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.

Grads on the Green is a free event, and will be held at the Melbourne Burwood and Geelong Waurn Ponds campuses. You'll be allocated to the campus aligned with your study. Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool 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. You'll receive an email with registration details so you can choose a date and time that suits you.

Academic, teaching and research staff from from faculties will attend on specific days so you can organise to attend on your faculty’s day or arrange to catch up with fellow graduates.

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 later this year. You can bring two guests to help you celebrate.

CampusLocation Date and time
Melbourne Burwood Oak Lawn on the Elgar Road Campus Monday 29 November to Thursday 2 December 2021
Geelong Waurn Ponds (including Waterfront and Warrnambool graduates) Union Green Monday 6 December to Wednesday 8 December

* The sessions later this year are for students who graduated between June 2021 – December 2021 as well as students who did not register for the Grads on the Green event held in April 2021.

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 later this year. You can bring four guests to help you celebrate.

CampusLocation Date and time
Melbourne Burwood Oak Lawn at the Elgar Road Campus Tuesday 30 November 2021
Geelong Waurn Ponds (including Waterfront and Warrnambool graduates) Union Green Wednesday 8 December 2021

* The sessions later this year are for students who graduated between June 2021 – December 2021 as well as students who did not register for the Grads on the Green event held in April 2021.

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. Please be sure to check the Victorian Government DHHS COVID restriction website and bring a mask with you on the day.

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)
  • Free 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

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?

As students have been previously graduated and have had their testamur provided to them, there will not be a formal ceremony at the Grads on the Green events.

Will I be able to attend a ceremony in 2022?

Unfortunately there will not be an opportunity to postpone your attendance to a graduation ceremony in 2022 should the University be able to run in-person graduation ceremonies next year. All students who graduated in 2020 and students deemed eligible to graduate in 2021 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.

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.

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 hello@reedgraduations.com.au to advise and they will cancel your registration.

What COVIDSafe measures are being taken?

We want to make this an enjoyable event, but we'll all need to help make this COVIDSafe. Here are the important things to remember on the day.

  • Stay at home if you are unwell.
  • Record your attendance via the check in QR code or locally advised system to support contact tracing, and adhere to space capacity constraints.
  • Notify Deakin if you have tested positive to COVID-19 after the event by calling Security on 1800 062 579.
  • Check occupancy levels prior to entering a space to adhere to capacity constraints.
  • Maintain 1.5m physical distance from others and avoid physical greetings.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitiser where available.
  • Clean or wipe down equipment you use.
  • Follow current Victorian Government advice at dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
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