On the day

 

There's a lot involved in your graduation day. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.

Venue information

All ceremonies take place in the Whitworth Hall (no 50 on the campus map) Registration, gowning and photography will take place ground floor, the University Place (no 37 on the campus map)

For all up to date travel and parking information please visit the car parking web pages.

Before you set off

Before you set off, make sure you have your email confirmation for your graduation registration (either printed or on your device) - you’ll need this to register when you arrive on campus and collect your guest tickets (maximum 2).

Make sure you also have the order number for your academic dress hire from Ede and Ravenscroft - you’ll need this to collect your hired items.

Please note: All confirmation emails will be sent out week commencing Monday 5 December 2022.

Two hours before the ceremony

The first thing to do on the day of your graduation is to go to the registration desk at University Place. Here you will register, and collect your guest tickets (maximum 2) and seat number. You cannot collect tickets or register more than 2 hours before your assigned ceremony.

Once you have registered make your way to robing to collect your cap and gown, and have your official photograph taken.

Please Note: Registration opens 2 hours before each ceremony. Guests can wait in the waiting area.

One hour before your ceremony

Once you're dressed in your robes, you and your guests should make your way over to Whitworth Hall at least one hour before the start of your ceremony. This is to make sure we can get everyone in the right seats and make a prompt start.

There are different entrances for graduands (that's you) and guests, as well as an accessible entrance. They're clearly marked. You should wait in the Main Quad (through the archway) until you're called by a steward to enter the hall. Please remember to give your guests their tickets, as they will need these to enter the hall from their separate entrance. 

You'll be given a seat number from the registration desk in University Place - it's really important that you sit in the right seat, as this is in the order that names are called.

During the ceremony

The congregation will stand as the procession makes its way to the stage in the Hall, where the Presiding Officer will open the ceremony. University staff members will then deliver their speeches. 

During the ceremony, you'll be called to move towards the stage by a steward in the order that names will be called and your award presented.

When your name is called, you'll go up the stairs at the side of the stage, cross the stage and doff your cap or bow to the Presiding officer of the Ceremony, and then leave the stage using the central steps before returning to your seat. Don't forget to pick up your degree certificate at the bottom of the steps. Cheer and celebrate when your friends cross the stage.

The ceremonies usually last for about 45 minutes to an hour.

After the ceremony

The Presiding Officer will close the ceremony and you’ll be asked to stand as the Academic Procession leaves the Hall and you will then follow out in the procession. You will be directed out of the Whitworth Hall and you can make your way out to the Main Quad, where you can meet your guests, take photos, and congratulate friends, before continuing with the rest of your celebrations.

You must remember to return your cap and gown after your ceremony.