Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to attend my graduation ceremony?
No. Attendance at your Graduation Ceremony is not compulsory but is a memorable day for you, your parents, family and friends.
I can't attend the Ceremony, can I come next year?
All students who have either completed their award or are due to complete their award this year (by a given deadline) will be invited to attend the forthcoming Graduation. If you are invited this year, you may not attend a ceremony in a subsequent year. Please email the graduation team with your query.
Can I choose which ceremony to attend?
No. You must attend the Graduation ceremony that is allocated to your School of Study.
I've confirmed my place but I'm now unable to attend, what should I do?
Once you have had your award conferred by an award board and have registered to attend your ceremony, the cost of guest reception tickets is only refundable in exceptional circumstances. Please be sure your guests will be able to attend before purchasing tickets. Refund requests should be made in writing to the Graduation Office.
I've ordered tickets but have been unsuccessful in completing my award, what should I do?
If your award is not confirmed by the 26th July 2019 as expected and you have bought guest reception tickets, please email email@example.com including your student number and you will get a full refund.
What happens to my Certificate?
Certificates will be posted to students' home addresses after the events. It is therefore vital that you keep the University up to date with your contact details.
Are children permitted at the ceremony?Graduation ceremonies are lengthy formal occasions. Experience has shown that children do get bored and restless. If you do decide to bring a young child as your guest and they require a seat then they will need a guest ticket of their own and must be accompanied by an adult.
Children under 3 years of age who can sit on another guest's lap will not require a ticket.
Pushchairs are not permitted in the Cathedral due to narrow walkways that need to be kept clear for students and the platform party.
I'm a prize winner, but I'm not graduating. What do I need - robes/tickets etc?
You are required to wear robes. If you are bringing guests then they will need guest tickets for the ceremony. You will be sent information about guest tickets when you are informed about your prize. If you need further information, please contact the Graduation Office.
Can I take my own photos/video?
Taking photographs and video is permitted in the Cathedral, however, we would request guests be considerate of others and not block aisles or exits, in order to comply with Health & Safety regulations.
How long does the ceremony last?
Each Ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes.
What happens after the Ceremony?
Students will have some time after the Ceremony to take photographs outside of the Cathedral.
You will be able to look at the photographs which were taken at the Cathedral and order any memorabilia that you require in Chapter House adjacent to the cathedral
Canapes & Fizz will then be served back at Writtle University College to those who have pre-booked tickets immediately after each ceremony.