What happens on the day

Be prepared for the day

Please read the timetable for the day carefully.

Make sure you know where you need to be and at what time.

9.30 am Doors open for the ceremony
11.45 am Register your attendance at the front desk 
12.00 pm  Be seated for the start of the ceremony
12.15 pm  Start of the ceremony
1.15 pm  End of the ceremony
2.00 pm Start of church service


On-street parking is available close to the Dome or within town centre car parks. If students or guests hold a disabled blue badge they can request car parking on campus when ordering tickets.


After registration

Once you have registered you'll be informed by the staff where the refreshments are served and where you can collect your gown and have your photographs taken. Please note you will need tickets for the church service, these can be ordered at the same time as your student and guest tickets. Unfortunately, those without tickets can't be admitted to the church.

Arriving late

If you're late arriving please go straight to the registration desk. We may be able to change the ceremony listings so that you can cross the stage at the end of the presentation.

The ceremony

The ceremony begins and ends with processions of Executive, Council, civic dignitaries and academic staff. As well as the presentation of the graduates, it includes addresses from the Chancellor or Chair of Council and Vice-Chancellor and the presentation of an honorary degree. Please stand when the procession enters.

After the ceremony

The church service will be held at 2pm after the ceremony at St John's Church. You can also take this opportunity to take photographs and catch up with your classmates. Please return your gown to Ede & Ravenscroft before leaving.