Welcome from Professor Greg Craven

photo: Prof Greg Cravan

Dear Graduates

A very warm welcome to the website which we have created specially to provide information on the University's Graduation Masses, and congratulations on successfully completing your current studies with us.

The Australian Catholic University is rightfully proud of its rich heritage and the celebration of your educational achievements within a spiritual setting is a fitting expression of that heritage. It will be an opportunity for us to come together as a community committed to the development of its graduates within the Catholic intellectual tradition.

That is an intellectual tradition with which all of you of whatever faith or background have now received your university education. I warmly welcome all of you to this important celebration of your achievements.

Personally, I am very pleased that the Graduation Mass will now be an integral part of the graduation experience for all our graduates. It offers us a time for reflection, for thanksgiving and for commitment to the ideals which underpin the student experience at ACU: to think critically, to act ethically, and to put the good of humanity at the centre of their concerns.

The location and celebrant for each Mass is reflective of the support of Church for the University and its graduates.

Information on the time and date of each Graduation Mass is available through this website. I strongly encourage you to attend the Graduation Mass in your city. I also extend a warm invitation to your family and friends to share in this special occasion with you. It will be a reaffirming prelude to the official graduation ceremony.

I look forward to welcoming you to your Graduation Mass.

Professor Greg Craven
Australian Catholic University

photo: Graduation mass, Sydney

2016 Autumn Graduation Mass Dates

Location / Campus Date Start Time Venue
Canberra Graduation Mass Friday 18 March 2016 10.00am St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Melbourne Graduation MassSunday 3 April 201611.00amSt Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne
Ballarat Graduation MassSaturday 9 April 201610.30amSt Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat
Brisbane Graduation MassSunday 8 May 201610.00amSt Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane
Sydney Graduation MassSunday 22 May 20163.00pmSt Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney

Graduation Masses will be celebrated in conjunction with Graduation ceremonies at the locations as listed above. All graduates, their families and friends are very warmly invited to attend. There is no limit to the number of guests a graduate may bring to the Mass and no tickets are required.

We would love to see past students at the Mass regardless of whether you are Catholic or non-Catholic. You are a very important part of the University community and are welcome at this celebration.

Frequently asked questions

Some Cathedrals have very limited onsite parking.There is also limited street parking in most locations. Some Cathedrals may have parking stations nearby.
Mass Duration
Graduation Mass is expected to be approximately one hour, and sometimes may run a little longer.
Dress code
Professional dress is recommended. Graduates will not wear academic regalia to the Masses, with the exception of Ballarat graduates, who celebrate Mass and the Graduation ceremony on the same day.
Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish. It would be helpful to organisers if graduates could indicate how many guests they will be bringing when they register for graduations.
Each Cathedral has access for people with mobility difficulties.
Arrival Time
Graduates should arrive around 20 minutes before the Mass is due to commence and be seated as soon as possible.
Seating will only be allocated to staff and some other guests of the University. Graduates will sit with their families throughout the Cathedral.
As this is a religious ceremony, we would ask people not to take photographs during the Mass, but we would definitely encourage Graduates to take photographs afterwards.