What to expect on the day

On arrival

Please arrive at the Guildhall no later than one hour before the start of your ceremony. For more information please visit the getting to your ceremony page. Please make your way to the Ticket Desk in the entrance hall to collect your tickets.

Academic dress

On the day of the ceremony, gowning will open according to the schedule in your invitation. Gowns need to be returned to a J Wippell representative after the ceremony otherwise you may incur full purchase cost of the gown.

Seating arrangements

Graduands will be required to sit in reserved seats. Seating plans will be displayed in prominent positions at the venue and you should check these prior to making your way into the graduation hall. Please ensure that you sit in the seat allocated to you as this is the order in which you will be presented and shown in the programme.

Guests will not be allocated specific seat numbers. They may sit on any seat that does not bear a student name card or a reserved sign. University staff will be on hand to direct guests and graduands to their seats.


The ceremony

Admission to the ceremony will be strictly by ticket only. You should allow sufficient time for robing to ensure that you and your guests are seated at least fifteen minutes before the ceremony is due to start. Each ceremony should last approximately 60 minutes.

Photography during the ceremony

Guests may take photographs during the ceremony.

Post-ceremony reception

Due to the constraints of the venue and availability of surrounding venues we are unable to offer a post-ceremony reception for the December ceremonies. Because of the time of year, we would advise you to make any lunch/dinner reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.