Attending your ceremony
On the day
Graduation ceremonies include the formal presentation of degrees, diplomas and certificates, addresses by dignitaries and members of the University, and a musical recital. The formal proceedings last for up to two hours, with light refreshments and photography and framing services available for one hour after the ceremony.
You should arrive one hour before the ceremony at Great Court South with your ticket. Guests can enter Winthrop Hall and the lecture theatre by ticket only. Guests are asked to be seated 30 minutes prior to the ceremony starting.
This table will be updated to July 2020 ceremony information when available.
Ceremony Date and Time Car Park Tuesday 10 December at 2pm Riley Oval Tuesday 10 December at 6pm Car Parks 1 & 20 Wednesday 11 December at 10am Car Parks 1 & 23 Wednesday 11 December at 2pm Riley Oval Wednesday 11 December at 6pm Car Parks 1 & 20 Thursday 12 December at 10am Car Parks 1 & 23 Thursday 12 December at 2pm Riley Oval Thursday 12 December at 6pm Car Parks 1 & 20 Friday 13 December at 1am Car Parks 1 & 23 Friday 13 December at 2pm Riley Oval Friday 13 December at 6pm Car Parks 1 & 20 Saturday 14 December at 10am Car Parks 1 & 3 Saturday 14 December at 2pm Car Parks 18, 20 & 17 Saturday 14 December at 6pm Car Parks 1 & 20
Download the UWA parking map.
Vehicles are required to be parked in a designated parking bay. This excludes ACROD, Reserved and Service Bays where the appropriate permit are required to be displayed at all times.
Your seat number
Log into studentConnect, select 'Graduation' and click on 'View ceremony and attendance details' to view your seat number. You will line up according to your seat number before processing to Winthrop Hall.
Multimedia services and merchandise
GFP Graduations is the official supplier of photography, framing and DVD services at all graduation ceremonies and will be located in the Undercroft at Winthrop Hall during the graduation round.
The team will:
- take group and individual photographs before and after the ceremony
- take a photograph of each graduand shaking the Chancellor's hand on stage
- provide a large range of frames for immediate framing (a photocopy of your certificate is taken prior to framing)
- capture every graduand’s special moment on DVD
- provide you a free digital download of your stage photograph
For complete product and pricing information, visit the GFP website.
A range of UWA merchandise, including official clothing and souvenirs, will be on sale on Whitfield Court (outside Winthrop Hall) before and after the ceremony.
TYPICAL GRADUATION CEREMONY ORDER OF PROCEEDING
- The graduand and academic procession will enter and the assembly is required to stand
- The National Anthem – all graduands and academic are requested to remove their cap
- Proceedings will be opened by the Chancellor
- Opening Address
- Graduation Address
- Conferral of Awards
- Musical Interlude
- Conferral of Awards
- Warden of Convocation’s Welcome Address
- Valedictory Address
- Proceedings will be closed by the Chancellor
- The assembly is requested to stand and the procession will retire
- On occasion the University may also award Honorary Degrees and/or Chancellor’s Medals to distinguished invitees who have made an invaluable contribution to the University and the community.
Your procession to Winthrop Hall
Graduands and members of the Faculty will be processing (walking in formation in regalia) from Great Court South in front of Reid Library (see map below) to Winthrop Hall. As such, you are asked to arrive at Great Court South no later than one hour before the ceremony start time so you don't miss out on this part of the celebration.
After gathering at your assembly area, you’ll be assigned to a row according to your seat number. Don’t switch places with another graduand as you’ll be called onto stage and seated in the order in which you lined up.
If you arrive late, visit the information tent outside Winthrop Hall.
Crossing the stage (dais)
Graduands with a seat number from A-Z
Graduands with a DAIS ticket number
Doctorate graduands are seated on the dais. In some graduation ceremonies, postgraduate graduands may also be on the dais. A higher doctorate is a prestigious and rare honour conferred by the Senate to exceptional scholars in recognition of their contribution to a particular field of research. The rigorous process of evaluation means this degree is awarded to scholars of outstanding merit.
How to doff
To doff, walk towards the Chancellor and stop approximately one metre away.
Then, ‘pinch’ the right side of your cap with your thumb and index finger of your right hand.
Nod slightly towards the Chancellor.
Continue the last two steps and shake hands with the Chancellor.