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Graduation day timetable

Find out where you need to be and when on the day of your ceremony.

There are four ceremonies a day at 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm.

For more detailed information on what to expect on the day of your ceremony, visit our on the day webpage.

Timings for the 10am ceremony

From 8am

Collect your gown and have your official photographs taken.

Gown collection opens for you to collect your pre-ordered gown in the Tea Room. You can order your gown and photography in advance from Graduation Attire.

Guests do not need to accompany their graduate to collect their gown but can take part in photographs.

9am

Doors to the Ball Room at the Assembly Rooms open.

Ushers at the door will ask guests to show the ticket email sent out in advance.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk on entry to the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

9.30am

All graduates and guests should be seated.

Graduates must check-in at the registration desk before 9.45am to make sure their name is read out in the ceremony.

9.45am

Listen to the briefing by the Head Usher in the Ball Room 15 minutes before your ceremony begins.

The briefing will detail the procedure for crossing the stage and give guidance to guests on clapping and photography.

10am

Ceremony starts.

Latecomers will not be admitted so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

11am approx

Ceremony finishes.

5.00pm (8 December) or 7.00pm (6 and 7 December)

Photography studios close.

5.30pm (8 December) or 7.30pm (6 and 7 December)

Gown return deadline.

Please make sure you return your gown to avoid an additional charge.

Timings for the 12.30pm ceremony

From 8am

Collect your gown and have your official photographs taken.

Gown collection opens for graduates to collect their pre-ordered gown in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms. You can order your gown and photography in advance from Graduation Attire.

Guests do not need to accompany their graduate to collect their gown but can take part in photographs.

11.30am

Doors to the Ball Room in the Assembly Rooms open.

Ushers at the door will ask guests to show the ticket email sent out in advance.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk on entry to the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

12pm

All graduates and guests should be seated.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk at the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

Graduates must check-in at the registration desk before 12.15pm to make sure their name is read out in the ceremony.

12.15pm

Listen to the briefing by the Head Usher 15 minutes before your ceremony begins.

The briefing will detail the procedure for crossing the stage and give guidance to guests on clapping and photography.

12.30pm

Ceremony starts.

Latecomers will not be admitted so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

1.30pm approx

Ceremony finishes.

5.00pm (8 December) or 7.00pm (6 and 7 December)

Photography studios close.

5.30pm (8 December) or 7.30pm (6 and 7 December)

Gown return deadline.

Please make sure you return your gown to avoid an additional charge.

Timings for the 3pm ceremony

From 12.30pm

Collect your gown and have your official photographs taken.

Gown collection opens for graduates to collect their pre-ordered gown in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms at 8am, but priority will be given to those attending the earlier ceremonies until 12.30pm. You can order your gown and photography in advance from Graduation Attire.

Guests do not need to accompany their graduate to collect their gown but can take part in photographs.

2pm

Doors to the Ball Room at the Assembly Rooms open.

Ushers at the door will ask guests to show the ticket email sent out in advance.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk on entry to the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

2.30pm

All graduates and guests should be seated.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk at the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

2.45pm

Listen to the briefing by the Head Usher 15 minutes before your ceremony begins.

The briefing will detail the procedure for crossing the stage and give guidance to guests on clapping and photography.

Graduates must check-in at the registration desk before 2.45am to make sure their name is read out in the ceremony.

3pm

Ceremony starts.

Latecomers will not be admitted so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

4pm approx

Ceremony finishes.

5.00pm (8 December) or 7.00pm (6 and 7 December)

Photography studios close.

5.30 (8 December) or 7.30pm (6 and 7 December)

Gown return deadline.

Please make sure you return your gown to avoid an additional charge.

Timings for the 5.30pm ceremony

From 12.30pm

Collect your gown and have your official photographs taken.

Gown collection opens for graduates to collect their pre-ordered gown in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms at 8am, but priority will be given to those attending the earlier ceremonies until 12.30pm. You can order your gown and photography in advance from Graduation Attire.

Guests do not need to accompany their graduate to collect their gown but can take part in photographs.

4.30pm

Doors to the Ball Room at the Assembly Rooms open.

Ushers at the door will ask guests to show the ticket email sent out in advance.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the registration desk on entry to the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

5pm

All graduates and guests should be seated.

Graduates must check-in with staff at the Assembly Rooms before entering the Ball Room.

5.15pm

Listen to the briefing by the Head Usher 15 minutes before your ceremony begins.

The briefing will detail the procedure for crossing the stage and give guidance to guests on clapping and photography.

Graduates must check-in at the registration desk before 5.15pm to make sure their name is read out in the ceremony.

5.30pm

Ceremony starts.

Latecomers will not be admitted so please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

6.30pm approx

Ceremony finishes.

7pm

Photography studios close.

7.30pm

Gown return deadline.

Please make sure you return your gown to avoid an additional charge.