A CHC degree can open up opportunities for you to transform your world.
Congratulations! You are about to graduate from CHC, following in the footsteps of more than 3000 other students who are now proud CHC graduates.
Graduation at CHC is a very special time. It is an opportunity to honour and farewell students who are finishing their time at CHC. It is an occasion that celebrates your transition from student to graduate and marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life.
CHC has two conferral periods each academic year: mid-year and end-of-year. Graduates of the School of Education and Business, the School of Social Sciences and the Millis Institute are invited to the annual CHC Graduation Ceremony held in December.
Graduates of the School of Ministries are invited to the annual Citipointe Ministry College Graduation Ceremony held in the first quarter of the following year.
If you did not attend your graduation when you completed your studies, you are welcome to attend a ceremony up to two years after the conferral of your award.
A CHC degree can take you places
you didn’t dream of
APPLYING TO GRADUATE
Graduation is an exciting time to celebrate the successful completion of your study.
There are number of steps that you need to take and be aware of as you graduate
You will need to submit an application to graduate form and ensure you have met all eligibility requirements. Further information about this can be found in the eligibility box to the right.
You will also need to check all personal details to ensure we have your correct details the box to the right has more information about this.
Information about receiving your testamur and transcript is also provided in the box to the right.
INFORMATION FOR GRADUANDS
The annual CHC Graduation Ceremony is held in December at Citipointe Church.
All mid-year graduates and applicants for the end-of-year conferral period are invited to participate in the graduation ceremony. Information regarding the ceremony will be sent to all mid-year graduates and applicants for the end-of-year conferral period in October/November. If you are expecting to participate in a graduation ceremony but do not receive information from CHC by the end of October, please contact Student Administration
You will receive an email to your CHC email address that includes information regarding the date of the ceremony and instructions to RSVP to indicate your attendance. Regardless of whether you are attending or not attending the Graduation Ceremony, please ensure that you RSVP using the appropriate form.
Feel free to invite family and friends to the ceremony. There is no ticketing cost and you can invite as many guests as you like.
If you or your guests have special needs or require wheelchair access, please contact Student Administration
For the enjoyment of your guests, Rivers Café is open before and after the ceremony. Food and coffee is available for purchase.
Free parking is available onsite.
CHC makes available for hire high quality academic dress for graduation ceremonies. This includes gowns, hoods or stoles (as appropriate) and mortar boards. These are explained below.
If you are planning to attend the graduation ceremony, you will need to order your academic dress as you RSVP.
ATTIRE & PHOTOGRAPHS
Graduands are required to wear suitable attire beneath their academic dress: for example, shorts, T-shirts, thongs, joggers and other casual clothing or footwear are not considered appropriate. CHC suggests that graduates wear smart casual attire, but graduates are welcome to dress more formally.
Graduands may wish to consider that academic gowns are predominantly black and will cover most of the outfit apart from your shoes. The gowns are open at the front and expose the lower arms.
Please wear sensible footwear as you will be walking up and down stairs to and from the stage. Be aware that you will be wearing a mortar board (cloth trencher) as headwear, so be mindful of this if you are planning an elaborate hairstyle.
CHC contracts a photographer to record the event for you. All graduands are photographed on stage as they are congratulated by the Chair of CHC Council, and there is opportunity for individual, group and family photographs to be taken. Depending upon the photographer, photographs will be available for purchase either on the night or in the following weeks through an online ordering system.
THE GRADUATION CEREMONY
Congratulations, you’ve made it!
After a significant investment of time, intellect and money, you have arrived at the point of graduation. We hope that this information is helpful in planning for your special evening.
Doors to the Citipointe Church auditorium will open at 5:50pm. Guests are asked to be seated by 6:10pm for the commencement of proceedings at 6:15pm. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 8:00pm.
On the evening of the graduation ceremony you will be required to register from 5:00pm. You must be registered no later than 5:20pm. If you are going to be late, please contact Student Administration up to one day prior to the event, or text or call 0413 589 242 on the day and report to a CHC staff member as soon as you arrive.
When you arrive, please make your way to the robing room, which is located in Citipointe Church Room A2. After you register, you will be directed to your allocated area where you can collect your academic dress and CHC staff will be waiting to assist you with dressing.
The graduand briefing will commence at 5:30pm, so please ensure that you have time to organise your academic dress and be seated by 5:30pm. The briefing will advise you about the proceedings of the ceremony. Please follow the directions of the staff at all times. If you have any questions, please ask the staff for assistance.
What happens during the ceremony?
The Graduand Procession and Academic Procession will enter the auditorium, after which the Chair of CHC Council will give a short welcome address.
Proceedings will commence with the presentation of special awards, and this is followed by the Guest Speaker’s Address. The graduands are then presented by the President of CHC to the Chair of Council for the conferral of awards.
Graduates will be directed from their seats to the stage to receive their awards from the CHC President. The official photographer will take photographs at this time. After leaving the stage, graduates will go to the photography station for individual photographs and to collect their graduation documents before returning to their seats.
The Graduate Address will then be given.
The ceremony will close with the dedication of the graduates and the departure of the Academic Procession and the Graduate Procession.
AFTER THE CEREMONY
You and your family and friends have the opportunity for photographs to be taken and some time is provided for you to greet your guests and to have private photos in your academic dress.
You are able to remain in your academic dress for 45 minutes after the conclusion of the ceremony. We ask that you return to Room A2 for disrobing by 8:30pm.
Please ensure that you sign out before leaving to record that you have returned your academic dress.
Wherever you find yourself after graduation, CHC stands behind you.
As a CHC graduate, you are joining more than 3000 others who are making a difference in all parts of the world as teachers, community builders, counsellors, accountants, pastors, project managers, authors, singers, business managers and in many other professions.
The CHC alumni are a special network of professionals who can act as guides, mentors and potential employers. We encourage all alumni to stay connected with CHC and continue to benefit from association with one of Australia’s leading Christian higher education providers.