Graduation – celebrating participation

The annual Children’s University (CU) graduation ceremonies are the highlight of the CU year! CU members who have accrued a minimum of 30 hours of CU learning in their Passport to Learning are invited to graduate with other members of the CU community. The graduation is a celebration of voluntary learning and takes place in special places – Bonython Hall at the University of Adelaide, Blanche Cave in Naracoorte and the Town Hall in Christchurch have all hosted CU graduations as well as other amazing locations. Each graduate wears the special CU cap, gown and sash and receives their certificate of achievement at a ceremony attended by university executives, special guests and family and friends.

You can view a graduation experience here:

Zelman Whiting (Graduate)

‘This year I took part in the Children’s University program and attended the Graduation Ceremony last night.

I am writing to say thank you, I enjoyed doing all of the activities. I also learnt some new skills and made a few new friends along the way.

The ceremony last night was fun and made all my school mates and I feel like we achieved something as a team as well as individually.’

Belinda McPherson (Parent)

‘We attended last night’s CU graduation and would like to congratulate you and your team for not only a wonderful event but a wonderful program.

I am your biggest advocate as I believe the program provides amazing opportunities for all the kids.

My girls have enjoyed it immensely and have gained so much.’

Heather Tonkin, Open Access College (CU Coordinator)

‘Thank you for a lovely Ceremony last night and the fantastic way that it was organised. Most of all thank you for your understanding of our students and the wonderful way that you and your support staff accommodated them last night. I was so proud that they made it on to the stage and they have lovely memories. They are proudly predicting a return with 200 plus hours by next year.’