Your Graduation Day

What to expect on the day

All graduation ceremonies will be held on a single day, Friday 16 July 2021. Your day will involve movement around campus, inclusive of registration; collection of regalia;  an event at Llewellyn Hall; photography and other graduation services; and a College-hosted celebratory event following your ceremony. 

The safety of our community during a pandemic remains a priority for the University; the July 2021 graduation event will have a number of measures in place to make the event as safe as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding. 

Please find below an overview of the July 2021 graduation experience. 


Step 1 - Regalia Collection  

Graduation regalia [gowns, hoods, mortarboards, bonnets etc] will be available for collection from the Ground Floor of the Marie Reay Building on Thursday 15th July from 1-5pm, and Friday 16th July from 7am.
Please note, you must pre
-order your regalia byvisiting You should collect your regalia no later than two hours prior to your ceremony commencement time 

Step 2 - Registration  

To confirm your attendance on-the-day of the ceremony, you must officially register in-person. Please proceed to the Peter Karmel Building [School of Music] to register. You will be provided with your ticket at the registration table; students must sit in their allocated seat. You should register no later than one hour prior to your ceremony commencement time.  

Step 3 - Graduation  

Your graduation ceremony will take place in Llewellyn Hall, commencing strictly at the advertised start time. Please ensure you have completed Steps 1 and 2 prior to making your way to your allocated seat. All graduands and guests must be seated 15 minutes prior to your ceremony commencement time. 

To make the event as safe as possible, all graduands and guests must sit in their allocated seat. Movement will be kept to an absolute minimum within the venue, this includes some changes to the format of the ceremony [see Changes to graduation ceremony format below].  

The graduation ceremony will take approximately one hour. 

Step 4 - After-ceremony celebration  

Each academic College will host an after-ceremony celebration; these events will commence immediately following your ceremony. Once you have exited Llewellyn Hall, please make your way directly to the publicised venue [to be advised - further information will be published on the Graduations website as these arrangements are finalised]. This is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements with  friends, family and peers. 

Step 5 - Photography  

Photography services will be available from the top floor of the Marie Reay Building. Please pre-register to access this service at:  

Other graduation memorabilia, such as soft toys, rings etc will also be available for collection/purchase in the Marie Reay Building. 

Step 6 - Regalia Return 

Please return your regalia [if hired] to the ground floor of the Marie Reay Building [no later than 8pm on Friday 16 July 2021]. 


Changes to graduation ceremony format 

If you are intending to attend a graduation ceremony in July 2021, please read the following information carefully as this will give you an idea of what changes are in place to comply with COVID-19 health and safety restrictions. 

 We are unable to host ceremonies in the same way we did pre-COVID-19, but the ceremony will still feature many ANU traditions. The key change to format is there will be no person-to-person interactions within ceremonies; graduands must remain in their allocated seat during the event.  

We aim to make your ceremony as enjoyable as possible and cannot wait to celebrate with you and your guests!  


Entering Llewellyn Hall: 

All graduands and guests must comply with ACT Government registration protocols as they enter the venue, inclusive of registering their attendance via the Check-In CBR app. Attendance at this event is conditional on all graduands and guests adhering to this requirement. We strongly recommend that you download the app prior to the day, and, have your mobile phone ready as you approach the venue. 

Coursework Students: 

Coursework students will be seated with your fellow graduands at the front of Llewellyn Hall. To satisfy COVID-19 requirements we must maintain as little movement, and interactions, as possible within Hall. As such, coursework students will not cross stage individually to receive your testamur, instead it will be placed upon your seat within a blue testamur tube. Coursework students will be asked to stand as a graduating cohort during the ceremony to have your award conferred. 

Doctor of Philosophy [PhD] Students:  

PhD students will be seated on-stage [where stage capacity allows] with the Academic Procession and Chancellors Party; your testamur will be placed upon your seat within a blue testamur tube. Graduands will be asked to stand individually; your name and thesis title will be acknowledged during the ceremony.

University-Level Academic Accolades

Students who have received academic accolades will also be seated on stage [inclusive of both coursework and research students]. Examples of students who will be individually acknowledged for their achievements include: University Medallists, Tillyard Prize winner/s, Crawford Prize winner/s. Graduands will be asked to stand as an individual while the accolade is acknowledged. Any token associated with the accolade, such as a medal, will be placed on your seat with your testamur.