Graduation

Graduation

Where and when is my graduation ceremony?

Dates and Times 2014

Tuesday 18th November 2014 - 10.30

Institute of Education 1 - Foundation Degrees in Learning Support and Early Years, Diploma in Teaching and Learning, Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies, Early Childhood, Integrated Working with Children and Families, all Postgraduate courses (except PGCE)

Tuesday 18th November 2014 - 2.00

Institute of Education 2 - Foundation Degrees in Teaching and Learning, and Integrated Children's Services, Bachelor of Arts in Education (Professional Practice), Primary ITE

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - 10.30

Institute of Education 3 - PGCE Primary and Secondary

Wednesday 19th November 2014 - 2.00pm

Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts

Thursday 20th November 2014 - 10.30am

Institutes of Science & the Environment and Sport & Exercise Science

Thursday 20th November 2014 - 2.00pm

Worcester Business School

Friday 21st November 2014 - 10.30am

Institute of Health & Society 1 - All Foundation Degrees (except Paramedic Science), all Social Work, Social Welfare, Youth and Community, Psychology and Counselling courses

Friday 21st November 2014 - 2.00pm

Institute of Health & Society 2 - All Nursing and Midwifery courses, Foundation Degree in Paramedic Science, all Postgraduate courses (except Social work, Psychology and Domestic Violence)       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specific dates for courses will be released in late May/early June 2014.

 

When will I receive my invitation magazine?

You will receive an email with a link to the Invitation magazines early June. The magazine will contain information on how to order your tickets and robes for the ceremony. Please ensure that you keep your contact details up to date via your SOLE page as all Graduation communication will be via email.

My particular ceremony date is inconvenient. Is it possible to swap to another ceremony within that period?

No, it is not possible to change a ceremony date within a ceremony period.

What happens if I am unable to attend my ceremony?

If you are unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. Your award will be made 'in abstentia' and we will arrange to post your certificates to you after the ceremony. It is your responsibility to ensure that we hold the correct details for you - you can update these through your SOLE page. You will not be able to attend a later ceremony.

I cannot attend the ceremonies, can anyone else collect my certificate for me?

No, we can only allow the graduand to attend the ceremony and collect the certificate on the day. For anyone who cannot attend, their certificate will be posted in the fortnight following the ceremonies.

How long is each award ceremony?

Each ceremony lasts for approximately for an hour and a half but larger ceremonies could last for an hour and 45 minutes.

When can I order my tickets?

All those we expect to graduate will receive an email during June with a link to an online invitation magazine. This will contain information on how to order your tickets and your academic robes and also a schedule of what happens on the day.

When do I need to order my tickets by?

You should order your tickets as soon as possible. Please do not wait until the Board of Examiners has confirmed your award before ordering your tickets.

2014 ceremonies: the deadline for ordering tickets is 12th October 2014.

How do I order tickets?

Visit your SOLE page and follow the online instructions. Please note that every guest attending will need a ticket - this includes children unless they are babes in arms.

How many guest tickets can I order?

We are able to guarantee all students the opportunity to purchase two guest tickets for their ceremony, and these tickets can be booked through your SOLE page. Due to the capacity of the Cathedral it is extremely unlikely that there will be any additional guest tickets available. However, you will be asked to let us know how many guest tickets you would prefer at the time of booking.

We will not know if there are any additional tickets available until after that the deadline for booking has passed. If extra tickets do become available we will contact you by email and publish information on the website.

 

I would like more than two tickets. How do I order more?

Due to the capacity of the Cathedral it is extremely unlikely that there will be any additional guest tickets available.  However, you will be asked to let us know how many guest tickets you would prefer at the time of booking.

We will not know if there are any additional tickets available until after that deadline date has passed and tickets have been actively purchased.  If extra tickets do become available these will be released on the day of the ceremony, on general sale, on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

 

I have reassessment to do, do I need to wait for my results before I can apply for tickets?

No, there is no need to wait for your results. Please return your ticket order form by the due date, and order robes and photography early. If your award is not confirmed you will be able to have a refund.

How much do the guest tickets cost?

The price for guest tickets for the 2014 ceremonies will be £15.00.

For the student who is graduating there is no charge to attend their ceremony.

What's included in the charge for the guest tickets?

  • Coach travel between Riverside and the Cathedral
  • A contribution towards the hire of the Cathedral
  • The Award Ceremony programme
  • A glass of sparkling wine or hot drink at the post-ceremony reception

 

How do I pay for my guest tickets?

You should follow the online instructions on your SOLE page.

Can I bring a child as a guest?

Children may attend the Awards Ceremonies, although we would ask you to use your judgement in deciding whether it is appropriate for small children to attend what can be a long ceremony. All children should be still and quiet throughout the ceremony and those children who become restless or disruptive will be asked to leave the Cathedral.

What happens if my guests change their mind or can no longer attend the ceremony?

Provided that you let us know by the ticket ordering deadline, you will not be charged.

If your circumstances change after that date, please contact the Examinations and Awards Officer directly. A £5.00 administration fee will be charged for any refunds.

Are guests allocated seats in the Cathedral?

There is no reserved seating for guests, except for guests who have indicated on the ticket request that they have special requirements and that request has been granted.

Seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Will I be allowed to sit with my guests?

No. Seats for students are allocated in one area of the Cathedral.

What happens if I don't complete my course?

Should you fail to complete your course by September 2014, you will be contacted by email to confirm that you  won’t be able to graduate in Autumn 2014. Once your award has been agreed, you will be invited to the next awards ceremony in the following academic year.

What happens if I owe the University money?

Students who have a debt to the University at the end of their course of study will not receive official confirmation of their result, and the certificate will be withheld until the debt is settled.

When will I receive my certificate?

Award certificates and transcripts are presented on the day of the award ceremony. If you are not attending your ceremony, you should confirm your address and payment details on your SOLE page in order for the certificate to be posted to you after all the ceremonies have taken place in November.

What is a graduand?

A graduand is a student who is about to graduate or receive a degree. Once the award is confered the student is then a graduate.

What do I need to bring with me on the day?

On the day of your ceremony, you will need to bring:

  • your ticket collection receipt / confirmation of payment for tickets (printable from the SOLE page)
  • your order confirmation from Northams,  in order to collect your academic robes
  • hair grips may be useful to fix your robe in position