Graduation Information for JCU Cairns Graduates

Information for JCU Cairns Graduates

CeremonyCollege of Public Health,  Medical and Veterinary Sciences
College of Medicine and Dentistry
College of Healthcare Sciences  
DateMonday 11 December 2023
VenueCairns Convention Centre
Ceremony Time5:00pm

How to Graduate Guide

This video includes all the key information you need to know about your Graduation Ceremony.

Important Information

JCU Graduation Ceremonies will comply with all Queensland Government COVID requirements.

Graduation Tickets

Guest tickets are complimentary and general admission with a maximum of four (4) guest tickets allocated per graduate. Additional information on guest tickets will be released closer to the event.

Please note, graduates are not required to reserve a seat for themselves.

When to arrive

It is recommended that graduates arrive two hours prior to the ceremony commencement time to allow time for parking, gown collection and photography prior to registration.


Parking around the Cairns Convention Centre at certain times can be limited so please factor in extra time for parking or arrange to arrive by taxi or other rideshare options.

Dress Code


It is recommend that graduates wear clothing that is neat and smart. You’ll need shoes that are suitable for stairs and carpet. Thongs, shorts, t-shirts, jeans and ripped clothing are not considered appropriate.


Guests are to dress smart casual.

Hire/Purchase your Academic Dress

It is compulsory to wear JCU approved academic dress at ceremonies.

A link to hire your gown will be released closer to the event.

Gown Collection

Upon arrival please collect your gown if you haven’t done so prior to the ceremony. If you have a JCU approved gown staff will be available to assist with dressing you.

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Mezzanine Level, Cairns Convention Centre


Silver Rose Photography will be providing the photographic services at the graduation including portrait and family photography sessions.

Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Mezzanine Level, Cairns Convention Centre

JCU will be photographing/videoing Graduations for JCU social media and advertising purposes. If you have any questions in relation to your photograph being taken, or if you do not wish to be photographed/videoed during the day, please notify the photographer at the event.


Before you register on the day, you must be wearing your full academic dress. Quote your registration number at the registration desk to receive your graduation card. Please keep this card with you at all times until you reach the ceremony marshal on stage.

Time: 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Foyer, Cairns Convention Centre

Graduates who register late may not be presented in their correct order on stage. If the ceremony has already commenced it is possible that late graduates will not be able to graduate on the day.

Personal Belongings

There are no facilities available to leave any personal items (handbags/mobiles etc.). All your personal belongings must be left with guests, or you may consider clothing with a pocket under your gown.

Cultural Sashing Ceremony

Aboriginal and Torres Strait graduates who have identified their heritage on Student One will be presented with a JCU Cultural Sash at informal ceremonies prior to each graduation ceremony. An invitation with details will be emailed to recipients prior to the ceremony date.

Time: 4:30pm

Location: Sheridan Street Foyer, Cairns Convention Centre

Live Streaming

The graduation ceremony will be live streamed via JCU’s YouTube channel.


I Do Flowers will be in attendance at the JCU Graduation Ceremony for the purchase of floral arrangements.

Ceremony Duration

It is anticipated the ceremony will run for approximately two hours.