Graduation day

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Graduation day

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Please familiarise yourself with the below schedule - it is really important that you are not late to your graduation ceremony.

On the day

1. Arrive 90 minutes before your ceremony starts

(please note: graduation ceremonies ARE NOT held at USC campus)

2. Register as soon as you arrive
3. Collect your academic dress
4. Attend the briefing session 30 minutes prior to your ceremony 

Professional photography 

Professional photography services from Reed Graduation are available before and after the ceremony. You can have photos taken with your friends and family and perhaps even some of your favourite lecturers and tutors.

Tell your family and friends

  • Doors open for family and friends 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. They must present their ticket to get in.
  • We offer everyone equal access to graduation. If your guests have accessibility requirements, please advise us so we can make arrangements. Please email all enquiries to majorevents@usc.edu.au 
  • A full transcript program is available upon request from ushers for hearing-impaired guests.
  • For safety reasons, prams are not permitted in the auditorium, but we are able to accommodate guests who bring one - please speak to ushers for assistance
  • Food and beverages (including alcohol) will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony
Questions?

Visit askUSC for more graduation information.

What to wear

Graduation is a formal occasion so we encourage you to dress accordingly. Don't think your outfit won't be seen - your graduation robe will be open at the front, so what you wear underneath will be noticed. The dress code is business attire which means you should dress as though you were going to a job interview. Here are our tips: 

  • Long-sleeved business shirts and dress pants, or tailored tops and dresses are ideal.
  • Avoid wearing a jacket  - it will be too hot and bulky.
  • You'll be up on the stage so consider the length of dresses or skirts carefully.
  • Wear comfortable dress shoes. You will be walking across the stage so make sure you can walk confidently and remember that the stage surface might be a little slippery.
  • Your trencher fits firmly over your head so avoid hairstyles or accessories that will interfere with this.

Award colours

For the purposes of academic dress the award colours are:

 

Violet - Sciences, Environmental and Related Studies

 

Academic Green - Business, Information Technology and Commerce

 

Spectrum Orange - Engineering and Related Technologies

 

White - Health, Nursing and Sport sciences

 

New Gold - Education

 

Royal Blue - Law, Criminology, Creative industries, Design, Communication and Social sciences

Academic dress

Associate degrees
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole
Associate degree academic dress, front Associate degree academic dress, back
Bachelor degrees

(including combined and double degrees)

  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood lines with silk to a depth of 15 centimetres in the colour of the academic award field of education
Bachelor degree academic dress, front Bachelor degree academic dress, back
Bachelor (honours) degrees
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood lined with silk to a depth of 15 centimetres in the colour of the designated colour with a two centimetre strip in black commencing three centimetres from the edge
iBachelor degree (Honours) academic dress, front  Bachelor degree (Honours) academic dress, back
Graduate Certificates
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole edged to a depth of 2.5 centimetres in the designated colour
Graduate certificate academic dress, front Graduate certificate academic dress, back
Graduate Diplomas
  • Black cloth bachelor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Full-length black cloth stole fully-lined in the designated colour
Graduate diploma academic dress, front Graduate diploma academic dress, back
Master degrees
  • Black cloth master’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge
  • Black cloth trencher cap
  • Black cloth Oxford burgon-style hood fully lined with silk in the colour of the School with a two centimetre strip in black commencing three centimetres from the edge
Masters academic dress, front Masters academic dress, back
Professional Doctorates
  • Black cloth doctor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with facings and sleeve linings in red
  • Black velvet bonnet with a black cord tassel
  • Black cloth Cambridge hood fully lined with silk in the designated colour
Professional doctorate academic dress, front Professional doctorate academic dress, back
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Black cloth doctor’s gown in the style of the University of Cambridge with facings and sleeve linings in new red
  • Black velvet bonnet with a red cord tassel
  • Black cloth Cambridge hood fully lined with new red silk.
Doctor of Philosophy academic dress, front Doctor of Philosophy academic dress, back
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