Graduation FAQs

It is the responsibility of the person graduating to read and understand the below information in order to be properly prepared to graduate on the day of your ceremony. If you have any questions or queries please contact the Graduation team at [email protected].

Graduation preparation

Booking and collection of tickets

In order to book both graduand and guest tickets for your Graduation ceremony you must got to Graduand tickets are free of charge and guest tickets are charged at £15 per person. Each graduand can purchase a maximum of four guest tickets. Your graduand and guest tickets will be available for you to pick up when you arrive at the venue on the day of your graduation ceremony.

Extra tickets

If you would like to purchase more than the four guest tickets that are allocated then please request further tickets when booking your initial ticket.

Booking robes

Your graduation is a formal ceremony and you will not be allowed to graduate unless you are wearing the appropriate academic dress – gown, hood and mortar board. You can hire these items from and the cost for the set is £30.

Booking photography

A professional photographer will be available to take individual and group photographs on the day of your graduation. You can view packages and book in advance at or alternatively you can choose to book on the day if you wish.


The venue for your graduation is access friendly however if you or any of your guests have any access needs them please let us know ahead of time by emailing [email protected] in order for us to be able to make your day as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.


If you choose not to attend your graduation ceremony your degree certificate will be sent out to you in the post following the day of the ceremony. This may take up to 28 working days.

On The Day

Travel and parking

The Riviera International Conference Centre does have a car park which will be available on the day which is pay and display. This car park does fill up very quickly on the day with the next available car parks being Torre Valley or Shedden Hill. All parking details can be found here

Arrival time

It is important to allow yourself plenty of time on arrival to collect and dress in your gown and hood. We suggest arriving two hours before your ceremony begins. A reception area will be available to enjoy the event with your guests once you have collected your robes.

What to wear

The occasion is formal and so we ask graduates to wear appropriate formal attire underneath their gown. Please also wear sensible footwear as you will be expected to collect your award on stage.

Robe collection

You will need to give yourself plenty of time to be able to collect your robe and be dressed. We suggest arriving around anywhere up to two hours before your ceremony is due to begin. Once you are dressed there will be opportunity to mingle with family, friends, staff and peers as well as enjoy the refreshments available.

Guest information

Guests are asked to dress formally on the day. They may arrive at the same time as graduands but will be asked to wait to be seated separately when the ceremony seating begins. Guests that arrive without a ticket will only be admitted if space allows. It is not recommended that children under 8 years of age attend due to the nature and length of the ceremony but if they are in attendance will need a ticket if they are over the age of two years. Children under the age of two years will need to sit on the lap of a paying guest.

Ceremony and reception

Your graduation ceremony will last approximately two hours and a reception with cream tea will be available before the ceremony begins. There will also be a paid bar available with drinks and snacks if preferred. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact the Graduation team at [email protected] for assistance.

Souvenir programme

All graduands and their guests will be offered a complimentary souvenir programme on arrival to take away as a memory of your special day.