University of Bath

What to do on the day of your graduation ceremony

Where to be and when, how you get your gown and have photographs taken, and what happens during your ceremony.

Preparing for graduation

Your graduation ceremony is the celebration of your success and we want everything to go as smoothly as possible.

Know your timings

Specific timings are available on your ceremony event page. Make sure you read them properly and tell your guests what they should do.

Registering and getting tickets

Registration closes one hour before your ceremony.

Bring your library card, or other photo ID, to the registration desk in Bath Pavilion to register and collect tickets for you and your guests.

No one is allowed into Bath Abbey without a ticket.

Getting your gown

Gowning takes place in Bath Pavilion. You need your booking confirmation from Ede & Ravenscroft to collect your gown.

Gowning is open from 8am to 7pm each day. We recommend that you collect your gown immediately after registration. You must be gowned at least 45 minutes before your ceremony.

Having photographs taken

Ede & Ravenscroft will be open for photography each day between 8am and 7pm. You can have your photograph taken at any point during the day.

Official photographs are also taken during the ceremony. Speak with Ede & Ravenscroft about how to get copies.

The University also publishes some photographs on the Award Ceremonies web section during the week.

Taking part in your ceremony

Getting to the Abbey

It takes around five to ten minutes to walk from Bath Pavilion to Bath Abbey.

Getting to your seat

The doors to Bath Abbey will open approximately 50 minutes before your ceremony.

Students and guests with specific requirements should speak with ushers who can provide assistance.

Graduand seating

You must be registered, gowned and in your seat, 20 minutes before your ceremony starts. You should enter the Abbey through the south-east door, off Kingston Parade.

Your ticket will have a seat number. You must sit in the correct seat so that you are in the right order for collecting your certificate.

Guest seating

Your guests should enter through the main doors at the front of the Abbey and be seated no later than 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

During your ceremony

Your ceremony will last for about an hour. At the right point in the ceremony, ushers will direct you to the side of the stage.

When your name is called, move to the centre of the stage where you will shake hands with, or bow to, the Presiding Officer of the Ceremony, then continue across the stage toward your Head of Department who will present you with your award certificate.

There are ramps onto and down from the stage.

Ushers will direct you back to your seat. You and your guests should remain seated until the ceremony formally concludes.