Graduation FAQs

We are pleased to be hosting this year’s Graduation Ceremony in October at The Grand Hotel, where you can celebrate your achievements with your friends, family and tutors and also to create some memories to treasure. Alongside our graduating class of 2021 we are excited to invite back our graduating class of 2020.

This year’s Graduation Ceremonies will be held on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th October. There will be three ceremonies each day, 11-12pm, 1.45-2.45pm and 4.30-5.30pm. You will find all of the details you need below about graduation and your ceremony. You can book your tickets here.

Please be aware that a section of the booking page regarding ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 being split onto separate days, is inaccurate. Ceremonies will be split by awarding body with awards validated by University of Plymouth celebrated on Thursday 14th October and awards validated by South Devon College and Professional Bodies such as CMI and CIPD celebrated on Friday 15th October. If you are unsure which ceremony you are due to attend, please check the table below.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the Graduation team at [email protected].

The Lead Up to Graduation

Registering to Attend

In order to attend your Ceremony you will need to book tickets for yourself and any guests as well as your academic dress through Marston Robing. The link to register can be found here.

Your graduate ticket is free and there is a small charge of £12.50 per ticket for each guest, which will include a souvenir programme and entrance to the ceremony reception. Please note that initially a maximum of two guest tickets per student are available. Tickets for children aged 5 to 16 are available at £7 each. Tickets for under 5’s are free and need to be booked but they will need to sit on a lap as no seat will be allocated.

Please note that we are committed to holding a face to face graduation ceremony this year for our 2020 and 2021 graduating class, however if government guidance around the Covid-19 pandemic should change then we may have to cancel this event. If this is the case all paid guest tickets would be refunded in full.

When do I have to book by?

Tickets for you and your guests will be available to order online via Marston Robing. Booking will open on 11th August 2021. Tickets will be available to purchase until 10th September 2021.   

Please ensure you order both Graduate and Guest tickets at the time of ordering. To guarantee you receive your desired number of tickets, you must book early as tickets are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  

Additional tickets can be requested at the time of booking, and you will be added to a waiting list. If tickets become available, you will be emailed after 13th September 2021 with a link to complete your purchase. Additional tickets are not guaranteed.  All purchases must be made before 19th September 2021

What should I wear?

Graduands must wear a formal hood, gown and mortar board in order to graduate on the day. The appropriate dress can be purchased but in order to make sure that you are wearing the correct attire for your qualification and to prevent waste we would recommend hiring them from our graduation provider Marston Robing. Your hood, gown and mortar board will cost £30 in total to hire for your ceremony. Marston Robing also offer a selection of photography packages which can be purchased in advance or in the day of the ceremony. The link for robing and photography can be found at the top of this page.

On The Day

When and Where

Your Graduation will be held at The Grand Hotel, Torquay, TQ2 6NT. Please arrive promptly and register your arrival at the desk in the foyer. You and your guests will then be directed to the reception room.

You will be invited to collect your academic dress from the robing room and have any professional photos taken. There will also be a cream tea available for you and your guests and the opportunity to meet and celebrate with your friends, peers and tutors. Our MC will guide you through your Graduation with regular announcements.

How will the ceremony work?

Your Graduation will last around three hours. The formal part of the ceremony will last for approximately one hour. There will also be a reception at which refreshments will be served and you will have the opportunity to catch up with friends and have any professional photographs taken.

All Graduands will be called through to the ceremony room before their ceremony begins for a short briefing. Guests will then be invited to take their seats.

Guests

Please note that initially a maximum of two guest tickets per student are available. Additional tickets can be requested at the time of booking, and you will be added to a waiting list. If tickets become available, you will be emailed after 13th September 2021 with a link to complete your purchase. Additional tickets are not guaranteed.

How do I know which ceremony to attend?

The qualification you have achieved will determine which ceremony you will be attending, please see the list below. When you book your tickets and academic dress you will be asked which course you are graduating from and automatically allocated to the correct ceremony.

Thursday 14th October – Ceremony 1
Arrival Time 9am – Ceremony Time 11am
FdA Early Years Care and Education
FdA Teaching and Learning
BA (Hons) Child Development and Education
BA (Hons) Education Development and Society
FdSc Healthcare Practice (Assistant Practitioner)
BSc (Hons) Enhanced Integrated Care
Thursday 14th October – Ceremony 2
Arrival Time 11.45am – Ceremony Time 1.45pm
FdA Film and Photography
FdA Games and Interactive Design
FdSc Computing
FdSc Biosciences
FdSc Criminology and Psychology
FdSc Psychology with Sociology
FdSc Law
FdA Business and Management
HNC Business
BA (Hons) Leadership and Management
Thursday 14th October – Ceremony 3
Arrival Time 2.30pm – Ceremony Time 4.30pm
FdSc Animal Science
BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science
HNC Marine Technologies
FdSc Marine Technologies
FdSc Yacht Operations
HNC Electronic and Robot Control Engineering
HNC Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering
FdSc Manufacturing and Mechatronic Engineering
FdSc Electronic and Robotic Control Engineering
HNC Sustainable Construction and the Built Environment
FdSc Sustainable Construction and the Built Environment
HNC Civil and Coastal Engineering
FdSC Civil and Coastal Engineering
BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
FdSc Sports Coaching and Fitness
FdSc Adventure Leadership
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Outdoor Leadership)
BSc (Hons) Coaching (Sports Performance and Development)
Friday 15th October – Ceremony 1
Arrival Time 9am – Ceremony Time 11am
L4 Certificate Sports Massage
L4 Diploma Foundation Studies Art & Design
L4 Diploma Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Master Technician
L4 Award Mental Health Peer Support
L4 Working with Young People and Families Practitioner
FdA Contemporary Arts Practice
FdA Creative Digital Design
FdA Illustration with Graphics and Animation
FdA Fashion with Textiles
FdA Illustration Arts
FdSc Assistant Practitioner
FdSc Hearing Aid Audiology
FdA History with English
FdA Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management
Friday 15th October – Ceremony 2
Arrival Time 11.45am – Ceremony Time 1.45pm
L4 AAT Professional Diploma Accounting Technician
L4 AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting
L4 Certificate Associate Project Management
L4 Award Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes & Practice
L4 Certificate Leading Internal Quality Assurance of Process & Practice
L4 Diploma Business Administration
Friday 15th October – Ceremony 3
Arrival Time 2.30pm – Ceremony Time 4.30pm
L5 Certificate Human Resources Consultant
L5 CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management
L5 Diploma Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare
L5 Diploma Education and Training
L5 Diploma Management and Leadership
L5 ILM Certificate Effective Coaching and Mentoring

You will receive further information about your graduation day once ticket sales have closed. In the meantime please feel free to contact the graduation team with any questions via [email protected]