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Our graduates - our alumni

Graduating from Plymouth means you're now part of a thriving alumni community making a difference across the world. We're incredibly proud of you and hope you feel the same way about us.

Your lifelong connection with us offers you many benefits, including careers support for three years after graduation and a host of alumni events around the world to help you to network and stay in touch with your old university friends.

Join the alumni community today to access a host of free benefits and services after you graduate.

Graduation refunds and disclaimer policy

Event photography and video

Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events (both online and offline) may be attended by University staff, photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If you, or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed or recorded, please let a member of staff know.

General information

Class of 2020

Tuesday 20 September

  • 16:00 – School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 16:00 – School of Health Professions

Wednesday 21 September

  • 16:00 – School of Biological and Marine Sciences
  • 16:00 – School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Thursday 22 September

  • 16:00 – School of Psychology
  • 16:00 – School of Law, Criminology and Government
  • 16:00 – School of Humanities and Performing Arts
  • 19:00 – Plymouth Institute of education/School of Art Design & Architecture

Friday 23 September

  • 19:00 – School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • 19:00 – Peninsula Dental School

Saturday 24 September

  • 13:00 – Academic Partnerships
  • 16:00 – Peninsula Medical School
  • 16:00 – School of Biomedical Sciences
  • 16:00 – Plymouth Business School

Class of 2022

Tuesday 20 September

  • 10:00 – Plymouth Institute of Education/Plymouth Business School 1
  • 13:00 – School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences/Plymouth Business School 2

Wednesday 21 September

  • 10:00 – School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
  • 13:00 – School of Biological and Marine Sciences

Thursday 22 September

  • 10:00 – School of Society and Culture 1/Art, Design & Architecture 1
  • 13:00 – School of Society and Culture 2/ Art, Design & Architecture 2

Friday 23 September

  • 10:00 – School of Health Professions
  • 13:00 – School of Nursing and Midwifery 1
  • 16:00 – School of Nursing and Midwifery 2

Saturday 24 September

  • 10:00 – School of Psychology
  • 10:00 – Peninsula Dental School
  • 13:00 – Peninsula Medical School
  • 13:00 – School of Biomedical Sciences/Academic Partnerships
For a full breakdown on the courses included within each school grouping please see the full timetable.

Travel arrangements

Park and ride

There are three park and ride services into the city centre. Please use the facilities that operate from Milehouse or Coypool for ease of parking and frequency of service. You can find out more information about these on the Plymouth Park and Ride website.

Plymouth Hoe is only a short walk from the Park & Ride bus stops on Royal Parade (City Centre)


The walking distance from Plymouth railway station to Plymouth Hoe is approximately 20 minutes.

Taxis are available from outside the main entrance and regular buses run from the train station to Plymouth Hoe. Please visit the City Bus website for details.


There is no parking available on Plymouth Hoe. However, there are numerous other car parks in the vicinity. Please follow the google maps link below for more information. The closest drop off point is Elliot Terrace (insert map of Hoe promenade link)

Plymouth City Car Parks

Disabled parking

Blue badge parking spaces are available to use at the venue and this can be requested when booking your tickets. You can drive up to the venue for drop off purposes. Please see the council website for information about Plymouth City provisions for blue badge holders.

Disabled access information

Disabled parking

Plymouth Hoe - Parking

The University does have limited parking facilities on Plymouth Hoe for use by those with severe medical conditions who may be attending the ceremonies; normally these spaces would be reserved for Blue Badge holders.

If you or your guests require a space in this car park, please indicate this on the web booking form. You will then be allocated a space and should give your name to the parking attendant on the day.

Please note that entry to this parking facility is via Elliot Street and not from Citadel Road.

Unfortunately, we do not have any designated blue badge parking spaces available to us at the Guildhall. You can drive up to the venue for drop off purposes. Please see the council website for information about Plymouth City provisions for blue badge holders.

Special arrangements

If either you or any of your guests require special arrangements at the ceremony, please ensure that you complete the "Special Arrangements" section on the web booking form.  Staff on the ticket table will then be aware of these arrangements and will be able to assist you as appropriate.

Food and drink

Post-ceremony reception

The Hoe Promenade – Refreshments are available from the post-ceremony reception marquee and further light refreshment can be purchased from the reception entrance.

The University’s onsite Graduation caterer is Fosters, and in addition to providing refreshments for the post-ceremony reception, they also operate The Box Kitchen and Bar, a dining experience at Plymouth’s major new museum, art gallery and archive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea bookings can be made. The Box is situated opposite the University.

Book a table at The Box Kitchen and Bar

Contact the graduation team


+44 1752 586399

The Graduation Team
008 Hepworth House
The University of Plymouth
Drake Circus
United Kingdom​

Social media
Twitter: @PlymUni
Facebook: /plymouthuni

Information for guests

Dress code

Graduation ceremonies are formal occasions and we recommend that you dress smartly. We do not consider jeans and t-shirts appropriate dress for graduation.

We welcome national dress for international students.

The ceremony


The graduation ceremonies in September will take place at the graduation marquee on Plymouth Hoe Promenade, PL1 2PU.


Tickets are not posted and need to be collected on the day of the ceremony from the ticket table in the graduation lounge. Tickets are available for collection one and a half hours before your ceremony is due to start. For example, if your ceremony is due to start at 10:00, you may collect tickets from 08:30 onwards.

All guests require a ticket to access the graduation hall and post ceremony marquee. 


Doors to the graduation hall open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. We ask guests to be seated at least 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. You can check the timetable for the class of 2020 and the class of 2022 for specific ceremony times.

With the exception of guests with specific requirements, seats for guests are unreserved. You are welcome to sit in any seat without a reserved sign on it. As graduands are seated in a separate area of the hall, it is not possible for graduands and guests to sit together.

At the beginning of the ceremony, please stand for the entry and exit of the processions. Graduates will process out of the graduation hall at the end of the ceremony. We ask that guests remain in the hall until all graduates have left. After graduates have proceeded out of the hall, they will gather outside (weather permitting) for the group photograph.

Post ceremony reception

Following the formal graduation ceremony and group photograph, graduates are invited to join friends, family and academic staff at the post-ceremony reception marquee to celebrate their achievements in a less formal setting with a glass of sparkling wine (non-alcoholic options are available) and a selection of canapés. If you have dietary requirements, please ask the graduate to provide this information at the time of booking.


Please be advised that dogs – except for registered assistance dogs – are not permitted inside the graduation marquees including the lounge, hall and post-ceremony reception.


Children are welcome to attend graduation celebrations; however, due to the length of the ceremony and the formal nature of the event, the ceremonies may not suitable for young children who may struggle to sit quietly for the duration of the event (approximately one hour). We recommend that guests with young children opt for seating near the entrances in case they need to leave the hall.

Contact the graduation team

Email: graduation@plymouth.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 1752 586399
Address: The Graduation Team, 008 Hepworth House, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom
Twitter: @PlymUni
Facebook: /plymouthuni
In any communication regarding graduation ceremonies, please quote your full name, telephone number, student reference number and programme of study. Please note that to be fair to all students, we can only discuss ceremony details with the student who is graduating. Unfortunately this does not include family and friends. Thank you for your understanding.

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