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Student Hub: Graduation


If you do things right with your heart and soul, and for the right reason, your success won’t be a matter of luck it will be the outcome of everything you do - ​

Veronica Flores (Bolivia) - Graduate from Master of Business Administration & Master of Global Project Management at Adelaide Graduation Ceremony 2018.

Celebrate with us!

Your graduation ceremony is the moment to celebrate all your hard work, sacrifices and effort you have gone through to complete your degree. 

Torrens University Australia in conjunction with THINK Education holds four (4) annual Graduation ceremonies in different cities and times of the year so our students have the opportunity to join in the location of their convenience.

Graduation Ceremony Information

To be eligible to graduate, you will need to have successfully completed all course requirements and have no outstanding fees or library loans.

The next step in assessing your eligibility to graduate is academically assessing your work against the course requirements. If this assessment is successful you will proceed to graduation.

Please refer to the Graduation and Certification Policy or contact Student Services for further information.

Locations of the graduation ceremonies

Once you have successfully completed your studies and approved as Graduand, congratulations! You'll be invited to attend the ceremony in your nearest state. For instance: If your mailing address state we have in the system is NSW, you will be invited to the Sydney Graduation Ceremony.

Mailing address state Graduation Ceremony to be invited
New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and Overseas Sydney
Victoria (VIC) and Tasmania (TAS) Melbourne
Queensland (QLD) and Northern Territory (NT)


South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA)


Can I change the location of my graduation ceremony?

Yes, you can change and attend to any location of your preference as long as you have been approved as a Graduand and met all the requirements.

You can request the change of location up to six (6) weeks before the ceremony. Please contact the Graduations Team to submit this request.

How do I receive the invitation to my graduation ceremony?

The invitation to your graduation ceremony will be sent to your main email address we have in the system four (4) weeks before the graduation date. You will also receive an SMS notification so you are aware when the invitation was sent.

My family is abroad and they want to come for my graduation ceremony. Is it possible to get a letter from the university so they can apply for their visa?

Yes, we can provide an invitation letter for immigration purposes. This letter can only be generated if you have been approved as Graduand. Please send an email to Student Services requesting a letter of invitation for the graduation ceremony and include in there:

  • Your full name and student ID
  • Family members' names as shown in their passport.
  • Date of birth and passport number of each of the family members you are requesting the letter for.
  • Copy of their passports
  • What is your relationship with them (Father, mother, brother, sister,...etc.)
  • Location and date of the ceremony you want to attend.

Why haven't I been invited to the ceremony?

If you have answered yes to any of the options below, this might be the reason for you not to have received an invitation:

  • You have not completed the total number of subjects (core and electives) required to complete your award.
  • You have outstanding fees with the university.
  • You have not provided all documents required for graduation, for example, your verified USI or placement completion documents (IF your award requires these documents).
  • You have not ensured that the personal contact information in our system is current, such as mailing address, personal e-mail address, mobile phone and full name.

If you are not sure about any of the above, please contact Student Services

How do I reserve my place at the ceremony?

You will receive an email with a link to register for your ceremony. Follow the 3 steps within the email to proceed with the payment of your graduation fee and guest tickets.

Please be aware that you need to register before the deadline otherwise you won’t be allowed to attend the ceremony.

How much is the graduation fee and what is included in it?

The graduation fee for 2019 is $60 per student. This fee includes your place at the ceremony, hire of academic regalia and two (2) guests.

How many guests can I invite to the ceremony?

You will have an opportunity to purchase additional guest tickets (limits per student apply), please ensure to register and make your booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If more than two (2) guests are joining you at the ceremony, you will need to purchase extra guest tickets. Each extra guest ticket is $35, except children who are under the age of 5.

If you want to buy more guest tickets after you have registered, please go back to confirmation e-mail received after online registration and continue with the steps.

Can children attend Graduation?

All children are welcome. There is no charge for children under the age of 5, however, you need to have a family member or friend to supervise them and look after them during the ceremony.

Please be mindful of the formal nature of the ceremony, this event can take up to two (2) and half-hours where children can get very tired.

The invitation link is not allowing me to RSVP, what should I do?

Please contact Student Services.

I have ordered tickets and paid the fees for graduation, how do I collect my tickets?

On the day of the event, you need to come to the registration area where you will confirm you and your guests’ attendance.

I'm having trouble making payments for the graduation ceremony, who I should contact?

Please contact Student Services.

I did not RSVP, how do I get my academic documents?

If you forgot to RSVP or you do not want to attend your graduation ceremony, you do not need to worry.

If you are a Higher Education student, your documents will be sent after the ceremony to your international or domestic main postal address we have in the system.

If you are Vocational student who has been approved as Graduand and you have not received your documents yet please contact Student Services.

Please make sure your information is updated otherwise we cannot guarantee the delivery of your documents to the correct mailing address (academic documents cannot be sent by e-mail).

What is the schedule on Graduation day?

The exact time schedule of the day will be sent after the RSVP has closed, however, the usual routine of the day is:

Registration: Check-in of students. Only students need to be present at the registration stage.

Gowning: After you have register yourself and your guests, you proceed to get the academic dress

Cloakroom: All Graduands are required to leave any belongings with friends, family or in the cloakroom. To prevent accidents while students walk up to the stage, only mobile phones are allowed to be held during the ceremony.

Rehearsal: After registration has been closed, all students are required to go to the main room where important information about the ceremony will be provided. No guests are allowed in the main room at this moment.

Guest Entry: After rehearsal has finished all guest are allowed to get in and take his or her seat. There are no allocated seats, however, if your guests include children, assistance dogs, guests in wheelchairs or with any disability, please let any of our friendly ushers know so they can help them with priority entry.

Please note that prams are not allowed inside the main room, they need to be left outside. Our friendly staff will take care of them

Ceremony: The ceremony will take about 2 hours. As a sign of respect to other Graduands, academics, speakers, and sponsors we required all attendees to stay until the end of the ceremony.

Light refreshments and Photography: After the ceremony, light refreshments (finger food and a beverage) will be provided to Graduands and guests.

A Professional Photographer will be available on the day and will take a photo of the Graduate receiving parchment and after the ceremony. If you want to take pictures outside the venue, you will need to return your academic dress first.

What is the dress code for the ceremony? 

As this is a formal event, we suggest you wear smart casual attire that allows you to be comfortable the whole day with the academic regalia on top.

Please note that the graduation venue has varied surfaces and there are a number of ramps and stairs to negotiate during the ceremony, so please wear appropriate footwear. No thongs allowed.

What is academic regalia?

The academic regalia is the academic dress you will wear to receive your award on stage. The robe is called gown and the hat is called mortarboard, the hood and stoles are to distinguish your faculty and degree.

Please find below the academic regalia depending on the course you are graduating from:

Degree Academic Regalia
All Vocational courses, Higher Education Associated degree, and Diplomas Black gown and black mortarboard
Bachelor degree Black gown and black mortarboard and colour* hood.
Graduate Certificate & Graduate Diploma degrees Black gown and black mortarboard and colour* stole.
Master degree Black gown and black mortarboard and colour* hood with white trim.
Doctorate degree Phd academic regalia

*The following colours are used for the hoods and stoles:

  • Business faculty – gold tones
  • Design faculty – pink tones
  • Education faculty – blue tones
  • Health faculty – purple tones
  • Hospitality faculty – teal tones

We will publish soon the academic regalia catalog so you can have a reference on what you will be wearing on the day.​

Can I keep the academic regalia?

No. Please return the academic regalia you have rented for the day.

We know your academic dress means many memories and effort for you and your family, however, we appreciate you returning your academic dress one (1) hour after the ceremony has finished, otherwise you will be charged for the cost of the gown.

Please be mindful, we use this academic dress in all the ceremonies we have Australia wide, and other students would like to wear it as well.

If you want to wear your own academic regalia, we suggest you purchase one set in any academic regalia providers. You are welcome to use your own academic dress for this special day and we will provide you with the hood or stole depending on your degree. 

Where do I purchase my Graduation’s professional photos?

One week after the ceremony, all graduation ceremony professional pictures will be available.

An email with the link to the professional pictures provider will be sent to your email address where you received the graduation invitation. You will be able to purchase your pictures in that link.

How do I sign up for the Alumni program?

Please join the Alumni Network

Where can I request copies of my academic documents?

Please contact Student Services.

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Key Dates

Upcoming ceremony:

Brisbane – 2nd August 2019

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)

Ceremony Time: TBC

Graduation Dates 2019:

Melbourne – 11th April 2019

Sydney – 16th & 17th April 2019

Brisbane – 2nd August 2019

Adelaide – 27th November 2019


25th of June 2019

  • Request to graduate at Brisbane Graduation Ceremony.
  • Request to graduate in absentia at Brisbane Graduation Ceremony (Only Higher Education students not located in QLD or NT states).

Preparing to graduate

Student details

Make sure the following information is up to date in your My Account:

Full legal name
This is the name that will appear on your testamur and graduation documents.

Email address
Your graduation invitation will be sent here.

Residential address
We'll invite you to the graduation ceremony closest to where you live.

We wil be sending SMS notifications regarding the graduation ceremony.

If we need to reissue your official graduation documents because we cannot contact you, you may be charged a re-issue fee.

If you are unable to update your details in your My Account, please contact your Student Services team to confirm.

International students

For visa help contact the Department of Home Affairs if:

  • Your student visa expires before your graduation date; or
  • You want to invite friends or family from overseas to attend your graduation

Your Student Services team can supply any documentation you need