Graduation Day

Registration

Graduands attending their Ceremony must register on the day and be assigned a seat number.

Registration is open from 8am to 9:45am at the clearly marked tables in the northern courtyard, just past the Campus Essentials arcade and is located a short distance from the UNE Life Academic Gown Hire collection.

Graduands must not leave the campus once they have registered – not even to go home or back to their hotel to change.

Dress code

Academic dress must be worn by every graduand, and can be hired or purchased through UNE Life Graduation Services.

The Graduation Ceremony is a formal event. Men should wear long sleeves and tie, trousers and shoes. The tie will assist in securing the graduation hood. A jacket is optional according to your preferences and the weather. Women should wear appropriate day wear sufficient to allow the hood to be secured comfortably around the neck, and to avoid clothing 'riding up' due to the weight of the hood hanging behind you. As the ceremony is outdoors and on the lawns, thin heels are not advised.

Guests

Since the Graduation Ceremony is held outdoors, graduands may bring as many guests as they wish. Guest seating is not reserved.

Disabled and elderly guests may be dropped off (and collected) at the disabled parking bay near Booloominbah. Safety & Security personnel will be available to assist these guests. As a graduand, to arrange for your disabled or elderly guests to have access to this drop off service, please contact the Graduation Team via AskUNE so that we can arrange to provide your name (i.e. the graduand's name) to Safety & Security personnel. Your guests will just need to mention your name to personnel and they will be allowed to drive up closer to Booloominbah. Please note that this is a drop off point only and that parking is not permitted at Booloominbah.

Guests must remain in the guest seating area, and are not permitted to be in the area reserved for graduating students, official UNE photographers, graduation staff, and/or other official guests.

Parking

Special Event Parking is usually opened especially for Graduation days to allow for the higher volume of vehicles, and shuttle buses normally operate from these areas to locations that are only a short walk to Booloominbah, where the ceremonies are held. They also operate in reverse.

Additionally, to park in purple visitor parking bays on weekdays, you will need to purchase a parking coupon. There is no need to pay for parking on weekends. For more information about visitor parking, please visit the Campus Information parking webpage.

The ceremony

The Ceremony begins at 10:30 am sharp and, for this to occur, we ask that all graduands be seated by 10:15 am at the latest in their assigned seat number. Those graduating must remain seated for the duration of the Ceremony. The Ceremony lasts approximately two hours and, as it is held outside, graduands and their guests are advised to bring sunscreen and a drink.

Order of Proceedings

  • After the Chancellor has opened the proceedings, the Chancellor will ask the Vice-Chancellor to present any candidates for the award of degrees honoris causa. The Occasional Address will then be delivered. There will be a five-minute musical interlude.
  • After the musical interlude, the Chair of the Academic Board rises and says to the Chancellor, the graduands now standing:
  • Chancellor, I submit to you a list of candidates, as listed in the programme, who have completed all requirements and are entitled to be admitted to their respective academic degrees and awards.
  • The Chancellor responds, and the graduands remain standing: "In the name of the Council and by my authority as Chancellor I admit these candidates to their respective degrees and awards."
  • The graduates are now asked to be seated. The Chair of the Academic Board then reads out the attributes of the New England Award and acknowledges those present who are receiving the award.
  • The graduates newly admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy who are present are now individually presented to the Chancellor by the Chair of the Academic Board, who says: "Chancellor, I have the honour to present to you those candidates newly admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy who are able to be present at this ceremony."

  • The Chair of the Academic Board reads out the names of the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. As the candidates' names are read out the candidates move to a position in front of the Chancellor where they acknowledge the Chancellor by doffing their caps. The Chancellor shakes their hand and the candidates then return to their seats.
  • After the presentation of the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy the candidates for the Masters Degrees, Graduate Diplomas, Graduate Certificates, Bachelor degrees, and Diplomas/Certificates are presented in the order in which they are listed in the Official Programme. All graduands should acknowledge the Chancellor on presentation, by doffing their caps.
  • At the conclusion of the ceremony the Esquire Bedell will lead the Chancellor and the academic procession from the dais. Graduates are asked to stand as the procession leaves, joining in the procession to follow the academics.
Wet weather

In the event of wet or inclement weather, the Graduation Ceremony will be moved indoors to Lazenby Hall. This decision will be made by 8:00 am on the morning of the ceremony and will be announced on the Student Support Team's blog, the Insiders' Guide.

Graduating students will automatically receive two tickets for their guests to accompany them into Lazenby Hall to view the ceremony. More tickets may be available, but they are strictly limited and will depend on attendance numbers. Guests who are unable to fit into Lazenby Hall will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream in a nearby lecture theatre, and will be directed/assisted there by graduation ushers.

For a ceremony that has a large number of graduating students, it may be necessary to split the ceremony into a morning and an afternoon session to fit into Lazenby Hall. The morning session will include last names that begin with A - J, and registration will start from 8:00 am and the ceremony will begin at 10:30 am. The afternoon session will include last names that begin with K - Z, and registration will start from 1:00 pm and the ceremony will begin at 2:30 pm.

For a ceremony that has a small number of graduating students, it will not be necessary to split the ceremony, so all students will participate in the same ceremony, and registration will start from 8:00 am and the ceremony will begin at 10:30 am, as usual.

The decision to split or not to split the ceremony will also be announced via the Insiders' Guide blog on the morning of the ceremony, therefore it is essential that graduating students and their family and friends allow all day for the ceremony.

Transport On Campus

Free buses will be in operation on the day to transport graduands and their guests from the special event parking to the Gown Hire and Registration venues located in the northern courtyard. 

A shuttle bus will also operate to accommodate graduands and guests with special needs, it will pick up from the special event parking area and drop off next to the lawns of Booloominbah.