Preparing for graduation

Everything you need to know leading up to graduation—ceremony and parade times, ticket and academic dress collection.

1. Apply for graduation

Graduation ceremonies are held twice a year, in May and December—you can apply to graduate in person, in advance, in absentia or to defer your graduation.

Check the application deadlines and how to apply.

2. Hire your academic dress

When taking part in any Victoria graduation ceremony you must wear academic dress. You need to apply for your academic dress by 1 March for May ceremonies or 1 October for December ceremonies.

Collection and returns

You can pick up your academic dress from Murphy building on Kelburn campus the week of your graduation, make sure you keep your receipt.

Collection and return times will be confirmed when the ceremony details are released.

3. Check your ceremony times

There are six ceremonies held from Tuesday to Thursday during May graduation and four ceremonies held from Wednesday to Friday for December graduation.

May graduation

Ceremony 1—Tuesday 16 May, 1.30pm

Ceremony 2—Tuesday 16 May, 6pm

Ceremony 3—Wednesday 17 May, 1.30pm

Ceremony 4—Wednesday 17 May, 6pm

4. Check your emails

You'll receive information by email from the Graduation Office, including the Graduands' Handbook. This will be emailed to you six weeks prior to graduation. It's important that you advise the Graduation Office if your email address changes.

5. Collect your tickets

When you graduate you'll receive tickets for your guests to attend the ceremony. You can collect these a week before your graduation. Ten weeks prior to graduation, the Graduation Office will advise you of your ticket allocation.

6. Take part in the parade

The street parades are a highlight of our graduation celebrations and all graduands are encouraged to take part. The parade leaves from the Law School at Pipitea campus and finishes at Civic Square.

May parade information

We will be having two parades for our May graduation celebrations.

  • Ceremonies 1, 2, 3—your parade will be held on Tuesday 16 May at 12 noon.
  • Ceremonies 4, 5, 6—your parade will be held on Thursday 18 May at 12 noon.

Graduands and graduates should assemble at the Law School at 11.45am wearing full academic dress.