Graduation Information for Students Information for JCU Townsville Graduates

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Information for JCU Townsville Graduates

The venue for all Townsville ceremonies is the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

CeremonyCollege of Arts, Society and Education
DateApril ceremonies postponed, additional information to be advised
CeremonyCollege of Business, Law and Governance                               
DateApril ceremonies postponed, additional information to be advised
CeremonyCollege of Science and Engineering and The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine                   
DateApril ceremonies postponed, additional information to be advised

Please refer to  What do I need to do to graduate web pages prior to your ceremony.

COVID - 19 Advice

To ensure the continued well being of all our Graduands and staff, we kindly request that students doff in place of a handshake with our Chancellor.

At the ceremony

When to arrive

It is expected that graduands arrive at least two hours prior to the ceremony commencement time to allow time for parking, gown collection and photography prior to registration.

Dress Code

It is recommend that you wear clothing that is neat, smart and comfortable. 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.

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 gowning you.

Time: from 8.30am
Location: Palm Room


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

Morning Ceremony:      8am to 9.30am
Afternoon Ceremony:   1pm to 2pm 
Location: Palm Room

After both ceremonies,the studio will reopen immediately after each ceremony.


Before you register you must be wearing your full academic dress. Quote your registration number at the registration desk to receive your graduation card.

You will need your Graduation card to present before you cross the stage, so please keep this card with you at all times.

Morning Ceremony: 9.30am - 10am
Afternoon Ceremony: 2pm - 2.30pm

Location: Door 1

Late Graduands may not be permitted to enter or participate in the ceremony.


Graduands will be seated in tiered seating in the order they will walk across the stage. If you have specific seating requirements, please advise at your earliest convenience

Guest Seating

You may invite as many guests as you wish and admission is free. Guests may sit in any non-reserved seats in the auditorium. Only Graduands are seated in reserved seating separate from guests. Dress code is smart casual.

Morning Ceremony:    from 9.30am
Afternoon Ceremony:  from 2pm

Location: Entry for guests through Door 3

Disabled seating for guests may be accessed through the Magnetic Room. Please see ushers for assistance.

Graduation reception

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

Returning your academic dress

All hired items must be returned to the gowning area within 2 hours of the completion of the ceremony.

Important information

Personal belongings

There are no facilities available to leave any personal items (handbags/mobiles etc) either on your seat or when crossing the stage.  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.

Morning Ceremony: 10am
Afternoon Ceremony: 2.30pm (afternoon ceremony)

Location: The Magnetic Room

The Ceremony

It is anticipated the ceremony will run for approximately two hours. Following the ceremony, complimentary light refreshments will be served in the forecourt.

All ceremonies will be streamed live.

A diagram of the Townsville Convention Centre for JCU Graduation. Contact the Townsville student centre on Phone (07) 4781 5255 or freecall (within Australia) 1800 246 446 if you need assistance.