Arrival

When you arrive on campus, graduands should go to the Austin Pearce Building where you can collect your gown, and tickets if you have provided an overseas or campus address.

Information point

An information point, situated in the Austin Pearce building, will be available throughout the graduation days from 8am to 3:30pm. If you have any questions or queries, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help you. You should also collect your tickets from here if you have been unable to provide a UK postal address.

Disabled access

We have an access guide on the Austin Pearce building for those requiring it. For further information on getting around campus please see our accessibility information page.

Tickets

You should already have received your tickets in the post unless you provided an overseas or campus address, in which case your tickets will need to be collected from the information point in the Austin Pearce building. If you were granted additional tickets a few days before your ceremony you can also collect your tickets from here.

You will need to bring an email confirmation of your booking and some photo ID, such as your student card. No one can enter the Graduation ceremony without a ticket.

If you have forgotten to bring your tickets, please tell the people on the door at the Cathedral and they will direct you to the Cathedral helpdesk to get replacement tickets.

A limited number of tickets may be available for purchase on the day of your ceremony, however this is not guaranteed. If tickets are available they can be purchased when you arrive from the Information Point in the Austin Pearce building. Payment will be cash only.

Collecting your gown

We recommend that you allow at least 30 minutes to collect and put on your academic dress.

Ede & Ravenscroft will be located in Lecture Theatres 1 and 2 in the Austin Pearce building. Robing will commence from 8am. Please bring a note of your booking reference. Staff from the robe hire company will assist if you have lost your receipt and help with robing on request. A few safety pins may be useful to secure the hood to your gown. Guests are welcome to come with you but should wait outside the robing room while you collect your gown.

Hanging rails will be provided in the robing areas in the Austin Pearce building. There is no cloakroom in the Cathedral and therefore graduands are requested not to bring coats or umbrellas to the Cathedral unless the weather is inclement.

Official photography

Once in your gown, you can get your professional portrait taken by Ede & Ravenscroft Photography Ltd, who will have studios in Lecture Theatres 3 and 4 in the Austin Pearce building. The building is open from 8am until 6pm, so if it is too busy before your ceremony, you will have the chance to come back afterwards and get your photo taken.

We do advise you book your photography package in advance to keep queues to a minimum, for further information on this take a look at our Photography and merchandise page.

The ceremony venue

All ceremonies take place in Guildford Cathedral, located next to campus.

Once you have collected your robe, please make your way to the Cathedral via the flight of steps adjacent to Wates House. Those needing disabled access, are able to book a parking permit for the Cathedral before the day, this can be done when you book your graduation tickets.

Entrance to the Cathedral is via the main doors and is by ticket only.

When you arrive at the Cathedral site you will need to get your tickets out ready for checking. You may also be asked to open small bags for a bag search for security reasons.

Please note, there are some items you cannot bring into the Cathedral.

Children

Parents are asked to note that it is not advisable to bring children under 10 years of age as the ceremonies can be dull and uncomfortable for them. There are no crèche provisions for children at the University.

If you do need to bring children under 10 years, all children who require a seat will need a ticket to enter the Cathedral marquee and reception.

If your child becomes restless during the ceremony, it would be a kindness to others to take him/her from the venue as quickly and quietly as possible.

There is no charge for children under the age of 16 to attend the ceremony and reception, but please order a ticket for them if they require a seat by selecting the appropriate option when booking. You do not need to make a ticket booking if a child does not require a seat.

If you are taking part in the ceremony and wish to bring your children with you, please make arrangements for an adult to supervise them throughout the day. Those taking part in the ceremony will be separate from their guests from the time of arrival in the Cathedral until after the ceremony has finished.

Cathedral helpdesk

There is a helpdesk located inside the Cathedral where you can get replacement tickets if yours have not arrived or have been lost. Please note that this desk is manned for 45 minutes only before each ceremony is due to commence and we will only be able to deal with enquiries relating to that ceremony. This desk will not have any facilities for the payment of tickets.

Entering the Cathedral

Doors open to the Cathedral 45 minutes before each ceremony is due to start.

Graduands will need to remove their hats when entering the Cathedral. Mortar boards are not worn until the end of the ceremony, and should be left on seats during the ceremony, not taken on stage with you.

Seating

  • Guests are not generally allocated a seat number so are advised to arrive early in the Cathedral to choose their seats
  • Guests are asked to remain seated and not block the view of others for the duration of the ceremony
  • Graduands are allocated a seat number and are seated in the block to the back right of the Cathedral and should approach their seats using the right hand aisle
  • They should show their ticket to the steward at the end of their row who will direct them to the correct seat and register their attendance. Please ensure that you are in the correct seat at least 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony
  • There is limited seating in the West Gallery (upstairs) which will be used if the ceremony is particularly full. This will be opened once the main body of the Cathedral has been filled. Some seats upstairs do have a restricted view