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On the Day

Arrival at the ceremony

  • Please be present at the graduation venue 45 minutes before the commencement of your graduation ceremony.
  • Please ensure you allow plenty of time to be seated prior to the commencement of your ceremony.
  • If you have accessibility requirements e.g. you use a wheelchair, crutches or have a guide dog, please let us know what your requirements are. Please advise by email to
  • At some venues (e.g. stage access at the Albert Hall) is it essential that we know your requirements well in advance of your ceremony so preparations can be made to meet your needs.
  • A short rehearsal takes place approximately 15 minutes before the start of every ceremony and it is vital you are seated at this time to understand your role in the ceremony.

Graduate seating

  • You must be seated 20 minutes before the advertised commencement time.
  • Your name will be on one of the seats.
  • Ushers at each venue will help you find your seat.
  • Do not swap seats with anyone else. Your presentation to the Chancellor is dependent on you sitting in the correct seat.
  • It is vitally important that you take your name card and any other cards on your seat, when you are called to the stage to meet the Chancellor. These cards form part of the script for the ceremony.  You will be reminded of all this information during the rehearsal.

The order of proceedings

  • The ceremony will begin with a procession of University leadership and academics to stage.
  • The Chancellor will deliver some opening remarks and an address will be delivered by the College Executive Dean, or their representative.
  • Graduates and diplomates will cross the stage and be presented to the Chancellor. Graduates and diplomates should acknowledge the Chancellor by doffing their hat before being congratulated. You will be shown how to do this during the ceremony rehearsal.
  • Whilst on stage, you will have the opportunity to pose for a socially distanced photograph with the Chancellor.
  • The ceremony will be approximately an hour in length, and at the conclusion of the ceremony you are free to participate in your own private celebrations.