Celebrate your time at La Trobe with GradsFest 2020, coming to Bundoora this December

It’s been a tough year. But despite everything we’ve been through, many students have still managed to complete their University studies in 2020.

Graduations are always a highlight of the University calendar. Sadly, like lots of activities this year, graduations can’t go ahead the way they normally would.

That’s why we’re working on two different ways to celebrate students who will graduate from our Melbourne (Bundoora), City and Online campuses in 2020.  

(Regional students: Don’t worry! Because our regional cohorts are smaller, and because restrictions in your area are different, we’re confident we’ll be able to celebrate your graduation at an in-person ceremony in 2021.)

GradsFest 2020

1. In-person graduation experience (to be confirmed)

We’re working hard to offer Melbourne (Bundoora and City) and Online students a COVID-safe graduation experience on-campus at Bundoora this December.

At the proposed event, you and your guests will be allocated a specific time to visit campus, hire academic regalia, receive your testamur and take photos at some of the campus’ most picturesque locations.

However, confirmation of this event depends entirely on whether health restrictions have eased to a level at which it can be safely conducted. We hope to be able to confirm the event later this month.

If we can proceed with the on-campus experience, eligible students will receive an invitation via email after Monday 2 November. Registration will cost approximately $130 per graduate (a 40 per cent reduction on the standard graduation fee). Exact prices and dates will be confirmed soon.  

To ensure your visit is COVID-safe, this activity will be conducted outdoors. All graduates and their guests will also need to be registered for contract tracing purposes. We will explain how to do this after we confirm that the event is going ahead.

2. Online graduation broadcasts

On Tuesday 22 December at 5.00pm, we want you and your graduating peers to tune into your School’s graduation broadcast. At the online event, you will hear from our Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Alumni, all of whom will celebrate your time at La Trobe. We will also bring you messages of support and encouragement from across the University community.

From the comfort of your home, you’ll be able to:

  • download and share a copy of the digital program;
  • share messages of support with fellow graduates;
  • watch proceedings with your family and friends;
  • and find out how you can take up a special partner offer from the National Gallery of Victoria.

Specific details and a link to your relevant broadcast will be sent to your email address in the coming weeks.

This event will happen regardless of whether the on-campus graduation experience can proceed.

What next?

Update your details

Because we are waiting on the latest health advice, we won’t be able to confirm until the end of October if the on-campus activity can proceed.

Until then, we need you to keep in touch with us.

The most important thing for you to do is ensure your email address and mobile number is kept up to date so that we can contact you to let you know what’s happening. Current students can update your contact details in StudentOnline, while graduates who no longer have access to their student account can submit a question to ASK La Trobe, requesting an update to their details.

Get involved

We also want you to share your personal messages of achievement, and messages about how proud you are of your friends, peers and teachers.

Post your video message to social media using the hashtags #latrobeuni and #latrobealumni, or direct message your video to a La Trobe University social media account.

We’ve got some La Trobe merchandise to reward our favourite submissions, which will be included in the online graduation broadcasts.

To find out more information, please visit the Graduations website at www.latrobe.edu.au/graduations