On the day

How the day flows, for both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

Before the ceremonies

The timings of the day of your ceremony will depend on which of the two ceremonies you are due to attend - Summer or Winter:

Summer Graduation - 10.30 am ceremony

8.30am – 10.00am

  • Register with the Graduation Office in Exhibition Area of the James France Building. You need to bring your e-tickets with you. When you register, you will be allocated a seat number. It is essential that you sit in this seat during the ceremony.
  • Collect your academic dress from Ede and Ravenscroft who will also be in the James France Building. (Open from 8.30am)
  • If time permits, you may wish to have photographs taken by Tempest Photography, the University's official photographers in James France Building.

10.00 am

  • Sir David Wallace Building Sports Hall opens

By 10.15 am at the latest

  • All students and guests must be in their seats.
  • Students should sit in the seat allocated upon registration.
  • Guests do not have allocated seats but will be admitted to the hall upon production of guest tickets and directed to a seat by ushers.

10.30 am Ceremony Starts

Summer Graduation - 3.00 pm ceremony

1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

  • Register with the Graduation Office in Exhibition Area of the James France Building. You need to bring your e-tickets with you. When you register, you will be allocated a seat number. It is essential that you sit in this seat during the ceremony.
  • Collect your academic dress from Ede and Ravenscroft who will also be in the James France Building.
  • If time permits, you may wish to have photographs taken by Tempest Photography, the University's official photographers in James France Building.

2.30 pm

Sir David Wallace Building Sports Hall opens

2.45 pm at the latest

  • All students and guests must be in their seats.
  • Students should sit in the seat allocated upon registration.
  • Guests do not have allocated seats but will be admitted to the hall upon production of guest tickets and directed to a seat by ushers.

3.00 pm Ceremony Starts

Ceremony Proceedings

  • Academic Procession enters the hall and takes their seats on the stage
  • Chancellor opens the ceremony
  • Vice-Chancellor addresses the audience
  • Students are led from their seats to the front of the hall where they are asked for their name and to wait at the top of the stairs
  • Students cross the stage as their name is called by the Dean
  • Students shake hands with the Chancellor and then proceed to the other side of the stage
  • Students collect certificate from their Head of Department before leaving the stage
  • Students return to their seats
  • At the mid point in the ceremony the Honorary Graduand or University Medallist will be presented with their award
  • Once all the students have been presented the Chancellor addresses the audience and formally confers awards
  • The Academic Procession leaves the hall followed by the graduates
  • Guests leave the hall

Ceremonies last approximately 90 minutes.

After the Ceremony

Before 6.00pm

Return academic dress to Ede and Ravenscroft in the James France Building.

It would be appreciated if those students who attended the morning session could avoid returning their gowns between 1.00pm and 2.30pm as this will help to reduce congestion whilst students are registering for the afternoon ceremony.