What happens on the day

Your timetable

Please read the timetable for the day carefully.

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

9.30am Doors open for the ceremony
9.30-11.30am Register your attendance at the front desk on arrival, then move through to gowning and photography 
12.00pm  Be seated for the start of the ceremony
12.15pm  Start of the ceremony
1.15pm  End of the ceremony
1.30pm onwards Informal reunion with fellow classmates and staff on the Dome floor
2.00pm 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 and staff on the Dome floor. Please return your gown to Ede & Ravenscroft before leaving.