Information for Melbourne Ceremony, Friday 27 March 2020
Information on this page is specific to the next upcoming ceremony.
- Date: Friday 27 March 2020
- Ceremony start time: 7:30pm
- Arrival and regalia: 4:30-6:30pm
- Venue: St Patrick’s Cathedral
Address: 1 Cathedral Place, East Melbourne, Victoria
When to arrive
Between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
When you arrive, make your way to the front entrance of the Cathedral for registration. Registration closes at 6:30pm promptly so allow time for delays in your transport.
Following registration, you will then be directed across the road to St Peter’s Eastern Hill Hall for regalia. Once in your regalia, you are welcome to leave the venue to spend time with your family and friends. You need to return to the Cathedral no later than 6:45pm for a briefing of the ceremony and to be seated in the correct order.
Guests should arrive and be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts.
Prams and children are welcome.
Order of events
- Graduands register upon arrival, between 4:30pm and 6:30pm.
- Graduands collect and don regalia from St Peter’s Eastern Hill Hall (across the road from the Cathedral).
- Graduands enter the Cathedral and locate their College marshal.
- Graduands receive a briefing from their College marshal.
- Graduands are seated in the correct order by 7:00pm.
- Guests take their seats by 7:15pm.
- The ceremony begins with an academic procession at 7:30pm.
- A short liturgy of scripture, song and prayer.
- Graduands are presented to the Chancellor.
- The valedictory speaker gives an address.
- The guest speaker gives an address.
- The ceremony concludes after approximately 2 hours.
What to do on stage
- A staff member will collect you from your seat and direct you to join the line at the side of the stage.
- When your name has been called, you will walk onto the altar platform (stage) towards the Chancellor. Turn to the Chancellor and bow. As you bow, touch your headwear (if your award requires one).
- Have your photograph taken with the Chancellor.
- Leave the altar platform (stage) via the central step.
With approximately 1000 people expected to attend, it can get very warm inside. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
Photos and video
By taking part in this event, you and your guests grant the University full rights to use images resulting from photography/video filming and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the University’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity and social media.
‘Stage photos’ taken during the ceremony as you receive your award from the Chancellor are taken by Reed Graduation Services and available for purchase directly from Reed. Stage photos are not distributed by the University.
Emergencies and running late
If your ability to be able to attend the ceremony changes, if you are running late, or unable to make the ceremony due to an emergency on the day, please contact the Graduation Manager as soon as possible (contact details will be in the information provided to you by email). You can also email email@example.com.