Buckinghamshire New University Graduation

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Buckinghamshire New University Graduation

Graduation 2017

Graduation is an important day for you and your guests and we want to ensure you have an enjoyable and memorable time. You will find all the information you need to help you prepare for your graduation including registering your attendance, booking tickets, gowns and photography. Read through all the information carefully and if you have any queries please contact the graduation team.

Dates and ceremonies for 2017

Ceremony Dates and Times

The ceremony

The ceremonies start at 11am or 2.30pm. Each ceremony will last around an hour. Please note that you must be in your seat half an hour before the start so that faculty staff can explain the ceremony proceedings to you. You are strongly advised not to take bags or personal belongings with you into the theatre. You are not allowed to take any beverages or alcohol purchased from the theatre bar into the auditorium.

You will be seated in the stalls in strict alphabetical order within each course. This is the order you will cross the stage in. Find your allocated seat as soon as you enter the auditorium and then remain seated. Faculty staff and the theatre ushers will be in the auditorium to assist you and ensure that you find the right seat.

When the ceremony starts everyone will stand while the academic procession enters. Once the procession has reached the platform and the Vice-Chancellor has declared the ceremony open, everyone will sit down.


Faculty staff will direct you during the presentation. At the appropriate moment you and others in your row will be asked to form a line to the side of the auditorium. Do not change seats or position in the line-up for the presentation as you will not be in the correct order for the presenter to read out your name.

Please do not carry anything with you on to the stage. When it is your turn, the presenter will read out your name and you will cross the stage to shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor. If you do not wish to shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor for personal reasons or cultural observance please contact the Graduation Team in advance, who will advise you how to indicate this to the Vice-Chancellor as you approach her on the stage.

You must return to the same seat after you have crossed the stage. At the end of the ceremony you will be asked to stand up and wait for everyone on the stage to process out of the theatre. Please wait by your seats until the faculty staff tell you to leave.

You must wear your mortarboard throughout the ceremony and when processing out of the auditorium.