Everything you wanted to know about graduation day

So you’re graduating this semester. In which case … congratulations! Below is some handy info to help you get the most of your grad experience.

2 Nov 2016

After so much hard work, you’ve done it. We’re so proud of you! This calls for a celebration, a graduation in fact.

With all your friends, family and classmates sharing in the celebration, your graduation day is going to be heaps of fun. To ensure that you get the most out of this experience, we’ve pieced together a number of handy hints and tricks that you can check out below.

When is my graduation ceremony?

Great question. We have three ceremonies scheduled over two days on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December 2016 – double check that you have registered for the right ceremony before your big day. Graduation Day - caps being thrown in the air

Tuesday 6 December
7.00 pm

The following faculties will be graduating:

  • Business
  • Community Services
  • Nursing
  • Creative Arts and Digital Design

Wednesday 7 December
7.00 pm

The following faculty will be graduating:

  • Engineering, Science, Architecture and Industry
  • English Language and Migrant Education
  • Tourism, Events, Hospitality and Personal Services
  • Senior College and Community Pathways

Where do I go and what do I do?

A smart question, and one that anyone can get wrong. Luckily, the answer is easy to remember! Our 2016 graduations are being held at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson.

When you arrive, make your way to the student registration counter on the podium level and inside the main entrance via King Arthur Terrace. Have your student I.D. card ready; registration lines are sorted alphabetically by surname. The registration officer will give you a card with some essential deets on it. Please check all the details! If anything is incorrect (your name, your qualification) it is a lot easier to fix it then and there, than seconds before you walk across the stage.

Don’t lose the card. It has your seating allocation and stage announcement. You need it. Like, REALLY need it.

What about my guests?

Your friends and family will be able to register with the friendly folk at the guest registration counter in the same area as you so you can all head in there together. grad-thumb

Even though tickets were purchased online, your guests still need to come and collect their admission tickets just like you do at the movies; guest tickets are listed under the graduating student’s surname.

If you need extra guest tickets, you’ll also be able to buy these at the desk after registering.

Get frocked up

After registering, you’ll be directed to the gowning area on the lower level, inside Players Restaurant. This is where you get your academic regalia, such as your fancy-schmancy grad gown and hat (or mortarboards).
Presto-chango! You now have the look to match your academic success.

Graduation day photos

Make sure you have your phone and camera capable friend/relative on hand. It’s time to indulge in a selfie-a-thon and compliment your friends on how fab they look. graduation selfieOnce you’re gowned up, head to the professional photography area right next to where you were gowned on the lower level. Our official graduation day photographers can take individual, group and family portraits. If you don’t get a chance to take your grad portrait before the ceremony, don’t panic. There’s plenty of time after the ceremony too, in the same location.

The serious stuff begins

One hour before your ceremony is due to begin, you need to attend a compulsory student briefing in the Main Arena.

This is super important: You won’t see your family again until after the ceremony, so give them all hugs, hand over your purse / backpack / wallet / camera / teddy bear, and send them off to entertain themselves. There is also a cloakroom for you to check things in for free if you prefer. You can find it next to the guest registration area.

Why? You can’t carry bags/cameras etc on stage, and you might not go back to the same seat after you’ve walked across the stage. We get it, separating yourself from your phone is a real and painful thing, but better that it’s with someone you trust than under someone else’s chair, right?

Now get to the Main Arena!

It’s nearly show time! This means you need to make your way to your allocated seat. We’ll give a rundown on how the ceremony works and what you can expect. This will take 20 – 30 minutes. Please don’t wander off after the briefing! You don’t want to be the guy who goes missing and holds up the ceremony while we send out search parties.

Where are my friends and family?

Guests will start taking their seats 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Guest seating is not allocated. Graduation Day

Please note, children are not allowed to sit in the graduating student seating, so if you have little ones coming to watch you graduate, please ensure they sit with a supervising adult in the guest seating area.

During the ceremony

Graduands and guests are not permitted to leave the ceremony until it’s over. This means you’re not allowed to do a runner after collecting your certificate! Can you imagine if everyone left right after their moment in the spotlight? The poor last graduands crossing the stage would have to do it in front of nobody, which would be really, really uncool.

Please give your classmates the courtesy of staying and celebrating their successes along with your own. If you need to leave to use the rest room, one of our ushers will personally escort you to an appropriate exit.

After the ceremony

Yay! You did it! From graduand to graduate in the blink of an eye!

If you didn’t get your photo taken before the ceremony, you have a chance to do so now. Once that’s done, it’s time to make your way to your very first Industry and Skills Network event! Don’t forget to return your gown to the team on the lower level before you head to your after party.

Industry and Skills Network

Once you have graduated you will become part of the Industry and Skills Network – an ever-growing network of TAFE graduates from all over the world. In honour of this, light refreshments will be served to you and your guests at a free function on the podium level concourse. This will be a fantastic opportunity to mingle with fellow graduates and guests, and celebrate your study achievements. Graduation Day

Share it

Congrats once again. You did it! You’re going to have a great day. We invite and encourage you to share the love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #tafebrisbanegrads.

If you have any questions, check out the FAQs on our graduation webpage.

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