Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2024 will take place during the week of 9th-13th September 2024.

All graduands eligible to attend September’s graduation ceremonies will receive an email with the time and date of their specific ceremony. From this email you will be able to confirm your attendance at graduation and request any guest tickets for the ceremony. You will also be able to book your academic dress (gown, hood and mortar board), which is mandatory for graduation, as well as a selection of photography options for the day if you wish.

  • The deadline for confirming your attendance at our September ceremonies is Friday 2nd August 2024.
  • Guest tickets will then be allocated to our graduands and we will request payment on Thursday 8th August 2024.
  • The deadline for ticket payment will be Tuesday 27th August 2024.
  • The deadline for booking your academic robes will be Tuesday 27th August 2024.

On the day of your ceremony, you will first check in and collect your tickets and gown as well as have the opportunity for professional photography in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building on the Ƶ’s Severn Campus.

You’ll then make your way to your ceremony, which will be held at the magnificent Worcester Cathedral.

Following the ceremony, all graduates plus their guests with tickets and Ƶ staff are invited to return to the Severn Campus for a celebratory drinks reception at the Ƶ Arena.

You can view the ceremony information below as well as checking our Ceremony Schedules for timings of the day. We also recommend taking a look at the Graduation FAQs, which are full of useful information about all aspects of graduation. If you have a specific question that is not answered on these pages, then you can get in touch with us at graduation@worc.ac.uk

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The Ceremonies

We will be holding three ceremonies each on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September, and two ceremonies on Thursday 12th September. Please see below for full details of timings.

Schedule of ceremonies
Ceremony Academic School 
Tuesday 10th, 10.00am 

School of Sport & Exercise Science

School of Science and the Environment 

Tuesday 10th, 12.30pm  School of Psychology
Tuesday 10th, 3.00pm  Worcester Business School
Wednesday 11th, 10.00am 

School of Allied Health and Community

Wednesday 11th, 12.30pm 

School of Arts

School of Humanities 

Wednesday 11th, 3.00pm  Institute of Education 1 
Thursday 12th, 10.00am 

Three Counties School of Nursing & Midwifery 

Three Counties Medical School

Thursday 12th, 12.30pm  Institute of Education 2 

 

10.00 am ceremony timings

7.30 - 8.45am - Arrive at Severn campus for check-in, ticket collection, robing and photography

Walk to Cathedral - allow 25/30 minutes

9.20am - Latest arrival time at the Cathedral (there is no admittance to the Cathedral prior to 8.30)

9.30am - All Graduates and guests seated in Cathedral

10.00am - Ceremony starts

11.30am - Ceremony ends

Walk back to Severn campus - allow 25/30 minutes 

12.00 noon - 1.30pm - Reception at Severn campus

12.30 pm ceremony timings

10.00 - 11.15am - Arrive at Severn campus for check-in, ticket collection, robing and photography

Walk to Cathedral - allow 25/30 minutes

11.50am - Latest arrival time at the Cathedral

12.00 noon - All Graduates and guests seated in Cathedral

12.30pm - Ceremony starts

2.00pm - Ceremony ends

Walk back to Severn campus - allow 25/30 minutes 

2.30 - 4.00pm - Reception at Severn campus

3.00 pm ceremony timings

12.30 - 1.45pm - Arrive at Severn campus for check-in, ticket collection, robing and photography

Walk to Cathedral - allow 25/30 minutes

2.20pm - Latest arrival time at the Cathedral

2.30pm - All Graduates and guests seated in Cathedral

3.00pm - Ceremony starts

4.30pm - Ceremony ends

Walk back to Severn campus - allow 25/30 minutes 

5.00 - 6.30pm - Reception at Severn campus

Arrangements on the day

There are three main parts to your graduation day:  preparing for your ceremony , the ceremony itself and the reception.

Before the Ceremony - Severn Campus

Download a map of Severn Campus.

Arrival at Severn Campus

You should aim to arrive at the Severn Campus around 2 hours before your ceremony. Full details can be found in our Ceremony Schedules. This will give you time to collect your gown, have your photograph taken and make your way to the Cathedral. Your guests can stay with you while you do this. 

There will be plenty of signage and staff on site to direct you.

Parking at Severn Campus

There will be limited free parking available at Severn Campus (WR2 5JN).

Should the Severn Campus car parks fill up then there is also free parking available at our St John's Campus car park M (WR2 6AJ) and the nearby Moors Car Park (WR1 3ED).

The nearest pay and display car parks to the Severn Campus are , , . 

Collecting your tickets and gown - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building

The first thing you should do when you arrive is check in and collect your tickets and your academic gown and mortar board (cap) from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building. This is the large, golden-clad building that now houses the Medical School and was the former Worcester News building. It will be well signposted on the day. 

Collecting your tickets

When you enter the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building you will need to collect your ticket and your guests' tickets. Please keep your tickets with you, as you and your guests will need them at the Cathedral and to access the reception. 

Collecting your gown

Once you've got your tickets staff will be ready to take your name and to give you your specially reserved gown. Your guests can stay with you while you do this.

Photography - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building

Once you’ve got your gown on, it’s time for your official photography. Follow the signs to the photography studios, which are also in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building. The optional photography should be booked in advance, so you simply need to arrive at the studio. Your guests are also very welcome to join you for the photographs.

You can bring a small number of extra friends and family with you for the professional photography (even if they are not attending the ceremony). You will have the opportunity to buy your photos at the reception in the university of the Ƶ Arena.

You can find out more on the 

If you have chosen not to have photographs, you will be directed out of the building and can make your way directly to the Cathedral. The Cathedral does not allow indoor photography.

Facilities at the Severn Campus

The Severn Campus has toilets, including disabled toilets, which will be open throughout the day.

Our Starbucks coffee shop will also be open for light refreshments.

Staff will be available across the site, but if you need urgent help, please visit the Main Reception desk in the Ƶ Arena.  

Travel to the Cathedral (graduates and guests)

Once you have collected your gown and tickets and had your photographs taken, it’s time to go to the Cathedral.

You and your guests will need to make your own way to the Cathedral. Transport is not provided.

There are two recommended walking routes to the Cathedral from Severn Campus. The shorter route includes steps and a short, steep hill. The slightly longer route is more accessible. Please view the route map for further details. You should allow about 25 minutes for the walk.

The entrance to the Cathedral is a flat walkway. Graduands access and exit the stage via a short ramp – please bear this in mind when choosing footwear. 

You may also choose to drive to the Cathedral. There is no parking or drop off available at the Cathedral itself. If you are driving, you will need to park at a public pay and display car park.

The nearest car parks to the Cathedral are , ,  and . 

You will need to be at the Cathedral at least 40 minutes before your ceremony. This gives you time to get checked in and seated.  

Guest seating at the Cathedral is on a first come, first served basis, so your guests will be able to choose where they sit.

This may be subject to change due to ongoing works in the Cathedral grounds.

There is no parking at the Cathedral

There is no parking or drop off available at the Cathedral itself. If you are driving, you will need to park at a public pay and display car park.

The nearest car parks to the Cathedral are , ,  and . 

If you need to be dropped off at the Cathedral, you are recommended to stop in the  and make your way up Severn Street to the ‘North door’. This may be subject to change due to ongoing works in the Cathedral grounds.

Two graduates standing in front of the screens at Graduation

The Ceremony - Worcester Cathedral

The Cathedral provides a splendid setting for the ceremonies, but due to the nature of the building some seats may have restricted views of proceedings.

To overcome this difficulty, the Ƶ arranges for screens to be placed around the Cathedral.

Arrival at the Cathedral

You should aim to be at the Cathedral at least 40 minutes before your ceremony is due to start.

When you arrive at the Cathedral, you will be directed to the ‘North door’. There will be staff outside the Cathedral to help direct you and answer questions.

There is no parking or drop off available at the Cathedral itself. If you are driving, you will need to park at a public pay and display car park. If you need to be dropped off, you are recommended to stop in the King Street Car Park and make your way up Severn Street to the ‘North door’.

Once you are in the Cathedral, in order to respect the wishes of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral you are requested to remove your mortar board whilst inside the Cathedral.

Ƶ/Cathedral staff may ask to check your bag.

Seating for Graduates

When you arrive at the Cathedral, staff will guide you in. All Graduates sit together.  You will sit in a pre-assigned seat - this will be allocated and you’ll receive your seat number details prior to the ceremony. This ensures that you are called up to the platform at the right moment. Seating at the Cathedral is mainly fixed and mostly wooden chairs or pews.

Seating for Guests

When you arrive at the Cathedral, staff will guide your guests in. Your guests are able to choose their seats, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you indicated a special requirement when you booked (i.e. a wheelchair space, for example), our staff will be expecting you and will be able to assist. Seating at the Cathedral is mainly fixed and mostly wooden chairs or pews

What happens during the ceremony?

During the ceremony, there will be speeches from Ƶ and Cathedral staff.

The highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of the graduates. A staff member will call you up from your seat at the right moment. When your name is read out, you will cross the stage and have a photograph taken. There is often lots of enthusiastic clapping!

You will need to access and exit the stage via a short ramp, so please remember this when choosing your footwear.

Once you have collected your certificate, staff members will direct you around the Cathedral and back to your seat. We plan to broadcast each ceremony via a live, online video stream, allowing friends and family who are not able to join to access this link from anywhere for free, including on a mobile device. This will be available to view on our website for two weeks after graduation week. All graduates attending the graduation ceremony will be filmed on stage as part of this live broadcast.

Photography in the Cathedral

You are not permitted to take photographs inside the Cathedral.

A professional photographer will take your photo when you cross the stage and you will be able to view and purchase this image, if you wish, through the 

You will be able to take your own photos when you return to the Severn Campus. 

Facilities at the Cathedral

There are , in the Cathedral cloisters.  These will be well-signposted.

There is a hearing loop available during the ceremonies and staff will be able to advise you on this.

There is a cafe at the Cathedral.

Find out more about the .

Leaving the Cathedral

When the ceremony concludes, there will be a short procession of staff from the stage, who will lead everyone out. Ushers will indicate when it is time for your row to stand and make your way out of the Cathedral.

When you leave the Cathedral, it’s very important that you continue to walk forward (i.e., not waiting by the doors) so that everyone can easily make their way out of the building.

You will have time to take photographs with fellow Graduates if you wish, but our staff will be encouraging everyone to begin their walk back to the Severn Campus as soon as possible.

The Reception - Ƶ Arena, Severn Campus

Reception timings

Depending on how quickly you return from the Cathedral, you should have about an hour at the reception.

Full details are in our Ceremony Schedules.

Your schedule will indicate a departure time for you and your guests. As we are managing site numbers carefully you will need to leave the site at your appointed time, so we are ready to welcome the next ceremony. 

Ƶ staff may ask to check your bag on arrival at the reception.

Do I have to attend the reception?

You do not have to attend your reception. You are very welcome to make your own plans following the ceremony, but it is essential that you promptly return your academic gown and cap to the Severn Campus. 

What’s happening at the reception?

The reception is a friendly, informal drinks reception, which will give you a chance to spend time with classmates and staff.

The reception also offers you the chance to take your own photographs in your cap and gown.

Returning your academic gown - Ƶ Arena

Gown return is located at the Ƶ Arena on Severn Campus and will be signposted.

Getting help on the day

Accessing assistance

If you need help on the day, look out for our many friendly staff and student ambassadors: most will either be wearing a blue student ambassador t-shirt, or a red academic gown, so they will be easy to spot!

If you have an emergency or require first-aid assistance, please report to the main reception desk at the Severn Campus. You can also telephone main reception on 01905 855 000.

Staying in touch after Graduation

Be part of the Alumni association

The Alumni Association is here to help you keep in touch with the Ƶ and with each other – you’ll be part of a worldwide network with thousands of other former students.

As one of our graduates, we’d love to keep you informed about careers support, alumni benefits, our suite of events and exciting opportunities linked with the Ƶ that you may be interested in. We also want to hear your news! We can help you keep in touch with old friends too.

Whether through practical or advisory involvement, the support and interest of our graduates makes a real difference to the experience of current and future students.

Get in touch with us at alumni@worc.ac.uk or search for us on Facebook. 

Careers Advisory Service

The Ƶ’s Careers and Advisory Service is here to support you after graduation.

We offer graduates:

  • Advice & guidance
  • Job vacancies
  • CVs and application support
  • Mock interviews

Contact us at: careers@worc.ac.uk , 01905 855166 and find out more on our .