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 your 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 will be made available on your ceremony event page. Make sure you read them fully and tell your guests what they should do.

We recommend that you allow around 1 hour 45 minutes before the start of your ceremony to:

  • Arrive at Bath Pavilion to collect your gown and have photographs taken;

  • Make your way to the Theatre Royal, where your ceremony will take place (registration takes place 50 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony)

Please allow 20 minutes to walk from Bath Pavilion to the Theatre.

  • Be seated at the venue no later than 30 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony (doors will close 30 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony, for students and guests)

  • Hear the briefing by the Head Usher before your ceremony begins.

Getting to the Theatre Royal

You'll find a map and further information on the Theatre Royal page. Please ensure you allow enough time to get to the venue - the centre of Bath is likely to be very busy, and traffic will be heavier than usual.

Please note there is nowhere to leave suitcases and travel bags at the Theatre Royal. Café au Lait and Bath Luggage Storage Centre opposite the train station both offer luggage storage.

Getting your gown

Gowning takes place in Bath Pavilion page.

You'll need your booking confirmation from Ede & Ravenscroft to collect your gown. Gowning is open from 8.00am each day.

Please be aware that due to the number of students graduating, you are likely to experience queues when you're collecting your gown.

Having photographs taken

Ede & Ravenscroft will be open for photography each day from 8.00am.

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 pages during the week.

Taking part in your ceremony

Getting to your seat

You must enter the Theatre through the Scene Dock Doors on Monmouth Street. Your guests must enter through the main doors on Saw Close.

These doors will open approximately 50 minutes before your ceremony starts.

Student seating

You will be sent an email with the subject line "What to do on the day". This email will include your allocated seat number.

Please print this email and bring it with you to the Theatre Royal.

Students with specific requirements should speak with ushers if they require assistance.

If you have a bag of any size please leave it with your guests. You are not permitted to have a bag with you during the ceremony.

Guest seating

You will be sent emailed tickets for your guests.

Your guests must bring a copy of the ticket with them which they will be asked to show when they enter the Theatre.

No access will be permitted without a valid ticket.

Guests with specific requirements should speak with ushers if they require assistance.

During your ceremony

Your ceremony will last approximately one hour. Ushers and Marshals will be on hand throughout the ceremony to guide you to the right place.

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.

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

Getting your certificate

See the guide Getting your certificate.