Preparing to graduate

 

Your graduation is an official celebration of your accomplishments during your time at the University of Manchester. These pages have all the information you need to be fully prepared ahead of the big day.

Registration for the rescheduled ceremonies is now closed.

When you register through Ede and Ravenscroft, you can choose which of your School’s ceremonies you would prefer to attend.

  1. Select University of Manchester as your institution
  2. Select your event time
  3. Select your award/degree
  4. After you have confirmed your selection, go to Ticketing then Order
  5. Complete the required steps and select Proceed to gown hire or Add to bag

Once you have added everything to your bag, select the bag (top right) and then Proceed to checkout. You can indicate any special needs or access requirements at this stage.

Follow the steps on the website to complete your order. You do not have to hire or purchase your robes at the same time as you register for a ceremony. 

Choosing a ceremony:

When you register, you can choose which of your School’s ceremonies you would prefer to attend - please see this list of Faculties and Schools if you're unsure of which School's ceremony you should attend.

Ceremonies are open to all graduates whose ceremonies were postponed in 2020 or 2021. Graduates from both years will be in each ceremony. Ceremonies are organised by School, rather than degree cohort - you can view the schedule of ceremonies here. 

Some ceremonies are listed for specific cohorts. Graduates from these cohorts can choose a different ceremony for their School if they prefer. For example, only NHS workers who graduated from the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health (FBMH) can register for an All graduating NHS colleagues in FBMH ceremony. However, NHS workers from FBMH can register for a different ceremony for their School if they prefer.  

 If demand for any two consecutive ceremonies is low, they may be merged and will start at the later time of the two ceremonies.Ceremonies are subject to availability.  

If more than one of your ceremonies was postponed:

If more than one of your graduation ceremonies was postponed, you will only be able to attend one ceremony.

Most graduates will choose a ceremony for the School from which they received the highest award. However you can choose a ceremony from any School that you graduated from.

Your guests:

When you register you can reserve two tickets for your guests for the ceremony, which are free. Guest tickets are not transferable.

Extra guests will be able to watch a screening of your ceremony on campus. You will not need tickets for the screening. Your ceremony will also be streamed online.

Access for disabled students:

When you register, please let us know if you have any access requirements so we can make arrangements to ensure your ceremony goes smoothly. For example, there is a lift to access the stage at graduation ceremonies but we need to be aware when it's required. Please contact our Student Services Centre on 0161 275 5000 if you have any requirements such as:

  • Wheelchair access
  • Guide or assistance dog 
  • Temporary physical disability (e.g. broken leg)
  • Other individual needs or access requirements

Decide how your information will be used:

Graduation programme: The official graduation programme will include your name and School, but not your programme, individual award or classification. If you don’t want your name to be included, please email graduation@manchester.ac.uk by Friday 4 March 2022. Make sure to include "graduation programme" in the subject line.

Most graduates have told us that they will celebrate with us in March or April. Our March and April ceremonies will provide the very best graduation experience and chance to celebrate with your classmates, family and friends. 

However, we know that some of you will not be able to attend due to holiday/annual leave entitlement and/or being unable to travel to the UK. 

If you cannot attend for these reasons, you can register your interest in attending an event which will be held in July 2022. We will send you more information about the July event(s) by email during or before the week beginning Monday, 2 May 2022. 

Details of these event(s) are to be confirmed. They will not be traditional ceremonies like our March and April ceremonies, however you will be able to walk across the Whitworth Hall stage, wear academic dress (robes) and have photographs taken. 

Any event(s) in July will not be organised by School, Faculty or graduation year. This means you may not be in the same event as any classmates or friends. 

Register your interest in the July event:

It is now too late to express your interest in the July event. More details about this event will be published shortly. 

Graduation checklist

If you plan to attend an in-person graduation ceremony, there are a few things you can do in advance to get prepared for your graduation day. 

Hiring your academic dress

You must wear official academic dress (a gown, hood and cap) to your ceremony. You should book these online through Ede and Ravenscroft, or call them on +44 (0)1223 861854.

Collecting:

  • Your hired academic dress will be available from the Robing and Photography marquee in the Graduation Village.

  • You can collect your items up to two hours before your graduation ceremony.

  • You must have your Ede and Ravenscroft order number to collect your items.

  • You must keep the name label and pin, for returning your items after the ceremony.

You may find it useful to bring hair pins to hold your hat in place (if you have long hair), and a safety pin for your hood.

We request that you don't throw mortarboards for photos etc. - you may damage them, and unfortunately we have had some injuries in the past caused by flying mortarboards!

Returning:

  • You must return all hired items to where you collected them after your ceremony (unless you have paid to keep your gown for an extra week).

  • For 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm ceremonies, items must be returned by 6pm that day. For 6pm ceremonies, items must be returned by 7.30pm that day.

What to wear with your academic dress:

Your clothes will still be clearly visible under your gown. We expect that everyone will dress formally, as is appropriate to the occasion.

Filming and photographing the ceremony:

Our graduation ceremonies are professionally filmed and broadcast live - all graduates and guests should be aware that you may feature in the footage and/or images. These may be used by The University of Manchester for media publications and advertising. 

By registering to take part in your ceremony, or by your guests entering a graduation venue, you are giving permission for your image to be captured in the live broadcast or by our official photographer.

You are welcome to take your own photos or video, but we ask that you remain seated and please try not to disturb or block the view of others around you.

 Getting an official graduation photo:

If you want to get an official graduation photo of yourself and your guests, our authorised graduation photographers H Tempest Ltd offer a range of services.

Official photography will be available throughout all the graduation days in the Robing and Photography marque - there is no need to book, just make sure you alllow plenty of time to get to your ceremony in time. We advise you have your photos taken before your ceremony, to avoid queues.

We advise you to be cautious of any other unauthorised photographer who may approach you about graduation.

Official photography is optional - you and your guests are welcome to take your own photos around campus at any time before, during, or after the ceremony. 

Main graduation celebrations will be held in the Celebrations marquee in the Graduation Village, which is located on Dilworth Street Car-Park, outside the Contact Theatre building.

Graduates and your guests [a maximum of two] are invited to join the post ceremony celebrations within the marquee immediately after your ceremony. Tickets will be required to enter the Marquee and these will be issued when Graduates Register on the Day along with your graduate seat number, and your two guest tickets for entry to the ceremony in Whitworth Hall.  You will need to provide these upon entry into the Celebrations marquee so please ensure you keep them safe. 

Celebration timings:

To help with the running of the day and to ensure a smooth transition between graduation ceremony groups, the following timings have been allocated for drinks receptions: 

Graduation ceremony

Drinks reception time slot (in marquee)

10am

11am to 12.15pm

12pm

1pm to 2.15pm

2pm

3pm to 4.15pm

4pm

5pm to 6.15pm

6pm

7pm to 8.15pm

(Below table applies only to Saturday 2nd April 2022)

Graduation ceremony

Drinks reception time slot (in marquee)

9am

10am to 11.15pm

11am

12pm to 1.15pm

 

If you are living outside the UK, depending on your nationality you may need a visa to enter the UK and attend a graduation ceremony. This applies to both graduating students and their guestsFind out if you need a visa to visit the UK.

If you no longer have valid Student/Tier 4 immigration permission and you are planning to return to the UK to attend your graduation ceremony, you will need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa.

Getting to campus:

Our graduation ceremonies take place in Whitworth Hall, in the centre of our Oxford Road campus. Graduation celebrations, registration, robing and photography will be located in the Graduation Village at Dilworth Street, Manchester M15 6JA. You can find your way around using our interactive map, or our travel guides:

Car parking:

During busy events like graduation, parking on and near campus is extremely limited. We strongly recommend that wherever possible you walk, cycle or use public transport instead (see the guides above for further information).

There are six car parks on campus with a mixture of permit and public parking. Find out more about car parking on campus.

Blue badge drop-off and parking:

URGENT UPDATE: Currently Dover Street is closed and Burlington Street is not accessible via this road. Burlington Street is now accessible via Grafton Street (turn right at lights down Oxford Road)

  • A drop-off point will be available in the front quad for people holding a blue badge, however vehicles cannot be left here. To access this point, drive from Grafton Street across Oxford Road into Burlington Street, through the barrier and turn right into the quad. After drop off, exit the same way. You cannot drive up or down Oxford Road as it is restricted access (only buses, black cabs and cyclists from 6am to 9pm every day).

  • Blue badge parking is available in Car Park D, Booth Street West. When arriving at the barrier, please retain your ticket and visit the parking lodge before exiting, where staff will validate your ticket.

BSL interpretation: This is available upon request - please let us know when you register if you need BSL interpreters at the ceremony and if you or your guests need to be seated in clear sight of them. Please call the Student Services Centre on 0161 275 5000.

Guide / assistance dogs: Assistance dogs are permitted in Whitworth Hall. If you require special seating or any other arrangements please let us know when registering to graduate. Please call the Student Services Centre 0161 275 5000.

Preferential rates at our on-campus hotel available for your spring graduation celebrations:

Hyatt Regency Manchester is a 4-star modern hotel set at the heart of our campus – the perfect location if you or your family are visiting the city to celebrate your graduation this spring. Booking using the link below entitles you to a graduation gift and 10% off food and beverages at the hotel.

Graduation rates (available 21 March to 8 April 2022):

·         Standard double for single occupancy (including breakfast): £103

·         Standard double for double occupancy (including breakfast): £116

·         Club room (including breakfast): £130

·         Hyatt House suite (including breakfast): £130

Book here using code 254451

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We will do everything possible to make sure your graduation ceremony goes ahead. However if a ceremony has to be postponed or rescheduled due to actions, events, omissions or non-events beyond our reasonable control, The University of Manchester will not be liable for any losses (direct or otherwise) incurred by graduands or their guests. This may include (without limitation) acts of God, riots, war, acts of terrorism, epidemic or pandemic, fire, flood, storm, earthquake or strike action.