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. University Medals of Excellence are awarded and a Valedictorian speaks on behalf of the graduating cohort.

As a public acknowledgement of your achievement, you will celebrate surrounded and supported by fellow graduates, friends, family and the VU community.

Melbourne ceremonies

Our Higher Education onshore ceremonies are held in Melbourne in August and December.

VU Polytechnic (TAFE) onshore ceremonies are held in Melbourne in March.

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

The University's graduation ceremonies are livestreamed on YouTube.

August & December ceremonies

The 2020 Melbourne ceremonies will be held in August & December with the exact dates and times being confirmed approximately six weeks prior and published on this page.

August ceremony 2020

If you were conferred in August but deferred your graduation, you can now view your August virtual ceremony.

You will also receive an invitation to the 2021 graduation celebration event.

December ceremony 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, restrictions on large-scale events remain in place. As such, we have carefully considered how we can continue to recognise and celebrate our students' success, despite the challenges of distance, in the safest way possible.

To mark this exceptional milestone as scheduled, Victoria University will hold a Home Graduation Ceremony to commemorate the achievements of our graduates in a virtual format.

Together with our University graduation partner, GFP, we are providing a unique experience encompassing the most valued elements of graduation. This will be celebrated at home, with our graduates surrounded and supported by their family and friends.

Graduates can get involved in the at Home Graduation Celebration via the streamed ceremony. They will also have the option to hire regalia and book professional photography.

Ceremony Details

  • All colleges - Wednesday 16 December 2020, 6pm
  • VU Research - Thursday 17 December 2020, 6pm

Eligible students will receive an email with full ceremony details and options between mid-November and Friday 4 December.

A link to your ceremony broadcast will also be emailed to you prior to the event.

Graduation costs & ticketing


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

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

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

Register for your tickets

Register and buy your tickets through GFP Graduations.

Note that you can only register if you have been emailed the Graduation Invitation.

Guest tickets are limited to three per graduate. If more tickets are available, you'll be notified two weeks prior to the ceremony.

If you have trouble registering, please call GFP Graduations on 1300 360 445 or email [email protected]

For all other queries contact Victoria University:

  • Find answers and ask questions on ASKVU
  • Email us using our enquiry form
  • Call us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Speak to us on live chat

Academic dress (regalia)

You'll need to wear the University’s academic dress at your graduation ceremony.

Academic dress can be hired or purchased through GFP Graduations. We'll provide you with information on how to go about this in your invitation to attend a graduation ceremony.

Photography, framing & flowers

You can purchase extra graduation items, including flowers, on the day.

Pre-order your photos, degree frames, and souvenirs through GFP Graduations


Speeches are an important part of VU graduation ceremonies.

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

Contact us

  • Find answers and ask questions on ASKVU.
  • Call us on +61 3 9919 6100
  • Visit a VUHQ to see us in person.