So you are about to graduate

Invitations to the Swan Hill Graduation and Awards evening will be posted out the week commencing February 3rd to all eligible students. Graduands are initially allocated two complimentary tickets to attend the evening; one for you and one for a guest.  If you are an apprentice or trainee, your employer will also be allocated one complementary ticket. Additional tickets will be released closer to the ceremony date.

Venue:     

Swan Hill Town Hall Performing Arts & Conference Centre,
53-57 McCallum Street, Swan Hill

When:    

Wednesday, 18th March 2020 

Arrival time:  

5:30pm 

Catering:     

Light supper and drinks to be served following the ceremony

Dress:    

Smart casual – semi-formal 

TICKETS

How do I RSVP and collect my tickets?
Contact Swan Hill Campus on 5036 0220 or swanhill@sunitafe.edu.au by Wednesday 26th February 2020

How many guests can I bring?
You can bring up to 10 Guests, if you are an apprentice or trainee receiving an award, your employer will also be sent an invitation to attend the award ceremony


ARRIVAL TIME

What do I do when I arrive on the evening?
Graduands, Apprentices and Trainees: After reporting your attendance to the registration desk, you will be given directions by SuniTAFE staff about the proceedings of the evening and seating arrangements. 

If you are a Diploma or Advanced Diploma Graduand you will wear a gown and sash, supplied by SuniTAFE on the evening, worn over your attire.  Graduands should leave all bags/cameras/valuables with guests on the night.  All graduation gowns and sashes are to be returned at the conclusion of formalities and family/group photos. 

When do my guests need to arrive?
If you have invited guests coming, they will need to arrive by 5.45pm to be seated by 6pm. 

Why do I need to arrive by 5.30pm?
It’s important to arrive at the Swan Hill Town Hall and report your attendance to the registration desk by 5.30pm at the latest.  Guests are asked to be seated in the Auditorium by 6.00pm for the ceremony to begin.
 

DRESS CODE

What will I wear to the evening?
The dress code for the evening is smart casual or semi-formal.  If you are a graduand or award winner you will be required to negotiate steps up to an elevated stage, so please dress appropriately. 

ETIQUETTE 

We are keen to ensure that all graduands, apprentices, trainees and award winners are recognised on the night.  We welcome the enthusiasm and applause of all attendees as they are presented with their certificate or award.  In respect to other graduands or award winners we ask that all attendees and their guests remain in the Auditorium until the conclusion of the evening at approx. 7.30pm.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Will there be professional photos taken?
A photographer will take a photo of each graduand after they have received their Diploma, Certificate and/or award. You will then also have a photo taken off stage. Group photos may be taken once the ceremony has finished. SuniTAFE will email photos out after the event.
 
Can my friends/family take photos?
Your guests may take photographs of the graduation as long as they do not interfere with the proceedings or interrupt the view of other guests in the venue.


DURING THE CEREMONEY

What I receive on the evening?
You will receive a non endorsed certificate for the presentation and photo as you should have already received the accredited certificate.  If you have not received your certificate, please contact the Swan Hill SuniTAFE Campus on 03 5036 0220.
What should I expect on the night?
  • You will be called to the stage to shake hands and collect your certificate. (A photo will be taken of you on stage.) This certificate is for presentation only and cannot be used for any other purpose e.g. job applications or proof of completion.
  • You will not be required to speak.
  • Once you have received your certificate and your photo has been taken, you will walk off stage where a professional photo will be taken. You will then be directed back to you seat.
  • There will be a number of awards presented. 

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY

What time does the Graduation and Awards Evening conclude?
The ceremony will commence in the auditorium at 6.00pm and will conclude at approximately 7.30pm.  There will be no intervals during the evening and drinks and a light supper will be served at the conclusion of formalities in the foyer of the Swan Hill Town Hall.