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Graduation Ceremonies

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It's more than just being presented with a certificate.

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Ceremonies are attended by:

  • Graduates and their Guests
  • Academic and administrative staff of the University
  • Swinburne University's Council members
  • Memorabilia Suppliers

As a souvenir of your special day, a variety of graduation memorabilia will be available for purchase.

Guests will require a ticket for entry to the graduation ceremony. We recommend that children under 10 years do not attend as they may become restless/bored. Children below 3 years who do not require their own seat do not need a ticket.

Memorabilia Supplier

The following services are offered by:

Southam Studios
Telephone: 1300 361 806

  • Photography
    Professional photographers will be at the venue before and after the ceremony for individual and group portraits.
  • Graduation plaques
    Preserve and display your award with an individually laser engraved plaque. There are a variety of styles available.
  • Graduation rings and teddy bears
    Rings and teddy bears make an ideal gift for Swinburne graduates and can be personalised according to your award.
  • Frames
    Quality frames to compliment and enhance the prestige of your award.
  • Academic regalia
    Regalia is the ideal keepsake for your graduation day. Please note regalia is made to order through an external supplier, therefore allow ample time to ensure it will be available in time for your ceremony.

Graduation Ceremonies Schedule

The graduation schedule is correct at time of publication and may be subject to change. It is not recommended that you arrange flights or make other preparations until you receive confirmation of your eligibility to graduate.

All ceremonies are held at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

First round, 2014

Wednesday, 26 March 201411amFaculty of Life and Social Sciences and Centre for Health, Science and Community
Wednesday, 26 March 20144pmFaculty of Business and Enterprise
Thursday, 27 March 201411amFaculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences and Centre for Engineering, Technology and Trades
Thursday, 27 March 20144pmFaculty of Design,
Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
Centre for Business, Design and ICT

Second round, 2014

Monday 8 September, and
Tuesday 9 September 2014
TBAAll faculties and centres
Monday, 15 December 2014TBAInternational students

Mail Out

If you do not wish to attend a ceremony, mailouts of awards occur on the following dates:

January 2014Higher Education awards
February 2014Vocational Education awards
April 2014All awards
October 2014All awards

Graduation Venue

Melbourne Convention Centre

1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf


Getting to the Venue

Public Transport

The Melbourne Convention Centre is well serviced by several types of public transport.

By Train: Southern Cross station is a 15-20 minute walk from the venue.

By Tram: All trams are an approximately 5-10 minute walk from the venue.

  • Route 96 - St Kilda to East Brunswick
  • Route 109 - Port Melbourne to Box Hill
  • Route 112 - West Preston to St Kilda

Please note, once you arrive at the venue, it can take 5-10 minutes to make your way to registration on the second floor.

Car Parking

There are three car parks available for visitors at the venue.

The least expensive is at the South Wharf Retail Car Park, and is a 10 minute walk from the venue. Parking in this area can cost $16-$20 per vehicle (for 3-5 hours, increasing for longer time periods).

Parking in the Melbourne Convention Centre car park can cost around $32 per vehicle, and is a 3-5 minute walk from the venue.

Ticketing Information

Applicants will be notified when tickets are on sale.

Things to be mindful of:

  • Seating is not allocated
  • Tickets are non refundable
  • Tickets are not available for sale at the door
  • Entry to the venue will not be permitted without a ticket
  • There are no free guest tickets
  • Students graduating must book a seat ticket
  • Children below 3 years who do not require their own seat do not need a ticket
  • We recommend that children under 10 years do not attend as they may become restless/bored
  • Enquiries about ticket purchases

Academic Regalia and appropriate dress

All graduands attending a ceremony must wear the correct academic regalia in order to participate.

Your gown will be open, therefore clothing will be visible. Semi-formal or business attire is recommended. Jeans, board shorts, thongs or trainers are not suitable.

Special Needs / Disabled Students and Guests

Please inform the Graduation department if you or your guests have a disability or special requirements at least one week prior to the ceremony.