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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 2018.

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.

Tickets will be emailed to Graduands on 9 July 2018

  • 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 and Upper Stannary Bar.

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

Please note that you cannot graduate unless you are wearing full academic dress (i.e. gown, hood and cap).

To book your robes please see our information on booking your robes.

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

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Ceremony 16:

14:00 – 16:00

Ceremony 17 & 18:

16:00 – 18:00

 Monday 23rd July 2018

Ceremony 16:

08:00 – 08:45

Ceremony 17:

08:30 – 11:30

Ceremony 18:

11:00 – 14:45

Ceremony 19 & 20:

16:00 – 19:00

 Tuesday 24th July 2018

Ceremony 19:

08:00 – 08:45

Ceremony 20:

08:30 – 11:30

Please  note that robes must be returned by the following times:

Ceremonies on Monday 23rd July return by 8pm

Ceremonies on Tuesday 24th July return by 5.30pm

Returns will not be accepted after these times and you may be charged for non-return of robes. 

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.

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

Photography on the day will take place in Lecture Theatres A and B in Daphne Du Maurier and will be open from 8am to 6pm on Monday 23rd July and Tuesday24th July.

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 twenty 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 be aware that dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted in the ceremony or receptions 

Please note: The University may undertake filming and photography before, during and after graduation ceremonies. This enables others to view ceremonies at a later date. The University may also use film and images for communications and promotional purposes.


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. 

Reception times / locations are as follows:

Monday 23rd July    
Departments of English and History Sports Hall, Penryn Sports Centre  12.:15 - 13:45
Department of Biosciences (Postgraduate reception) Seminar Space, Level 3, Daphne Du Maurier Building 15:30 - 17:00
Exeter Medical School Seminar Room E, Level 3, Daphne Du Maurier Building 15:30 - 17:00
Camborne School of Mines, Renewable Energy and Mathematics Sports Hall, Penryn Sports Centre 18:00 - 19:30
Tuesday 24th July    
Deparment of Biosciences (Undergraduate reception) Sports Hall, Penryn Sports Centre 12:15 - 13:45
Deparment of Geography Sports Hall, Penryn Sports Centre 15:30 - 17:00
Department of Politics and Exeter Business School Seminar Space, Level 3, Daphne Du Maurier Building 15:30 - 17:00

Disabled Access at the Cathedral

If you require special arrangements for either yourself or your guest during the ceremony you must notify us during the registration process. If you will be accompanied by a guest who is a wheelchair user we will be able to allocate them an appropriate seat. Please also let us know if your guests require a seat near the front of the hall if they are hard of hearing, or need a seat on the aisle if they have mobility issues.

For more information, please contact us at or call us on 0300 555 0444.

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 graduation ceremonies will be held 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 Cornwall Graduation Day. Bookings must be made via this link

Discount is only available against advance fare tickets. This offer can also be used alongside other railcards for further discount (a total of 50% discount is available if used with a Student Railcard). 

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 as part of your graduation registration.  Limited numbers of tickets may be available on the day and these will be on a first come first served basis.

If you request seats on the University transport between the campus and the Cathedral when registering for your ceremony, coach tickets will be attached with your ceremony e-tickets.  Coaches will depart from the designated coach stop as follows:

Ceremony 16 – 8.00am

Ceremony 17 – 11.15am

Ceremony 18 – 2.00pm

Ceremony 19 – 8.00am

Ceremony 20 – 11.15am

Please ensure that you print your coach e-tickets and bring them with you as you will need to present these to the coach marshals on campus.  The coach marshals will then direct you to the next available coach.  Please retain your tickets for the return journey.

On arrival in Truro you will be directed from the drop-off point to the Cathedral.

After the ceremony please assemble in the cobbled area to the front of the Cathedral and from there you will be led by the coach marshals back to the collection point.


The Stannary Refectory is open on Monday – Friday serving both continental and full cooked breakfasts. Hot and cold drinks and snacks are also available with a variety of hot dishes throughout the day.

The Upper Stannary Bar is open Monday - Friday serving hot and cold beverages, a selection of cakes and sandwiches.

The Shop is open Monday – Friday and available at weekends serving a wide choice of meals, snacks and treats.  Paninis and Koofi’s divine handmade pizzas, made with hand rolled fresh dough bases for that authentic taste, are available all day. 

Koofi Café is open Monday - Friday and available at weekends 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

* 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).

In the foyer of the Sports Centre you will find:

  • CSM Association selling CSM merchandise and providing the opportunity to sign up to the Assocation.
  • The Alumni team will also be present.  Please visit their website for more information the benefits of being part of the alumni community, or visit their desk on graduation day.

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