Graduation ceremonies are conducted in July and December each year at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and celebrates the achievements of our students and the wider community.
Unfortunately, our July 2020 graduation ceremonies have been postponed and graduating students will be invited to participate in a future ceremony. Please read through the FAQs on our website for further information.
The December 2020 ceremonies are currently planned to proceed, although this may change in the coming months.
We thank you for your patience during this time.
Tickets for graduation ceremonies will be available for purchase closer to ceremony dates. Please check back in due course.
Live stream graduation
Our graduation ceremonies are live streamed. The video begins 10 minutes before the ceremony start time.
We are unable to provide recordings of the ceremonies for purchase due to privacy and copyright.
What to expect
When should I arrive?
Graduands are requested to arrive 2 hours before the ceremony start time, ensuring there is adequate time for registration, robing and graduand briefing.
Guests are invited to be seated about 30 minutes before the ceremony start time.
Seating is allocated by the venue. We recommend that you advise QPAC regarding any accessibility requirements in advance.
What happens on stage?
At the start of the ceremony, graduands and guests are asked to stand while the academic procession enters the hall. All then remain standing until the Chancellor is seated.
The chairperson opens the ceremony, then the Chancellor gives a short welcome address. Graduands are then presented to the Chancellor. After all graduands have been presented, the chairperson invites the guest speaker to give the occasional address, then the student representative.
At the conclusion of the speeches, graduates and guests are asked to stand for the departure of the academic procession.
How long is graduation?
The graduation ceremony takes approximately 90 minutes, depending on the number of graduands attending.
Information for graduands
We have comprehensive information about graduating including registration, important dates and academic dress for current students and students who have already received their parchment.
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Where do I graduate?
All Brisbane graduation ceremonies for July and December are held in the Concert Hall at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
The Concert Hall is located on the corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank.
Do I have guest tickets?
Tickets can be purchased from QTIX, and booking fees may apply.
A ticket limit will be applied per graduand to ensure all have the opportunity for family and friends to attend the graduation ceremony. Ticket limits will be confirmed by QTIX when tickets are purchased.
For ticket prices, contact QTIX.
What about access?
QPAC provide a range of services, facilities and programs to enable all visitors to attend events.
With advance notice, QPAC can accommodate a range of individual needs, and we strongly encourage visitors to notify staff or any individual needs at the time of booking.
For accessibility information, contact QPAC.
Our March and September conferral rounds are for students who expect to complete their course and who meet graduation eligibility criteria after one graduation ceremony round and prior to the next graduation ceremony round. This may include students who complete summer semester, deferred and/or supplementary assessment and who missed the cut off for July or December ceremonies.
Due to our July 2020 graduation ceremonies being postponed, this will be a conferral round instead (between 20-23 July) and the process will be the same as above for graduating students.
Degrees will be conferred to these students and parchments mailed with an invitation to attend a future ceremony or December round of ceremonies.