Graduation Ceremony

Graduand Information

Dual qualifications

  •  If you’re graduating with more than one qualification, you’ll only need to walk across the stage once.
  • You will be acknowledged for both achievements at once onstage.

Graduand Regalia

  • All graduating students are required to wear academic regalia at the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Bendigo TAFE will organise all regalia free of charge and provide it to Graduands on arrival at the venue.
  • The regalia is hired by Bendigo TAFE and includes a black gown and black and gold striped stole which must be returned at the conclusion of the evening.
  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma students will be provided with a trencher (academic cap) in addition to the gown and stole. This is purchased by Bendigo TAFE and is yours to keep.
  • Graduands must arrive between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm for registration and gowning.
  • Graduands will be asked to advise their height when registering their participation in the Graduation Ceremony. This information will be used to hire a gown in the correct length for you.

Dress code

  • Graduand should wear neat formal attire under your gown (thongs, sandals, t-shirts or casual wear are not acceptable).
  • Please consider that the gowns are black, and when worn, are open at the front and expose the lower arms. 
  • Appropriate footwear is a must as you will need to walk up and down stairs. If you would like to wear traditional dress under your gown you are more than welcome to.
  • You may leave your coat with us in the gowning area. No valuables are to be left behind. Bendigo TAFE does not accept responsibility for loss of property.

 Photography

  • Bendigo TAFE has employed a roaming professional photographer to take pictures throughout the event.
  • They will also endeavour to take pictures of all graduands when on stage however we suggest you also have friends and family take photos just in case.
  • These pictures will be available free of charge via a link on our Facebook page in the weeks following the event.
  • A professional photographer is also available to take professional portrait pictures both before and after the ceremony.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive my certificate at the Graduation Ceremony?

No. You will receive your certificate and academic transcript within 30 days of being signed off by your teaching department as having completed your training. This is a requirement of the Australian Skills Quality Authority.

Do Graduates need to Register?

  • Graduands MUST register to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Participation in the Graduation Ceremony is a charge of $50.00 for Graduands, which includes two (2) guest tickets.
  • Registration can be completed here.
  • When registering, please advise of any accessibility or disability requirements so we can accommodate.

When does Graduation Registration close?

Graduand Registration closes on 6th February 2023

Do I need to purchase tickets for my guests?

  • Yes, guests must have a ticket to attend the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Additional guest tickets cost $25.00 each and can be bought here.
  • We recommend that Graduands purchase their additional guest tickets early to avoid missing out.
  • When purchasing guest tickets, please advise of any accessibility or disability requirements so that we can accommodate.
  • Guest tickets can be bought during the Graduation registration or as a separate purchase.
  • Guest ticket cannot be reserved without payment.

What does my Graduand ticket include?

  • Registration to the Graduation
  • Two complimentary guest tickets
  • Hiring of the academic regalia – stole and graduation gown
  • Light refreshments
  • Keep sake program
  • Stage photography

When do guest ticket sales close?

Guest tickets will be available to purchase up until the day of the event, unless sold our prior.

Can children attend?

  • Children are welcome to attend the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Guest tickets must be purchased for children aged 12 and over. Children under 12 years must have a 'children's ticket'.
  • Children's tickets can be purchased for children under the age of 12. These are available for $10.00 per child.
  • Infants and toddlers do not require a ticket.
  • All tickets can be purchased here.

Special needs

  • If you or your guests have any special requirements, i.e. disability assistance, seating with space for a stroller, please let us know when registering and purchasing tickets online.
  • You may be asked to arrive earlier so that we can accommodate your request.
  • If you would like to discuss with the event organisers, please email: events@bendigotafe.edu.au

What should I do if I am ineligible to graduate?

You need to contact your teaching coordinator and email: events@bendigotafe.edu.au

How long is the Graduation Ceremony?

The graduation ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours, depending on the number of Graduands that have registered to participate.

When do I receive my tickets for the graduation ceremony?

  • When registering yourself as a graduate and purchasing your guest ticket, you will receive an automated email containing your tickets.
  • Make sure to bring either a digital or printed copy to the Graduation.

Is parking available at the venue?

There are a number of car parks in close proximity to Ulumbarra Theatre including Park Road (behind the Golden Dragon Museum) and the QEO car park.

Accessible parking

There is a disabled car parking zone adjacent to the venue and a drop off point immediately at the front of the venue for all Ulumbarra Theatre patrons.