trencher and nod) and then walk to the Chancellor at centre stage. Shake hands with the Chancellor and pause while a formal photograph is taken. Proceed across the stage to collect your testamur from the 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.