UQ Graduations - Road Closures

27 Jan 2021

The University of Queensland will be hosting the postponed 2020 graduation ceremonies at St Lucia Campus from Monday 1 February ­– Friday 12 February 2021.

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Please note the key dates below:
Bump in: Thursday 21 January 2021 – Monday 1 February 2021
Ceremonies: Monday 1 February 2021 – Friday 12 February 2021 at 11am and 6pm each day (not including weekends)
Bump out: After 9.30pm on Friday 12 February ­2021 – Monday 15 February 2021

If you would like further details on ceremonies, please see the Graduations webpage.

Affected areas
Graduation Ceremonies are held in the UQ Centre followed by post-ceremony celebrations in the Great Court. A large number of graduating students, and their guests, will be present and moving constantly between the two areas; increasing pedestrian traffic in/around the UQ Centre, Union Road, Campbell Place, and the Great Court.

Senior management have expressed a desire to reduce or eliminate noise, vehicles and/or construction in/ around these areas, in order to enhance our graduates’ experience and minimise risk.

Areas wishing to hold any type of event/function in Campbell Place, Great Court or on Forgan Smith Lawns will not be permitted during the graduations period.

Road closures
Road closures will be put in place during the graduations period, as per previous years, because of to the increased pedestrian traffic. The road closures are absolutely necessary to reduce the risks associated with the large amount of people on campus.

Below is an outline of the affected roads – note there are some changes from previous years:

  • Union Road
    Union Road will have a full road closure in place from Blair Drive, with strictly no vehicle access during the graduations period. This now also includes no access from Union Road to the UQ Centre and Aquatics Centre car parks. The only exceptions will be for Emergency Services vehicles and the graduations shuttle buses. UQ Security will be onsite managing this road closure for the entire graduations period.

    The P10 car park under the Synthetic Fields will remain open with access from Sir William MacGregor Drive only. Provisions will be made to accommodate taxi/delivery drop offs, accessibility parking, service and maintenance bays, UQ Union complex tenants, UQ Sport and Health Services tenants, and any clients accessing services. UQ Security will be onsite managing this parking area.
  • Mansfield Place/Great Court ramp
    The Great Court and main entrance ramp will be closed to vehicle access for the entire graduations period. UQ Security will be onsite managing the ramp closure allowing restricted access to graduations providers only, during periods of low risk, and Emergency Services vehicles, if required. Alternate disability bays will be located in Mansfield Place, University Drive, Slip Road and Campbell Road. A number of car parks in Mansfield Place will be reserved for suppliers.
  • Campbell Place
    Campbell Place will be closed from University Drive. The only exceptions will be for Emergency Services vehicles and the graduations shuttle buses. UQ Security will be onsite managing this road closure for the entire graduations period.


Please feel free to contact Senior Protocol Officer, Leila Hutton via email with any concerns you may have.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

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