Step 6: Graduation Guide

Weekend Overview

Thursday night
Graduation Banquet details to come.

Friday night
Consecration Services held simultaneously on both campuses (all other programs are held on the Lake Macquarie campus).

President’s Breakfast
Valedictory Service
Graduation Gala Concert

Discipline Photos
Graduation Ceremony

Where to be and When

Date Event Venue Information for Graduands
Fri 6 Dec Consecration Service
Sydney Campus
Wahroonga SDA Church Assemble in the room under the church by 6:45pm wearing full regalia, in preparation for your processional.
Fri 6 Dec Consecration Service
Lake Macquarie Campus
Avondale College Church Assemble in front of College Hall by 6:45pm wearing full regalia in preparation for your processional (assemble in church foyer if raining)
Sat 7 Dec
President’s Breakfast College Cafeteria For graduands & their immediate family, and lecturers. Entry is free, but by ticket only. Ask for tickets when collecting regalia.
Sat 7 Dec Valedictory Service Avondale College Church Assemble in front of College Hall by 9:40am wearing full regalia in preparation for your processional (assemble in church foyer if raining)
Sat 7 Dec
Graduation Gala Concert Avondale College Church All welcome
Sun 8 Dec
Discipline Photos College Hall See discipline photos schedule on website.

Be there by your allocated time in full regalia
Sun 8 Dec Graduation Ceremony Chan Shun Auditorium Assemble in allocated seats by 9:30am

Ticket entry only (for your guests).

Overflow venue: Ella Hughes Chapel (ceremony live-streamed) – air conditioned & no ticket required


Complementary parking is available across the campus and you will be directed to park where places are available. Please allow time to park and walk to the venue and consult a map for directions. Disabled parking is available to graduands and their guests via the graduation invitation in student connect. Graduands: please indicate parking requirements for yourself or guests on this form.


Graduands should:
  1. Sit in allocated seats by 9.30 am—lists outside and marshals inside Chan Shun Auditorium identify seats
  2. Proceed as directed by academic registrar and Student Administration Services staff members to processional line up

Guest Instructions

Guests should sit in allocated seats no later than 9.40 am—doors close at 9.45 am

No prams or strollers in auditorium. Speak to an usher to have your pram or stroller stored during the ceremony. Note: You will not have access to your pram or stroller until the end of the ceremony.

Graduands have opportunity to request special seating for those with a disability or medical requirement when accepting graduation invitation on the student connect graduation form.


Take photographs from seat only—no tripods in aisles on ground floor, against walls on ground floor or on first floor of Chan Shun Auditorium.

Professional portrait photography is available for graduands and their guests in Greer Hall, Room GH7 (F13) 7.30 am–8.30 am, 12.30 pm-2 pm, Sunday, 8 December. Cost is TBA.

Photobooths and informal photography is available in College Hall and is included in the graduation fees and will be available for download in January.


Begins service with Avondale College of Higher Education president and Avondale College Council chair leading platform party, academic staff members and PhD graduands. Once platform party, staff members and PhD graduands are seated, graduands should:
  1. Ensure tassel hangs on right of trencher
  2. Proceed as directed by marshals up centre aisle in pairs keeping two metres space between pairs
  3. Proceed as directed by class co-presidents to allocated seat, remaining standing until platform party sits

Presentation of awards

Graduands will receive awards in order as published in graduation booklet. Once PhD graduands receive awards, graduands should:
  1. Stand in rows as directed by marshals and proceed to stairs at left of stage
  2. Proceed as directed by marshal upstairs and across stage to Avondale College of Higher Education president once name is read
  3. Receive graduation folder from president, holding handshake for official photograph
  4. Proceed further across stage to Avondale College Council chair who moves tassel to left of trencher
  5. Proceed to down stairs on right of stage, pausing for another photograph
  6. Proceed down stairs and return to allocated seat


Ends service with graduates led by class co-presidents exiting row by row down centre aisle.
Note: Exit the foyer immediately and clear the front of the Chan Shun Auditorium to avoid congestion.

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