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Graduation Ceremony

Further information

A Graduation Ceremony is a formal event involving the presentation of degrees, diplomas and certificates, speeches by dignitaries and musical recitals.

 

  1. Confirm your Attendance
  2. I can't attend my ceremony
  3. Order your academic dress and what to wear
  4. Tickets for my ceremony
  5. Ceremony Venues
  6. Accessibility
  7. Parking at your ceremony
  8. What to do on the day of your ceremony
  9. Your procession to Winthrop Hall
  10. Crossing the stage (dais)
  11. Photographers and framers
  12. UWA merchandise
  13. Guest Information and Accommodation

Confirm your Attendance

If you have applied to attend your graduation ceremony you will also need to confirm your attendance. The Graduation Team will send you an email (in early May for July ceremonies and early October for December ceremonies) when the Confirmation of Attendance opens. It is important to note the closing date so you don't miss the opportunity to attend.

Further information about the Confirmation of Attendance process can be found on the apply to graduate and confirming your attendance page.

I can't attend my ceremony

If you no longer wish to attend your ceremony, let the Graduations Team know via askUWA using your student email account. When you send the email please include your:

  • student ID number
  • full name
  • a statement that you:
    1. are unable to attend your Graduation ceremony
    2. want your award to be conferred in absentia at the ceremony
    3. are aware that once your award has been conferred in absentia you will not be permitted to attend any future ceremony for this award

If you have already collected your graduand and guest tickets, please indicate that you understand they are non-transferrable and will destroy them. Tickets will be reallocated by our office.

If you are experiencing any extenuating circumstances, or have any queries about attending your ceremony, contact the Graduation Team.

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Order your academic dress and what to wear

Your Graduation Ceremony is a formal University occasion. As a graduand you are required to wear academic regalia as well as smart personal dress suitable for memorable photographs. When choosing your shoes, please be mindful that you will need to process with your peers from Great Court South to Winthrop Hall and navigate a small number of steps up to and down from the stage.

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Tickets

Complimentary guest tickets for Winthrop Hall

When you confirmation your attendance in studentConnect you can reserve up to two guest tickets for Winthrop Hall. 

Your graduand and guest tickets will be conveniently available for you to collect from the GFP Graduations tent outside of Winthrop Hall. When you collect your tickets and regalia bring your photo ID (student card or drivers licence). If you are unable to collect these you can complete an authorisation form for a friend or family member to collect on your behalf (they will need to provide their own photo ID)

Your guests are not assigned a seat on their ticket. When they come into the hall they can select their seat in the guest seating section. If you have specified special seating requirements you will receive an email from the Graduations Team.

Children are welcome to attend your graduation ceremony, for small children it’s important to note evening ceremonies may run as late as 9.30pm. Children who are two years or under can sit on an adult's lap (one of your guests), children over two require their own ticket. If you have a pram, please leave it with the front of house staff before you go into the graduation venue. These are Occupational Health and Safety rules, and are in place for the safety of all patrons. 

Additional guest tickets (graduation live-streaming and refreshment package)

We understand your graduation is an important celebration of your hard work and achievements that you would like to enjoy with your family and friends. The limited seating in Winthrop Hall means guest tickets are limited to two per graduand, so to enable you to share the experience with more loved ones you have the option to purchase up to five graduation live-streaming and refreshment packages from GFP Graduations. The ticket price of $25 each includes a live-stream broadcast of the ceremony in a lecture theatre adjacent to Winthrop Hall and entry to post-ceremony refreshments.

Before purchasing additional tickets, please complete your Confirmation of Attendance in studentConnect. If you do not confirm your attendance in studentConnect your attendance will be cancelled even if you have purchased the graduation live-streaming and refreshment packages and purchased your regalia.

GFP will issue your live-streaming tickets to your nominated email account approximately 1 hour after purchase. All guests are required to present their printed tickets to gain access to the live-streaming venue and the post-ceremony reception. Tickets are not transferable and cannot be reused.

Refunds for purchased tickets can be claimed from GFP up to 24 hours before the event (contact details and FAQs are also available at that link).

Tickets can only be purchased by the graduand so your guests won't be able to do it themselves.

Lost and Forgotten Tickets

If you did not collect your tickets for Winthrop Hall, visit the Information Tent at the main entrance of Winthrop Hall before the beginning of your ceremony (allow an extra 15 minutes).

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Venues

All graduation ceremonies are held in Winthrop Hall

Live-Streaming Venues 

Graduation Ceremony, Tuesday 10 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre

Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday 11 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre 

Graduation Ceremony, Thursday 12 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre 

Graduation Ceremony, Friday 13 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre 

Graduation Ceremony, Saturday 14 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre 

Graduation Ceremony. Monday 16 December 2019 - Alexander Lecture Theatre 


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Accessibility

If you or your guests need help walking, or require wheelchair access or any other special seating arrangements, please indicate this when completing your Confirmation of Attendance via studentConnect. We ask that they arrive at the hall early and to make themselves known to Theatre staff who will seat them appropriately.

If you or one of your guests requires an AUSLAN interpreter you can indicate this in your Confirmation of Attendance and the University will provide one for your ceremony.

Handrails are fitted at the point you ascend and descend the stage (dais). A wheelchair lift also provides access to the stage. If you have special seating requirements or require assistance you can indicate this in your Confirmation of Attendance or by contacting the Graduations Team. We will be in contact to discuss your requirements and make sure you have everything you need.

Winthrop Hall is accessible by lift, the lift can be found inside the south-west corner (Great Court South side) of Winthrop Hall. If you cannot find the lift Theatre staff will be there to help.

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Parking for graduation

TBA closer to the Ceremonies.

Please download your copy of the UWA parking map.

Please note: Vehicles are required to be parked in a designated parking bay. This excludes ACROD, Reserved and Service Bays where the appropriate permit are required to be displayed at all times.

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What to do on the day of your ceremony

Your graduation ceremony will include the formal presentation of degrees, diplomas and certificates, addresses by dignitaries and members of the University, and a musical recital. At the conclusion of each ceremony, light refreshments are available for graduates and their guests.

  • Graduands: Please arrive one hour before your ceremony at your designated assembly area, with your graduand ticket.
  • Guests: Entry into Winthrop Hall and the lecture theatre is by ticket only. Guests are asked to be seated 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. Seating is unreserved.
  • Formal proceedings will begin at the nominated time of the ceremony and will go for 1.5-2 hours. Light refreshments, and photography and framing services, are available for 1 hour after your ceremony.

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Your procession to Winthrop Hall

Graduands and members of the Faculty will be processing (walking in formation in regalia) from Great Court South - in front of Reid Library (see map below) to Winthrop Hall approximately 500 metres. As such, you are asked to arrive at Great Court South no later than 60 minutes before the ceremony start time so you don't miss out on any part of the celebration on the day.

After gathering at your assembly area you will be assigned to a row according to your ticket. Please ensure that you do not switch places with another graduand. As you will be called onto stage and seated in the order in which you lined up.

If you arrive late please report to the help tent outside Winthrop Hall.

 

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Crossing the stage (dais)

To ensure the smooth flow of your Graduation Ceremony, review the instructions on how to cross the dais to receive your award.

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Photographers and framers

GFP Graduations is the official supplier of photography, framing and DVD services at all graduation ceremonies and will be located in the Undercroft at Winthrop Hall during the graduation round.

They will:

  • take group and individual photographs before and after the ceremony
  • take a photograph of each graduand shaking the Chancellor's hand on stage
  • provide a large range of frames for immediate framing (a photocopy of your certificate is taken prior to framing)
  • capture every graduands special moment on DVD
  • provide you a free digital download of your stage photograph

For complete product and pricing information see GFP Graduations.

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UWA merchandise

UWA merchandise, including official clothing and souvenirs, will be on sale on Whitfield Court (outside Winthrop Hall) before and after the ceremony.

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Guest Information

There will be multiple ceremonies on the day of your ceremony, so your guests will be invited to enter:

  • Winthrop Hall one hour prior and are required to be seated no later than 30 minutes before your ceremony.
  • The live-streaming venue, 45 minutes prior and are required to be seated no later than 15 minutes before your ceremony.
  • Refreshments are served for one hour after your ceremony.

Seating for guests in Winthrop Hall and the live-streaming venue is not reserved or allocated, so your guests can sit together or separately on a first come first served basis.

Children are welcome to attend your graduation ceremony, for small children it’s important to note evening ceremonies may run as late as 9.30pm. Children who are two years or under can sit on an adult's lap (one of your guests), children over two require their own ticket and seat. If you have a pram, leave it with the front of house staff before you go into the graduation venue. These are Occupational Health and Safety rules, and are in place for the safety of all patrons. 

For any guests who are unable to be with you to celebrate in person, the graduation procession and ceremony will be live-streamed online.

If you wish to meet your guests after the ceremony, arrange to meet them on Whitfield Court as we kindly ask that the foyer is kept clear for people to leave the Hall without difficulty.

Accommodation

If you have guests travelling to be at your ceremony and require accommodation, St Catherine's College offers a range of guest apartments for bookings throughout the year. The new studios and apartments are a five-minute walk to the UWA campus and Winthrop Hall.  

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