Graduating in 2021

Our 2021 mid-year graduation ceremonies will go ahead, provided that eased restrictions on social gatherings remains relaxed.

We recommend waiting until you've received official communication about your ceremony before you make any arrangements for travel, tickets or gown hire.

August ceremonies

2-6 August 2021
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
Getting to BCEC

Doctoral candidates

17-20 August 2021
QUT Gardens Theatre
Getting to Gardens Theatre

Guest tickets

You can purchase guest tickets directly through the venue supplier.

Graduates will be advised of further details about guest tickets, including price, date of release and how to purchase, closer to the ceremony round. Check back soon.

What to expect

When should I arrive?

Graduands are requested to arrive two hours before the ceremony start time, ensuring there is adequate time for registration, robing and graduand briefing.

Guests are invited to be seated approximately 60 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.

Seating is allocated by the venue. We recommend that you advise the respective venues 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 student representative to give the occasional address.

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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Ceremony venues

Where do I graduate?

The coursework graduand ceremonies will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). BCEC is located in the heart of South Brisbane, close to public transport and has several car parking options.

The doctoral-only ceremonies will be held at QUT Gardens Theatre. The Gardens Theatre is located on QUT Gardens Point campus, which is a short walk from public transport.  Discounted parking will be available for attendees of these ceremonies.

Do I have guest tickets?

Tickets for BCEC can be purchased from Ticketek and tickets for the QUT Gardens Theatre can be purchased from QTIX. Tickets will be available closer to the date of your ceremony.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there may be limits on tickets to ensure all graduands have the opportunity for family and friends to attend the graduation ceremony.

What about access?

Both venues provide a range of services, facilities and programs to enable all visitors to attend events.

With advance notice, venues will be able to accommodate a range of individual needs, and we strongly encourage visitors to notify staff of any individual needs at the time of booking.

For accessibility information, contact your graduation ceremony venue:


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.

Contact us

If you have more questions, you can email us or find answers at AskQUT.