Graduation package

Information for December 2021 Graduation ceremonies:

Your Graduation Package costs $100 and includes:

  • academic dress hire: gown, hood and bonnet (if applicable).
  • your trencher (black cap) as a memento.
  • seating for you and up to two guests* at the ceremony.

Access to a copy of a photograph of you at the ceremony (an email will be sent to your preferred email account after your ceremony advising you how to access the photo).

COVID Safety Protocols

To meet current NSW Health requirements and ensure the safety of all attending, some changes have been made to your graduation ceremony.

Graduates and their guests will need to show proof they are fully vaccinated to attend a graduation ceremony. Fully vaccinated means you have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks before the event. Please ensure you have proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or exemption when you check in on your arrival.

Once in the Great Hall, graduates and their two guests* will be seated together. Instead of walking across the stage and being presented with hard copy documents, graduates will have their names announced, at which time they will stand and be acknowledged by all present. Guests will be required to remain seated at all times, and as such the ceremony will not be suitable for babies or younger children - sharing of seats is not permitted.

Unfortunately it is not possible to hold a reception event after the ceremony.

*Due to COVID-safe requirements, additional guests cannot be accommodated.

Ceremony information

Academic dress

The approved University of Newcastle academic dress includes a gown, and if appropriate, a hood and trencher (cap) or bonnet.

The hire of your academic dress is part of your graduation package and is paid for through the online graduation registration system at the same time you register. Academic dress hire terms and conditions (for Australian ceremonies) can also be viewed online before payment has been processed.

If you would like to purchase all or part of your academic dress, please contact:

Academic Dress Hire
Phone: +61 2 4985 4132

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Ceremony tickets

Your graduation package includes tickets for you and two guests to the ceremony.  Due to NSW Health requirements, we are unable to make any additional tickets available.

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Parking and accessibility

We recommend that you park in Car Park 2, a short walk from the Great Hall. Mobility assistance is available between the car park and the venue.

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Live streaming graduation ceremonies

Family or friends who cannot attend your graduation can still be a part of your big day, with the University live streaming all of our ceremonies on this page.

Simply share this link for the Live streaming of ceremonies page where the broadcast will commence a few minutes before the scheduled ceremony start time.

For start times, check our graduation dates page.

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Graduation photography

A professional photographer will be present at your ceremony.

All graduates will have a photograph taken as you exit the venue, while you can also order a professional portrait be taken of you.

To pre-order a portrait, including discount pricing, or to order your ceremony photograph, head to Graduation Photography’s dedicated University of Newcastle page.

Graduation Photography
1004 Victoria Road,
West Ryde NSW 2114
+61 2 9804 7777


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At your graduation ceremony, you will have the opportunity to purchase University memorabilia, as well as order a plaque of your testamur or have it framed. If you decide to purchase a plaque or frame your testamur after the ceremony, contact:

Jackson Frames
Unit 36, 6 Jubilee Avenue,
Warriewood NSW 2102
+61 2 9999 1805



Reflect on your time at the University of Newcastle with your own official university merchandise. Whether you are looking for classic styles or contemporary designs, The Shop gives everyone the opportunity to take a piece of the university home with them.

Open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm you can find us in the Shortland Building, next to the Post Office. During Graduation you can also find us in our Pop-up shop outside the Great Hall.

If you miss the opportunity to purchase your official university merchandise at graduation, contact us, or visit us at The Shop.

The Shop
University of Newcastle, Level 1, Shortland Building
130 University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308


All your memories.
All your achievements.
All yours at The Shop.

Treat yourself or celebrate someone you love this Graduation with official University of Newcastle merchandise. Visit us at The Shop.

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Past graduation ceremonies

The University produces world-class graduates and alumni and we are proud to have records of graduation ceremonies dating back more than six decades.

What’s more, these ceremonies have featured some outstanding guest speakers – including a state premier, a justice of the high court, several globally renowned authors and academics, and even the odd film star – who gave the kind of inspirational speeches that shook the walls.

Occasional Speakers at Graduation Ceremonies 1970-present (PDF, 682.1 KB)

The University has books of previous graduation ceremonies dating back to 1953. For ceremonies from 2010 onward, head to the graduation books page.

Graduation Books from 1953 to 2009 are available on the Living Histories @ UON site.

Live streams of ceremonies dating back to 2017 can be found on the University website.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.