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.

2019 ceremonies

The first round of ceremonies will run from Tuesday August 7 to Wednesday August 8. Ceremony details are:

Ceremony 1 - Wednesday 7 August: 9.30am

  • VU Business School – Undergraduate courses
  • VU College
  • College of Sport & Exercise Science

Ceremony 2 - Wednesday 7 August: 1.30pm

  • VU Business School – Postgraduate courses

Ceremony 3 - Wednesday 7 August: 5.30pm

  • College of Arts & Education

Ceremony 4 - Thursday 8 August: 10am

  • College of Health & Biomedicine

Ceremony 5 - Thursday 8 August: 2pm

  • College of Engineering & Science
  • College of Law & Justice

The second round of Melbourne ceremonies will be held between December 10 & 13, 2019 with the exact dates and times being confirmed approximately six weeks prior and published on this page.

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.

Location

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 held on Sunday 31 March 2019 at 3pm at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Grand Lagoon Ballroom.

Graduation costs & ticketing

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.

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 support@gfp.com.au

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

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.