Grads on the Green

Congratulations on finishing your studies at Deakin! To mark your achievements and to celebrate your success, we're delighted to announce our new Grads on the Green event.

Celebrate in style

Come join us at Grads on the Green for a special on-campus event. As part of the festivities you’ll be able to dress in your academic regalia, meet fellow graduates, check out our graduation market stalls, have photographs taken, and more. There will be no cost for you and your guests to attend this event, with complimentary food and a drink each provided on the day.

Grads on the Green will be held at the Warrnambool, Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses. You'll be allocated to the campus aligned with your study. Cloud students will be allocated to the event closest to their home address on Student Connect. Geelong Waterfront graduates can attend the Waurn Ponds day.

Grads on the Green is not a formal graduation as has traditionally been held for students at Deakin University (eg walk across stage to receive your testamur). As those invited to attend Grads on the Green have previously been graduated in absentia and received their testamur (certificate), these events are being held to provide an opportunity to celebrate this achievement with family and friends.

Dates and registration

*To keep the event COVIDSafe, the day is made up of hour-long sessions and attendance numbers for each session are limited. Some sessions will book out due to the popularity of this event meaning registration will be on a first come first serve basis, so please make sure you arrange a suitable time with your classmates if you’d like to see them on the day. You'll receive an email with registration details so you can choose a date and time that suits you.

* Grads on the Green is free to attend.

Undergraduate and postgraduate sessions

These sessions are for students who have completed bachelor degrees, associate degrees, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters degrees. Choose a one-hour session from the times below and register via the link in the email sent to you in early 2022. You can bring two guests to help you celebrate.

CampusLocation Date and time
Warrnambool Brother Fox caféTuesday 29 March 2022
11am - 4pm
Melbourne Burwood Oak Lawn on the Elgar Road Campus Monday 4 April - Friday 8 April 2022 #
8.30am - 6pm each day
*The exception is Wednesday 6 April to be 8.30am-5.15pm to allow for the PhD function
Geelong Waurn Ponds (including Waterfront graduates) Union Green Monday 11 April - Thursday 14 April 2022
8.30am - 6pm each day
*The exception is Monday 11 April to be 8.30am-5.15pm to allow for the PhD function

All sessions will be limited to 1 hour for students and their guests.

# Friday 8 April 2022 is sold out.

Doctoral graduate sessions

The following sessions are for students who have completed their doctoral degree. Choose your preferred one-hour session from the times below and register via the link in the email sent to you in early 2022. You can bring four guests to help you celebrate.

CampusLocation Date and time
Melbourne Burwood Oak Lawn at the Elgar Road Campus Wednesday 6 April 2022
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Geelong Waurn Ponds (including Waterfront graduates) Union Green Monday 11 April 2022
5.30pm - 6.30pm

On the day

What to wear

You’ll be provided with your full academic regalia when you arrive. All the gowns will be used only once during the day and cleaned before reuse. At the end of your hour at Grads on the Green, you’ll return your gown. As part of your graduation, you’ll receive a trencher (graduate hat) to take home as a gift from Deakin.

Dress to impress but be mindful of the weather as the event is outside. If the weather is poor, there will be an indoor alternative.

Arrival and registration

When you arrive you'll need to immediately register your attendance and advise the number of guests that you have with you. Make sure you bring a copy of the PDF attachment you received when you initially registered. This has confirmation of your degree, academic regalia and your guest tickets.

COVIDSafe event

We are running a COVIDSafe event as outlined by the State Government restrictions in place at the time of the Grads on the Green event. The current Victorian Government requirements are for all attendees to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination and to check-in on arrival. Masks are also required in all indoor areas. Please refer to COVIDSafe FAQ’s below for more information on showing your vaccination, masks and how we’re keeping you safe at the event.

Please be sure to check the Victorian Government DHHS COVID restriction website.

If you or one of your guests are feeling unwell on the day, please ensure they stay home. We'll have QR check in codes around the venue to support contact tracing and to adhere to space capacity constraints. For more information about how you can assist keep this event COVIDSafe, please view the FAQ below.

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What's on

  • Professional photography (available at an additional cost)
  • Drink and refreshments
  • Live music
  • Deakin merchandise
  • Social media opportunities – share your celebrations with other friends and family

*Professional photography services and other Grads on the Green vendor services will be available at an additional cost to you.

Getting there

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Oak Lawn  – Elgar Road Campus

221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125

Find out more about the Melbourne Burwood Campus

Parking on the day

The normal car parking rules and fees apply. Find out the locations and conditions for parking on the Parking webpage and get prepared by downloading the CellOPark car parking app.

Parking on the Burwood Campus is limited so you may also like to consider public transport options.

PDFBurwood Campus parking and event map1MB

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Union Green

75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria 3216

Find out more about the Waurn Ponds Campus 

Parking on the day

The normal car parking rules and fees apply. Find out the locations and conditions for parking on the Parking webpage and get prepared by downloading the CellOPark car parking app.

PDFWaurn Ponds Campus parking and event map1.8MB

Warrnambool Campus

Brother Fox cafe

Princes Highway, Warrnambool, Victoria 3280

Find out more about the Warrnambool Campus

Parking on the day

The normal car parking rules and fees apply. Find out the locations and conditions for parking on the Parking webpage and get prepared by downloading the CellOPark car parking app.

Event FAQs

Should I attend if I am feeling unwell?

No, if you are feeling unwell, it is recommended that you do not attend the Grads on the Green event.

Will there be a formal Graduation ceremony at the Grads on the Green event?

There will not be a formal ceremony (i.e. walking across stage to receive your testamur) at the Grads on the Green events.

Will I be able to attend a ceremony in 2022 or beyond?

Unfortunately there will not be an opportunity to postpone your attendance to a graduation ceremony in 2022 or beyond should the University be able to run in-person graduation ceremonies in 2022. All students who graduated in 2020, 2021 and February 2022 as well as students deemed eligible to graduate in Round 2 2022 will be invited to these Grads on the Green events.

Why have I been allocated to a specific campus?

To remain COVIDSafe, graduates who studied on campus have been allocated to the campus they studied at and Cloud Campus students to the campus we think is most applicable. This will allow us to manage our attending numbers in a COVIDSafe way in line with State Government guidelines.

Will regalia be provided on the day?

Yes. You will be gowned and wear the regalia for your entire one-hour session. Regalia will be used once per day only and then cleaned afterwards. Graduates will need to hand the regalia back a the end of the session, but you are able to keep the trencher (graduate hat).

Can I purchase additional guest tickets?

No, students can only bring the number of guests that they are able to register for. This is to help ensure a COVIDSafe event.

Do I have to have professional photos taken?

No, there's no obligation for graduates to have professional photos taken when attending Grads on the Green. Any professional photos you have taken will be at your expense, but you are welcome to take your own photos with your guests and fellow graduates.

Can I come on the day if I haven't registered?

No, only graduates and guests who have registered can attend. Late registrations can't be accepted on the day to ensure we maintain COVIDSafe numbers.

Do I require a ticket for my children to attend the Grads on the Green?

Children who are 4 years or younger do not require a ticket to the Grads on the Green.

What should I do if I am no longer able to attend the Grads on the Green event?

If you have registered for the Grads on the Green event and can no longer attend, please contact Reed Graduations on 1300 361 806 or via email at to advise and they will cancel your registration.

Will my doctoral supervisor be invited?

Yes, all supervisors of attending students will be notified of your attendance and will be invited to the doctoral Grads on the Green event.

Do I need to stay in the event space while wearing the regalia?

While dressed in the regalia we advise students to stay in the event space. The only exception will be to leave the event space for professional photography.

Are passouts available?

Unfortunately passouts are not available but if you need to leave the event please ensure you have a valid ticket with you to re-enter.


What COVIDSafe measures are being taken?

Deakin are following the Victorian Government guidelines to make the event a COVIDSafe event. As the event is predominantly outdoors, we are ensuring that all attendees can socially distance and enjoy the day. We also will have sanitiser stations located at various points throughout the event and have staff cleaning high touch points.

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Record your attendance via the check in QR code or locally advised system to support contact tracing.
  • Notify Deakin if you have tested positive to COVID-19 after the event by calling Security on 1800 062 579.
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitiser where available.
  • Follow current Victorian Government advice at

Should I attend if I'm feeling unwell?

You and your guests shouldn’t be attending the event if feeling unwell or have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Chills or sweats
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

Are all staff working vaccinated?

In accordance with Victoria Government guidelines, all staff working at the event are fully vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption.

Mask Requirement FAQs

Where face masks are recommended

Check-in and Vaccination FAQs

Are all attendees required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

All attendees aged 18 years or older must be fully vaccinated to attend and are required by law (in line with the latest Government guidelines) to show proof of their COVID-19 full vaccination to attend the event. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or you have a valid medical exemption to COVID-19 issued by an authorised medical practitioner, or you are under the age of 18.

On arrival, attendees will need to check-in using the Service Victoria app and show security staff their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate.

We recommend coming prepared and linking your COVID-19 certificate to the Service Victoria app before you visit.

How do I check-in?

To check-in:

  • Open the Service Victoria app on your phone.
  • Tap the check-in button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Point your phone’s camera at the QR code at the check-in point and wait for prompts.
  • Enter your details and tap ‘check-in’.
  • Wait for the green tick and show security staff to enter.

How do I download the Service Victoria app?

Please refer to the Service Victoria website for help on downloading the app.

How do I add my COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app?

Download your COVID-19 proof from myGov by following these simple steps:

1. Create a myGov account, if you don’t have one
2. Link Medicare to myGov, if it’s not already linked
3. Select the ‘Proof of COVID-19 vaccination’ quick link, then select ‘View history’
4. Select your name to download your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement from your Medicare online account
5. Link your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app by selecting ‘Share certificate’
6. Tap ‘share’ to Service Victoria, click ‘Accept and share’ and then ‘Add certificate’
7. To prove your vaccination status with our venue, scan our Service Victoria QR code. Your check-in confirmation will reveal an additional green tick to prove you are vaccinated.

What happens if I do not have a smartphone to show my COVID-19 vaccination certificate?

If an attendee does not have a smartphone, they may bring printed copies of their vaccination or exemption certificate or statement together with PhotoID, provided they are accepted Government forms of ID’s.

Who can I call if I need help?

If you need further assistance call the 24/7 Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 or visit the Victoria Government website.

To include more than 1 certificate on your app, please refer to the Victoria Government website on adding proof of vaccination as a family.

Can I attend with a valid medical exemption?

If you have a valid medical exemption which exempts you from receiving a COVID vaccine, the only acceptable evidence is a valid Australian Immunisation Register immunisation medical exemption form displayed as a COVID-19 digital certificate through the Medicare App, Service Victoria App or your smartphone wallet.

Can I attend if I have been vaccinated in another state?

You can, please ensure you have downloaded the Service Victoria app to check-in and display your vaccination certificate. Unfortunately other state check-in systems don’t work in Victoria.

Please also consider any applicable border rules that may be in place at your time of travel.

How do I show my proof of vaccination if I am travelling from overseas?

If you received your vaccination(s) outside of Australia, acceptable evidence includes:

  • An Australian Traveller Declaration or COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Declaration as sighted by the Commonwealth Government of Australia upon your entry into Australia;
  • Printed or digital government issued vaccination certificate that shows that you are fully vaccinated with a Covid Vaccine and includes your full name, date of birth or passport number, vaccine brand name and the date of each dose of the vaccine;
  • Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate; or other evidence recognised by the State Government.

Please visit the Victoria Government website for current information on international travellers.

Forms not accepted are:

  • Vaccine appointment card
  • Negative COVID-19 test results

I’m travelling from overseas to attend, what requirements do I need to follow?

All overseas arrivals into Australia and Victoria need to adhere to the current testing and quarantine requirements at the time of arrival. Please see the Victoria Government website for more information.

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