About the ceremony

Graduation ceremony locationsGraduation ceremony procession

Australian graduation ceremonies

  • Mt Helen Campus - Caro Convention Centre, 1870 Founders Theatre
  • Horsham City - Horsham Town Hall, Wilson St
  • 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 the information confirming graduation attendance details, sent to you approximately 4 - 6 weeks before the ceremony. 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).

Guest tickets

Australian ceremonies

There is no cost associated with guest tickets. Each eligible graduate is issued with two complimentary guest tickets. Graduates do not require a ticket.

The availability of extra tickets will be limited and may not be available in all ceremonies. If extra guest tickets have been requested (during online graduation attendance details confirmation), these will be allocated after ceremony attendance numbers have been confirmed. Please remember, there is no guarantee that you will be allocated extra guest tickets if requested.

Tickets will not be sent out prior to the ceremony. They must be collected from the ticket box prior to the ceremony. The ticket box opens at the same time as registration, which will be confirmed prior to the graduation date.


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.