Graduation day

What can the modern UQ graduate expect and how have graduations changed over time?

We followed a recent UQ alumnus through her 2018 graduation ceremony to find out.

Graduation ceremonies at UQ have changed throughout the years, but for each alumnus, their special day is a unique celebration of what they have achieved.

Recently, we joined UQ student Teresa on her journey through graduation day to document the process, from trying on her robes and registering, to walking across the stage and picking up her alumni t-shirt.

The day starts

From 9am...

Teresa, who graduated with a Master of Business and attended an 11am ceremony, started the day bright and early with her robe fittings.

Teresa, gets sized up for her graduation robes in preparation for her 11am ceremony. Teresa, gets sized up for her graduation robes in preparation for her 11am ceremony.

Cloisters graduation snap

From 9.30am...

Once in your academic dress, it would be a shame not to get a photo among the Great Court cloisters, an act that has become an unofficial tradition in today's graduation ceremonies.

Teresa poses amidst the sandstone cloisters of the Great Court for a photograph. Teresa poses amidst the sandstone cloisters of the Great Court for a photograph.

Registration and briefing

From 10am...

All graduands sign up and must attend a briefing to find out how the ceremony will proceed and what they can expect.

A UQ Staff member helps Teresa with registering for her ceremony. A UQ Staff member helps Teresa with registering for her ceremony.

The ceremony

From 11am...

The ceremony kicks off with a formal graduand procession and an academic procession. Students are each invited to walk across the stage and receive their testamur from the Chancellor.

Teresa nervously lines up and makes her way in the procession. Teresa nervously lines up and makes her way in the procession.

Post-ceremony celebrations

From 12.30pm...

After the ceremony students make their way to the Great Court where a marquee is set up for post-graduation celebrations and photography. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and show them your alma mater.

Teresa walks back through the UQ cloisters to the celebration tent where she'll be able to mingle with fellow graduates and family members over light refreshments. Teresa walks back through the UQ cloisters to the celebration tent where she'll be able to mingle with fellow graduates and family members over light refreshments.

Getting a UQ alumni t-shirt and 'golden throne' selfie

From 1pm...

As soon as you graduate, you receive free, life-long membership to the UQ alumni community. As a member of this club, you receive exclusive event invites, communications and offers. Your first contact with the UQ alumni team is usually at graduations when you collect your class t-shirt, other graduation goodies, and have an opportunity to take a photo in the golden graduation throne.

Free graduation t-shirts are offered by the UQ Advancement office to all graduating students. The t-shirts have the year of graduation and UQ crest emblazoned across the chest. Free graduation t-shirts are offered by the UQ Advancement office to all graduating students. The t-shirts have the year of graduation and UQ crest emblazoned across the chest.

Welcome to the family!

We are so pleased to welcome new members to our strong and growing family of more than 250,000 alumni, across more than 180 countries.

To ensure you continue to receive exclusive event invitations and communications after graduating, make sure to keep your details up to date.

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