Frequently Asked Questions

This year there will be more graduation ceremonies than usual. This is because of the cancellation of ceremonies last year due to COVID-19 and to accommodate the implications of social distancing at the ceremonies.

Please note in your calendar the following dates and locations for graduation ceremonies in March and April:

JCU Townsville, at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre:

  • Tuesday 23 March 2021 (Division of Tropical Health and Medicine)
  • Wednesday 24 March 2021 (College of Arts, Society and Education)
  • Thursday 25 March 2021 (College of Business, Law and Governance)
  • Friday 26 March 2021 (College of Science and Engineering)

JCU Cairns, at the Cairns Performing Arts Centre:

  • Tuesday 13 April 2021 (Division of Tropical Health and Medicine)
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 (Division of Tropical Environments and Societies)

No, you do not have to apply to graduate (unless you are a PhD candidate). Once you are enrolled in your final study, you will be allocated to a graduation ceremony based on your course of study and the course location. You must confirm your attendance at the ceremony via eStudent.

Registration for JCU Graduation Ceremonies have now closed.

Graduates will be limited to a maximum of four guests each due to venue capacity. Once your graduation time has been confirmed, you will receive an email to reserved tickets for your guests to ensure a COVID safe event is delivered.

The ceremonies will be held in COVID-19 safe environments and follow government guidelines.
Events will be ticket entry only to ensure accuracy in contact tracing and to avoid queuing with QR scanners.

It is estimated that each ceremony will take two hours but they could run longer depending on the number of attendees.

It is expected that graduates arrive at least an hour and a half prior to the ceremony commencement time to allow time for parking, gown collection, photography and registration.

All ceremonies will comply with government guidelines and restrictions. If circumstances arise where ceremonies cannot proceed you will be informed prior to the event.

Yes, JCU is committed that all students from 2019 and 2020 will have the opportunity to graduate and you should have already received your invitation to register to attend a graduation ceremony.

You will still have the opportunity to attend your relevant ceremony in 2021.

Yes, we are planning to livestream the events and will be releasing more information about this closer to the events.

Yes, refreshments can be purchased at the venue.

All graduating students attending a ceremony must wear an Academic Gown. To find out which gown you should wear please refer to the Academic Dress Standards.

It is recommend that you wear clothing that is neat, smart and comfortable under your gown. You’ll need shoes that are suitable for stairs, carpet and slippery surfaces. Thongs, shorts, t-shirts, jeans and ripped clothing are not considered appropriate.

As a member of the JCU alumni family you are part of a truly global network of more than 80,000 graduates who live all over the world. Make sure to update your details regularly and let us know what you are achieving in your career.

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