To ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible, we advise that you arrive at least two hours prior to the start of your Graduation Ceremony. On arrival, the first thing you should do is collect your academic dress. If you would like to have professional graduation photographs, please ensure you arrive at least 2 hours before the start time of your ceremony, it is advisable that photography is completed before the ceremony.
Your robes, hood and hat will be fitted by a member of the Ede and Ravenscroft Team so please ensure you arrive dressed ready for your ceremony.
You will receive detailed instructions for your Graduation Day via email, approximately one week prior to your ceremony.
Once you have collected your academic dress you will be directed to the Ticket Collection desk to register your attendance and collect your tickets, guest tickets and any extra tickets you may have been allocated.
Please ensure you keep your tickets safe as there will be strictly no admittance to the ceremony venue without a ticket.
We cannot guarantee that there will be extra guest tickets available for any of our graduation ceremonies. However, if you have not been successful in applying for extra guest tickets your guests will be able to watch a livestream of the ceremony in the Gradfest area at the venue.
All locations will be signposted on the day and stewards will be available for any queries you may have.
The Grad Fest area is available for you to celebrate all you’ve achieved, marking this very special day with your peers, guests and staff of the University. In this area, there will be various refreshment stalls, a complimentary photo Magic Mirror, an Alumni and various stands. We also livestream the ceremony here on a large screen, for your guests that would prefer not to be in the auditorium or those that are unable to secure a ticket for the auditorium. If you would like to enjoy the Grad Fest area, it’s advisable that you arrive at the venue in plenty of time to enjoy in advance of your ceremony.
All graduands and guests must be seated in the ceremony venue at least 20 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony.
Any graduands or guests arriving after this time can only be admitted to the ceremony at the discretion of the Chief Marshal.
There will be enhanced security checks in place for all graduation ceremonies, which will include a searching policy to protect the enjoyment of all graduands and guests attending. We ask you to assist by taking note of the following:
Please ensure you plan your arrival to allow sufficient time for the increased security measures.
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The graduation ceremony will last approximately one and half to two hours.
You can bring children, but the ceremony can last up to one and half to two hours, so it’s not advisable to bring very young children. Children cannot sit with graduands – they must sit with the guests.
We ask that they are taken out of the auditorium if they disrupt the ceremony. Due to fire regulations in the Graduation ceremony venues, all guests, including children, will need a ticket. This includes babies in prams and children sitting on adults’ laps.
On entering the auditorium, graduands and guests will enter the venue via separate entrances, please ensure each member of the party is in receipt of the correct tickets.
The doors to the auditorium will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. When you arrive at the ceremony venue stewards will direct you and your guests to the correct entrance, your tickets will be checked and you will be directed to your seat.
You will have been allocated a specific seat number and it is very important that you do not move or swap seats with another graduand. Once you have had your ticket checked and been shown to your seat it is essential that you do not leave the hall.
Please ensure that you have taken all comfort breaks prior to entering the auditorium.
You may not return to the same seat after crossing the stage and being presented with your award. Therefore, you should not bring any personal belongings in to the auditorium.
This includes bags of any description, coats or electronic devices. We advise that all personal belongings are left with your guests.
To watch a video clip of what happens when you cross the stage, please click here.
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During the University’s graduation ceremonies, there will be a live video stream available to view online:
The stream is only live during graduations. You can find the date, location and time of graduation for your course here
After the ceremonies, you will be able to watch an archive of the streams.
If you still have a question regarding the ceremony,
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