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On the day – Exeter

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 will be emailed to graduands with their tickets but is also available here: Graduand and Guest Information - Winter Ceremonies

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 Terrace restauraunt 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 3 December 2018

  • Please 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 SID desk in the Forum 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 SID desk in the Forum on campus.

Guests without tickets

If you wish to purchase additional tickets on the day, you can check at the SID desk in the Forum where any available tickets will be sold for £15.00 each.

Guests who cannot purchase or do not have tickets for the ceremony can watch the event live via web streaming in the Forum Alumni Auditorium.

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.

You will collect your robes from the Terrace Restaurant situated in Devonshire House in the Forum building, where representatives of the University's robe makers will be in attendance to help.

Collection for the 10am ceremony ONLY can be made between 5.00pm and 7.00pm the evening before or from 8.00am on the day.

For the 2.00pm ceremony, collection is from 10am

Please note that queues may still form so it is best to allow plenty of time for collection.

Please return your robes by no later than 6.00pm on your graduation day or you may incur a late fee.

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 Great Hall and SID desk. All graduands receive a complementary programme during their ceremony.

Your seat

The Great Hall will be open to the public thirty minutes before each ceremony. All guests are to take their seats in the Great Hall at least twenty minutes before the beginning of your ceremony. Click here to check ceremony start times. Guests are allocated tickets entitling them to seats in either the Main Auditorium or the Gallery. Please check your ticket to find out where you should be.

Seats for guests are unreserved with the exception of guests with specific requirements who will have reserved seats (please see ‘Disabled access information’ below for further details). Graduands are seated in a separate area of the hall and it is therefore not possible for graduands and their guests to sit together.

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 hall until after the exit of the graduates' procession. 

Photography will be held in the Sanctuary, which is in the Great Hall foyer.

Tempest Photography is the official photographer for the University of Exeter graduation ceremonies.

They will be operating multiple studios on graduation day.  These will be open from the time gowns are given out in the morning until an hour after the last ceremony. You can visit them before or after your ceremony and at any time during the day.

You do not order in advance of the ceremonies - instant proofs will be given to you in the studio when your photographs are taken, enabling you to select your favourites and to place your order either at the sales desk or afterwards via the website or by post / telephone.  All packs ordered on the day will receive free wallet and mini prints with your order.

Tempest offers an extensive range of products which are available to view in advance online at:

Presentation and Group Photographs

Tempest Photography will also be on hand to capture the moment you cross the stage and are awarded your degree.  These images will be available to view immediately after your ceremony and prints can be purchased to take away on the day.

Alternatively visit, allowing 7 days after your event to order your Presentation Photograph.

Tempest will also be taking group photographs after each ceremony. These photographs will be available to view and order in the same area as the on-stage photographs.

The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Streatham Campus and will last approximately 90 minutes. During the ceremony the Chancellor/Representative will greet you and congratulate you with a handshake on stage. You will collect your award documentation once you leave the stage. 

 All Graduands are to take their seats in the Great Hall at least thirty minutes before the beginning of the ceremony, however please also allow enough time to collect your robes before this. It is very important that you sit in the correct seat labelled with your name and seat number.

The reception

A free reception for graduands and their attending guests will be held in the Forum Street following your ceremony. This is a chance to celebrate with live music and complimentary refreshments.

Please be aware that dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted into the ceremony or the 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.


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.

Visit the DisabledGo site, for further details about University of Exeter's AccessAbility and Wellbeing services

There is limited parking on campus on the day of Graduation. There are a number of alternative parking arrangements available in Exeter (see below for further details). There are also disabled parking spaces available throughout campus for blue badge holders who have not requested arrangements in advance.

Please note that parking on Prince of Wales Road and Streatham Drive, is limited and owned by the City Council and not the University. There is a fee for parking here (street meters)

For further information about parking in Exeter please see the following website:

The nearest public car park is Isca Place at the top of Queen’s Street, near the clock tower, a 15 minute walk from campus.  Howell Road, King Williams Street, Longbrook Street, the Guildhall Centre, and Mary Arches Street car parks are all large public car parks in the city centre.

For those arriving via the M5 motorway, there are Park and Ride car parks at Sowton (off Junction 30), Honiton Road (Junction 29), and Matford (Junction 31) with buses running to the town centre.   These are run by Exeter City Council.

From the town centre the D bus comes direct to the University from the High Street or just outside the Exeter Central Station in Queen Street

Market Place

The Forum, Stocker Road, EX4 4SZ

The Forum Market Place shop will be open during the Friday and Saturday of Winter Graduation, selling snacks, hot and cold drinks, pastries, grab 'n' go lunches and a wide range of other groceries and convenience items.

Catering outlets open on Friday 14th December only:

Reed Hall

Streatham Drive, EX4 4QR

Within the beautiful Italianate mansion Reed Hall, the Woodbridge Restaurant and Café Reed are open on a daily basis (weekdays only) and offer a unique dining experience in the heart of Exeter. Why not pop in for a coffee, snack, hearty home cooked lunch or glass of fizz to celebrate your Graduation.


La Touche Café

Building:One, Business School, EX4 4ST 

La Touche Café offers a breakfast range, snacks such as paninis, sandwiches and baguettes and lunches including soups, a salad bar and hot meals. Barista prepared hot drinks and cakes.


The Roundhouse

Peter Chalk Centre, Stocker Road, EX4 4QD

Enjoy hot drinks, grab ‘n’ go lunches and snacks in The Roundhouse.


Other outlets may be open on campus – please check the What’s Open Now webpages for current opening times.

Contact details before graduation day:

SID Desk
University of Exeter Forum
Stocker Road Exeter

UK callers: 0300 555 0444 / International callers: +44 (0)1392 724724

Contact details on the day:

SID Desk in the Forum
UK callers: 0300 555 0444 / International callers: +44 (0)1392 724724

In case of emergency contact: Estate Patrol + 44 (0)1392 723999