Attend a graduation ceremony

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

Graduation is a formal event, and an important part of recognising your academic progress. A public acknowledgement of your achievement, you will be surrounded and supported by fellow graduates, friends, family and the VU community.

In 'Attend a graduation ceremony':

Program for Melbourne ceremonies

Our onshore ceremonies are held in Melbourne in August and December. Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed six weeks prior to the ceremonies.

2017 onshore ceremonies:

  • first round of ceremonies – Tuesday 1 August to Thursday 3 August 2017.
  • second round of ceremonies – Tuesday 11 December to Friday 14 December 2017.

2018 onshore ceremonies:

  • first round of ceremonies – Tuesday 7 August to Friday 10 August 2018.
  • second round of ceremonies – Monday 10 December to Friday 14 December 2018.

Eligibility to graduate

All eligible students will receive an email invitation with full details of the date and time of their ceremony six to eight weeks prior to the ceremony round.

The invitation contains instructions on how to finalise your registration (you must have pre-registered) to attend graduation, how to book academic dress and purchase guest tickets.

Eligible VU Sydney students will be invited to attend one of our ceremonies in Melbourne.

Ceremonies location

All Melbourne ceremonies are held in the Flemington Racecourse Grand Stand, Epsom Rd, Flemington.

Free parking is available at Flemington Racecourse. You can enter via Gate 1 (Main Gate) in Epsom Road or Gate 2 (Hill Entrance) in Leonard Crescent off Langs Road. Parking attendants will direct you to the reserved parking area.

Past ceremonies

Overseas (offshore) ceremony

The Victoria University offshore ceremony for 2018 is scheduled for Sunday 15 April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Note: Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed six weeks prior to the ceremonies.

Past ceremonies

Graduation costs & ticketing

The cost to attend a graduation ceremony is AUD$112.50, which includes gown hire and the graduation reception.

Guest tickets can be purchased at a cost of AUD$40 each.

If additional tickets are available, attending students will be notified two weeks prior to the ceremony.

Register for your tickets

Registration and ticket purchase is completed through Reed Graduations.

Guest tickets will be limited to 3 per graduate. More may be released closer to the ceremonies depending on availability of seats.

If you have trouble registering, please call Reed Graduations on 1300 361 806 or email

Only students who have been emailed the Graduation Invitation can complete the registration process.

The graduation attendance fee does not include any photography packages.

Academic dress (Regalia)

Graduates are required to wear the University’s academic dress at their graduation ceremony.

The Academic Dress (Regalia) must be hired or purchased. This is done directly through Reed Graduations.

Information on hiring (or purchasing) Academic Dress (Regalia) from Reed Graduations is provided when you receive your invitation to attend a graduation ceremony.

Photography, framing and flowers

Yout might like to purchase some little extras on the day to make the event more memorable - Reed Graduation Services will be at the venue on your ceremony day.

Occasional and valedictorian addresses

Speeches are an important part of the VU graduation ceremonies.

You can watch addresses from our ceremonies on our VU Graduations YouTube channel.

Contact us

Find answers to commonly asked questions or ask your own.
Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
Visit: Student Service Centres