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Prepare for graduation

Ceremony invitations

We will email you a graduation invitation about three or four weeks before your ceremony. This will confirm your graduation ceremony time, date and location. Your invitation will also include details about what will appear on your certificate.

Respond to your invitation

It's essential that you reply to the graduation invitation to either confirm your attendance or decline the invitation in order to graduate in absentia.

The capacity of the Great Hall is limited and the online attendance registration will close once the hall capacity is reached. Once the ceremony is full, you are welcome to attend and watch your ceremony in the Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall where there will be a live-feed of the graduation ceremony. Your graduation documents will be ready for collection from the graduation registration desk after your ceremony concludes.

If you would like to assist the Presenting Dean with the pronunciation of your official name at your graduation ceremony, you should provide the phonetic English spelling of your official name when you register to attend your ceremony.

Guest tickets

You will usually be allocated two guest tickets, this will be confirmed on your invitation. Guest seating in the Great Hall is limited, and will be allocated based on order of arrival on the day. Once the Great Hall is filled, guests will be directed to the Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall where there will be a live-feed of the graduation ceremony. If you bring more guests to your ceremony, they will also be directed to the Ante Room. Additional guest tickets are not available. Ceremony live-streams can also be viewed online.

Making travel arrangements

We will not be able to confirm your ceremony time and date until you receive your invitation, so please make sure any plans made for your graduation before then (including travel arrangements for overseas family and friends) are flexible. We do not accept any responsibility for any arrangements that you, your family or friends make for your graduation. 

Academic dress

At your ceremony, you will need to wear full academic dress appropriate for your degree or diploma. This comprises a gown, bonnet/trencher cap, and hood or stole. The most popular choice is to hire academic dress to ensure you are wearing the correct academic dress, or you can choose to buy your own.

Each degree or diploma has its own colour or combination of colours. You can find more information on what you will need to wear in the University's academic dress standards (pdf, 225KB). The USYD Store can provide further information about your hood colour when you make your booking for academic dress.

When wearing academic dress, it is important that the tassel on your trencher remains on the left side when preceding to the dais to receive your testamur on stage from the Chancellor (or delegate). Once the photograph of you and the Chancellor (or delegate) is complete, take a step back and salute the Chancellor (or delegate). Then turn and walk down the stairs to take your new seat with direction from the return seat usher.

On the day

Here is everything you need to know for your graduation day.

We recommend using public transport or taxis as your first option for getting to campus.


Limited parking is available for graduands and their guests in the Shepherd Street carpark building. Make sure you allow plenty of time to attend gowning and register before your ceremony commences. 


Bring your student ID or photo ID and register your attendance at the desk outside the main doors of the Great Hall, open an hour before the ceremony. Here, we will provide you with your graduate seat number, copy of the program and guest tickets. Make sure you are wearing academic dress and are seated 15 minutes before the ceremony.
Locate the Great Hall.


You'll be fully briefed on ceremony procedures when you first enter the Great Hall. It takes around 90 minutes for the entire ceremony.


There is no child care available for the graduation ceremonies, though small children are welcome to sit on a carer's lap during the event. The Ante Room adjoining the Great Hall also shows a live telecast for guests


Professional photographers and videographers will capture the moment of your graduation. You can view and buy photographs or a DVD from our partner vendor, Ambassador Productions.


All ceremonies are streamed live. A link to view them can be found on the graduation ceremony schedule and live streams page.

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Last updated: 26 February 2019

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