Ceremony proceedings

Everything you’ll need to know about graduating – what to do, what to wear, where to go and what you can expect.

When to arrive

To allow for pre-ceremony registration, regalia fittings and photographs, we ask graduates to arrive at least two hours before their graduation ceremony. 

If you’re running late, please call us on 03 9244 6333 to let us know. If you don’t arrive in time, you won’t be allowed to take part in the ceremony. 

Doors are open for guests to be seated 15 minutes before the ceremony commences.

Last minute guest tickets

Every graduate receives two guest tickets as part of their graduation package. If you need to buy any extra tickets on the day, the venue’s box office sells unsold tickets for last-minute guests.


Graduates need to bring along their student ID (or another form of legal identification) to the registration desk. Once you're registered, you'll be fitted for your regalia.

The registration desk will close 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.

What to wear with your regalia

If you elect to attend your graduation ceremony you will be required to wear the academic regalia which represents the course you are graduating from at that ceremony.

You should wear smart, neat or professional clothing as a minimum dress standard. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, thongs, bare feet or joggers aren't considered appropriate.

The regalia is a little heavy, so make sure you take off suit jackets or any heavy layers before your robe fitting.

Academic dress

After registering, graduates will be fitted with the following regalia according to their award: 

  • Gown
  • Coloured hood
  • Trencher or bonnet

Once the ceremony has finished, all academic dress will need to be returned to the registration area. 

If the regalia is not returned within an hour of the ceremony finishing, you’ll be invoiced for the full cost of the outfit.

The style of the gown, colour of the hood and type of trencher or bonnet worn depends upon the award you have received. When attending a ceremony, the graduation fee includes the hire of your academic regalia.

Categories of the gown for your award are shown below:

Diploma regalia


Associate degree regalia

Associate Degree

Bachelor degree regalia

Bachelor Degree

Bachelor degree with honours regalia

Bachelor Degree with Honours

Graduate certificate regalia

Graduate Certificate

Graduate diploma regalia

Graduate Diploma

Master degree diploma

Master Degree

Master degree with honours regalia

Master Degree with Honours

Master research regalia

Master Degree by Research

Professional doctorate regalia

Professional Doctorate

Doctor philosophy regalia

Doctor of Philosophy

Ceremony programs

Ceremony programs will be available to graduates and guests on the day. Each program details the order of ceremonies, and lists what time and where each student will graduate. The average ceremony duration is 1.5 hours.


On the day, graduates need to be sitting in their assigned seats at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. 

Guests can sit wherever they like as their seating isn't assigned. As a guest, if you’re bringing along a child who is under the age of three, they can sit on your lap.

Order of ceremony proceedings

  • MC opens the ceremony.
  • Guest speaker addresses the graduands.
  • Official conferral of awards.
  • Chancellor presents graduates with their testamurs (graduation documents).
  • Student responds on behalf of all graduates. 
  • Vice-Chancellor delivers the closing address.
  • Musical guest performance.
  • Conclusion of the ceremony.
  • Post-ceremony function.

More information

Deakin merchandise

A range of official Deakin clothing, accessories and memorabilia is available at the ceremony.

Check out Deakin’s merchandise

Video recording of ceremony

A complete video record of any ceremony can be purchased on USB stick from Reed Graduations. 

Learn about graduation recordings at Reed Graduation

Commemorative Rings

Deakin graduate rings can be ordered and purchased from Ring Creations on or before graduation day.

Pre-order your commemorative Deakin ring at Ring Creations

Jacinta's Flower Studio

Flowers can be ordered and purchased on the day of graduation from Jacinta’s Flower Studio.

Order flowers from Jacinta’s Flower Studio

Gifts and photography

There’s no shortage of options to capture the moment on graduation day. Professional photography, certificate framing, flowers and even commemorative jewellery are available to order or buy before or on graduation day.

Professional photography

Arthur Reed Photography offers professional portrait and event photography.

Register for graduate portrait sessions at Arthur Reed photography

R & J Framing and Plaques

Graduates will be able to frame or mount their award certificate on graduation day with R and J Framing.

Find out more at R & J Framing