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On the day – Cornwall

Your graduation day is a special occasion to celebrate your academic achievements at the University of Exeter with your friends and family. Visit our graduation preparation page to plan and prepare for your graduation. The information listed below explains all you need to know about your graduation day.

Further information about what to expect on the day is available in Information for Graduands and Guests 2017.

All graduands will need to wear full academic dress on the day of graduation. To book your robes please see our information on booking your robes. You will need to collect your robes from the Green Seminar Room in the Exchange Building where representatives of the University's robe makers will be in attendance. You will also be required to wear smart clothes and are advised not to wear jeans or trainers. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking up and down the stage steps.

It is helpful to bring one or two safety pins to secure your hood (a buttoned shirt or blouse would enable you to hook on the hood), and women may wish to use hair-grips to secure their caps.

Guests are advised to dress as if they are going to a formal occasion.

  • Plese remember to bring your printed graduand and guest tickets with you to the ceremony.
  • If you do forget to bring your tickets, please come to the Graduation Information Desk on the ground floor of The Exchange building where we can print them for you if necessary.
  • If you have any spare guest tickets that you are unable to use on the day, please bring them to the Information Desk at the Cathedral

Guests without tickets

Guests who cannot purchase or do not have tickets for the ceremony can watch the event live via web streaming in the Exchange Lecture Theatre, Upper Stannary Bar and Lecture Theatre 2, Peter Lanyon.

The ceremonies will also be live streamed on our watch the ceremonies page.

Robes will be available for collection from the Green Seminar Room in The Exchange Building as follows:

Sunday 23rd July – the day before

You will be able to collect robes the day before graduation at the times noted below.  If you are graduating in ceremony 16 it is strongly recommended that you collect your robes on Sunday 23rd July as there will be very little time to collect them on the morning of Graduation Day.

Ceremony 16:                  14:00 – 16:00

Ceremony 17 & 18:          16:00 – 18:00

Monday 24th July – graduation day

Robes can be collected on graduation day at the following times:

Ceremony 16:                  08:00 – 08:45

Ceremony 17:                  08:30 – 11:30

Ceremony 18:                  11:00 – 14:45

Please note that all robes must be returned by 18:45 on Monday 24th July.  Robe return will be in the Yellow Seminar Room in The Exchange Building.

You may find it useful to take safety pins to hold your hood in place. 

Dress code

Guests are advised to dress as if they are going to a formal occasion.

Photography during the ceremony

Photographs and videos are permitted, but we kindly ask you not to leave your seat during the ceremony. Please turn off any flash on your camera as this can be distracting for all those on stage, including graduands crossing the stage. We do have professional photographers and videographers capturing the special day.


We do not recommend that children are taken to the ceremony, due to the length and formal nature of proceedings. 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. Ushers will be on hand to assist if necessary. Please note that children are not permitted to cross the stage with their parents. Any child over the age of two will also require a separate guest ticket to attend.

Commemorative programmes

Commemorative programmes will be on sale for £5.00 from the Information Desk at the Cathedral. All graduands receive a complementary programme during their ceremony.

Your seat

Graduands and guests are asked to arrive at the Cathedral and be seated 30 minutes before each ceremony begins. Click here to check ceremony times.

Seats for guests are unreserved with the exception of those with specific requirements, who will have reserved seats (please see ‘Disabled access information’ below for further details). 

During the ceremony

At the beginning and end of the ceremony, please stand for the entry and exit of the processions. We ask that you remain seated throughout the ceremony in order to not disrupt the flow of the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony please remain in the Cathedral until after the exit of the graduates' procession.

Professional photography will be available in the Photographic Studios in Peter Lanyon Building. 

Our official photographers, Ede & Ravenscroft, will be in on campus on the day of your ceremony, offering a professional photography service.

For further information and to order online, visit You can also place your order over the phone on: 01223 861854.

Details of the photography pack options and prices will be available soon.

To avoid delay on the day we recommend that you place your order at least 10 days before your ceremony. Should you decide not to pay in advance it is still possible to pay at the sales desk on graduation day, however, prices will be higher.

Ede & Ravenscroft
Tel: +44 (0)1223 861854

The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place at Truro Cathedral and will last approximately 90 minutes. All Graduands are to take their seats in the Cathedral at least thirty minutes before the beginning of the ceremony, however please also allow enough time to collect your robes before this. During the ceremony the Chancellor will present you with your degree on stage. 

Every graduand will be allocated 2 guest tickets which can be ordered when registration opens. Further guest tickets may become available subject to uptake. You will be allocated a specific seat with your ticket. Guests can sit anywhere in the Cathedral apart from in those seats marked reserved. Every ceremony will be filmed and will be available to watch live via this website and in designated locations around the Penryn Campus.

Please see the Information for Graduands and Guests 2017 for a more detailed description of the ceremony. 


We invite you and your guests to join us on Penryn Campus after your graduation ceremony to celebrate your graduation at the college receptions. There will be complimentary refreshments at the receptions, which are open to graduands and their guests. Timings are as follows:


Sports Hall

12:15 - 13:45
Medical School Seminar room 10, Peter Lanyon Building 12:15 - 13:45

Peter Lanyon Building, Level 2 Seminar rooms

12:15 - 13:45
Biosciences Sports Hall 15:30 - 17:00
History/English Peter Lanyon Building, Level 2 Seminar rooms 18:00 - 19:30
Geography Sports Hall 18:00 - 19:30
MSc Conservation & Biodiversity Sports Hall 18:00 - 19:30

Disabled Access at the Cathedral

Graduands and guests are asked to arrive at the Cathedral and be seated 30 minutes before each ceremony begins.

Seats for guests are unreserved with the exception of those with specific requirements who will have reserved seats. Details of the seat allocated will be included on the graduation ticket.

Disabled Parking On Campus

There are a number of disabled parking bays available on campus for blue badge holders. Should you require a parking bay please email: The University offers free Park and Ride transport between the campus and the Cathedral; this service is also available for disabled graduands and guests and we are able to accommodate wheelchairs if booked in advance.

Disabled Parking in Truro

There is limited opportunity for parking close to the cathedral so please make sure that you leave plenty of time to find a suitable location. Whilst parking locally may be difficult it is possible to drop off passengers at the front of the Cathedral.

The July 2017 graduation ceremonies will be held on Monday 24th July 2017 at:

Truro Cathedral,
14 St Mary's Street

Please use the following link for directions to the University of Exeter's Penryn campus


Due to the lack of parking in Truro it is strongly advised that you use the free park and ride service that is offered to all graduands and guests between the Penryn Campus and the Cathedral (further details below).

Parking will be available at the Penryn Campus and is free of charge on Graduation Day. It is best to allow ample time to park and board the coaches for Truro Cathedral.

If you are intending to park in Truro, please be aware that parking is very limited and you should therefore allow extra time to find a parking space and reach the Cathedral. The closest car park to the Cathedral is the Highcross NCP car park on St Clements Road. Truro also has an excellent Park and Ride service

Please note that there is no parking available at the Cathedral, and if you have decided to make your own way to the Cathedral you will need to collect your robes from Penryn campus beforehand.


Great Western Trains are currently offering a 20% discount on Advance Purchase tickets to any visitors attending the Penryn Campus Graduation Day. Bookings must be made via the this link

The University offers free Park and Ride transport between the campus and the Cathedral. In order to secure your place on the Park and Ride service please ensure that you book this at the same time as booking your graduation tickets. Limited numbers of tickets may be available on the day and these will be on a first come first served basis.

Coach Timetable:

08:10 – 08:25 Ceremony 16 to leave campus for Truro at 5 minute intervals.

11:30 – 11:50 Ceremony 16 to return to campus at 5 minute intervals.


11:20 – 11:30 Ceremony 17 to leave campus for Truro at 5 minute intervals.

14:30 – 14:40 Ceremony 17 to return to campus at 5 minute intervals.


14:10 – 14:25 Ceremony 18 to leave campus for Truro at 5 minute intervals.

17:15 – 17:20 Ceremony 18 to return to campus at 5 minute intervals.

* Start times are approximate; the first coach of each fleet will depart campus only when full so may leave later than stated.

The Stannary Refectory is open on Monday 24th July from 07:00 to 10:30 for breakfast, serving both continental and full cooked breakfasts. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are also available, with a variety of hot dishes being served from 11:30 to 15:00.

Penryn Campus Shop is open on Monday 24th July from 08:00 to 18:00 selling sandwiches, pasties, snacks and confectionery.

Upper Stannary Bar is open on Monday 24th July from 08:30 to midnight serving hot and cold beverages and a selection of cakes.

Remember to visit The Exchange Building at some point during graduation day.

On the ground floor of The Exchange you will find:

  • Information desk for any queries you may have and for assistance with e-ticket printing.
  • The Careers team will be present to help answer any questions.
  • FXU will be selling merchandise.
  • Campus Clothing will be offering ‘Class of’ Hoodies and T-shirts with the names of you and your classmates*. To order online please visit
  • CSM Association selling CSM merchandise and providing the opportunity to sign up to the Association.
  • The Alumni team will also be present. Please visit their website for more information on the benefits of being part of the alumni community, or visit their desk on graduation day.

* Please note that your name will appear on the ‘Class of’ clothing unless you have indicated you do not wish the University to use your name on graduation memorabilia (you will be asked during the graduation registration process).

Contact details before graduation day:

Telephone: 01326 371816 / 37185

Contact details on the day:

If you need to contact us on graduation day please call: +44 (0)01326 259001
Or visit the Graduation Information Desk, Ground Floor, The Exchange Building