Day of Ceremony

At Least One Week Before Your Ceremony

Collect Academic Dress

Collect your Academic Dress from Serangoon Broadway if you have not done so.
Click here for address and opening hours.

If not fully vaccinated, to make Appointment for COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test

Only graduates and guests who are fully vaccinated or have a valid Antigen Rapid test result can participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Click here for more details.

One Day Before Your Ceremony

Take COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (If applicable)

Present the following documents for the Antigen Rapid Test (ART):

  • NRIC for Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, or Passport for foreigner
  • NUS email with ceremony details

Save the Email on Seating Details and QR Code

Save the email, or do a screenshot and/or save the seating details and QR code for easy retrieval. The QR code needs to be scanned during registration and before you are presented on stage. Forward the email on Seat Arrangement for Guest(s) to your guest(s).

On Day of Ceremony

Graduates and Guests Who Are Not Feeling Well Must Not Attend the Ceremony

Various Safe Management Measures (SMM) will be implemented before, during and after the ceremony.

Dress Code – Shirt and Tie

Graduates who are not appropriately dressed will not be presented on stage. Click here for dress code.

Report at Registration Counters at Alice Lee Plaza

Arrive at Alice Lee Plaza for registration at the stipulated reporting time stated in our email, to allow sufficient time for SMM checks. Bring along the following items:

  • NRIC for Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, or Passport for foreigner
  • Proof of vaccination (TraceTogether App or hardcopy) OR a valid negative ART result (SMS, email or hardcopy from approved ART provider)
  • TraceTogether Token or App (to be downloaded and set up before event)
  • NUS email with ceremony and seating details, and QR code

If you have guest(s), please ensure that you arrive together with your guest(s).Graduates and guests who pass all SMM checks can then proceed to University Cultural Centre (UCC).

Flowers, bulky bags/items are not allowed into the UCC Hall. Bags may be checked for security purposes.

Graduates and guests who are mobility challenged may report at UCC Main Entrance.


  • Graduates and their guests should observe safe distancing and avoid congregating in the UCC Hall or Foyer.
  • Graduates and their guests will be assigned seats in various zones, with no more than 50 individuals in each zone. Graduates should remain in their assigned seats except when they are being presented on stage, and refrain from leaving the hall during the ceremony.
  • Please show the NUS email with the seating details to the ushers at the Hall entrance.
  • All graduates must be seated in the UCC Hall by the seating time.

Start of Ceremony

  • Rise for the academic procession and the National Anthem.
  • Sit down after the Presiding Officer declares the ceremony opened. Wear your mortar board throughout the ceremony.

Presentation of Graduates

  • Follow the instructions of the ushers for your presentation on stage.
  • Ensure you have your QR code (either email or screenshot saved in your mobile phone) as you join the queue.
  • Sanitise your hands while queueing and scan your QR code when you reach the scanning station. Keep your mobile phone in the pocket of your Academic Dress once you have scanned your QR code.
  • The names of the graduates will be read out in the sequence that the QR codes are scanned. Do not change position with your fellow graduates after you have scanned your QR code.
  • Once on stage, wait behind the first red line, and move to the second red line only after the graduate standing at the second red line has walked towards the Presiding Officer.
  • Walk towards the Presiding Officer only after your name is called. Pose for the cameras, with your mask on, as you are presented with the degree scroll tube. No handshake or physical contact with the Presiding Officer is allowed.
  • Leave the stage immediately after being presented, so that the next graduate can proceed.
  • Sanitise your hands again on the way back to your seat.

End of Ceremony

  • After the presentation of graduates, rise for the National Anthem. The academic procession on stage will leave the UCC Hall first.
  • Take a seat and wait for instructions from the ushers, to leave the UCC Hall in an orderly manner. Graduates and guests will be directed to leave the UCC Hall by zones in accordance with the staggered exit instructions from the ushers.

After the Ceremony

  • There will no refreshments, merchandise sales, surveys, or photo backdrops at UCC. You may use the customisable, user-enabled Instagram filters here.
  • Monitor your health for any COVID-19 symptoms, for 14 days after your ceremony. If you experience any symptoms, please seek immediate medical help and inform us at
  • Graduates who rented their academic dress must return them to the academic dress vendor by 21 November 2021.
  • Graduation photographs
    The official photographer for the ceremonies is Werkz Photography. Please follow the steps below to order your graduation photographs:
    1. Go to and login with your Student ID and default password. E.g.
      User ID: A1234567Z
      Password: nus2021
    2. Fill in your details and save.
    3. Go to "My Photos".
    4. Click on the options to purchase.
    5. Revisit the same page after online payment for digital images.
    6. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download digital images.

      - For hardcopy purchases - photos will be mailed out 14 days after purchase.
      - Digital images will be ready for download 72 hours after your commencement ceremony (available till End of January 2022)
      - If you have any questions on the photograph order, please contact Werkz Photography at or +65 6324 2202. Operating hrs: 10am - 6pm (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays

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