Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Ceremony Information

I don't want to miss my graduation; what are the important dates I need to know about?

You can find all the important graduation dates and deadlines on the Graduations website.

You will receive important information regarding your ceremony via your student email and Access Adelaide. Read your Ceremony Attendance Confirmation letter in Access Adelaide carefully and check your student email regularly.

What time do I need to arrive for my graduation ceremony?

11am ceremonies - you are required to check in to the marquee on the eastern side of Bonython Hall between 9:45am and 10:15am. All Graduates are required to attend a 10:15am pre-ceremony briefing inside Bonython Hall. Doors close strictly at 10:30am, so you must be seated in the Hall by this time otherwise you will miss your ceremony

2pm ceremonies - you are required to check in to the marquee on the eastern side of Bonython Hall between 12:45pm and 1:15pm. All Graduates are required to attend a 1:15pm pre-ceremony briefing inside Bonython Hall. Doors close strictly at 1:30pm, so you must be seated in the Hall by this time otherwise you will miss your ceremony.

How long is the graduation ceremony?

The ceremony takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes however it will depend on the number of Graduates in attendance, among other factors.

How much does it cost to graduate?

The only essential cost to attend a graduation ceremony is the hire of Academic Dress. Please see above for Academic Dress hire prices.
You may also choose to purchase photographs or merchandise if you wish.

Where can I park on the day of the graduation ceremony?

Please note that parking on the University grounds is not permitted without a University of Adelaide parking permit. This includes the underground car park next to Bonython Hall. 
Parking is available on Kintore Avenue, Victoria Drive and at a number of commercial car parks close to the campus.

Academic Dress

All graduates attending the ceremony are required to wear the appropriate academic attire - gown with a hood and mortar board or bonnet. As your graduation is a formal event, we recommend wearing business attire under your gown and comfortable shoes.

Graduate Information

Ensure you arrive with plenty of time to spare to collect your gown, collect your Graduate Ticket, and organise any other arrangement’s with your guests. You should aim to arrive no later than 90 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony to make the necessary arrangements.

Doors to the ceremony will close 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Graduates are briefed approximately 40 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. Graduates who are not inside Bonython Hall when doors close will have their name struck off the Presenter’s list and will not be able to enter the ceremony.

Other Graduation Services

Stage Presentation Photos

All Graduates will be photographed as they cross the stage and accept their Degree. Stage Presentations Photos are offered to view, purchase and take home directly after the ceremony.

Studio Photography

GFP will have portrait studios set up to take photos at the ceremony. Images are available to view and purchase online within minutes. So, whether you require an individual portrait or photos with family & friends, GFP will provide a professional service with an extensive range of packages and single prints for you to choose from.

GRADUATION MEMORABILIA

GFP is also the supplier of bears, flowers, graduation pins and charms, all available for purchase on graduation days. See the GFP website for bears available to pre order and collect on the day.

Guest Information

Hall doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to ceremony commencement

All guests should be seated 15 mins prior to commencement of the ceremony and remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.

All guests must print and present their UNIQUE ticket to gain entry to the venue.

Venue Info

Ceremonies are held at the Bonython Hall on the North Terrace Campus.

Contact Us

For any issue and enquiries, please contact our customer support representatives at: info@gfpgraduations.com.au, call our customer support team at Australia: 1300 360 445 - International: +61 8 8154 1388 or fill out the form here to send us feedback. To assist us in processing your enquiry, please provide us with some information about yourself.

Academic Dress

Gown Collection Times and Locations

Academic dress can be collected from the Eclipse room at Union House, University of Adelaide campus.

11.00am ceremonies – pick up is from 8.00am – 9:45am the day of your ceremony
2.00pm ceremonies  pick up is from 11.00am – 12:45pm the day of your ceremony

Academic Dress FAQ's

Do I have to wear Academic Dress to participate in my Graduation Ceremony?

Yes. You will be required to wear the prescribed academic dress for the Degree or Diploma in which you are graduating. This includes a gown, a mortar board, hood and/or stole in the appropriate colour.

I am receiving a Double Degree, how do I order my Academic Dress?

If you are receiving both Degrees in the one ceremony, then you only need to place one order. You will only need to wear the hood for the ceremony you are attending or the highest award you are receiving.
If you are receiving your Degrees in separate ceremonies, then you will need to place two orders, one for each ceremony.
Please ensure you check the University's website to confirm your requirements.

When do I hire my Academic Dress?

Academic Dress will be open for booking 4-6 weeks before your ceremony

How do I work out my Gown Size?

When you place your order online you will have the option to select your size e.g. extra small, small, medium, large etc and we will also ask for your height, this will allow us to ensure you have the correct size.

When and where do I return my Academic Dress?

Academic dress must be returned on ceremony day. Please unsure you have completed all photographic services prior to returning your gown. Failure to return your academic dress on graduation day may incur a late fee, unless otherwise arranged with staff. Please refer to the terms and conditions below.

Please return academic dress to the Union House by close of business (5pm) on graduation day.

What if I don't have credit card - can I pay cash?

We highly recommend you use our secure online ordering system to ensure availability. Your receipt will be emailed to you. Please print and present this receipt at the Gowning counter to collect your academic dress. Alternatively, you can contact GFP to make a booking to pay on the day using cash and/or debit transactions.

Do I have to wear anything specific under my gown?

It is important to note the gown is open at the front; therefore what you are wearing underneath is visible. It is for this reason we recommend you wear business attire, and comfortable shoes. If the day is warm, you may want to remove your jacket as the gowns are quite heavy and it may be hot in the auditorium.

How much will my Academic Dress hire cost?

Academic Dress hire prices vary depending on your requirements - as a general rule:

Bachelor Degrees:

  • Gown - $40
  • Hood - $20
  • Trencher/Mortar Board - $20

Doctorates:

  • Gown - $60
  • Hood - $30
  • Bonnet - $30

For full pricing please visit the products section of this website.

Terms and Conditions

Return of Academic Dress - Academic Dress is to be returned within 2 hours of conclusion of your ceremony. Failure to return Academic Dress on time will incur a charge equivalent to the balance of the purchase price of the regalia. Purchase price is three times hire price.
Cancellation of Order - If you need to cancel your order please contact Customer Service to arrange your refund. Generally refunds are not applicable if your cancellation occurs within 3 days of your ceremony.

How to wear your academic dress

Gown - The gown is worn over the top of your clothing like a jacket, undergraduate's arms go through the sleeve, Post graduate students arm's slide through an opening in the sleeve.

Faculty Hood - For all degrees the hood is then placed over the top of your gown and worn with the colour hanging down the back of the gown and the V at the front of your neck. (For Graduates wearing a button shirt, there is a button hook to allow you to hook the hood on to stop it from moving about)

Mortar Board - The Mortar Board is worn with shallow part to the front of your head and the deep part at the back of the head, with the tassel placed on the left hand side of the head.

It is important to remember that the clothing you wear to your graduation ceremony will be visible as you walk across the stage. Neat, casual attire is most appropriate, with a shirt and tie recommended for male graduates. It is best to avoid jeans and sneakers. Please also note that a mortarboard must be worn as part of academic dress, which should be kept in mind when planning your hair style.

Academic Dress Sizes

Ticket Information

GRADUATE TICKETS

Your graduate ticket will be provided at gown pickup.

GUEST TICKETS

Can I apply for or buy more tickets for my graduation ceremony?

You can apply for extra tickets through Access Adelaide. You do not need to buy any tickets as all tickets are free. Check Access Adelaide and your emails regularly because if you miss the date to apply for extra tickets, you will not receive any more than the standard allocation of tickets.

Please note that due to space restrictions in Bonython Hall additional tickets are not guaranteed. Guests without tickets are welcome to view a live stream of the ceremony in Hub Central.

What happens if I do not have enough guest tickets?

Only guests with a valid guest ticket will be permitted to enter Bonython Hall. If you have additional guests who do not have a ticket, the graduation ceremony is also live streamed in the Mezzanine level of Hub Central. You may wish to invite any additional guests to watch the ceremony in Hub Central, and then meet up with you afterwards.

All graduation ceremonies are also live streamed online to the University website http://www.adelaide.edu.au/live/

Is there wheelchair access to the venue for guests?

The Eastern Entrance of Bonython Hall provides an accessible entrance for any guests who are in a wheelchair or have other accessibility requirements. This entrance will open to guests at the same time as the main entrance, and all guests will still be required to present a valid guest ticket for entry.

If one or more of your guests will be in a wheelchair, please indicate this in the special requirements section of your graduation application in Access Adelaide, or advise the Graduations Office via email, so that seating arrangements can be made by Graduations staff.

Please be aware that as space to accommodate guests in wheelchairs in Bonython Hall is limited, accompanying guests may be required to sit a row or two behind.

Other Services

Other Graduation Services

Stage Presentation Photos

All Graduates will be photographed as they cross the stage and accept their Degree. Stage Presentations Photos are offered to view, purchase and take home directly after the ceremony.

Studio Photography

GFP will have portrait studios set up to take photos at the ceremony. Images are available to view and purchase online within minutes. So, whether you require an individual portrait or photos with family & friends, GFP will provide a professional service with an extensive range of packages and single prints for you to choose from.

GRADUATION MEMORABILIA

GFP is also the supplier of bears, flowers, graduation pins and charms, all available for purchase on graduation days. See the GFP website for bears available to pre order and collect on the day.

Save time by pre-ordering your graduation photograph packages through the Graduation Portal.

Contact us

For any issue, please contact our Customer Support Representatives at:

EMAIL

info@gfp.com.au

PHONE

Australia: 1300 360 445
International: +61 8 8154 1388