Melbourne Graduation Ceremony FAQs

Everything you need to know about attending the 2022 Melbourne Graduation Ceremony: 3pm-5pm, Wednesday 14 December at Marvel Stadium.

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Your Guide to Graduation

The guide includes venue maps plus detailed information about your tickets, seating, transport, facilities and academic dress.

Gown and tickets

When: Gown and ticket collection days are organised by RMIT College and are on the 7, 8 and 9 December. See the table below for details. Don't know your College? Go here for info.

Where: Marvel Stadium - Victory Room, Gate 9, Level 1

College Date & time
Design and Social Context Wednesday 7 December, 9am to 7pm
STEM Thursday 8 December, 9am to 7pm
PhDs, Vocational Education & Business and Law Friday 9 December, 9am to 7pm

Yes, there'll be two extra days for students who are unable to attend the main gown and ticket collection dates:

  • Monday 12 December 2022, from 9am to 6pm 
  • Tuesday 13 December 2022, from 9am to 6pm

Yes, you can. They'll need to bring photo ID and a copy of your ceremony confirmation email or your student card.

Photography and memorabilia

Professional photography and framing/plaque services will be available at the gown and ticket collection dates at Marvel Stadium at the following times:

  • Wednesday 7 December - Friday 9 December - between 9am and 7pm.
  • Monday 12 December and Tuesday 13 December - between 9am and 6pm.

Please note: there will be no portrait sessions or framing/plaque services available on the day of the graduation ceremony. However, your photo will be taken on stage at the ceremony.

Photography

Portait sessions must be booked. Family and friends are welcome to be included in your photos. 

Framing and plaques

There's a range of frames, framing options and plaques available to commemorate your graduation.

Gifts and memorabilia will be available to buy at the main gown and ticket collection days (7, 8 and 9 December). See the Gown and tickets section above for details. 

If you've registered for Grad Parade, you can buy merchandise and flowers on the City campus from 9am.

You can also buy RMIT merchandise from the online RMIT Store at any time before the ceremony.

Note: merchandise won't be available at the late gown and ticket collection days or at the ceremony.

 

No, studio photography and framing services won't be available.

Guests

Yes. You can bring up to six guests to celebrate with you on the day. Guests will sit in the audience area behind your stage – they won't be sitting with you during the ceremony.

Due to overwhelming demand for guest tickets on some of the presentation stages, there will be a limit of 5 guest tickets applied for those stages. However, we will be able to provide extra guest tickets at the next closest stage.

Additional guest ticket requests are subject to availability and can't be guaranteed. Please enquire at the RMIT Customer Service Desk at the gown and ticket collection venue in early December.

If guests are coming from overseas, remember to organise their travel visas in time.

No. Guests are seated in the guest seating area behind each stage. Graduates are seated at their stage on the arena.

 

No, guests aren't permitted on the arena.

Yes, there will be food outlets around the stadium and guests will get 10% off food purchased from these outlets on the day of the ceremony.

Please note that Marvel Stadium is a cashless stadium and will only accept payments via card.

About the ceremony

External gates open at 12.30pm. Please arrive by 1.30pm to register at your college stage. Your gate and stage details are listed on your ticket.

 

The weather can be extremely hot in December and Marvel Stadium is not air-conditioned. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.

Yes! All presentation stages will be recorded and live streamed. The links will be published here ahead of the ceremony. You'll also be sent an email with details. 

Yes. Graduates will be given a catering pack and drinks at their College stage at the end of the ceremony. Vegetarian, gluten free and vegan packs will be available.

Guests will be given 10% off food purchased from the stadium food outlets.

You'll be asked to line up ahead of going on stage - it's important that you're in your designated seat to ensure that the you're in the right order. 

When on stage, you will not shake hands with the academic presenting your scroll - instead, you will doff (touch the front of) your cap. 

Once you've been given the scroll, you will face the front for a photograph on stage. You will then exit the stage. If you're graduating at the ceremony, you will receive your testamur at the side of the stage.

 

There will be sanitiser and masks available on the day.

In addition, you will not be able to shake hands with the academic when you go on stage to receive your scroll. Instead, you will doff (touch the front of) your hat.

If you are feeling unwell on the day of the ceremony, we ask that you don't attend.

On the day, please practise the usual hygiene measures.

Accessibility and special requirements

If you didn't indicate this when you confirmed your attendance, please email graduation@rmit.edu.au and someone will contact you to confirm your requirements. 

Please email graduation@rmit.edu.au and the graduation team will contact you closer to the ceremony to confirm your guest's requirements.

Yes. If you have an accessible parking permit, you can book a car space via the Marvel Stadium website. 

Alternatively, people with accessibility requirements can be dropped off at Bourke Street or Harbour Esplanade where there are external lifts from the ground to concourse level.

Marvel Stadium - transport, map and facilities

Marvel Stadium map for students attending Graduation Ceremony

Marvel Stadium venue map

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There'll be more than 40,000 people attending the ceremony, so we expect that traffic will be extremely heavy. 

Public transport is strongly recommended as there is limited parking around Marvel Stadium. Marvel Stadium car parking is extremely limited (due to permanent tenancy arrangements and significant construction work) and the best way to access the venue is by tram or train.

If you choose to drive, please plan your journey and allow plenty of time for traffic delays and Metro works around the city.

You may choose to park in the CBD, including at one of the following Wilson Car Parks, and either walk or take public transport directly to the stadium.

  • Southern Cross Station Car Park – 163-235 Spencer Street, Melbourne
  • La Trobe Street Car parks – 300 and 380 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
  • Queen Street Car park – 189 Queen Street, Melbourne

Please visit Wilson Parking for more details including charges.

Tram

Tram services will operate before and after the ceremony from La Trobe Street to Marvel Stadium (Gate 7), and from Collins Street to the stadium.  Visit Yarra Trams for details.

Train

You can also catch a train to Southern Cross Station and walk a very short distance across the Bourke Street pedestrian bridge directly to Marvel Stadium.  Visit Metro Trains for timetables.

No. However, there are lockers for hire nearby at Southern Cross Station

Yes, prams and strollers are permitted in the venue provided they can be stowed under your seat.

Yes, the parent room is located at Gate 7.

Yes, the prayer room is located on level 3, aisle 17.

There will be 2 customer service areas located at Gate 7, Level 1.

Confirming your attendance, fee and eligibility


The deadline to confirm attendance at the ceremony has now passed.

Please note: Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, students who graduated in 2020 and 2021 are invited to attend this year’s Graduation Ceremony. Students who graduated in or before 2019 are not eligible to attend.

Yes, you'll automatically receive a full refund if you take the action outlined below by Thursday 8 December 2022. Your refund will be processed by the end of January 2023. 

To get a refund, you must do the following:

If you’re completing your program in Semester 2 2022 If you’ve already graduated in absentia

Change your graduation option in Enrolment Online by Thursday 8 December 2022. 

Contact Student Connect to update your graduation option by Thursday 8 December 2022.

You’re eligible to graduate at the ceremony if you have: 

  • met all academic requirements of your program 
  • no missing results or credit transfers 
  • no outstanding debts to the University 
  • been marked as ‘Complete’ by your RMIT School by the end of the first week in December (schools are given a deadline to do this).

The deadline to confirm attendance at the ceremony has now passed.

If you don’t apply to graduate, you won’t be able to attend the graduation ceremony and you’ll automatically graduate in absentia (excluding SIM, Vietnam and SUIBE students). 

The price differs depending on whether you're completing your program in Semester 2 or you've already graduated in absentia. 

If you’re completing your program in Semester 2 2022 If you’ve already graduated in absentia

The graduation fee is $250. This includes: 

  • your hard-copy testamur (available to you at the ceremony)
  • complimentary guest tickets (up to 6)
  • complimentary academic dress loan (hats can be kept as a memento) 
  • complimentary catering for the graduates. 

The graduation fee is $195. This includes: 

  • complimentary guest tickets (up to 6)
  • complimentary academic dress loan (hats can be kept as a memento) 
  • complimentary catering for the graduates.

Because you've already graduated, you won't receive a hard copy testamur at the ceremony.

Note: there are no discounts available if you provide your own academic dress, catering or a reduced number of guests.

To check when you're marked as complete:
  • Log in to Enrolment Online.
  • Click My Student Record
  • Click View Academic History/Results. When your program has been marked as complete, the status will change from 'Active in Program' to 'Completed Program'.

Yes, your graduation fee will be refunded in full automatically. If you haven't received your refund by the end of January 2023, please contact us.

Yes, you can defer attending graduation until 2023. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form.

When you apply to graduate and confirm your attendance at the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony, you'll receive a confirmation email. This email can be used as supporting documentation for visa applications. 

Please note: it's your responsibility to organise travel visas for any guests wishing to attend the Graduation Ceremony. 

Still have questions?

We'll update this page as soon as any new details are confirmed. 

Download your Graduation Guide for more details about getting to the ceremony and what to expect when you're there.

You'll find general information about graduating on our Graduation pages.

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Grad Parade at City Campus

Parade around City campus and celebrate your achievements! Please note: Only students registered to attend the Graduation Ceremony are eligible to attend the Grad Parade.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.