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My Graduation Ceremony

When do I need to arrive?

You will need to be at the venue, so we can confirm your attendance and you can collect your gown and attend photography, at least an hour and a half before the ceremony.

If you arrive less than 45 minutes before your ceremony, you will be too late to sit in the ceremony and process with your peers, although we will arrange for you to participate in the ceremony.

All tickets (student & guests) are to be collected in person by the student at Registration on the day of the ceremony. The doors to the theatre will be open an hour before the ceremony starts. Guests may not be permitted to enter the theatre after the ceremony has started.

What will happen during my ceremony?

When you register with the Graduation Team on the day of your ceremony you will be given a ticket with your name, student ID and seat number. You will need to be in your seat 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to begin.

You should remain in your assigned seat when you enter the theatre as pre-ceremony checks, including ticket checks, will be completed by Marshals. This is to ensure that you cross the stage and receive your degree in the correct order and at the appropriate time. Once the ceremony has started, graduating students will be prompted by the Marshals when it is time to receive their award.

Students will walk across the stage, shake hands with the Presiding Officers and leave the stage.

Ceremonies last for an average of 90 minutes however some larger ceremonies may last up to two hours. Food and drink (apart from bottled water) are not permitted in the IAC.

When do I get my certificate?*

As you leave the stage you will be handed your certificate. If you have received your certificate before Graduation you will still cross the stage but will be handed a congratulatory letter.

Can I leave the theatre after I have crossed the stage? 

No. However, if graduating students or any of their guests need to temporarily leave the theatre for any reason, they should obtain a re-admittance pass as they leave the theatre – staff will be on duty at the exit portals to advise.

What should I do if I can't shake hands with the Presiding Officer?

If you do not wish to shake hands with the Presiding Officer when you cross the stage please carry a Graduation Programme (available at Registration) in your right hand. This way the Presiding Officers will doff (tip) their mortar board (hat) to you instead of offering you their hand to shake.

What should I do if I have additional requirements during the ceremony?

Please detail any additional requirements due to disabilty you may have in the appropriate section of the eVision Invitation Task. You will then be contacted by a member of the Graduation Team closer to the time of your ceremony to talk through your concerns and confirm any arrangements that can be made.

What happens after my ceremony?

There will be a complimentary drink available on the day, for graduating students and all guests with a paid ticket. There are also a number of bars and restaurants within walking distance of the venue.

What is the 'Graduation Programme'?

Names of all those who have successfully completed their programme of study will be printed in the official Graduation programme, provided they have been awarded by 19th June 2020.

If you do not wish to be included in the printed programme please email awarding@brunel.ac.uk

Where can I purchase Graduation memorabilia?

The Union of Brunel Students offer a fantastic range of memorabilia to commemorate your Graduation.

The Union Shop can be found here -  https://brunelstudents.com/shop/

*Receiving your certificate

In most cases, your certificate will be issued to you during the ceremony. If you are not attending your ceremony you must complete the certificate task found in the 'my Course'>'Award' section of eVision, detailing how you wish to receive your certificate. Certificates are not dispatched automatically and only by completing the eVision task will your certificate be produced.

If you have any problems logging in to your eVision account then please contact our student centre via email; student.centre@brunel.ac.uk or by phone on; +44 (0)1895 268268 and they will be able to assist you.

Where awards are agreed much earlier than June, you may choose to receive your degree certificate prior to graduation. You can request collection or postal delivery of your certificate via the 'my Course'>'Award' section of eVision. The date this will be available will be shown on your results page. If you have already received your certificate, you will be given a letter of congratulations when you cross the stage at your ceremony.

Please note that if you do not arrive for graduation, we will not be able to post your certificate until August 2020.