I Want to Attend a Ceremony

Our presentation ceremonies are held in April/May and September in Bonython Hall at the North Terrace Campus.

Graduates are eligible to apply to attend a graduation ceremony that is held within 12 months of the date of conferral of their award. After 12 months, your only option to receive your testamur is In Absentia.

  • Step 1: check your ceremony attendance confirmation letter

    One to two months prior to your ceremony, you will be issued with a Ceremony Attendance Confirmation Letter in Access Adelaide. Once released, the letter can be found under Graduations > Status.

    This letter will contain the date and time of your ceremony, as well as other important information that you need to be aware of.

    If you are receiving more than one award, you will receive both of these at the same ceremony - the Graduations Office will assign you to the ceremony for the award considered to be the highest. You will receive a Ceremony Attendance Confirmation Letter for each award, stating the ceremony that you have been assigned to.

  • Step 2: check your guest tickets

    Graduates are each allocated two tickets for guests to attend their graduation ceremony. Graduates are provided with an opportunity to apply for additional guest tickets once the Ceremony Attendance Confirmation Letter has been released. However, additional guest tickets are not guaranteed, as this depends on the space available for that ceremony.

    Instructions on how to request additional tickets and access guest tickets will be available in your Ceremony Attendance Confirmation Letter.

     

  • Step 3: order your academic dress

    All graduates attending the ceremony are required to wear the appropriate academic dress - gown with a hood and mortar board/bonnet. We recommend wearing neat, formal attire and appropriate shoes with your gown.

    Academic dress can be hired or purchased from GFP Graduations. Students are encouraged to obtain their academic dress from GFP Graduations, who are the Universities preferred supplier. The University does not recommend using academic dress sourced from other providers, as this may not be consistent with The University of Adelaide's academic dress standards.

    Information about ordering academic dress will be contained in your Ceremony Attendance Confirmation Letter once this is issued in Access Adelaide. Please visit the GFP Online Portal and follow the easy steps to order and pay for your academic dress hire (payable by VISA and Master Card only). If you are unable to pay by credit card please contact Customer Service at gowning@gfp.com.au or 1300 360 445.

    Important: When logging into the portal, please ensure that you enter your student ID number without the ‘a’.

    Important: Please use your student email address when placing your order in the GFP Online Portal, to ensure that you receive the email containing your guest tickets.

    More information about academic dress

    Frequently asked questions about academic dress, including hire and purchase prices, can be found on the GFP website.

  • Step 4: download your guest tickets

    When you register for your ceremony and order academic dress via the GFP Online Portal, you will also need to download your guest tickets.

    Once you have selected your academic dress, click the button to continue to the next page. You will then be able to select the guest tickets that are available to you.

    Once you have selected the quantity of tickets you wish to download and have placed your order, your guest tickets will be sent to the mobile number or email address entered in your order. You will need to provide your guest with their electronic ticket in advance of the ceremony, as they will not enter at the same time as you. Each guest ticket has a unique barcode and can only be used once.

    Important: When logging into the portal, please ensure that you enter your student ID number without the ‘a’.

    Important: please use your student email address when placing your order in the GFP Online Portal.

  • Step 5: attend your ceremony - what to expect

    On the day of your ceremony, you should arrive on campus approximately 90 minutes before the commencement of your ceremony to allow time to collect your Academic Dress and check in. This means that you should:

    Morning ceremony commencing at 10:00am

    8:00am - 8:45am Academic Dress collection opens
    Graduates may begin to arrive on campus and collect their Academic Dress from GFP, L5 Mezzanine Level of Hub Central. Graduates will also be issued with a graduate ticket when collecting Academic Dress.
    8:45am

    All graduates are required to proceed to registration and enter the venue. The location you will need to go to is as follows:

    Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Graduates: Bonython Hall
    Once you have collected your Academic Dress, proceed to the marquee on the Eastern side of Bonython Hall. You will be required to present your graduate ticket for scanning and enter the building. Once you have entered, ushers will assist you to find your allocated seat.

    Postgraduate Research Graduates: L1 Mitchell Building
    Once you have collected your Academic Dress, proceed to L1 of the Mitchell Building and register at the Concierge Desk.

    Note to all graduates: Ensure that you have provided your guests with their tickets prior to entering Bonython Hall, as you will be unable to exit the hall once your ticket has been scanned.

    9:15am

    Graduate registration closes
    All graduates are required to have entered the registration venue (above). If you have not entered the venue by this time you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.

    Graduate Briefing
    A graduate briefing will be provided to the graduates in Bonython Hall and the Mitchell Building

    9:30am Guest entry opens
    Guests may begin to enter Bonython Hall. Each guest requires a unique ticket which will be scanned upon entry.
    9:55am Guest entry closes
    10:00am Ceremony commences
    Approx. 11:15am Ceremony concludes
    Studio photography available in Hub Central. Academic Dress to be returned to GFP on the L5 Mezzanine Level of Hub Central.
    12:00pm Academic Dress returns close and graduates to depart campus
    Please return your Academic Dress to GFP by 12:00pm. We kindly ask that all graduates and guests depart the campus to ensure that we can adhere to capacity restrictions as the afternoon graduates arrive on campus

     


    Afternoon ceremony commencing at 2:00pm

    12:00pm - 12:45pm Academic Dress collection opens
    Graduates may begin to arrive on campus and collect their Academic Dress from GFP, L5 Mezzanine Level of Hub Central. Graduates will also be issued with a graduate ticket when collecting Academic Dress.
    12:45pm

    All graduates are required to proceed to registration and enter the venue. The location you will need to go to is as follows:

    Undergraduate and Postgraduate Coursework Graduates: Bonython Hall
    Once you have collected your Academic Dress, proceed to the marquee on the Eastern side of Bonython Hall. You will be required to present your graduate ticket for scanning and enter the building. Once you have entered, ushers will assist you to find your allocated seat.

    Postgraduate Research Graduates: L1 Mitchell Building
    Once you have collected your Academic Dress, proceed to L1 of the Mitchell Building and register at the Concierge Desk.

    Note to all graduates: Ensure that you have provided your guests with their tickets prior to entering Bonython Hall, as you will be unable to exit the hall once your ticket has been scanned.

    1:15pm

    Graduate registration closes
    All graduates are required to have entered the registration venue (above). If you have not entered the venue by this time you will not be able to participate in the ceremony.

    Graduate Briefing
    A graduate briefing will be provided to the graduates in Bonython Hall and the Mitchell Building

    1:30pm Guest entry opens
    Guests may begin to enter Bonython Hall. Each guest requires a unique ticket which will be scanned upon entry.
    1:55pm Guest entry closes
    2:00pm Ceremony commences
    Approx. 3:10pm

    Ceremony concludes
    Studio photography available in Hub Central. Academic Dress to be returned to GFP on the L5 Mezzanine Level of Hub Central.

    Please complete your photography and return your gown to GFP promptly after the conclusion of the ceremony. Gown returns will remain open until 6:00pm.


    During the ceremony

    • When it is time to be presented, a Staff Marshal will direct you to rise from your seat and walk into the Eastern ambulatory of the hall.
    • Staff Marshals will check your name and present you with your testamur.
    • Staff Marshals will direct you towards the stage. You will carry your testamur with you to the stage.
    • You will be guided to take up your position on the mark to stage right.
    • When your name is announced, walk towards the Chancellor and stop on the X mark on the stage. This will position you 1.5m from the Chancellor.
    • Face the camera holding your testamur for a photograph to be taken (don't forget to smile!)
    • Exit the stage through the Western door and return to your seat. There will be ushers to direct you back to your seat.

    Once the ceremony has concluded, the stage party will leave the Hall followed by the Graduates. Marshals will direct the Graduates when to leave the Hall.

  • Step 6: remember your day with photography, framing and merchandise

    Photography

    GFP has been contracted by the University to provide a complete record of each ceremony, as well as a portrait photographic service for graduates.  Please visit the GFP website for further details, or call GFP on 1300 360 445.

    You may pre-order your University of Adelaide graduation photographs via the GFP Online Portal when registering for your graduation ceremony.

    GFP's Deluxe Proofing Service is a great way to see all of your images online. You get to choose which images you like the best and mix and match them into a package that suits you. GFP will notify you of your secure login by email and sms and you simply go online to view and order prints. You can share your login, so your family and friends can see the photos and can choose to purchase copies too. There is a small fee associated with providing this service, which is payable on the day of your ceremony. Once your order is placed, GFP will send it to you within 10 business days

    Framing

    R & J Framing have been contracted by the University to provide certificate framing services at the Adelaide ceremonies.

    Offering a wide range of styles and colour combinations customised for Adelaide University frames can be purchased on site on graduation day and certificates framed on the spot.

    Frames can also be purchased online and posted with free delivery Australia wide or contact R & J Framing to arrange purchase and collection in Adelaide at your convenience.

    A 100% Australian owned and operated family business, manufacturing highest quality preservation degree frames and photo frames since 1988.

    www.rjframing.com.au

    Email: admin@rjframing.com.au
    Phone: 0438 739 793

    Testamur plaques

    Rewards International have been contracted by the University to provide certificate plaques after the Adelaide ceremonies.

    Ph: (08) 8326 0800 (Darren Rutherford)
    Email: admin@rewardsinternational.com.au
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    Merchandise

    Take home a reminder of your time at the University with a special gift or keepsake. Official University of Adelaide clothing, graduation gifts and memorabilia are available exclusively from The Adelaide University Union and The General.

    The full range of official merchandise including limited edition graduation items will be available for purchase at all local graduation ceremonies, or you can view and purchase the range from the online store.


Where to go on the day of your ceremony

Campus Map

ACCESS Interactive and printable campus maps

1. Hub Central - gowning, photography, framing and merchandise

  • Level 5 (Mezzanine) - GFP's gowning services are located on the Mezzanine level of Hub Central. This is where you will need to go to collect and return your Academic Dress, and collect your graduate ticket.
  • Level 4 - You will find GFP photography studios, testamur framing and plaque services. Merchandise is also available from the AUU General Store.
  • Level 3 - Ask Adelaide are located at the bottom of the stairs on level 3, and will be able to assist with information.

2. Bonython Hall - ceremony venue and graduate registration (coursework graduates only)

This is where the ceremony will be held. Registration for coursework graduates is via the Eastern door and opens 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

3. Mitchell Building, Level 1 - postgraduate research graduate registration

This is where postgraduate research graduates (Doctor of Philosophy and Masters by Research), Medallists and Mace Bearers are required to register for the ceremony. Graduates should register approximately 60 minutes prior to the ceremony.

4. Ira Raymond Room, Level 3 Barr Smith Library -  This venue will not be used for the September 2021 graduation ceremonies

5. Goodman Crescent Lawns - stage photos and merchandise

On the Goodman Crescent Lawns you will find your GFP stage photos, and also merchandise available for purchase from the Adelaide University Union (AUU).