Graduation package

Your graduation package includes:

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

Access to a copy of the photograph of you accepting your testamur from the Chancellor on the Graduation Photography Facebook page (an email will be sent to your preferred email account after your ceremony advising you how to access the photo).

*Due to venue capacity, guest tickets are limited.

Ceremony information

Academic dress

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

You will need to pay for the hire of your academic dress online through the 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. Contact Academic Dress Hire if you wish to purchase all or part of your academic dress, which will reduce the price of your graduation package.

Academic dress collection and return, Graduation Ceremonies, 23 April 2020, Central Coast Campus

You can collect your Academic Dress hire from the Hospitality Building foyer at the Ourimbah campus. This is a short walk from the main car park.

Collection times for Thursday, 23 April 2020, Graduation Ceremony:

Wednesday, 22 April, between 2 pm and 5 pm
On the day:
10 am ceremony only:  from 8 am
2 pm ceremony only:    from 10 am
6 pm ceremony only:    from 2 pm

Returning Academic Dress

You must return your academic dress on the day of graduation, before leaving the campus.

Return Late Fee - If any items are returned after the time stated, the customer agrees to pay an additional hiring fee of $50* per day until all items have been returned or, where necessary, replaced.  This amount will not exceed $662* and will be charged to your credit card account as submitted.

Please read the terms and conditions of hire

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Ceremony tickets

Your graduation package includes tickets for you and up to three guests to both the ceremony and the reception.

Please note: due to venue capacity, guest tickets are limited, so additional guest tickets may be limited or not available for all ceremonies.

Availability of extra guest tickets for July 2019 Central Coast Campus ceremonies

Please check the table below to see if extra tickets are available for your ceremony.  If available, these will be on sale on Friday, 14 June 2019, from the time listed below.

  • 10 am ceremony:  Extra guest tickets available. Ticket sales open 10.30 am.
  • 2 pm ceremony:  No guest tickets available – the venue is at capacity.
  • 6 pm ceremony:  Extra guest tickets available. Ticket sales open 12.30 pm.

The online sale of additional guest tickets has now closed.

What can I do if I miss out on purchasing extra guest tickets?

We understand that graduation is an important celebration for you to share with your family and friends. If you are unable to purchase extra guest tickets you can still include your supporters in the celebrations via the livestream of your graduation ceremony.

The livestream can be viewed from the Lecture Theatre, opposite the Fine Arts Studio, or online through the link here.

Occasionally, there may be a very limited number of extra guest tickets for sale on a first in, first served basis, at the Registration Desk, located in the Hospitality Building, prior to the graduation ceremony.

How do I collect my guest tickets?

Guest tickets are given to you at the Registration Desk on the day of your ceremony.

Additional information

If you need additional information please email graduation@newcastle.edu.au.

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Parking and accessibility

There are plenty of places to park for at Ourimbah. The campus is also accessible via a full range of public transport options.

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Order of ceremony events

  • The Master of Ceremonies will announce the imminent commencement of the ceremony
  • The University Fanfare will herald the entry of the Dais Party
  • The assembly will rise and remain standing until the conclusion of the National Anthems
  • The Chancellor will declare the proceedings open
  • The Vice-Chancellor and President will introduce the Occasional Speaker
  • The Occasional Address will be delivered
  • The first set of degree recipients will be presented
  • Musical Interlude
  • The second set of degree recipients will be presented
  • The Chancellor will invite a nominated student from to speak on behalf of the graduates
  • The proceedings will be declared concluded
  • The Dais Party and assembly will rise as the University Fanfare is sounded and the Dais Party process from the stage
  • The Procession of Graduates will follow the Dais Party out of the hall
  • Graduates and guests are invited to attend the Graduate Reception in the Millery Cafe Bar.

Graduation ceremonies usually last for one and a half to two hours, depending on the number of graduates.

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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 the link for this page where the broadcast will commence a few minutes before the scheduled ceremony start time in the embedded video player below.

For start times, check our graduation dates page.

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Graduation reception

Following the ceremony, you and your guests are invited to the graduation reception.

Lasting approximately 90 minutes, there is live music and finger food, as well as the opportunity to get photographs.

The reception is held at the Millery Cafe Bar in the Student Amenities Building.

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Graduation photography

A professional photographer will be present at your ceremony, taking official photographs, as well as social shots.

All graduates will have a handshake photograph taken as you receive your testamur, while you can also order a professional portrait be taken of you.

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

For more information, contact Graduation Photography:
1004 Victoria Road,
West Ryde NSW 2114
+61 2 9804 7777

Web: http://www.graduationphotography.com.au/UNC 
Social: https://www.facebook.com/graduationphotography

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Memorabilia and framing

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

To purchase memorabilia such as cups, glasses, photo frames and apparel, please contact The Co-op at The University of Newcastle:
Ourimbah Campus
10 Chittaway Road, Ourimbah  NSW  2258
+61 2 4362 2796

Web: http://www.coop.com.au/s/un-ourimbah-campus

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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 documents and 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.