Step 6: Graduation Guide

Weekend Overview

Thursday night
Graduation Banquet 6 pm–10 pm, Tocal Homestead.

Friday night
Consecration Services 7.30 pm–9 pm, held simultaneously on both campuses.

Vice Chancellor's Breakfast 8 am–9 am, ticket entry only event.
Valedictory Service 10 am–12:30 pm.
Graduation Concert: The Thrift Honours 7.30 pm–9 pm.

Discipline Photos 8 am–9 am, College Hall.
Graduation Ceremony 10 am–12.30 pm, Chan Shun Auditorium.

Where to be and When

DateEventVenueInformation for Graduands
Fri 6 DecConsecration Service
Sydney Campus
Wahroonga SDA ChurchAssemble in the room under the church by 6:45pm wearing full regalia, in preparation for your processional.
Fri 6 DecConsecration Service
Lake Macquarie Campus
Avondale University College ChurchAssemble 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
Vice Chancellor’s BreakfastCollege CafeteriaFor graduands & their immediate family, and lecturers. Entry is free, but by ticket only. Ask for tickets when collecting regalia.
Sat 7 DecValedictory ServiceAvondale University College ChurchAssemble 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 ConcertAvondale University College ChurchAll welcome
Sun 8 Dec
Discipline PhotosCollege HallSee discipline photos schedule under Graduation Ceremony.

Be there by your allocated time in full regalia
Sun 8 DecGraduation CeremonyChan Shun AuditoriumAssemble 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

Graduands Seating List

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.
$79 - Formal portrait emailed
$99 - Formal portrait plus family portrait emailed
$119 - Formal portrait plus two family portraits emailed
$29 - 5x7 print
$59 - A4 print
$99 - A3+ print (slightly bigger than A3)
Prints to be collected at a 12pm (from the 7.30 am–8.30 am) or at 3.30pm (from the 12.30 pm-2 pm session), Greer Hall.
Or $25 posted anywhere in Australia.
Prints on Illford Galerie paper.

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 University College president and Avondale University 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 University College president once name is read
  3. Receive graduation folder from president, holding handshake for official photograph
  4. Proceed further across stage to Avondale University 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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Graduation Bears

Attractive bears and other soft toy animals available for purchase. Look for the graduation bear outside the Music Hall. Limited number of bears embroidered with “Avondale Grad 2019” available. Colours for a particular course may also be pre-ordered. Cost: $55 paid on collection. Contact Lyn Medhurst ( or 0407 004 956) to order. Proceeds to Nepalese Prolapse Ladies.

Pre-order Flowers

Dancing Blossom (, @dancing_blossom_studio) is available for graduation gift orders, offering fresh and dried flower bouquets for your special graduate. Flowers are available to suit a range of budgets. Contact Vanessa Reynolds (, 0422 733 841) before Thursday, December 5, to pre-order flowers for graduation weekend. All arrangements are created using Australian grown flowers and are free from floral foam and plastic wrapping. Ten per cent of profits go to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, which provides aid, justice and empowerment programs to more than 1000 asylum seekers living in the community seeking refugee protection.

Avondale Branded Merchandise

After the Graduation Ceremony, be sure to see the Avondale merchandise table to get your commemorative hoodie or t-shirt. For those unable to attend Graduation, jump on the Online Store