Melbourne Graduation Parade

Before the formalities and spectacle of the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony, graduates are invited to join their family and friends at the Graduation Parade on RMIT's City campus.

Male graduate in academic dress smiles at the camea and waves an RMIT flag

How to register

Registrations open at the end of October 2024.

We'll let you know when they are open (by email and on this page).

Please note that there is a limit on the number of people who can join the parade. This is for safety reasons. Registrations will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Accessibility requirements

When you register, please tell us if you or your guests need help to access the event (e.g.), wheelchair access. The RMIT Events team will contact you to discuss the details. 

About the Graduation Parade

2023 Graduation Parade
2023 Graduation Parade
2023 Graduation Parade

The details of the 2024 Parade are still being finalised. However, you can expect to enjoy:

  • free food and coffee (dietary requirements will be catered for)
  • live music and DJs
  • flowers and graduation merchandise to buy
  • gown pinning stations to help you look your best
  • speeches by RMIT leaders and special guests
  • the Parade itself!

Please note that professional photo sessions are not available at the parade or ceremony. 

The map of the Parade route will be available here in the second half of 2024.

After the parade

Once the parade has finished, you will have time to continue to enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment on campus with your friends and family. Then it's time to get ready for the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony at Marvel Stadium! We recommend that graduates arrive at the Stadium by 1.45pm. Guests may arrive a little later, but should be seated by 2.15pm.  

The Parade schedule and map will be published here when the details have been finalised.

You need to wear your graduation gown when you parade. You will collect your gown on your allocated collection day the week before the parade and ceremony. See the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony page for details about when and where to collect your gown.

How to wear your gown

We have created step-by-step videos to show you how to wear your gown, hood or stole, and mortar board or bonnet. You can watch these, as well as find out which colour you will wear, on the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony page.

Need help with your gown?

Don't worry, we have people on the ground to get you looking your best. There will be gown pinning stations set up along Bowen Street with experienced staff to get you sorted for the parade and ceremony. At the ceremony, there will also be staff on hand for last minute fixes!

Male graduate smiles and camera and gives a thumbs up in frony of a sign that reads gown pinning help.

Gown pinning help

There will be plenty of people on campus to help you with your gown. 

We strongly recommend taking public transport to Marvel Stadium. Trams run along La Trobe and Bourke streets directly to the stadium, and trains go from the nearby Melbourne Central station to Southern Cross station, which is a short walk from the stadium. For timetable and route details, refer to the PTV website

Male PhD graduate smiles at the camera during the 2023 Graduation Parade

2023 Graduation Parade gallery

Get a sense of the atmosphere of the parade via our Flickr album from 2023.

Need help?

If you have a question about the Graduation Parade, please contact the RMIT Events team at

If you have a question about the Graduation Ceremony, please contact the Graduation team via Student Connect

If you register for the parade but can no longer attend, you can cancel your ticket by following the link received from Eventbrite. Simply log in and select ‘Cancel Order'.

For up-to-date information about the ceremony, go to the Melbourne Graduation Ceremony page

aboriginal flag
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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.