Preparing for your graduation ceremony

Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions we have had to put physical graduation ceremonies on hold and we will reinstate them as soon as we can.

Follow these four steps to ensure you're ready for your graduation ceremony.

1. Confirm your attendance

Sign in to My graduation and choose the option to attend your graduation ceremony.

Check the graduation process for more information. 

For more information about managing your graduation online, see our help guide Graduation: How to manage your Graduation online.

2. Pay the graduation fee

The graduation fee covers:

  • Academic regalia hire for the ceremony
  • Trencher (cap) to keep
  • Two guest tickets
  • Graduation ceremony program
  • Refreshments post-ceremony for you and your guests.

Fees for 2020 Graduation Ceremonies

Timely graduation charge: $225

Late graduation charge: $275

Note: Registrations for ceremonies close 10 days prior to ceremonies. Students registering after closing date will be allocated to the subsequent round of ceremonies.

Additional guest tickets are available for purchase at $44 each. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out. Tickets will be automatically emailed to you after payment.

You don't need to book a ticket for yourself. You will be automatically allocated a graduate seat when you pay the graduation fee. Your seat allocation will be given to you on the day of graduation (at registration).

You pay your graduation fee through GFP Graduations. We will notify you when bookings for your ceremony open.

Wearing academic dress is compulsory at your ceremony. You'll need to hire or purchase the right regalia for your ceremony. This includes a gown, a hood or stole, and a trencher (cap). The regalia you need to wear varies according to your qualification.

Information for overseas students

If you have family overseas wishing to attend your ceremony in Melbourne, you’ll need to make all travel arrangements yourself; Swinburne does not offer this service.

Complete and submit a Status Letter request form if you have not yet completed your course but expect to soon. This letter may be used to substantiate visa applications for visiting family. It is important that you specify why you are applying for a Status Letter. Your ‘Reason for the request’ should state 'for graduation purposes'.

3. Book your photography

Book professional photos of your graduation day through Swinburne’s official photographers GFP Graduations

You can also arrange photography on the day of your ceremony.

Even if you don't pre-book photography, GFP Graduations will take a photo of you on stage accepting your award, which you can later buy if you like.

4. Know what to expect on the day

You should get familiar with the ceremony’s order of events before the big day so that there are no surprises. 

See What to expect at the ceremony to find out what time to arrive at the venue, what you’ll be expected to do and how long the ceremony goes for.