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)

Register now to participate in the Academic Procession

If you wish to participate in an academic procession for the following ceremonies please complete and submit the Registration Form by 16 March 2020.

2020 Ceremonies


Venue: Cairns Convention Centre, Great Hall (see plan below)

Wednesday 25 March commencing at 3pm

  • The Division of Tropical Environments and Societies
  • The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Venue: Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre

Wednesday 1 April 2020 commencing at 3pm

  • College of Arts, Societies and Education

Thursday 2 April 2020 commencing at 10.30am

  • College of Business, Law and Governance

Thursday 2 April 2020 commencing at 3pm

  • College of Science and Engineering
  • The Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Loan of Academic Dress

PLEASE NOTE: Staff borrowing academic dress

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.

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

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:

  • Cairns: Sheridan Street Foyer
  • Townsville: The Magnetic Room

Cultural Sash Presentations

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

Cairns location: Sheridan Street Foyer 
Townsville location: 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

Academic Procession assembly points:

Cairns - Sheridan Street Foyer
Townsville - The Magnetic Room

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

A short informal reception for members of the Academic Procession, VIP guests, PhD graduates and their families will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Sheridan Street Foyer (Cairns) and The Magnetic Room (Townsville).

Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre

Cairns Convention Centre