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 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.

The University's graduation ceremonies are livestreamed on YouTube.

2018 ceremonies

The second round of ceremonies will run from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 December 2018.

Ceremony 1 - 10am, Tuesday 11 December

  • College of Health and Biomedicine (all courses except nursing, midwifery and paramedicine).

Ceremony 2 - 2pm, Tuesday 11 December

  • College of Health and Biomedicine (nursing, midwifery and paramedicine).

Ceremony 3 - 9.30am, Wednesday 12 December

  • College of Engineering and Science
  • College of Sport and Exercise Science.

Ceremony 4 - 1.30pm, Wednesday 12 December

  • College of Business (undergraduate & postgraduate accounting, banking and finance combinations)
  • VU College.

Ceremony 5 - 5.30pm, Wednesday 12 December

  • College of Business (all remaining undergraduate specialisations and postgraduate other than accounting, banking and finance combinations)
  • College of Law and Justice.

Ceremony 6 - 10.00am, Thursday 13 December

  • College of Arts and Education (undergraduate education courses).

Ceremony 7 - 2.00pm, Thursday 13 December

  • College of Arts and Education (postgraduate education and all arts courses).

Eligibility to graduate

Eligible students receive an email invitation with the date and time of their ceremony six to eight weeks prior to the ceremony round.

The invitation has instructions on:

  • how to finalise your registration to attend graduation
  • how to book academic dress
  • purchasing guest tickets.

Eligible VU Sydney students are invited to attend a ceremony in Melbourne.


Melbourne ceremonies are held in the Flemington Racecourse Grandstand, 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.

Family audiences

Graduation ceremonies are not recommended for children under six as they are formal and long (approximately 2 hours). If you do bring kids under six, their attendance is free, but they'll need to sit on your knee as seats are limited.

Leave your strollers at home, as you can't bring prams into the theatre due to access and safety regulations.

You'll need to purchase a guest ticket for kids older than six to attend.

Overseas (offshore) ceremony

The VU ceremony in Malaysia for 2019 will be confirmed six weeks prior to the event.

Graduation costs & ticketing


The cost to attend a graduation ceremony, including gown hire and the graduation reception, is AUD$115.

Guest tickets (up to three per graduate) cost AUD$42.

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

Register for your tickets

Register and buy your tickets through Reed 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 Reed Graduations on 1300 361 806 or email

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 Reed 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, videos, degree frames, and souvenirs through Reed Graduation Services.


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.