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 in person ceremonies in Melbourne will take place during the week of: 

  • 28 September – 1 October, and
  • 13 – 17 December 2021.

These Melbourne ceremonies will be held in person at Flemington Racecourse, if COVID-19 restrictions allow. More information will be available closer to the dates.

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

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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, restrictions on large-scale events, may affect the way our graduation ceremonies are held. We are carefully considering how we can recognise and celebrate our students' success in the safest way possible.

Watch the University's 2020 graduation ceremonies, which were livestreamed on YouTube.

2021 graduates

Students who will graduate in 2021 will also be invited to attend an in-person Melbourne ceremony. All 2021 eligible students will receive an email with full ceremony details approximately six weeks prior to the ceremonies. Please check your email that you have registered with VU for all the details.

Graduation costs

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.

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.