Melbourne Business School Events and Information Sessions Graduation Celebrations | Class of 2024

Graduation Celebrations | Class of 2024

Saturday, 19 October 2024
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Melbourne Business School is proud to announce registrations for the Class of 2024 'Graduation Celebrations' is now open. 

This special occasion is dedicated to honouring your hard work and achievements in a celebration spread across two events! The Graduation Formal Celebration will be hosted on Saturday 19 October at the iconic Melbourne Town Hall and the Valedictory Dinner will be hosted on Friday 25 October at the traditional Ormond College. 

Celebrating a milestone like this is worth sharing - so get your entourage organised and purchase your tickets now!


Two special events to celebrate you!


Graduation Formal Celebration - Melbourne Town Hall

Saturday, 19 October 2024

Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (corner of Swanston and Collins streets)

This formal event includes a traditional procession where you will receive your well-deserved recognition in front of family and friends. Doors open to Graduates at 7.30am, and guests at 8.30am. Doors to the main hall will close strictly at 9.15am.


Valedictory Dinner - Ormond College

Friday, 25 October 2024

Ormond College, The University of Melbourne, 49 College Cres, Parkville VIC 3052

This is a night just for students from the Class of 2024, filled with welcome drinks, canapés, a two-course dinner, student awards, and time to enjoy with your cohort and faculty.

Spaces are limited. Please register before Friday, 28 June to attend.

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Have questions? Check the FAQs below

Graduation Formal Celebration | Class of 2024

Am I eligible to Graduate in 2024?

If you would like to check your eligibility to graduate in 2024, please contact the Student Services team at [email protected] for assistance.

What are the exact timings of the Graduation Formal Celebration at Town Hall?

  • 7.30am - Doors open to graduates
  • 8.30am - Doors open to guests
  • 9.10am - Graduates seated in main hall
  • 9.15am - Doors close to main hall
  • 9.30am - Formalities commence
  • 11.30am - Formalities conclude
  • 12.30pm - All regalia returned

    Doors open to Graduates at 7.30am, and all Graduates should be in their allocated seats by 9.10am. Guests can arrive from 8.30am. The main hall doors will close at 9.15am and will not reopen until the formalities conclude at 11.30am.


    What happens at the Formal Celebration?

    On arrival

    On Graduation Day, graduates will enter through the Collins Street entrance from 7.30am. Our MBS team will greet you at the door to check you in. From there, you will head to the Hoddle room to be gowned in your regalia and will receive your seat number. 

    Your seat number determines the order in which you will cross the stage and be presented. Please do not switch your seats. We ask that all graduates be in their allocated seats by 9.10am. The formalities will officially begin at 9.30am with the procession entering the main hall. 


    During the formal celebration

    Ushers will be available to guide guests and students to the bathroom, and foyer area as required. All guests and graduates are expected to be respectful and remain in their seats until the end of the formal celebration, even after you have been presented on stage.


    Your moment on stage

    When it is your turn to be presented, you will be ushered from your allocated seat and directed towards the presentation point on the stage. 

         - Your name will be called and you will come forward to be presented as a new graduate.

         - To acknowledge the Dean, simply, “doff” (nod and pinch the front of your trencher AKA graduation cap).

         - You will receive a small gift on stage.

         - Exit the stage via the central stairs and return to your seat.


    End of formalities

    Once all graduates have been presented on stage, the procession will form the Guard of Honour and all graduates will stand and walk through the Guard while your friends and family congratulate you. There will be light refreshments available and time for photos with your loved ones. All regalia must be returned to the Hoddle room by 12.30pm. 

    What is included in the cost for Graduation?

    Your graduation fee includes everything you need for graduation day, from regalia to refreshments.


    Graduation costs

    Your graduation fee covers:

        - Two guest tickets 

        - Academic dress (regalia) hire

        - Light refreshments (post-ceremony) for you and your two guests.


    Each graduate is allocated two guest tickets as part of their graduation fee. Unfortunately, no additional tickets will be made available for 2024.


    Children who are 4 years or younger do not require a ticket, however they must sit on the lap of a guardian if the Formal Celebration is sold out.

    Where do graduates and guests enter Melbourne Town Hall? 

    Graduates enter through the Collins Street entrance from 7.30am.

    Guests enter via the Swanston Street entrance, and doors will open at 8.30am. The main hall doors will close at 9.15am and will not reopen until after the formalities at 11.30am.

    Please note there is a maximum of two guests per student due to capacity constraints. No additional tickets will be made available for 2024. 

    Accessible seating is reserved for those with mobility and or prams. Please see an usher on arrival who will direct you to the best seat.

    Will regalia be provided on the day?

    Yes. You will be gowned and wear the regalia for your entire graduation formal celebration. Graduates will need to hand the regalia back one hour after the graduation formal celebration.

    Your regalia

    On Graduation Day, please make your way to the Hoddle Room once you register with the events staff at the Collins Street entrance. Collection is from 7.30am and must be returned by 12.30pm. Our graduation staff will also ensure that your regalia is positioned correctly before you walk across the stage.

    Please note only University of Melbourne regalia is permitted. Clothes worn underneath your gown will be visible, so please dress appropriately. The University does not provide the option of purchasing regalia.

    Can food and drinks be brought into Melbourne Town Hall?

    External food and drink is not permitted within Melbourne Town Hall. We ask that any external food and drink be disposed of before entering the venue. 

    Bottled water will be allowed in the venue. 

    Are children able to attend the Graduation Formal Celebration at Melbourne Town Hall?

    Children are welcome to attend the Graduation Formal Celebration. Children who are 4 years or younger do not require a ticket, however they must sit on the lap of a guardian if the Formal Celebration is sold out.

    Is parking available at the Melbourne Town Hall?

    Limited parking is available near the event venues. For your convenience, provided below is information on the closest parking and public transport options:

    Melbourne Town Hall

    For information on the closest parking options, please click here.

    Public Transport: Nearby train stations are Flinders Street and Melbourne Central, and trams run frequently along both Swanston and Collins Streets. The closest tram stop is Collins St/Swanston St. Tram services to this stop include; 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 11, 12, 16, 48, 64, 67, 72, 109.

    Do guests have reserved seating?

    No, there are no reserved seats for guests. We suggest guests arrive on time to secure their preferred seat on either the ground floor or the balcony. We do however cater for those with special access requirements. Guests with special access requirements will have priority seating on the ground floor.

    Do you or your guests require special assistance?

    If you are a graduate requiring any access or support assistance during the ceremony (such as restricted mobility, vision or hearing impairments) or have any guests with accessibility requirements, please contact the Events Team when you register (at least 3 days prior to your formal celebration) to discuss your needs. You will also be able to note any accessibility requests when booking your tickets and regalia online. We will ensure that arrangements are in place for you and your guests.


    Accessible venue access

    The Swanston Street entrance is the only accessible entrance for guests due to the stairs on the Collins Street entrance.   The post-event function and refreshments will be held at the rear of the Main Hall.


    Pram access and parking

    There is a dedicated area in the guest-seating area for parents with prams on the ground floor of the Main Hall. Please note the need for a pram space in the special requirements when booking online. 

    Will there be photography services available?

    Official photographers will be available before and after formalities to provide graduates and their families with professional graduation portraits. Photos will take place in the Swanston Hall. All graduates will be photographed on stage with the Dean. Photos are available to view and purchase after formalities, online.

    During the formal celebration you are permitted to take photos using a smartphone from your seat (just not while being presented on stage).

    Will the event be live-streamed? 

    Yes, the Graduation Formal Celebration at Melbourne Town Hall will be live-streamed. More details to come.

    What should I do if I am no longer able to attend my Graduation Formal Celebration?

    If you have registered and paid for your graduation formal celebration and can no longer attend, please contact the Events Team on +61 3 9349 8331 or email [email protected] to advise your absence.

    Can I get a refund if I can’t attend?

    You can apply for a refund if you’ve already paid your graduation fee but can no longer make it to your ceremony.

    Please contact the Events Team at [email protected] before Friday, 04 October to apply for a refund.


    Can I attend on the day if I haven't registered?

    No, only graduates and guests who have registered and paid can attend.

    Valedictory Dinner | Class of 2024

    What time should graduates arrive at Ormond College? 

    Registration will begin at 6.00pm. Canapes and drinks will be served in the courtyard on arrival before moving into the main hall for formalities and dinner from 7.00pm. Further details will be shared closer to the event. 

    Am I able to bring guests to the Valedictory Dinner? 

    The Valedictory Dinner is exclusively for graduates.

    Is parking available at Ormond College? 

    Parking near Ormond College is limited. The closest parking options can be found here.

    Public transport is also a great option with trams frequently running along Royal Parade and Swanston Streets. The nearest tram stop is Gatehouse/Royal Parade, serviced by Tram 19.

    Will regalia be provided at the Valedictory Dinner for Graduates to wear? 

    Regalia will not be provided for the Valedictory Dinner.

    Will there be a photographer at the Valedictory Dinner? 

    Yes, there will be a photographer capturing the evening’s magic. We’ll email you a link to the photos after the event.

    Do you require additional assistance on the day? 

    If you have special requirements such as restricted mobility, vision or hearing impairments, please get in touch with our Events team at [email protected] prior to the event. We will ensure that arrangements are in place for you to fully enjoy the evening.

    Can I get a refund if I can’t attend? 

    Yes, you're eligible to receive a refund should you need it, provided you contact us at [email protected] by Friday, 04 October 2024.

    Can I attend on the day if I haven't registered? 

    No, only graduates who have registered and paid can attend. This is a graduate only event and guest attendance isn't permitted.

    Want to get in touch?

    For questions about the event, please contact our Events Team:

    Phone: (+61) 3 9349 8331

    Email: [email protected]


    For questions about your program, please contact our Student Services Team:

    Email: [email protected]