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Graduation Information for Staff

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Information for Staff

Information for academic staff and members of the JCU Council (this information does not apply to graduating students).

In line with the Queensland Government’s public health directions for unvaccinated people, it is a condition of entry for indoor entertainment venues in Queensland that all patrons be fully vaccinated.

Students, staff and guests will therefore need to be fully vaccinated in order to attend the March graduation ceremonies. All attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination on entry. The Check In Qld app will be used to verify vaccination status, and to collect contact information for contact tracing purposes.

Upcoming Ceremonies


The venue for the Cairns ceremony is the Cairns Convention Centre

Ceremony All Colleges
Date Tuesday 15 March 2022


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

Ceremony College of Arts, Society and Education
Date Wednesday 23 March 2022
Time 3.00pm
Ceremony College of Business, Law and Governance
Date Thursday 24 March 2022
Time 10.30am
Ceremony College of Science and Engineering, and Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Date Thursday 24 March 2022
Time 3.00pm

Additional staff graduation information

Staff who are JCU graduates may request the loan of a JCU gown to wear at a ceremony (PhD, Masters, Honours and Bachelor).

The academic dress loan gown service has been outsourced to a private provider. As such, you will be required to sign for the academic dress when you collect and return the academic dress.

Borrowers are responsible for the replacement of gowns not recorded as having been returned.

Graduates of other institutions may borrow a black gown and mortar board.

Registration has closed.

Collection of loan gowns

Please collect your loan gown up to two hours prior to the commencement of each ceremony from:

  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room, Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre
  • Cairns: Sheridan Street Foyer, Cairns Convention Centre

Prior to each graduation ceremony a JCU cultural sash presentation ceremony will be held for graduating indigenous students.

  • Cairns: Sheridan Street Foyer, Cairns Convention Centre
  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room. Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

Each sashing ceremony will commence 30 minutes before the commencement of each graduation ceremony.

Staff are cordially invited to attend the cultural sash presentation ceremonies.

Academic Procession assembly points:

  • Cairns: Sheridan Street Foyer, Cairns Convention Centre
  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room, Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre

Registration has closed.

Please be robed no later than 30 minutes prior to the commencement of each ceremony.

The academic procession will commence assembling approximately 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the ceremony.

Each ceremony will commence promptly at the scheduled times.

Order of procession

The procession enters the auditorium in the following order:

  • Ceremony Marshal
  • Academic Staff
  • JCU Council Members
  • Members of the Official Party

National Anthem

Protocol requires you to take off your trencher/bonnet during the playing of the National Anthem.

All staff are invited to volunteer at JCU Graduation ceremonies, with supervisor approval. There are a number of ways that you can assist at the events, for example, you can help our graduands register, assist in gowning, or provide guest services. Please email if you are interested in joining us by COB 11 March.