Step by step guide to graduation

The venue
The venue for the 2020 Graduations is Plymouth Guildhall situated on Royal Parade in the heart of the city.

Getting there
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.

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 costs of the gowns.

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 (September/October)
The post-ceremony reception will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canap├ęs which are included in the ticket price whilst mingling informally with members of academic staff from the Schools and Departments. Please state any other dietary requirements on the online booking form.

It is anticipated that the post-ceremony reception will last up to an hour.