Attending a graduation ceremony

Congratulations, you've finished! Get ready to celebrate your success with friends and fellow graduates at a graduation ceremony.

When you can attend a ceremony

Once your graduation is completed, you need to confirm whether you want to attend a graduation ceremony.

Ceremonies are held at different times throughout the year in Perth and Singapore. The ceremony you attend depends on when your final results are released. You also have the option to not attend a ceremony or defer your attendance.

Ceremony dates are released several weeks prior to the event. You will not be able to complete the following steps until you have received your confirmation email.

If you completed your degree in Singapore or Dubai, you can choose to attend a Perth ceremony.

Perth ceremonies

Final period of studyCeremony
Semester 2, Trimester 3, Trimester S or early summer teaching periods.February
Semester 1, Trimester 1, Trimester J, Trimester 2, Trimester M and some winter teaching periods.September

If you are completing your final units in summer, your results might not be released in time for the February ceremony, but you will be eligible for the September ceremony.

Perth February ceremonies | Perth September ceremonies

Singapore ceremonies

Final period of studyCeremony
Semester 2, Trimester 3, Trimester S and early summer teaching periodsMarch
Semester 1, Trimester 1, Trimester J, Trimester 2, Trimester M and some winter teaching periodsOctober

Singapore ceremonies

Dubai ceremonies

Final period of studyCeremony
All study periodsNovember

Dubai ceremonies

Important tasks

Confirm your attendance

If you want to attend a graduation ceremony you must pay the ceremony fee and confirm your attendance in myInfo.

Pronunciation of your name

To ensure your name is pronounced correctly during the ceremony, advise the Graduations Office of the correct pronunciation at least a week before.

Late attendance confirmation

You can confirm your attendance after the deadline and up to one week before the ceremony for a AUD$50 late fee. Your name might not be in the printed program.

Late inclusions within a week of the ceremony are only considered in extenuating circumstances. You will incur a late fee of AUD$150 and you might be seated apart from fellow graduates.

Cancelling your attendance

If you confirmed your attendance and then can’t attend, contact the Graduations Office.

Refunds can be provided for ceremony fee with regalia hire, less an administration fee of AUD$30. You won’t be eligible for a refund if you don’t advise of your inability to attend. The ceremony fee for regalia purchase and purchased tickets are non-refundable.

If you are unable to attend, you can watch live streams of the graduation ceremonies.

Organise your regalia and tickets

Once you have confirmed your attendance, information regarding your ceremony will be provided via text message and email, including any updates on venue or time changes.

You must wear the complete Murdoch University academic regalia for the award you are receiving, or the regalia for previous awards. If you are not collecting regalia, your guest tickets and ceremony instructions can be picked up when you register for the ceremony.

Guest tickets

Guest tickets provide admission to the ceremony and must be handed in to receive refreshments after the ceremony.

  • Two guest tickets are included in your ceremony fee (Doctoral graduands can have up to six guest tickets included).
  • Extra guest tickets can be purchased for A$25 per ticket.
  • Children two years of age and under do not require a ticket and should not occupy a seat.
  • Guests are not allocated specific seats and may sit anywhere, except in reserved areas.
  • No refund will be given for extra tickets no longer required.
  • Your guest tickets are in addition to your ticket.

On the day

Your attendance is confirmed and you’ve collected your regalia, guest tickets and ceremony instructions – now all that’s left is to attend your ceremony.

Ceremony proceedings

Each ceremony follows a set schedule and begins promptly. The scheduled times differ for each ceremony.

RegistrationRegister and collect your ticket from the registration desk. You must be registered before your guests take their seats.
Graduand seating and briefingYou will be asked to be seated for a briefing on the ceremony procedures.

Leave any personal belongings with your guests as you cannot carry them when you are presented to the Chancellor and you might not return to the same seat after you have received your certificate.
Guest seatingGuests are asked to take their seats.
CeremonyThe ceremony begins with the academic procession. The Chancellor will open the ceremony and an usher will direct the first row to move to the left side of the stage ready for presentation to the Chancellor. Subsequent rows will be progressively ushered to the left side of the stage.