Congratulations on your Graduation!
The 2024 Graduation ceremonies will take place between Tuesday 11 June 2024 - Friday 21 June 2024 and Monday 28 October 2024 – Friday 1 November 2024. Eligible students will be contacted via their student email.
We are so excited to recognise your achievements and celebrate this significant life milestone with you at our Parramatta South campus.
Please read the FAQs below and if you still have questions, reach out to the Student Services Hub by using the Graduation Support and Advice Form.
Your graduation ceremony will be livestreamed. You can share the Graduation webpage link with family and friends so they can tune into your ceremony live. Recordings of the ceremony livestreams will be available via this link for up to four weeks after your ceremony. Please be advised we do not retain copies of our graduation ceremony recordings following their removal from the website.
After conferral, you will receive an invitation to register and pay to attend your upcoming graduation ceremony. Invitations will be sent to your student email.
Students are allocated to ceremonies according to their program, as well as venue capacity and availability. Requests to change the date and/or time cannot be accommodated except in cultural or religious circumstances.
You must register and pay the graduation fee by the specified deadline to attend your graduation ceremony. You will then receive your ceremony details approximately 3 weeks out from the ceremony date range.
Failure to register and pay by the specified deadline will incur a late payment fee.
To attend your ceremony, you will be required to pay the graduation fee which covers your guest tickets and regalia hire that needs to be worn during the ceremony. As part of your package, you will be given your trencher (hat) to keep (with the exclusion of PhD bonnets), and a maximum of four guests tickets (of any age, including babies and children).
Refunds can be made available to students under strict criteria.
- More than 10 business days' notice prior to their ceremony: a full refund.
- Less than 10 business days' notice prior to their ceremony: no refund.
For refund enquiries, reach out to Student Central on the Graduation Support and Advice Form.
A maximum of four guest tickets are included with your graduation fee. Unfortunately, we cannot provide more that the allocated number of tickets per graduate - no additional tickets will be available. Any additional guests are invited to watch the ceremony via live stream. The link to the live stream will be posted on the graduation website on the day of the event.
On the Day
You will need to bring photo identification (drivers' licence, passport, or student card). You will also need the QR code (found in your email from Silver Rose).
Graduands must arrive and register at Building EB no later than 1.5 hours before the beginning of their ceremony start time.
A graduation ceremony is a formal occasion with smart casual wear being the minimum standard for graduates and their guests.
You will be required to wear the approved Western Sydney University regalia over your clothes when taking part in a graduation ceremony. The graduation fee covers the hire of your academic dress (gown and hood), as well as a trencher (hat) to keep (with the exclusion of PhD bonnets).
Keep in mind:
- The academic gown is three-quarters in length and opens at the front, so your clothes will be visible. The academic gown sits mid-calf and is a loose fit.
- The gown is made of heavy material, so you may wish to leave your jacket with your family or friends.
- The hood is one size only. The hood colour is based on your discipline.
- You will be wearing an academic trencher or bonnet on your head; we recommend a hairstyle that allows this to sit comfortably.
Western Sydney University graduation ceremonies are held in the Sir Ian and Nancy Turbutt Auditorium (Building EE) on the Parramatta South Campus. Access to the campus is via Victoria Rd Rydalmere.
During graduations, free parking is available on campus for you and your guests. Please ensure you arrive early as there is limited parking available on the Parramatta South campus and, if the campus parking is full, you may be directed to park on the Parramatta North site and catch a shuttle bus.
We have a free shuttle bus that runs to and from the Parramatta City campus (169 Macquarie Street) to the Parramatta South campus. From there, it’s a two-minute walk to Parramatta station. For more details click here.
It is highly recommended that you arrive at the University with plenty of time to find parking, register, dress in academic dress, and make your way to the Auditorium for the start of your ceremony.
If you arrive after the close of registration, we will do our best to accommodate you, but it is not guaranteed that you will be able to participate in the ceremony.
Please note that if you arrive late and we are unable to accommodate you within the ceremony, you will not be offered a refund. You will be able to hire your regalia to take photos.
For graduates, when you register online to attend your ceremony and select regalia requirements, you will also be asked whether you have any access requirements such as for a wheelchair, walking frame, or assistance walking across stage. You will also be able to indicate if you require a sign language interpreter. We will make necessary provisions at the ceremony to accommodate these requirements.
Guests with mobility or special requirements do not need to advise of this prior to the ceremonies. Guests with mobility or special requirements must be at the auditorium entrance door no later than 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony, to listen out for the mobility or special requirements announcement and make their way inside into the auditorium as directed by auditorium staff.
Western Sydney University graduation ceremonies typically run for 1 to 1.5 hours. All graduates and guests are required to remain in the auditorium until the conclusion of the ceremony. Please include this in your planning when attending the day.
Your registration includes up to four guest tickets. You (the alumnus) do not require a ticket. You will be able to download your guest tickets once you have completed your confirmation of attendance.
Graduation is a ticketed event, and tickets are required for all guests of any age, entering the venue, including babies and children. Tickets are single use and will be scanned on entry. Please note that we are unable to accommodate requests for additional tickets and requests will be declined.
Guests with tickets must be at the auditorium entrance door no later than 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony.
The University may need to adjust the number of guests permitted within the auditorium on the day, depending on capacity restrictions and rules in place by the Government at the time.
We understand what an important milestone Graduation is for families. Babies and children are welcome to attend your ceremony but will require a ticket.
Prams and strollers are not permitted in the Auditorium. All prams and strollers are to be left in the designated pram/stroller parking in the Auditorium foyer before entering the ceremony.
You and your guests are welcome to wear a face mask indoors, including within the auditorium. If you or your guests are unwell or isolating due to COVID-19, those affected are asked not to attend the graduation ceremony.
While there will be no handshaking with the officiating party, you will still be able to take part in a meaningful photo opportunity on stage with a testamur presentation case. There will also be an on-site photo studio to assist you with capturing your special day. Learn more at the Silver Rose Photography website.
Family and friends are more than welcome to take photographs and/or videos of the ceremony; however, they must remain seated at all times. No tripods are allowed.
All hired regalia must be returned to EB.G.02 within one hour of the conclusion of your ceremony.
Your friends and family can watch your graduation ceremony live via the Graduation webpage. You will also be able to watch the livestream recording on the website for up to four weeks after your graduation ceremony, giving you plenty of time to share andcelebrate your achievement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, as with all in-person graduation ceremonies, you will be required to pay a graduation fee, which includes regalia hire.
To attend your ceremony, you will be required to pay $198 which covers your guest tickets and regalia hire that needs to be worn during the ceremony. As part of your package, you will be given your trencher (hat) to keep (with the exclusion of PhD bonnets) and a maximum of four guests tickets (of any age, including babies and children).
For refund enquiries, reach out to Student Services Hub on the Graduation Support and Advice Form.
Graduation is a ticketed event, and tickets are required for all guests entering the venue (of any age, including babies and children). Your graduation fee covers a maximum of four guest tickets.
Family and friends are also welcome to view your ceremony via livestream.
While we are planning a graduation experience as close to a traditional ceremony as possible, the health and safety of our students, staff and guests is our priority and means that we will need to provide a modified experience from previous years to include COVID-safe requirements.
Modifications will include:
- Graduands and guests must adhere to directions on the day from University staff.
- A number of outdoor locations on campus (subject to good weather) will be available for you to take photos in your regalia with your guests.
- Ceremony proceedings will be modified, including no handshaking with the officiating party. You will still be able to take part in a photo opportunity on stage with a testamur tube.
You will need to go to building EB to register; please make sure you have a valid photo id. You will then be instructed to collect your hired regalia.
After the ceremony, please return all hired regalia within one hour after your ceremony has concluded.
Family and friends are more than welcome to take photographs and/or videos of the ceremony; however, you must remain seated at all times. No tripods are allowed.
Professional photographs are taken at the ceremony of each graduand on stage. This photo is available for purchase after the ceremony. In addition, professional photographs with family and friends can be taken in the onsite studios before and after the ceremony.
When you register to attend your ceremony and select regalia requirements, you will also be asked whether you have any access requirements such as for a wheelchair, walking frame, or assistance walking across stage. You will also be able to indicate if you require a sign language interpreter. We will make necessary provisions at the ceremony to accommodate these requirements.
Guests with mobility or special requirements do not need to advise of this prior to the ceremonies; please see auditorium staff at the time of the ceremony.
Your graduation documents (including your testamur and AHEGS) are mailed to you after your award has been conferred and you have paid to receive these. These documents are not presented at the graduation ceremony; instead, students will be presented with a memento during the ceremony for a photo opportunity and as an additional keepsake. For further information regarding graduation documents, please visit https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/graduation_ceremonies/graduating/documents.
Yes, there will be framers on-site and you can get your testamur professionally framed. You will not be able to take your testamur with you on stage, however you will receive a memento during the ceremony for the stage photo.
Students who are graduating in absentia will NOT have their name announced at the graduation ceremonies.
Guest tickets are included in your order from Silver Rose. Open the attachment you were sent when you paid your graduation fee.
Gifts & Memorabilia
Complimentary* portrait sittings are available for you and your guests, with our on-site photographers from Silver Rose. Location studios will be available before and after your ceremony, so plan ahead and make sure you visit the studios to get your special memory.
Learn more at the Silver Rose Photography website.
*Photos are not included and should be purchased separately.
To help you celebrate this significant moment, there will be Western merchandise available on the day for purchase. Visit our stall provided by SBG Brands and grab some memorabilia such as Graduation Bears, Western apparel and more.
Our on-site florist, Kellyville Flower Spot, will have stunning bouquets available for purchase before and after the ceremony.
Providing a full range of high-quality plaques and frames, Jackson Framing offer a range of options to help showcase your University testamur. Please visit www.jacksonframes.com.au to receive a 10% discount on your frame or plaque purchase. Use coupon code WSU22 for frames and plaques during checkout. This is an online offer only. For further information, please contact email@example.com