Graduates Check List - Cairns

Graduation Forms Graduates Check List - Cairns

Location and times

College/Division: All Colleges & Divisions 
Venue: Cairns Convention Centre (Hall 2)
Date: 3.30pmWednesday, 22 March 2017

Inability to attend

Please advise: or phone the Student Centre as soon as you become aware that you are not able to attend.

If you are unable to attend and do not advise us your award will be conferred in absentia.

Academic Dress – Diploma, Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD

It is compulsory to wear James Cook University (JCU) approved academic dress at ceremonies.

For the hiring or purchasing of JCU approved gowns for Townsville and Cairns ceremonies please follow this link to the official JCU graduation gown ‘Hire and Sales’ form.

For Undergraduates

Before you can register you must be wearing your full academic dress.

  • Registration Desk: Hall 2 - Door 27- see plan below
  • Registration Opens at 2.30 pm & Closes 3.00 pm

Note: Graduands who register late may not be able to be presented in their correct order or if the ceremony has commenced possibly not presented at all. To allow time to park, collect your gown and photography (if time permits) it is recommended that graduands arrive at the venue two hours before the ceremony commences.

For PhD Graduates

Your hire PhD academic dress will be available for collection from 1.30 pm. (see plan below)

Personal items

For safety and security reasons you are not permitted to carry personal items (handbags / mobiles etc.) with you on to the stage during your presentation to the Chancellor. Please leave any personal items with family or friends prior to registering. Following your presentation to the Chancellor you may not return to your original seat so for security and safety reasons personal items cannot be left under seats therefore please leave them with family before registering.

After you have registered you will be required to enter the auditorium.

Cultural Sash Presentation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait graduates will be presented with a JCU Cultural Sash at an informal ceremony commencing at 3.00 pm. Presentation details will be posted to recipients prior to the ceremony date.

The Ceremony

It is anticipated that it will run for approximately 2 hours.

Access considerations

Graduands, you will be seated in tiered seating. If this will cause you difficulties please contact

Guests seating

You may invite as many guests as you wish, admission is free and guests seats may not be reserved. Graduands are seated in reserved seating so guests may sit in any non-reserved seats in the auditorium. The auditorium will open at 2.30pm.

Dress code

Smart casual, please no thongs or shorts. Neck badges and medals may be worn.


Silver Rose Photography will be providing the photographic services at the graduation

Studio location: Follow signs in the foyer.

Portrait/Family Photography Sessions:

  • Studio Hours: 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm and then reopen after the ceremony.

To ensure that graduands can be registered by the close time of 3.00 pm the photography studio’s 2.30 pm close time will be strictly adhered to.


Following the ceremony, complimentary light refreshments will be served in the foyer.

Cairns Convention Centre Floor Plan