Graduation information

Your step by step guide to Graduation

Graduation will take place on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October. The final format of each ceremony, ie which course graduates in which ceremony, will not be finalised until July 2020.

To follow are details about the graduation ceremonies:

Here is your check-list of everything you will need to do before you attend your ceremony in October. Please read carefully.


  • Once you have completed your degree you are a Graduand (a person who is about to receive an academic degree)
  • Once you have received your degree certificate you will become a Graduate

1. Date:

Your ceremonies will be taking place over two days, Thursday 29th and Friday 30th October. There are two ceremonies each day, at 11am and 2pm respectively.

2. Venue:

Your Graduation will be held at the Plymouth Guildhall, Plymouth, PL1 2AA. See the maps below for the location and nearest car park. For more information about other car parking facilities in the city visit 

 Graduation 2015 Guildhall Parking Map           

3.  Checking your eligibility to Graduate:

If you fit the following requirements you will be eligible to attend Graduation.

  • Successfully completed your studies
  • Have no outstanding debts to the University

If you do not meet one or more of the above requirements you will NOT be able to attend your ceremony.

Debts must be cleared by contacting Finance  before the 31th July 2020. If debts are not cleared by this date reserved tickets will be re-allocated and any purchased tickets will be refunded.

Please contact Registry Services if you are unsure if you have gained enough credits to graduate

4. Update your contact details:

It is your responsibility to make sure that the University has your current contact details to ensure you receive all correspondence about Graduation. This includes:

  • Contact number
  • Postal address
  • Personal email address

Information about Graduation will be sent via your email address.

Your certificates will be posted to you after Graduation if you are unable to attend your ceremony.  

You can up-date your details in the following areas: or by contacting Registry Services

 5. Purchase your tickets:

  • All final year students wishing to attend their ceremony WILL need to register to attend their ceremony via the Graduation Portal which will be open from the end of July to 30th September 2020.
  • To logon to the portal you will need to enter your date of birth and your student number (the University is NOT allowed to disclose these details to anyone but the student in question) 
  • Once you have registered you will be able to purchase 2 guest tickets online.  An adult ticket is £TBC per person and a child ticket is £TBC per person (children up to 12). Infants (0-4) are free to attend but only if they sit on an adult's lap. Pushchairs and buggies will not be allowed in the main hall as it requires the removal of seats, there will be a buggie point near the registration desk. 
  • Please note for security reasons suitcases & travel bags cannot be stored at the guildhall and will not be permitted into the main hall.
  • If you are completing re-sits in August, you can still register and reserve your tickets. Re-sit results are published in September. On the successful completion of your course you will need to purchase your reserved tickets before the 30th September 2020. If you do not purchase them by this date they will be reallocated.
  • Initially you will be able to purchase 2 guest tickets. Any unsold tickets will be released in October. You will then have the opportunity to purchase further guest tickets on a first come first served basis, should you wish to.
  • When you purchase your ticket/s you will be sent a message from Sage Pay with a unique reference number, this is the number you will need to quote when entering any discussions about ticket purchases.  You will also be sent an email from the University stating the number of tickets you have purchased; this will be your confirmation of purchase. If you do not receive BOTH of these emails it means your purchase was NOT successful and you will need to try again.

 If you have any questions about purchasing tickets please email

6. Invitation letters for International students: 

  • When registering for your tickets on the Graduation Portal, you will be asked if you require an invitation letter for yourself and your guests. If you select yes to either of these an automatic email will be sent to a member of the Graduation Team, who will then forward you a letter with the relevant details on.

If you require details like passport numbers and specific names included within the letter, please contact  and someone will come back to you in response to your request.

7. Academic dress and hiring a gown:

  • What colour are the university gowns? The university gowns are black, the mortar board is black and the hoods are purple.
  • Do I have to wear Academic Dress? Yes, full academic dress must be worn in accordance with the Student Handbook. Academic dress consists of a gown, hood and mortar board. Students graduating cannot be presented at the ceremony unless appropriately gowned.
  • What do I wear beneath my gown? Formal clothing should be worn as Graduation is a formal occasion. Jeans, shorts and other similar casual wear are not acceptable.  For men we respectfully ask if a tie and shirt can be worn.
  • Where do I get my gowns from? You can hire your gown from  The Wippell gown hire website will be live once the tickets go on sale. If you have ordered a gown and cannot attend the ceremony you must inform Wippells at least 48 hours before the Graduation.  Refund requests should be made directly to Wippell Gown Hire – 01392 254234.


  • Ede and Ravenscroft will have photography booths set up in the Drakes Room in the Plymouth Guildhall for your official Graduation photos.
  • They provide different packages that can be decided upon on the day or you can pre-book a time slot, before or after your ceremony (graduation timetable released early July 2020), at the following web address (please don’t worry that it says gown hire, they also provide this service but not for our Graduation ceremonies).
  • For more information about the packages available please download the Ede & Ravenscroft Photography Brochure .

9. Access to information:

Information about graduation will be communicated in the Graduation section of the University website and by email. Student facilities such as Learning Space and student email will only be available until Graduation, with email accounts and access ceasing shortly afterwards.

10. University Photography and Filming:

  • Graduate and their guests will need to be aware that the ceremonies will be filmed and photographed and may be used on promotional material by the University. If you have any concerns around this, please contact the Graduation Team at
  • Ceremonies will not be live streamed on the day; however they will be filmed and uploaded to the graduation web pages the following week after the ceremonies have taken place.

 11. Local press coverage:

The names of graduates and their conferred degrees will be announced in the local press, The Herald. Degree classifications will not be published. To opt out of this please contact the graduation team at