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).

It is confirmed that the 2021 Graduation ceremonies will take place, delivered as COVID-19 safe events.

  • Students from 2019/2020 cohort have been invited to attend.
  • There are more graduation ceremonies than usual to accommodate the flow on effect from postponed ceremonies.

2021 Ceremonies

Please contact for assistance with which ceremonies your College is involved in. Due to graduate numbers, some Colleges are involved in multiple ceremonies.


The venue for all Cairns ceremonies is the Cairns Performing Arts Centre. The JCU Cairns Graduation Ceremonies are COVID safe events and masks are required to be worn under current government restrictions.

CeremonyColleges of the Division of Tropical Health & Medicine
Date13 April 2021
Time2:00 pm
CeremonyColleges of the Division of Tropical Environments & Societies
Date14 April 2021
Morning Ceremony Time10.00 am (CBLG)
Afternoon Ceremony Time2.00 pm (CASE and CSE)
Evening Ceremony Time6.00 pm (CASE)


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

CeremonyThe Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Date23 March 2021
Morning Ceremony Time10.30 am
Afternoon Ceremony Time3.30 pm
CeremonyCollege of Arts, Society and Education       
Date24 March 2021
Morning Ceremony Time10.30 am
Afternoon Ceremony Time3.30 pm
CeremonyCollege of Business, Law and Governance
Date25 March 2021
Morning Ceremony Time10.30 am
Afternoon Ceremony Time3.30 pm
CeremonyCollege of Science and Engineering            
Date26 March 2021
Morning Ceremony Time10.30 am
Afternoon Ceremony Time3.30 pm

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.

To request the use of a loan gown please complete the gown loan section on the registration form.

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
  • Cairns: Academic gowns can be collected from the academic dressing rooms (backstage). The dressing rooms are to be accessed via the CPAC, stage door (Grafton St).

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

  • Cairns: CPAC Level 2
  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room

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: Stage Door, Cairns Performing Arts Centre (Grafton St)
  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room

If you wish to be apart of the Academic Procession please register here.

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.

After ceremony refreshments will not be served after the March and April 2021 ceremonies.

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. Information on how to submit expressions of interest to volunteer at JCU Graduation ceremonies will be made available on this page.