His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will officiate as Chancellor at four of six ceremonies over the two days. An honorary graduate will also receive an honorary degree in each ceremony, including the recently retired Formula 1 racing champion Jenson Button. The honorary graduates are:
- Professor David Nutt - Edmund J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and one of the world’s leading experts in clinical and preclinical psychopharmacology (Tues 6 December, 10am)
- Dame Jilian Matheson - one of the UK’s leading statisticians, former Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority and former Head of the UK Government Statistical Service (Tues 6 December, 12.30pm)
- Baroness Catherine Ashton - one of the most distinguished British diplomats of recent times, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for Education and Skills, former Cabinet as Leader of the House of Lords, former European Commissioner for Trade, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (Tues 6 December, 3pm)
- Mr Paul Polman – CEO of Unilever, leading 172,000 employees worldwide, and noteworthy for his approach to environmental sustainability (Weds 7 December, 10am)
- Mr Jenson Button MBE - Formula One World Champion in 2009, he is third on the list of all time F1 starts, competing for 16 years and more than 300 races (Weds 7 December, 12.30pm)
- Mr Steve Tompkins – internationally renowned expert in theatre design, he studied architecture at the University of Bath in the early 1980s and has won more than 150 design awards (Weds 7 December, 3pm)
The Mayor of Bath, Councillor Paul Crossley, will attend the first ceremony to highlight the University’s civic links. During this ceremony an official, known as a bedel, will carry the University’s ceremonial four-foot long silver mace, which will join the city mace, symbolising the connection between town and gown.
A procession within the Assembly Rooms of many of the University’s senior officers and academics, led by the University Chancellor and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, will take place before and after each ceremony.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath said: 'Our students work incredibly hard in their studies and should rightly feel proud of their accomplishments. The graduation ceremonies are a chance to celebrate their successes, look back on their time at the University of Bath and look forward to the future.
'Our graduating students will be joined by families who travel from around the UK and across the world to celebrate with them, and we look forward to sharing in their day. I know that all staff who have played a part in their study or life at the University also take pride in the occasion.'
Students will graduate from the Faculties of Engineering & Design; Science; Humanities & Social Sciences; and the School of Management.
The ceremonies will begin at 10am, 12.30pm and 3pm on both days.
The ceremonies will be recorded and will be available to view online 48 hours after the ceremony.
Graduates can share photos using #BathGrads on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and there will be a #BathGrads Snapchat geofilter around the Assembly Rooms.