Ceremony instructions

Although graduates will receive detailed instructions at the Encaenia orientation sessions the following information is a general outline.

All graduates will gather in the Mackay Promenade to process to the graduation facility. Graduates walk in pairs, by number. You must ensure you bring your name card with you. You will pick up your name card at the same time you pick up your cap and gown.

The tassel dangles on the left side of the cap. The top of the cap should rest flat on the head. Undergraduate hoods are worn with the colour showing only on the left shoulder. Hoods for higher degrees are carried on the left arm. (Students receiving more than one degree wear the hood for their first degree and carry the hood for their second degree on their left arm.)

The university marshal will lead the procession. The piper will lead the graduates to the graduation facility, followed by the faculty and staff procession and platform party.

Conferring of degrees

After some preliminary words, the orator announces, "Supplicants for the xyz degree...will stand for presentation..."

Graduates in the stated degree stand in unison until completion of the presentation (an exchange, in Latin, between the orator and the president).

The orator announces "You will now proceed to your assigned place for individual presentation and acceptance."

Graduates in the front row only remain standing in readiness to move forward to the stage; other graduates remain seated. Front row graduates advance to left side of the aisle, in single file. (The person in front of you should have a lower number on his/her card.) Each graduate will climb the stairs and present his/her card to the orator, who does not return it.

The second row graduates stand when they are directed to do so by the university marshal and proceed to the foot of the stairs of the stage. Subsequently other rows stand and proceed in turn. When the orator reads the graduate's name, he/she moves across the stage, acknowledging the lieutenant-governor with a nod, then shaking hands with the president and the chancellor. Graduates will receive their parchment upon leaving the stage.

Before receiving the parchment from the respective dean (or representative), the graduate extends his/her right hand to shake hands, and then accepts the parchment in the left hand.