Hull College Graduation 2018

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Hull College Graduation 2018

The dates for this year’s graduation ceremonies have now been confirmed as above

Graduation is a truly memorable event and gives you the opportunity to celebrate your success. The formal part of the event includes guest speakers and the conferment of your award and this is complemented by a range of offers from outlets throughout the city to help you celebrate with friends and family.

The College also awards a number of prizes and scholarships to HE students and if you are lucky enough to be awarded one of these then you will also be presented with this at the ceremony.

Please read through the below information carefully as it contains everything you need regarding your ceremony, confirmation of attendance and hiring of gown.

The College’s award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at the Hull City Hall, a short walk away from the College (see location maps section for directions). There are two ceremonies. The Faculty of Arts ceremony will commence at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.30pm. The Faculty of Business and Science ceremony will commence at 4.30pm and finish at approximately 6.30pm.

Booking is now open here and will close on Monday 10 October 2017.

Please arrive at Hull City Hall in time to register and collect tickets and be gowned and photographed (if applicable,) before making your way to the Main Hall to be seated at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.


Registration will take place at the entrance to the Mortimer Suite. If you are attending the 11.30am ceremony then you need to register between 9 – 11am. For the 4.30pm ceremony you will need to register between 2pm and 4pm. It is important that you register otherwise your name will not be announced during the ceremony.


‘William Northam’, Robemakers & Photographers will be available at the City Hall between 9am and 4pm. Alternatively you will be able to have your photograph taken after the ceremony closes.

Seating arrangements

The City Hall’s Health and Safety regulations require that all participants and guests at the ceremonies must be seated. Children over 2 years of age must have their own seat in the City Hall and therefore need to be included in your ticket allocation. Please note prams and pushchairs will not be permitted inside the main hall.

Graduands must book their tickets for themselves and their guests through William Northam. Please note that admission to the ceremony is by ticket only and non-ticket holders cannot be accommodated.

In order that the ceremony proceeds smoothly, graduands must sit in the seat allocated to them.

Format for the day

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 11.30am ceremony

  • 9am – 11am Collect robes from the Hull City Hall
  • 9am – 11am Registration and photographs
  • 10.30am City Hall doors open for guests
  • 11.15am Graduands and guests to be seated in the Main Hall
  • 11.30am Ceremony commences
  • 1.30pm Ceremony finishes
  • 7pm Gowns to be returned to ‘William Northam’

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 4.30pm ceremony

  • 2pm – 4pm Collect robes from the Hull City Hall
  • 2pm – 4pm Registration and photographs
  • 3.30pm City Hall doors open for guests
  • 4.15pm Graduands and guests to be seated in the Main Hall
  • 4.30pm Ceremony commences
  • 6.30pm Ceremony finishes
  • 7pm Gowns to be returned to ‘William Northam’notextile.

What happens on the day of my graduation?

This is a formal occasion so please dress in a smart presentable fashion. All graduands are required to wear full academic dress for the ceremony (gown, hood and cap.) Please note that you will not be able to pass across the stage to collect your certificate if you are not dressed appropriately.

When arriving at the City Hall, entrance is via the Mortimer Suite. Please sign in at the registration desks and bring your e-ticket print out with you – without this you will not be registered to graduate. Student and guest tickets for the ceremony will be issued once you have registered. Please note that graduands will sit separately from guests.

The official photographers will be in the Mortimer Suite and we suggest you are photographed immediately after being dressed as there may not be the opportunity once the ceremony has finished.

You should be seated in the Main Hall half an hour before the ceremony commences. There will be staff on hand to show you to your seat.

The ceremony will last for approximately 2 hours. At the opening and close of the ceremony please stand whilst the platform party process in and out of the Main Hall.

Award Certificates

Please note: If possible your certificate will be presented at the ceremony. Otherwise it will be posted to you as soon as possible afterwards. Please contact the HE Registry on 01482 313493 if you have a query regarding your certificate. Please also make sure that your correct address is recorded with our Data Services team as the College cannot be held responsible for non delivery of certificates. Should you require a duplicate certificate from the relevant validating University because you have lost it or failed to advise the College of a change of address, please apply directly to the University concerned. A charge will be incurred for replacement certificates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to attend an award ceremony?

You will only be allowed to graduate if your award is confirmed by the Board of Examiners and you have no outstanding debts to the College.

When and where is my graduation ceremony taking place?

The Higher Education graduation ceremony is taking place at the Hull City Hall on Wednesday 18 October 2017.

I can’t make the date of my graduation – can I swap to a different day?

The ceremony takes place on Wednesday 18 October 2017 only.

Is there anything I need to do in preparation for my graduation?

Yes, you should confirm your attendance and hire (or purchase) your gown using the online booking system here. Please ensure that your correct correspondence address is recorded at the College.

How many guests can I bring?

If you are graduating from the Faculty of Arts you will be allocated up to 4 guest tickets. For the Faculty of Business & Science you will have up to 3 guest tickets – please confirm these when booking your place. The availability of any additional tickets will be posted here shortly before the ceremony and will be allocated on a first come first served basis only.

When should I expect my tickets to arrive?

Your tickets will be issued on the day of the ceremony when you arrive to register rather than being posted to you.

I am (or a member of my graduation party) is disabled, what should I do?

Please indicate on the booking form if either you or any of your guests are disabled. It is important to contact us before guest tickets are issued in case special seating arrangements are required.

I am not sure if I have any outstanding debts to the College, should I check?

Yes – if you have any outstanding debt to the college on the 29th July 2017 you will not be permitted to graduate. If you have a debt and have already told us that you are attending, you will receive a letter from the College’s Finance department informing you that you must clear your debt before you can graduate. If you have any queries please contact the College helpdesk on 01482 329943.

What if my plans change and I can’t attend my degree ceremony?

Please contact the Marketing Office via email –

My friend has not received any graduation information; can I let them have mine?

Please do not pass this graduation information to other people – there may be a reason why they haven’t received any. They should contact the College’s Marketing Office to find out why.

Gown Hire

Wm Northam & Co. Ltd,PO Box 450, Fengate,Peterborough, PE1 5RF

Online ordering

Thank you for ordering your gowns from ‘William Northam’, (the appointed official robemaker). The unique academic dress of Hull College comprises a gown, hood and mortarboard. Hired gowns will be available for collection prior to the ceremony in the Mortimer Suite at the Hull City Hall.

Please note that you should wear the academic dress of the degree you are being awarded, not the academic dress of a degree which you may already hold.

All your requirements can be booked online at which will enable you to receive your confirmation and order reference in one easy transaction.

Before you start, please review the following information. In particular you will need to have available:

  • The name of the award which you will be receiving
  • The time and date of your ceremony
  • Your chest size and height
  • Your hat size (see below for how to measure this)
  • Your credit/debit card details

When hiring your gown online, remember to print out your order confirmation and bring it with you on the day of the ceremony when you collect your outfit. Failure to do so will result in a delay when collecting your gown. The option to buy your graduation outfit is also available online.

Telephone ordering

If you do not have access to a computer, you may hire or buy from William Northam’s Call Centre on 0870 2401852 (calls will be charged at national call rates). You will need to have the same information available as when ordering online.The Call Centre’s opening hours are 9am -5pm Monday-Friday. (Calls may be recorded for staff training.) Facilities for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing or those with speech impairment are available using a Textphone. Dial 1800101223861854 to access the RNID Typetalk system.

Please book early to guarantee your order ‘William Northam’, Robemakers & Photographers cannot always guarantee an order if you leave your booking later than 21 days before your ceremony. If it is less than 21 days before the ceremony, please check Northam’s website to see if your ceremony date option is still available, or telephone Northam’s operators at the Call Centre.

Measuring your hat size

Measure the circumference of your head approximately one inch above your eyebrows, and state the measurements in inches or centimetres.Special needs Should you require an extra large or small gown, please make this clear when ordering. ‘William Northam’, Robemakers & Photographers will endeavour to meet your requirements.

Additional time

This option will enable you to take a hired gown home for a maximum of seven days after the ceremony date. Note that the gown must be returned at the HIRER’S expense to William Northam’s Hire Dept. (a return bag will be supplied), and not to the College.

Please note: ‘During the continuance of the hiring, the hirer shall indemnify ‘William Northam’, Robemakers & Photographers against loss or damage to the gown or gowns which are subject to this agreement or any part thereof from whatever cause arising and whether or not such loss or damage results from the negligence of the hirer. Hired academic dress must not be taken out of the United Kingdom.’

Photographic Suggestions

Glasses – If worn may give reflections. We would therefore suggest that unless you wear them all the time you consider not wearing glasses for your portrait. If in doubt please consult your photographer.Appearance – Please check your hair and attire before having your portrait taken as we cannot be held responsible for your appearance. Mirrors are provided for this purpose.What to Wear – For men, a dark single-breasted suit or jacket, together with a shirt and tie always looks smart. Ladies will find that a front buttoned blouse under a suit or jacket, or some means of securing the hood in place, such as a brooch, is always helpful.