What should you expect on the day of your graduation?
Find out what to do when you arrive at your graduation ceremony, and what happens on the day.
COVIDSafe protocols – Conditions of Entry
To support the safety of Swinburne's community and comply with Victorian Government directives, you must adhere to the relevant COVID safe protocols of the venue. Please do not enter the venue if you're feeling unwell.
For more information visit the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition website and the Swinburne on-campus protocols page for more information.
Where to park
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has a car park located within the Exhibition Centre. Additionally, there are secure car parks located in and around South Wharf including South Wharf Retail Car Park, Siddeley Street Carpark, Freeway Carpark and Montague Street Carpark.
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Please note MCEC is only open to events and visitors in attendance. To reduce movement throughout the venue, visitors will be restricted to the building in which their event is held and unable to transit between buildings.
Melbourne Exhibition Centre car park
Closest allocated entrance to the Convention Centre is Lobby Door C. Visitors parking within Melbourne Exhibition Centre car park will need to exit the car park via Door 6. Visitors will then be directed outside the building where visitors will need to walk around (outside) towards Lobby Door B or C where visitors can re-enter. See attached map for Door 6.
DFO South Wharf Wilson parking
Closest allocated entrance to the Convention Centre is Lobby Door B.
Siddeley Street car park
Walk over Seafearers Bridge to Melbourne Convention Centre, closest allocated entrance to the Convention Centre is Lobby Door B.
When to arrive
You need to arrive at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre two hours before the ceremony to allow time to have your regalia fitted.
Note: Registration and gowning closes one hour before the ceremony; allow plenty of time to get to the venue in case of transport or parking issues.
Report to the registration and gowning room in Plenary (in the Convention Centre building, lower ground floor).
Note: Make sure you bring your student ID or another photo ID.
Guests should arrive an hour before the ceremony starts (e.g. 3pm for a 4pm ceremony). Make sure that your guests are carrying their own tickets.
Prams cannot be brought into the ceremony hall; however, a space has been set aside in the main foyer for prams. On arrival, please make your way to the Swinburne information desk. A staff member will direct you to the designated area.
What to do on the stage
A staff member will collect you from your seat when your name is about to be called and direct you to the stage.
Once you're on the stage, you will need to:
- Wait until your name is called, then accept your graduation tube from the chancellor.
- Have your photograph taken.
- Leave the stage via the central stairs.
You can have professional photos taken before and after the ceremony. Book your photography in advance through GFP Graduations or on the day.
Ceremony recordings will be available approximately six weeks post ceremony. Re-live and share your special moment with family and friends.