About the ceremony

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Australian graduation ceremonies

  • Ballarat
  • Gippsland Campus - Auditorium

Offshore celebrations

  • Some Federation University Australia partner providers hold graduation celebrations overseas. Students should contact the School they studied at for further information.

How do I get to there?

Ballarat is approximately 1 and 1/2 hours drive from Melbourne airport. If you are flying to Melbourne, please allow sufficient time to travel from the airport to Ballarat - this can vary between 75 minutes and 90 minutes, depending on road/traffic conditions.

If your ceremony is scheduled for 10.30am, registration opens at 8.30am, and you may like to consider flying in the night before your ceremony, to avoid unnecessary pressure if delayed. Transport from Tullamarine Airport (Melbourne) is the easier option as there is a direct shuttle between the airport and Ballarat.

There are several different options, please see links below for further information:

Skybus - to/from Tullamarine airport and Melbourne (Southern Cross station)

V-Line train - to/from Melbourne (Southern Cross station) and Ballarat train station

Ballarat Airport Shuttlebus - to/from Tullamarine airport and Ballarat train station

Public Transport Bus Ballarat - Route 21 to/from Ballarat city

Taxi - Phone 131 008 - click here to calculate cost from Ballarat train station to Mt Helen Campus (approx. 12km)

How long does the ceremony take?

A standard graduation ceremony will run for approximately 60 minutes.

However, graduates need to register and collect their academic gown before the ceremony and should allow appropriate time for photographs etc. Times for registration and robing will be provided in your booking confirmation when you submit your information online via the Reeds Graduation Services portal. You should also allow time to return your academic gown after the ceremony.

Dress codeDress code

Smart casual dress is suggested if you are graduating.

(Please be aware there are stairs on either side of the stage).

What to do on stage

Watch the below video to learn what to do on stage during the graduation ceremony.

Guest tickets

Australian ceremonies

The attendance fee includes 2 guest tickets. Extra guest tickets may be purchased for $15 each, if available. If tickets are available, you will be notified by email after numbers have been finalised. Graduates do not require a ticket.

Tickets will be sent electronically when you submit your graduation attendance details online via Reed Graduation Services portal. An email will be sent to advise you when this portal is open. Please ensure your guests have a copy of their tickets when they attend the ceremony.


Mt Helen Campus

Graduation car parking is available off East Terrace, Federation University Australia, Mt Helen.

Western campuses

A public car park is situated directly behind the Horsham Town Hall and can be accessed by either Wilson or Pynsent streets. There is also plenty of street parking available.

Gippsland Campus

Graduation car parking is available off Mary Grant Bruce Drive, Federation University Australia, Churchill.