Attending a graduation ceremony is one of the most exciting parts of obtaining your qualification.

Graduation ceremonies are a formal event, and an important part of recognising your academic achievements. Crossing the stage at a graduation ceremony is an exciting highlight of your study journey, and a great way to mark the completion of your course.  

You will celebrate surrounded and supported by fellow graduates, friends, family and the VU community. 


Registration & ticketing


You will receive your invitation to attend a ceremony approximately 4-6 weeks before the event, provided you have received your notice of completion.

You must register for the event prior to the RSVP date listed in the official invitation.

The following table details your ceremony eligibility and other key associated dates:

  March 2023 September 2023
Graduation ceremony dates 27 March – 31 March 2023 11 September – 15 September 2023
Invited graduates

Graduates that receive their notice of completion between 1 August  – 31 January;

HDR (Doctoral & Masters by Research) graduates conferred between 1 July – 31 December.

Graduates that receive their notice of completion between 1 February – 31 July;

HDR (Doctoral & Masters by Research) graduates conferred between 1 January – 30 June.

Invitation to attend Received from Monday 27 February 2023 Received from Wednesday 9 August 2023

Find out more about notice of completion and academic records.


Once you’ve received your invitation to graduate you will need to register for your ceremony via the link provided in the invitation. You will also need to hire academic regalia (gown) and purchase your guest tickets which is completed during the registration process.

It is recommended that you purchase any photography packages and graduations memorabilia when you purchase your tickets. This will allow you more time to enjoy the ceremony as quite often there can be long queues and wait times for photography purchased on the day.


Students are required to show photo ID at check in. No ticket is required.

Guests will receive a copy of their ticket on their phone, which displays a QR code to be scanned in at the door. Anyone who does not have a valid ticket will not be allowed into the venue.


VU can provide invitation letters for family who are planning to attend from international locations.

Visit AskVU for more information about requesting an invitation letter.

Graduation costs

The cost to attend a graduation ceremony, including gown hire and the graduation reception, is AUD$120*.

Guest tickets (up to two per graduate) cost AUD$44*.

The graduation attendance fee doesn't include any photography packages.

*Pricing subject to change.