The Ceremony

What will happen during your graduation ceremony.

Arrival Time

It is important that graduands/diplomates are in their seats 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin, to enable the ushers to check for absentees. Once this check has been completed, any latecomers, for whatever reason, will not be able to graduate at the ceremony.

 

Graduand/Diplomate Seating

You should occupy the seat in the Cathedral that corresponds to the number given to you by the Usher on the door.  It is most important that you do not move from your allocated seat position even if there is a gap next to you.  Failure to occupy the correct seat will mean that you are recorded as ‘absent' and you will not be presented with your award.

 

The Presentation of your Award

At the appropriate time, you will be guided by an usher to the left-hand side of the platform in a continuous procession. You should give your name to the usher at the foot of the steps and when your name is called, proceed onto the platform and up to the Presiding Officer, who will shake your hand. On leaving the platform from the opposite side, you will return to your seat.

At the conclusion of the proceedings, on a given signal, the graduates/diplomates will process out through the West Door of the Cathedral.

**Please note: the normal duration for each ceremony is 1 to 1½ hours.**