Congratulations! After a significant investment of time, intellect and money, you have arrived at the point of graduation. We hope that this information is helpful in planning for your special evening.

Guests are asked to be seated by 6:10pm for the commencement of proceedings at 6:15pm. The ceremony will conclude between 8:00 and 8:30pm.

Graduand registration

On the evening of the graduation ceremony you will be required to register from 5:00pm. You must be registered no later than 5:20pm. If you are going to be late, please contact Student Administration up to one day prior to the event, or text or call 0413 589 242 on the day and report to a CHC staff member as soon as you arrive.

When you arrive, please make your way to the robing room, which is located in Citipointe Church Room A2. After you register, you will be directed to your allocated area where you can collect your academic dress and CHC staff will be waiting to assist you with dressing.

The graduand briefing will commence at 5:40pm, so please ensure that you have time to organise your academic dress and be seated by 5:35pm. The briefing will advise you about the proceedings of the ceremony. Please follow the directions of the staff at all times. If you have any questions, please ask the staff for assistance.

What happens during the ceremony?

The Graduand Procession and Academic Procession will enter the auditorium. When everybody is in place, the ceremony will be opened with a welcome address by the Chair of CHC Council.Proceedings will commence with the presentation of any special awards, after which the President will give the President’s Address.

Following the President’s Address, the graduands will be presented to the Chair of Council for the conferral of awards.

Graduates will then be directed from their seating to the stage to receive their awards from the Chair of Council and the President. The official photographer will take photographs of graduates receiving their CHC cylinders from the Chair.

After leaving the stage, graduates will go to the photography station for individual photographs and to collect their graduation documents before returning to their seats in the auditorium.

The Graduate Speaker and Guest Speaker will then give their addresses.

The ceremony will close with the dedication of the graduates, and the departure of the Academic Procession and the Graduates Procession, after which graduates are able to have family and group photographs taken and to mingle with friends and family.

After the ceremony

You and your family and friends have the opportunity for photographs to be taken and some time is provided for you to greet your guests and to have private photos in your academic dress.

You are able to remain in your academic dress for 45 minutes after the conclusion of the ceremony. We ask that you return to Room A2 for disrobing by 8:45pm.

Please ensure that you sign out before leaving to record that you have returned your academic dress.