Please see the sections below for further information about the graduation ceremony and etiquette for the day.
The ceremony opens
Once the ceremony has started we regret that guests may not be able to enter the hall. The Graduands’ Procession enters the hall and graduands make their way to their seats. The assembly (audience) remains seated at this point.
Shortly afterwards, the Chancellor’s Procession enters the hall. The assembly should rise and remain standing until the Chancellor invites guests to be seated.
The Chancellor of the University will declare the ceremony open and deliver their opening address. This will be followed by an opening address from the Principal and Vice-Chancellor. The Chancellor will then proceed to the conferral of degrees and other awards, beginning with the conferral of honorary degrees.
The conferment of degrees
Graduands are presented to the Chancellor in the following order: Honorary Degrees, Higher Degrees, First Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Recipients are presented by their Head of Faculty.
As you cross the stage as a graduand, you will be met first by the Chancellor of the University, who will confer your degree by ‘capping’ you lightly on the head. You will then shake hands with the Principal and Vice-Chancellor. On leaving the stage you will be presented with your award documentation.
The Chancellor confers awards on all graduands who are present on the day, and then on those candidates who are unable to be present.
The ceremony ends
The Chancellor declares the ceremony closed. The assembly is asked to rise when the music begins, and to remain standing while the Chancellor’s and Graduates’ Processions leave the hall.
Graduation ceremonies are among the most formal and ceremonial of all University events, so you may find the following guidelines helpful.