Whether you're finishing your studies or showing your support from the crowd, here's everything you need to know about graduating at Deakin – from getting to the ceremony to what you need to do before the big day.

Live ceremony videos

You can experience every ceremony live from Costa Hall, Geelong. Past ceremonies are also available. Live streaming will begin a few minutes before each ceremony.

experience the graduation ceremony

Graduation dates

Trimester of Completion Ceremony DateVenue Registration
Trimester 2 2016 (International)15 – 16 Dec 2016Costa HallOpen: 3 Oct 2016
Close: 31 Oct 2016
Semester 2 2016 (School of Medicine)15 – 16 Dec 2016Costa HallOpen: 3 Oct 2016
Close: 31 Oct 2016
Trimester 2 201630 March 2017*
14 – 22 February 2017** 
Lighthouse Theatre (Warrnambool)
Costa Hall (Geelong)
Open: 7 Nov 2016
Close: 16 Dec 2016
Trimester 3 201620 – 21 June 2017**Costa HallOpen: 3 Apr 2017
Close: 28 Apr 2017
Trimester 1 20173 – 5 October 2017**Costa HallOpen: 3 Jul 2017
Close: 28 Jul 2017
Trimester 2 2017 (International)14 – 15 December 2017**Costa HallOpen: 2 Oct 2017
Close: 27 Oct 2017
Semester 2 2017 (School of Medicine)14 – 15 December 2017Costa Hall Open: 2 Oct 2017
Close: 27 Oct 2017

* Warrnambool graduates only
** Burwood, Geelong and online graduates only

Please note:

  • These dates are indicative only.
  • Deakin University reserves the right to change the schedule as required.
  • The University accepts no responsibility for any reliance placed on the information in the schedule.

Registering for graduation

Registering for your graduation is simple. All you need to do is register, pay your fees and get ready to be a part of the next generation of Deakin graduates.

Learn more about registering for your graduation

Graduation costs

Your graduation fee includes everything you need for your ceremony: academic dress hire, a keepsake trencher you can take home after your ceremony, two guests tickets and light refreshments for you and your guests after the ceremony.

Learn more about graduation costs

Travel and where to stay

Our graduation ceremonies are held in Geelong and Warrnambool. Both locations are accessible by public and private transport and have short-term accommodation options.

Learn more about travel and accommodation

Graduation day at Deakin

Take a look at how we graduate at Deakin University – here are some of the best bits of the 2015 December graduations.

Ceremony procedings

Graduation day is here! What happens? When do I arrive? What do I wear? We've got all the answers you need. 

Learn more about ceremony procedings

Graduation documents

On the day of graduation you will receive a testamur (award certificate). Your transcript and Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement will be mailed to you.

Find out more about graduation documents

Early or alternate exits

Students who are considering applying for an early or alternate exit will need to speak to their faculty advisor. An early or alternate exit is a way of leaving a course without having fulfilled all of its requirements, but still receiving an award of some kind.

Learn how to contact your faculty advisor

Stay connected after graduation

Stay connected after you graduate with our 200,000-strong Alumni Community. Get involved in social networking, professional development events or volunteer your time to give back to the next generation of Deakin students.

Find out about your Alumni Community


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GradSearch doesn't provide a full transcript of results.

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  • Surname 
  • Date of birth 
  • Student ID.

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