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. The formal proceedings last for approximately one hour, with light refreshments and photography and framing services available for one hour after the ceremony.

  • Guest Tickets

    Guest tickets: To collect your complementary guest tickets for Winthrop Hall, please log in to the GFP Graduations online portal. Ticket orders for Guest tickets close at 12pm on Friday 5th March.

    Livestream tickets: Additional guest tickets can be purchased from GFP Graduations for the livestreaming venue. Ticket orders for Livestream tickets close at 12pm on Friday 5th March. Livestreaming tickets are still available to purchase on the day from the help tent at the entrance to Winthrop Hall, one and a half hours prior to your ceremony.

     
  • Arriving

    You should arrive one hour before the ceremony at the reception marquee on Whitfield Court. It is important that you register your arrival by scanning the "Registration QR Code". Guests can enter Winthrop Hall and the Live Stream venue by ticket only; ensure that all guests are registered prior to the ceremony. Guests are asked to be seated 30 minutes prior to the ceremony starting.

  • Parking

    Please check your ceremony date and time below for your parking location:

    • Monday 8 March, 10:00am - Car Park 3
    • Monday 8 March, 2:00pm - Riley Oval
    • Monday 8 March, 6:00pm - Car Park 3
    • Tuesday 9 March, 10:00am - Car Park 3
    • Tuesday 9 March, 2:00pm - Riley Oval
    • Tuesday 9 March, 6:00pm - Car Park 3
    • Wednesday 10 March, 10:00am - Car Park 3
    • Wednesday 10 March, 2:00pm - Riley Oval
    • Wednesday 10 March, 6:00pm - Car Park 3

    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

    To obtain your ticket and seat details, be sure to scan the “Registration QR Code” onsite, on the day of your ceremony, to register your arrival for your Graduation Ceremony. You will receive a text message, which will contain a link to your seat number and ticket. Please note that your seat number and ticket details will only be available on the day of your ceremony. 

  • 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.

    UWA merchandise

    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
    • 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.
View from the rear of graduates entering Winthrop Hall

Your procession to Winthrop Hall

Graduands and members of the School 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

Number 1
When prompted by staff, take the folder on your chair, rise with your row and move to the left aisle of the hall.
Number 2
Identify yourself to the staff member attending, have your academic dress adjusted (if necessary) and wait here until the presenter calls your name.
Number 3

Proceed towards the Chancellor, stop at a spot marked on the floor, doff your mortarboard (this will be the stage photo) and walk back to your seat via the stairs in the centre of the Dais. There will be no hand shaking and appropriate COVID-19 physical distance will be maintained while ensuring the graduand receives a quality stage photo.

Number 4
When the last graduand returns to their seat, staff will prompt you to stand and the Chancellor will confer your award. Staff will then prompt you to sit.

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.

Number 1
When prompted by staff, take the folder on your chair, rise with your row and move to the right-hand side of the dais.
Number 2
Proceed to the presenter and wait until you are presented to the Chancellor.
Number 3

Proceed towards the Chancellor, stop at a spot marked on the floor, doff your mortarboard (this will be the stage photo). Return to your seat via the centre aisle and sit down. There will be no hand shaking and appropriate COVID-19 physical distance will be maintained while ensuring the graduand receives a quality stage photo.

Number 4
When the last graduand returns to their seat, staff will prompt you to stand and the Chancellor will confer your award. Staff will then prompt you to sit.
View of graduation ceremony from the balcony of Winthrop Hall

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.


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