Graduation ceremonies FAQs

When is graduation taking place for the Class of 2020?

In-person Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be taking place during the week commencing 21 June 2021, with ceremonies in the morning and afternoon from Tuesday to Friday. 

You should have received an email with the time and date of your specific ceremony.

If you have not received an email, but believe that you should be graduating, please contact us on

Where are the ceremonies taking place?

The celebratory events are likely to be held at Worcester Cathedral.

There will also be an outdoor reception at the City Campus, with the opportunity to be photographed in your robes against the backdrop of the beautiful, historic Charles Hastings Building. 

Graduates and Guests will travel between the City Campus and the Cathedral by foot (a distance of 0.8 miles). Detailed guidance on the suggested walking route and walking times will be published shortly. Car park locations will also be published in advance, for those who need to or prefer to travel by car.

If the situation changes and there are additional Government restrictions or regulations from the Cathedral itself, there are back up options already in place (including the University of Worcester Arena and outdoor marquees), so that we can make rapid alterations to the plans. We will do everything possible to avoid making a further postponement to the ceremonies.

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

It is not possible to change a ceremony date. If you cannot attend on your ceremony day, you are very welcome to participate remotely through the live, online broadcast. 

What will the ceremonies involve?

The celebrations will include all of the traditional features of our graduation ceremonies, including academic dress, photography and speeches. Most importantly, they will provide an opportunity to come together as a community and to reunite after such a difficult year.

All Graduates received their certificates through the post last Autumn, so you will not collect any further documentation on the day. 

How long is each ceremony?

Each ceremony will last about an hour. 

What happens if there are new Covid-19 restrictions? Will the Ceremony be cancelled?

The situation with the pandemic is still unpredictable and as we write social distancing requirements are still in place, but are due to be eased by your ceremony date at end of June.  

We don’t want you to experience any further disappointments if they can be avoided, so we have been working on plans for celebrations that will allow for the greatest level of flexibility and insure against any potential restrictions as much as possible. If new guidelines are implemented, we have options for alternative venues (including outdoor spaces) so that you will be able to attend a ceremony.

Please be assured that arrangements for the event will adhere to any guidelines in place at the time. 

Booking tickets, robe and photography FAQs

How do I order my tickets?

You should have received an email from the Graduation team, which gives you the date and time of your ceremony and invites you to book tickets.

To book your tickets, please log into your SOLE page and find the Graduation link. This will take you through to a booking form for you and your guests. You will also be able to pay for your tickets. 

When do I need to order my tickets by?

The deadline for confirming your attendance and booking tickets is Monday 24th May 2021.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets for Graduates are free.

Guest tickets cost £18.50

What’s included in the ticket price?

The ticket price includes:

  • Entrance to the Ceremony
  • A commemorative programme
  • A glass of sparkling wine and  light refreshments at the reception

How many guests can I bring?

You can invite up to two guests to join you at your ceremony. 

I have more than two guests I'd like to bring. Can I get an extra ticket?

Due to capacity restrictions, Graduates are given the option of a maximum of two guests to the ceremony itself.

If you have additional guests who would like to watch your ceremony, they are invited to join our livestream, online broadcast on the day. This will be available as an online link, which can be accessed from any computer. There will be no charge to watch the broadcast.

When will I receive my tickets?

You will receive electronic tickets for you and your guests shortly before your ceremony date. These will be emailed to your preferred contact address (as indicated on SOLE). You will need to present your ticket on a mobile device to gain access to the ceremony.

If you or guests do not have a mobile device, you can print out the ticket and bring a hardcopy with you on the day. 

How do I book my academic robes? (UPDATED - 17 MAY)

You will need to book an academic gown and cap. Wearing academic dress is one of the highlights of Graduation!

You must book in advance and should aim to do this as soon as possible. 

Please visit the YourGraduation website for details of how to book your robes and photography.

Is there photography available on the day? (UPDATED - 17 MAY)

A professional photography service is available on the day to take portraits.

Please visit the YourGraduation website for details of how to book your robes and photography.

You are of course welcome to take your own photographs as well. 

Can I book my photographs in advance? (UPDATED - 17 MAY)

Please visit the YourGraduation website for details of how to book your robes and photography.

You are of course welcome to take your own photographs as well. 

Do you have any recommendations or special rates for accommodation?

Our Accommodation Team have reserved a small number of rooms in our on-campus Halls of Residence for Graduates and their guests.

Flats will be available at a special rate, along with a food and drink options.

If you would like to find out more, visit our Graduation Accommodation information page, or email

I have a question that hasn’t been answered by these pages. What should I do?

We will provide further updates on plans over the coming weeks and add more detail as it becomes available, so please continue to refer back to these pages.

If you have a specific and urgent question, you can get in touch with us on

On the day FAQs

Details to follow