Get all the information you need to know about preparing for your graduation, what to do when you arrive at your graduation ceremony, and what happens on the day.
What should you expect on the day of your graduation?
When to arrive
You need to arrive at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) two hours before the ceremony to allow time to have your regalia fitted. For example, if your ceremony starts at 4pm, you should arrive at 2pm.
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 One (in the MCEC, 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, located between Doors 7 and 8 on the lower ground floor. A staff member will direct you to the designated area.
Order of events
- Graduates register and have their regalia fitted.
- Graduates take their seats in Plenery 2 via door 2 (45 minutes before the ceremony).
Note that all graduate tickets include allocated seating; you MUST sit in your assigned seat to ensure you are called across the stage in the correct order.
- Guests take their seats in the Plenery 2, entering through doors 7 and 8 (45 minutes before the ceremony).
Guess seating is not allocated.
- The ceremony begins with an academic procession.
- Special award presentation and/or guest speaker.
- Graduates are presented on the stage.
- The ceremony concludes. Ceremonies are generally 90 to 120 minutes in duration.
Are you an overseas student?
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'.