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Your ceremony

The following order of events will occur on the day of your graduation ceremony:

Arrival, registration and gowning

To make sure you have a stress-free experience, arrive early at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Report to the registration and gowning room in Plenary, Convention Centre Building, Lower Ground Floor (see venue map).

Remember to bring your student ID or valid photo identification with you. Note: your guests must carry their own tickets with them, as they will enter the hall separately to you.

After registration, our helpful staff will dress you in your graduation gown according to your qualification. Make sure you book your graduation gown beforehand!

Make sure you are gowned and registered at least one hour before the ceremony start time.


To capture this important milestone there will be official photographers present before and after the ceremony. There are options for individual and group photos.

Swinburne's official photographers for graduation ceremonies are GFP Photography

Graduate access to the ceremony hall (Plenary)

You need to take your seat in the ceremony hall one hour before the ceremony commences. Enter via the Foyer, Lower Ground Floor.

You will receive a graduate briefing 30 minutes before your ceremony starts.

Guests take their seat

Guests are admitted to the ceremony hall (Plenary) one hour prior to the commencement. Guests enter Plenary via the Ground Floor (main entrance).

Academic procession

The official party, the mace bearer and academic staff will enter the ceremony hall by procession and assemble on the stage. Graduates and guests are asked to stand as the procession enters the ceremony hall.

The Master of Ceremonies will commence the ceremony by welcoming the official party, academic staff, graduates and guests to the ceremony.

The National Anthem

The Master of Ceremonies will invite the audience to sing the National anthem. Graduates and guests are to continue standing during the singing of the National Anthem.

Graduates presented on stage

Each graduate will be presented on stage to the Chancellor. Don't be nervous, take advantage of this moment and enjoy walking across the stage. Smile and get a great photo with the Chancellor.

What you should do when presented on stage:

  • Graduation staff will collect you from your seat and direct you to the stage.
  • When your name is called walk to centre stage and accept your award from the Chancellor.
  • Have your photo taken on stage by our photographer.
  • Leave the stage by the central stairs with your award.

Your family and friends will feel very proud of your achievement!


The Master of ceremonies will close the proceedings. The academic procession, joined by the graduates, will leave the ceremony hall, followed by the guests.


Light refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony.

After the ceremony

After the ceremony, you will need to return your gown to the gowning room.

You may wish to continue celebrating your graduation after the ceremony. There are a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants near the venue at Southgate, South Wharf and Crown Casino. For information on where you can go for dinner or refreshments:

See yourself graduate!

Watch previous ceremonies as well as your own online: