Graduation ceremonies during COVID-19
The University’s response to the COVID-19 crisis is consistently guided by two priorities: to safeguard the health of our members and the general public, and to ensure continuity of our educational mission especially for students.
Graduation ceremonies are occasions where large groups of people gather together to celebrate the success of students. Any impact on upcoming graduation ceremonies will be advised to attending students close to the ceremony, depending on the situation and any restrictions in place at the time.
Attending your graduation ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your academic achievement and we strongly encourage you to select and attend a ceremony.
Checklist to prepare to attend your graduation
Once you have been approved to graduate by the University’s Academic Board, you will receive an email inviting you to:
- Register for your graduation ceremony (select the date).
- Select “attend” in the attendance section
- Check your full legal name with your College.
- Check your email and postal addresses are correct with your College.
- Ensure you have no outstanding tuition fees or library fines and outstanding loans.
About three weeks prior to the graduation ceremony date you will receive an email confirming your attendance at the ceremony. This correspondence will include ceremony-specific information and instructions and links to book regalia, guest tickets, photography and what to expect on the day.
What to wear
If you are attending the ceremony to receive your award, you must wear the correct Academic Dress (Regalia) for the award you are receiving, regardless of any other awards you may already have. Anyone not wearing the correct academic dress will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. What you wear under your regalia is up to you, but as this is a formal occasion we encourage you to choose suitably smart attire.
You can hire or purchase the regalia for your award from Reed Graduations. See Academic Dress (Regalia) for more information.
Those who arrive later than the assigned time on the day of the ceremony will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony in person and will receive their academic documents by mail. The graduation ceremony is a formal academic occasion. Check your ceremony-specific information for the arrival time. Consider traffic and other delays when planning your arrival.
Photographs are taken of each graduand as they receive their award from the Chancellor (termed ‘stage photos’).
Each graduating student is initially allocated two guest tickets, which can be booked online through the University of Divinity. Bookings will open about 3 weeks prior to the ceremony date. You will receive an email with a link to book guest tickets. There is no cost for guest tickets. If there are spare seats available, additional tickets will be made available on the Monday prior to the ceremony.
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What to expect on the ceremony day
Attending your graduation ceremony is a wonderful way to celebrate your academic achievements. Information on this page will help you prepare for what to expect on the day.
Academic Dress (Regalia)
The forms of academic dress at the University enhance the reputation of its awards and honour the academic achievements of its members.
Graduation Academic Documents
All graduates receive three academic documents. The testamur (degree certificate with University seal), academic transcript, and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.