Step by step guide to graduation

Your graduation day

From the moment you arrive till the end of the day, everything you need to know is here.

It's your special day, celebrating your achievements and aspirations as a University of Plymouth graduand. Watch our Plymouth Graduation moments film and start to plan your perfect day.

We look forward to celebrating with you.

The venue
The venue for Graduation is Plymouth Hoe. More information can found about the facilities that will be available by visiting the graduation marquees section of this site.

Getting there
Please arrive on Plymouth Hoe no later than one hour before the start of your ceremony. For more information on the special Graduation Park and Ride service we have arranged for our graduands and their guests please visit the getting to your ceremony page.

Academic dress
On the day of the ceremony gowning will open according to the schedule in the previous 'tickets' section. Gowns should be returned to a J Wippell representative as soon as possible after the ceremony and no later than 6.30pm 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.
Information for disabled visitors.

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 60 to 90 minutes.

Photography during the ceremony
Guests may take photographs during the ceremony.

Post-ceremony reception
The post-ceremony reception will be held in a large marquee placed in the Belvedere on Plymouth Hoe. This location affords breath-taking views over Plymouth Sound. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés which are included in the ticket price whilst mingling informally with members of academic staff from the Schools and Departments. A champagne and wine bar will also be open for those who wish to purchase additional drinks.
A selection of gluten free canapés will also be available. Please ask the waiting staff. 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.