Graduation ceremonies are held inside the Great Hall at the north-eastern corner of the iconic Quadrangle on the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus. Each ceremony is approximately 90 minutes in length.
For more information on your graduation ceremony, download or view the Information for Graduands (PDF) booklet.
Live ceremony streaming
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- Registration process
- Guest tickets
- DVDs and plaques
- Child care
- What to do if you can't attend
Before attending your ceremony, you will need to register your attendance. You will find the registration desk located outside the main doors of the Great Hall
The registration desk will open one hour prior to your ceremony. Upon registering you will receive your seating allocation and guest tickets.
Your e-invitation will indicate the number of guest tickets allocated to you. Guest tickets will be available at the registration desk. Additional guest tickets will not be available.
Limited free parking is available for graduands and their guests in the Shepherd Street car park (corner of Shepherd Street and Cleveland Street) during graduation ceremony days. Normal parking restrictions apply throughout the University.
A free shuttle bus service (PDF) will be provided to transfer graduands and their guests from the Shepherd Street car park to the main campus on graduation days. The bus will run on a shuttle service every 15 minutes, starting at 8am and concluding one hour after the final ceremony of the day.
Parking will be extremely limited and we recommend that you use public transport to get to and from the venue. Please be aware that there is no guarantee of a parking space on the day.
Upon entering the Great Hall and before your graduation ceremony begins you will be completely briefed on all ceremony procedures.
Your graduation ceremony will officially begin as the academic procession enters the Great Hall to the accompaniment of the organ.
At the beginning of the ceremony all graduands will be asked to stand. The Chancellor will then confer the degrees and award the diplomas and certificates.
Graduands will then be asked to sit. The graduand in seat number one will remain standing and set the pattern for following graduates.
The following is a summary of the procedure for receiving your testamur:
- Stand at the end of your row (when instructed)
- Move to first row (when asked)
- When the dean calls your name, salute the dean – men do this by raising their trencher, women by either touching their trencher, bowing slightly or curtseying
- Move up the steps to greet the Chancellor and receive your testamur
- Salute the Chancellor as you leave
- Return to the row in front of your original row via the centre aisle
- Take the furthest available seat.
Upon returning to your seat please examine your testamur and ensure that all details are correct. In the rare event of an error, visit the Student Centre in the Jane Foss Russell Building after the ceremony and ask to speak to someone from the Graduations Office. Where possible, you will receive a new testamur on the same day.
After all graduates have been presented, the Ceremonial Registrar will ask those who have been admitted to doctorate degrees to stand.
The academic procession will then stand and acknowledge the University’s newest doctoral graduates.
Ambassador Productions have been contracted by the University to provide official graduation photographs. Each graduating student will have their photograph taken as they are presented their degree or award by the Chancellor. Graduates can view and purchase the resulting photographs in the Quadrangle after the conclusion of the ceremony. Please visit the Ambassador Productions website for further information.
The University of Sydney Union (USU) also provides a service for pre- and post-graduation portraits and degree framing. Please visit the Sydney Store for bookings and more details
DVDs of your graduation ceremony and wall-mountable plaque reproductions of your testamur can be ordered online from Ambassador Productions, or from the Ambassador Productions outlet found in the Quadrangle immediately after your ceremony.
You and your guests will need to make your own arrangements for child care as there are no child care facilities available at graduation. However, guests with small children are able to sit in the Ante Room (adjoining the Great Hall) and view the ceremony proceedings via a live telecast.
Graduates and their guests are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments in the Quadrangle after the graduation ceremony.
Other celebration options for your graduation include a lunch at the Forum Restaurant. Enjoy a 3 course lunch and complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling mineral water on arrival for $55 per person. Phone +61 2 9351 4664 or email email@example.com and quote “Graduation” to make your reservation. Further information is available at the Darlington Centre website.
If you do not attend your graduation ceremony, your degree, diploma or certificate will be awarded in your absence (‘in absentia’).
By default your testamur and transcripts will be mailed by registered post (international mail will be express delivery) to the address nominated on your MyUni account. Please ensure that all details on your account are up to date.
You may notify the Graduations Office if you wish to:
- Collect your documents
- Nominate someone to collect the documents on your behalf.
If this is the case please email the Graduations Office () before your ceremony.
If you are nominating someone please provide their full name and ensure that they have photographic ID upon collection.
Your documents will be available for collection two working days after your ceremony.