What to expect when you graduate
What will happen at my graduation ceremony?
In brief, at the commencement of the ceremony, members of the audience are asked to stand while the Academic Procession enters Winthrop Hall. Graduands and guests remain standing until the Chancellor asks the audience to be seated after which time a brief welcome address is delivered.
At a point in the ceremony graduands are asked to take their lead from Graduation staff who will arrange them for presentation. When the conferring of degrees commence, successive rows of graduands will be directed to rise, file out of their seating row and move towards the stage.
The Dean of your Faculty will read out the names of all graduands present in the Hall and one by one graduands will cross the stage and where appropriate shake hands with the Chancellor.
After all graduands have crossed the stage for respective degrees, diplomas and certificates, individual cohorts will be asked to stand where the Chancellor will confer the awards. Once your award is conferred you become a graduate of this University.
The Warden of Convocation officially welcomes the new graduates as lifelong members of the University and the Valedictory Address will be delivered. On occasions 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.
At the end of the ceremony the audience will be asked to stand; all new graduates will join the official procession and exit Winthrop Hall.