Find out details for the day of your graduation ceremony, such as when to arrive and what you need to do when you arrive.

Attending graduation

When to arrive

Please arrive 1.5 hours before your ceremony start time.


What to do when you arrive -
Port Macquarie

  1. Register at the registration desk, mezzanine level Glasshouse. Here you will collect your academic dress, your ticket with your specified seat number and your guest tickets.
  2. Distribute guest tickets to your invited guests before you enter the Glasshouse auditorium.
  3. Put on your academic dress before entering the Glasshouse auditorium.
  4. Be seated 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony so we can brief you on how the ceremony is run.

What to do when you arrive - Callaghan

  1. Collect your academic dress from Academic Dress Hire if you have not already done so. This is located on Level 2, Shortland Building
  2. Complete the Australian Graduate Survey.
  3. Register at the registration desk. This is located in the marquee outside the Great Hall. Here you will collect your ticket with your specified seat number and your guest tickets.
  4. Distribute guest tickets to your invited guests before you enter the Great Hall.
  5. Put on your academic dress before entering the auditorium.
  6. Be seated 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony so we can brief you on how the ceremony is run. Ushers can to show you to your allocated seat.

What to do when you arrive - Ourimbah

  1. Collect your academic dress from Academic Dress Hire if you have not already done so. This is located at the UoN Services office, (Room 2.27) Level 2, Ourimbah Library. Access is from the top of the stairs (to the right of the library entrance).
  2. Register at the registration desk. This is located in the marquee outside Lecture Theatres 1 and 2. Here you will collect your ticket with your specified seat number and your guest tickets.
  3. Distribute guest tickets to your invited guests before you enter the Fine Art/Drama Studio.
  4. Put on your academic dress before entering the Fine Art/Drama Studio.
  5. Be seated 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony so we can brief you on how the ceremony is run. Ushers can to show you to your allocated seat.

 What to do when you arrive - Singapore

  1. Register your attendance.
  2. Distribute guest tickets to your invited guests before you enter the Hall.
  3. Put on your academic dress before entering the auditorium.
  4. Be seated 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony.

Taking photos during the ceremony

Your guests can take photos and videos during the ceremony but they need to remain in their seats. You will also have access to a digital photo of you receiving your testamur via the photographer's facebook page.


Graduate reception

As part of your graduation package you and your guests are invited to attend the Graduate Reception.

At Port Macquarie, this is held on the mezzanine level of the Glasshouse.

Finger food, tea and coffee will be provided and Individual or group portrait photography is available.  Cohort photos will also be taken here.

At Callaghan, it is held in the Brennan and McLarty Rooms in the Shortland Building.

At the Central Coast Campus it is held in the Cafeteria.

There will be live music and finger food provided, and runs for around 1.5 hours.
Also available at the reception are:

  • Individual or group portrait photography.
  • Testamur framing and plaques.
  • University of Newcastle memorabilia.