Newman University Graduation 2017

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Newman University Graduation 2017

Newman University Graduation 2017


Welcome to the Graduation homepage! 

This year’s Graduation Ceremonies will be taking place on Thursday 26 October 2017 at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.  There is an 11am ceremony and a 3pm ceremony.

The Graduation Confirmation will open on mynewman at the end of August (after the bank holiday).

You will find information about this year’s ceremonies, including information about the day and academic dress on these pages.

For details about eligibility to attend Graduation (i.e. Final Year Resits or Masters), click here.

Graduation Confirmation

For details about eligibility to attend Graduation (i.e. Final Year Resits or Masters), click here.


To complete Graduation Confirmation, you should go to the task on the mynewman home page (available at the end of August).  This will lead you through all the steps required, including confirming your name and current address, regardless of whether you wish to attend, graduate in absentia or defer your graduation.

If you do not have access to mynewman, you will be sent a link to allow you to log-in.


Confirming your attendance means coming to the Graduation ceremony, where you will cross the stage and receive your award certificate.  You will be required to wear academic dress, if you attend Graduation.  You can purchase guest tickets for family and friends.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony after you have confirmed your attendance, you must inform the Graduation team as soon as possible.

Graduating in Absentia

Confirming that you wish to graduate in absentia means that you will not attend the Graduation ceremony.  Your award certificate will be sent by Recorded Delivery after the date of the ceremonies.

Once you have confirmed that you are graduating in absentia, you will be removed from further Graduation correspondence.  If you have not received your award certificate by 24 November 2017, please contact the Graduation team.

Deferring Graduation

By confirming your intention to defer your Graduation to next year’s ceremonies, you acknowledge that the production of your award certificate will be delayed until then.  This means that the date on your award certificate will not be the date of the Board at which it was agreed, or this year’s Graduation, but will be the date of next year’s Graduation (Tuesday 23 October 2018).

After confirming your intention, you must send a formal request in writing, outlining the reasons for your deferral.  Requests will be considered by the Graduation Manager and a formal confirmation will be sent to those that are agreed, after which you will receive no further Graduation correspondence for the current year.  Requests for deferrals received after the deadline will not be considered.

On Graduation Day

Before the Ceremony

Prior to the Ceremony

You are advised to arrive at least 2 hours before the start of your ceremony, in order to:

1. Register and collect your graduand seating ticket
2. Collect your pre-ordered academic dress
3. Have your photographs taken
4. Take your designated seat within the auditorium

Due to the number of graduands attending each Ceremony, you are strongly advised to arrive at Symphony Hall as early as you can (at least 2 hours before the start of your ceremony) in order to allow the time required to register, have your academic dress fitted and your photographs taken, prior to the start of your Ceremony.

When you arrive, you are asked to register at the Registration Desks, which are located by to the main entrance to the Symphony Hall auditorium. You will be asked to register using the number provided to you in your confirmation letter in October.

When you register you will be given your graduand seating ticket, which confirms the number of your designated seat within the auditorium. You must retain your graduand seating ticket, as you will be required to present this to your Programme Leader or Head of Subject when you go on stage. This ensures that the correct name is announced as you cross the stage.

Once you have registered, you will be directed to the robing hall where you will be fitted with your pre-ordered academic dress. You may then proceed to the photography hall to commemorate your special day with a portrait, before returning to Symphony Hall to take your designated seat within the auditorium.

The registration desks will open at 9.00am for the morning ceremony and 1.00pm for the afternoon ceremony, with the robing hall and photography studios open from 8.30am to 6.00pm.

The robing and photography queues will close 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to begin, so if you are not able to have your photograph taken before the ceremony, you can return after your ceremony has finished. Please note that those graduands returning for photographs after the morning ceremony are advised to return at 3.00pm, when the afternoon ceremony begins, as graduands from the afternoon ceremony will begin arriving prior to the end of morning ceremony.

To reduce the length of queues experienced in previous years, only graduands will be permitted to enter the robing hall. Please note that staff from Newman University will be on hand to guide you through the process of registering and collecting your academic dress.

Once you have been fitted with your academic dress and had your photographs taken, you and your guests are asked to make your way to back to the main Symphony Hall auditorium.  Mortarboards must not be worn in the main hall. You are only permitted to wear your mortarboard once the ceremony has ended.

We advise your guests to take their seats as soon as possible once the main doors to the auditorium have opened and to choose their seats within the designated seating level. Please note that doors will open at 9.45am for the morning ceremony and 1.45pm for the afternoon ceremony.

Please also ensure that you leave any personal belongings with your guests, or in the ICC Cloakroom. Do not take these with you into the main hall.

All graduands and guests must be seated at least 15 minutes before the morning and afternoon ceremonies commence, as the doors to the auditorium will close at 10.45am and 2.45pm, respectively, and will not be re-opened until each ceremony has ended. Therefore, if you, or any of your guests, are not seated by the time the doors close, you will not be permitted to enter the auditorium.

Please ensure that all mobile phones are turned off, before you, and your guests, enter the auditorium. You are not permitted to use these during the ceremony.

Once you enter the auditorium, you will be met by Symphony Hall and Newman University staff, who will ask to see your graduand seating ticket and direct you to your designated seat. You must sit in your allocated seat, as this corresponds to the order in which you will be taken onto the stage. You must also retain your seating ticket, as you are required to present it to your Programme Leader or Head of Subject on stage.

If you lose your seating ticket before entering the auditorium, please inform a member of staff on the Registration Desks, so that you can be given a replacement.

Your guests are asked to enter the auditorium via the door number indicated on their ticket, which corresponds to the seating level they have been allocated. As guests are not allocated specific seats within their designated seating level, we advise that they arrive early to take their seats, once the doors to the auditorium open for each ceremony, at 10.45am and 2.45pm, respectively.

Seating is reserved for guests with restricted mobility and the rest of their party, where required. Seating is also available for those guests in wheelchairs and a companion, in the boxes that run alongside the reserved seating area. As this area is limited, we regret that only one companion can be seated in the box. However, any remaining guests will be seated within the reserved seating area, so that they can sit in close proximity to each other.

Each Graduand will receive one free Graduation Programme when they register.  Further programmes will be available for sale from the Information Desk.  The programme includes the names of all Graduands and the order in which the awards are conferred at each ceremony, as well as indicating when the congregation is required to stand and sit during the ceremony.

The Ceremony
The ceremony will begin when the procession (which is comprised of VIPs, Honorary Graduands, Governors and representatives of Newman University) enters the auditorium.

Graduands will be called up in a specific order according to their relevant programme of study. An usher will indicate when it is your time to stand and make your way on stage. You must take your seating ticket with you and ensure that you stay in the same order as you were when seated.

You will then wait at the side of the stage until you are directed forward to present your seating ticket to your Programme Leader or Head of Subject at the podium. When your name is announced you will make your way across the stage to shake hands with the Vice Chancellor and Principal before continuing across and offstage, where you will receive your award certificate. Once you have received your award certificate you must return quickly and quietly to your seat as indicated by the usher.

If you feel that you may have difficulty in making your way up to, across, or from the stage, please ensure that this is clearly indicated on the enclosed Attendance Confirmation and Guest Ticket Request Form, so that alternative arrangements can be made on your behalf.

If you should have a temporary disability at the time of the ceremony (e.g. broken leg), please ensure that you inform us prior to the day of the ceremony, so that alternative seating arrangements can be made.

After the Ceremony
Once the ceremony has been declared closed, the congregation is asked to stand and wait as the procession leaves the auditorium. Graduands will then follow the procession out of the auditorium, followed by their guests. Please ensure that you wait until all members of the procession have left the auditorium before you begin to leave.

Once you have left the auditorium, you are asked to make your way back to the Gowning Return Desk (located outside the entrance to the robing hall) to return your academic dress, unless you have requested and paid for extended hire with Ede and Ravenscroft Limited.

One you have returned your academic dress, you are free to continue your celebrations!


Guest Tickets

GUEST TICKETS – information based on 2016 ceremonies

As the Graduand, your ticket is free.

ALL guests are required to have a ticket; £23.00 each for adults, £13.00 each for children (12 years and under) plus booking fee (see below).  All ticket prices include VAT.  For health and safety reasons & Symphony Hall requirements, all children regardless of age, must be allocated a seat and therefore require a ticket.

Graduands can purchase tickets through the Symphony Hall booking office by following the link at the end of the Graduation Confirmation task on mynewman.  Booking fees are £2.50 per ticket for online booking and £3 per ticket for telephone and counter bookings.  For tickets requiring postage, an additional £1.50 will be added.

Guest tickets are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, by purchase.  This year (2017) we are trialling unlimited ticket sales.

Income generated by guest tickets sales assist in covering the costs associated with holding our Graduation Ceremonies at Symphony Hall.  No profit is made by the University.

Guests will be allocated a specific seat (Graduands do not sit with their guests) and individual requirements (i.e. mobility issues, sight or hearing problems) should be stated at the time of booking.  Seating is available for guests in wheelchairs and a companion.  As this area is limited, only one companion can be seated in the box.

If any of your guests are unable to attend, please inform the Symphony Hall booking office.  Requests for refunds on guest tickets must be made by Friday 20 October 2017.  Any requests received after this date may not be refunded.





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