Step by step guide to graduation

The venue

The venue for the 2021 Graduations is the Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe.

Getting there

Please arrive at the venue 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 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

The post-ceremony reception will be held in the Post-Ceremony Reception Marquee. Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canapés which are included in the ticket price whilst socialising 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.


Whilst restrictions have now been lifted and large events are once again able to operate, there are measures we can all take to make Graduation safer for everyone. Vaccination provides the best protection against COVID-19, and having both doses of the vaccination can significantly reduce transmission. Therefore, and out of respect to everyone attending, we would strongly recommend those with vaccinations still outstanding should undertake these before Graduation if possible. We would also strongly recommend that all attendees – whether it has been possible for them to arrange vaccinations or not – take a freely available lateral flow COVID-19 test, returning a negative result within the 24 hours prior to the event.