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Graduation

Class of 2019 ceremonies will recognise graduating students and outstanding achievements.

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Ceremonies

Wangaratta - Tuesday, February 25

Benalla - Tuesday, March 3

Seymour - Tuesday, March 10

Shepparton - Wednesday, March 25 - CANCELLED

Werribee - Wednesday, April 15 - CANCELLED

Shepparton and Werribee Graduation Ceremonies have been cancelled

GOTAFE regretfully advises that the upcoming Shepparton and Werribee Graduation Ceremonies have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. This includes the:

  • Shepparton Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday 25th March
  • Werribee Graduation Ceremony, Wednesday 15th April

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by these cancellations. We are very disappointed we are unable to enjoy these important celebrations of your achievements with you. We will endeavour to find alternative solutions as things change, but we are unable to commit to anything at this time.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact GOTAFE on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233)

Please take care of each other and stay safe.

Find out more about the GOTAFE COVID-19 response here

Event Schedules & Locations


We advise you take a moment to read the below important information about your ceremony so you know when to arrive, what’s expected, and how to make the most of this special occasion.

Location

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 33-37 Ford St, Wangaratta, VIC

Event Timings

4.15pm - Arrival and registration

Graduating students are asked to arrive no later than 5pm to the venue, so you can register your attendance, collect your gown (diploma students only), and get your professional portrait photo done.

Please note, if you are late, you may not be able to be registered and will miss out on receiving your certificate and participating in the ceremony.

5pm - Welcome reception

Once you’re registered, enjoy a glass of prosecco on us with your family and friends! There will be light refreshments, live music and a photo wall too. Additional drinks will be available at bar prices.

5.45pm - Take your seats

Head into the auditorium and take your allocated seat so we can start the ceremony on time. It’s important you sit in the right seat, otherwise you won’t be able to receive your certificate (your guests will be sitting behind you).

Our ushers will be there to help you every step of the way, from when to walk on stage and where to go for your group photograph. We appreciate your help in making the night run as smoothly as possible.

6pm - Ceremony begins

6pm will be when we kick off the formalities. We’ll begin the night with our guest speaker and dignitaries, then we’ll do the 2019 student awards, followed by the graduation ceremony.

8 – 8.30pm - Ceremony concludes

We hope to finish formal proceedings between 8pm and 8.30pm.

Location

Benalla Performing Arts Centre, 57 Samaria Rd, Benalla, VIC 3672, Australia

Event Timings

4.15pm - Arrival and registration

Graduating students are asked to arrive no later than 5pm to the venue, so you can register your attendance, collect your gown (diploma students only), and get your professional portrait photo done.

Please note, if you are late, you may not be able to be registered and will miss out on receiving your certificate and participating in the ceremony.

5pm - Welcome reception

Once you’re registered, enjoy a glass of prosecco on us with your family and friends! There will be light refreshments, live music and a photo wall too. Additional drinks will be available at bar prices.

5.45pm - Take your seats

Head into the auditorium and take your allocated seat so we can start the ceremony on time. It’s important you sit in the right seat, otherwise you won’t be able to receive your certificate (your guests will be sitting behind you).

Our ushers will be there to help you every step of the way, from when to walk on stage and where to go for your group photograph. We appreciate your help in making the night run as smoothly as possible.

6pm - Ceremony begins

6pm will be when we kick off the formalities. We’ll begin the night with our guest speaker and dignitaries, then we’ll do the 2019 student awards, followed by the graduation ceremony.

8 – 8.30pm - Ceremony concludes

We hope to finish formal proceedings between 8pm and 8.30pm.

Location

Seymour Community Arts Centre, Anglesey St, Seymour, VIC 3660, Australia

Event Timings

4.15pm - Arrival and registration

Graduating students are asked to arrive no later than 5pm to the venue, so you can register your attendance, collect your gown (diploma students only), and get your professional portrait photo done.

Please note, if you are late, you may not be able to be registered and will miss out on receiving your certificate and participating in the ceremony.

5pm - Welcome reception

Once you’re registered, enjoy a glass of prosecco on us with your family and friends! There will be light refreshments, live music and a photo wall too. Additional drinks will be available at bar prices.

5.45pm - Take your seats

Head into the auditorium and take your allocated seat so we can start the ceremony on time. It’s important you sit in the right seat, otherwise you won’t be able to receive your certificate (your guests will be sitting behind you).

Our ushers will be there to help you every step of the way, from when to walk on stage and where to go for your group photograph. We appreciate your help in making the night run as smoothly as possible.

6pm - Ceremony begins

6pm will be when we kick off the formalities. We’ll begin the night with our guest speaker and dignitaries, then we’ll do the 2019 student awards, followed by the graduation ceremony.

8 – 8.30pm - Ceremony concludes

We hope to finish formal proceedings between 8pm and 8.30pm.

GOTAFE regretfully advises that the upcoming Shepparton Graduation and Award Ceremony have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Find out more about the GOTAFE COVID-19 response here

GOTAFE regretfully advises that the upcoming Werribee Graduation and Award Ceremony have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation.

Find out more about the GOTAFE COVID-19 response here

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You must register before the RSVP cut-off date if you want to attend a graduation ceremony. If you have not pre-registered to graduate at one of our events, you will not be able to attend or receive a graduation certificate.

Please register via the Ticketebo link before the event.

Yes. Please dress in neat casual attire.

Each graduating student can bring up to 2 guests. Seats are limited, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to bring more than 2 guests, please tick the box to be added to our waiting list when you register your guests.

  • In order for you to receive your correct certificate in the right order, all graduating students must sit in the seat they are allocated by the GOTAFE team, which will be alongside other students graduating in your cohort.
  • If you do not sit in the seat that is allocated to you, you will not be able to receive your certificate. We will be following a strict process of entering and exiting the stage so the event runs to time.
  • Your guests will be seated behind you.
  • Please follow all directions from GOTAFE staff to ensure you don’t miss out on your moment on stage.
  • We’ll brief you before the ceremony starts on how to line up side of stage, walk up on stage, and where to go for your group photograph.

During the ceremony, you will be brought up to stand at the side of the stage with your graduating cohort, and will then approach the stage to receive your certificate.

All graduating cohorts will have a group photo taken on stage, and you will then exit the stage and sit back down in your original seat. We'll be running to a strict time schedule, so please move quickly and cooperate fully with our floor and stage staff.

If you choose not to attend a graduation ceremony, you will still receive your official course completion certificate in the mail in line with your graduating requirements. Attending a graduation ceremony does not impact whether or not you successfully complete a course.

Have questions?

We hope to see you at one of our graduations ceremonies this year. Please contact us if you need any further information, and make sure you let your friends and other classmates know you’re going on our Facebook page.