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Face to face COVID-safe graduations and classes back on the 2021 agenda


Charles Wood
25 January 2021

Southern Cross University is bringing back graduation ceremonies in 2021 to enable students to mark their academic achievement with friends and family.

Students who had postponed ceremonies in 2020 will be able to join the 2021 events which will go ahead under existing COVID-19 restrictions.

Graduation ceremonies 2021

12-13 February 2021  -  Gold Coast (Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre)

15 May 2021  -  Sydney (International Convention Centre Sydney)

26 June 2021  - Coffs Harbour (Coffs Harbour Education Campus) 

“To allow as many graduates as possible to attend the ceremonies at the venues, staff will be invited watch a live stream of each of the ceremonies,” according to Vice President, Operations Allan Morris.

Also in 2021, the University will welcome students back to campuses on March 1 for tutorials and practical lessons, but most lectures will remain online.

COVID-safe preparations are underway and both students and staff will need to comply with certain precautions, such as observing social distancing, registering their attendance on campus each day and practising additional hand hygiene and sanitisation.

“Southern Cross has always and will continue to put the health and safety of our students and staff as our first priority,” Mr Morris said.
Orientation (February 22 to 26) for new students will take a different format this year. Online information will be paired with small-group campus tours given by current students who will be on hand to show new students the ropes and get them settled in.

“We know that Orientation is an important part of any new student’s journey and being able to welcome people in person again is fantastic,” said Penny Leonard, Orientation Manager.

“We’ll be offering campus tours as part of the Orientation week with special COVID-safe provisions in place, including mandatory booking times and the use of the ServiceNSW app so we can contact trace people if we need to.”


Media contact: Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University, 0429 661 349 or [email protected]