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On the day


Your graduation ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate your academic achievements with your invited guests and fellow graduates. Held at our Great Hall, you'll be presented with your testamur and hear from inspiring academics and fellow graduates. 

You're invited to attend a reception in The Quadrangle with your guests at the conclusion of your ceremony.

Before your ceremony begins

Getting to campus

To allow enough time to collect your academic dress and register, arrive 90 minutes before your ceremony.

We recommend using public transport or taxis as your first option for getting to campus. Alternatively, metered parking is available at the University. The most convenient place is in the Shepherd Street carpark building.


You will need to be seated in your assigned seat at least 15 minutes before the ceremony commences so you can be briefed on ceremony procedures. It’s important to sit in your allocated seat as this is the order in which your name will be read out.

If you have personal belongings, leave these on your chair as you will be returning to your original seat after walking across the stage.


The Great Hall will be open an hour before the ceremony. When you arrive, you'll need to show your digital tickets at the door.

If you didn't register for your digital tickets, you can visit the helpdesk in the graduation marquee.


Guests can enter the Great Hall half an hour before the ceremony commences.

Graduations staff will assess the capacity 5-10 minutes before the start of each ceremony, and if there are spare seats, they will invite non-ticketed guests into the hall. If no additional space is available, non-ticketed guests are welcome to watch the ceremony live stream from the Courtyard Restaurant and Bar located in the Holme Building, and join us after the ceremony in the Quadrangle.

You can collect your academic dress from the USYD Store in the Holme Building. The University of Sydney Union (USU) will send you an email ahead of your ceremony, requesting you book a time.

Collection times vary, but generally:

  • 9.30am ceremony - appointment times will commence at 7.30am
  • 12pm ceremony - appointment times will commence at 9.30am
  • 2.30pm ceremony - appointment times will commence at 12pm

Before you leave the University grounds, and no later than one hour after your ceremony, you will need to return your academic dress to the USYD store. The trencher hat is yours to keep.

Locate the Holme Building.

Academic dress

Dress standard

You'll wear full academic dress appropriate for your degree or diploma. This comprises a gown, bonnet/trencher cap, and hood or stole.

Each degree or diploma has its own colour or combination of colours.

When wearing academic dress, it is important that the tassel on your trencher remains on the left side when preceding to the dais to receive your testamur.

What to wear underneath

We recommend you wear clothing that is neat, smart and comfortable. You’ll need shoes that are suitable to walk on both the marble floor in the Great Hall as well as on The Quadrangle grass. Thongs, shorts, t-shirts, jeans and ripped clothing are not considered appropriate.

The gowns can be quite heavy, so we recommend removing suit jackets and other additional layers before your fitting.



Your ceremony will take around 90 minutes and involves the following:

  • Organ recital
  • The academic procession enters the Great Hall, the assembly standing
  • Welcome to graduands and guests
  • The occasional address
  • Students receive their testamurs
  • Conclusion of the ceremony
  • The academic procession retires, the assembly standing
  • Carillon recital


You and your guests are invited to join us for a reception and light refreshments after your ceremony.

  • Exit the same way you entered, turn right and be guided by our ushers to the location of catering.
  • You can meet your guests on the lawns of The Quadrangle.
  • Photos, framing and plaque sales will be available in the MacLaurin Hall which is adjacent to The Quadrangle.
  • University merchandise will be available at a pop up store located in The Quadrangle.

When called to receive your testamur

When it's time for you to receive your testamur, your name will be called by the presenting Dean. Proceed to the dais, where you’ll receive your testamur on stage from the Chancellor (or delegate). Once the photograph of you and the Chancellor (or delegate) is complete, take a step back and salute the Chancellor (or delegate). Then turn and walk down the stairs to take your new seat with direction from the return seat usher.

Gifts and memorabilia

Photography, framing and plaques

Professional photographers and videographers will capture the moment of your graduation. You can book photography, view and buy photographs as well as order frames and plaques from GFP EVENTS both before the ceremony and on the day.

Within 3 business days after your graduation ceremony, you will be able to download a free copy of your digital stage photo. Go to, select ‘already graduated’, then ‘find your stage photo’ and select your graduation date and time from the dropdown menu. Select ‘View your photo’ and then scroll to find your photo. At the checkout, you will need to enter your student ID number to download your photo for free.

Gift shop

If you’re looking to purchase a lasting souvenir, visit the USYD Store located in the Holme Building or our pop-up shop located in The Quadrangle cloisters. You can also shop online through the USYD Store.

You can also visit the Chancellor’s Committee Gift Shop, which is located under the Clocktower in the Quadrangle. You can view their range of jewellery, clothing, books, stationery and graduations bears on the Chancellor’s Committee Gift Shop.

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Last updated: 05 April 2024

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