Melbourne’s newest graduating students will take over the city streets, while RMIT planes take to the skies tomorrow, Wednesday, 14 December, at RMIT University’s annual Graduation Parade.
More than 4000 graduating students, alumni and staff in academic gowns and mortarboards will parade down Swanston Street from RMIT to Federation Square, with more than 7000 guests and supporters lining the route.
Senior instructors from RMIT Flight Training at Point Cook will play their part with a celebratory flyover at 11am, heading towards the Shrine of Remembrance.
Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Robert Doyle will march in the Parade as it passes Town Hall. He will be greeted by RMIT Chancellor Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO and Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE.
Roving entertainment at Federation Square will include a marching band, stilt walkers and bubble artists.
The colourful, vibrant parade will be followed by Australia’s biggest graduation event at Melbourne’s Docklands Stadium in the evening, where more than 7500 graduates will celebrate their achievements in front of about 30,000 family members, friends, and RMIT staff.
The ceremony will also include a lap of honour for RMIT students and alumni who participated at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
The University’s graduation ceremony at Docklands will also feature a number of celebrations of Indigenous culture, including a Smoking Ceremony featuring 19 didgeridoo players, Welcome to Country by Dr Joy Wandin Murphy, Aboriginal dancers and Torres Strait Islander dancers.
What: RMIT Graduation Parade
When: 10am, Wednesday, 14 December
Where: Departs Bowen Street, RMIT University, off La Trobe Street, then moves down Swanston Street and ends at Federation Square at 11am
What: RMIT Graduation Ceremony
When: 6pm, Wednesday, 14 December
Where: Docklands Stadium, Melbourne