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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, including information about the Order of Ceremony, will be emailed to graduands with their tickets but is also available here: ‌Exeter Graduand and Guest Information - July 2019

All graduands must wear full academic dress in order to graduate. To book your robes please see our information on booking your robes

As well as full academic dress, graduands are required to wear smart clothes on the day of the ceremony. We kindly request that you do not wear jeans or trainers. Please ensure you wear appropriate footwear for walking up and down the stage steps.

Our robe-makers recommend clothing that accentuates the traditional gown. Suit jackets help to puff out the shoulders, giving the hood more security. Shirts with visible top buttons are highly recommended as well, as they attach to the hood via a loop, anchoring the hood and preventing it from slipping back. 

Those with long hair may wish to bring hair grips to help secure their caps.

Guests are advised to dress as if they are going to a formal occasion. We kindly request that guests do not wear large hats which may obscure the view of other members of the congregation.

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 can be collected from the Terrace Restaurant situated in Devonshire House, next to the Forum building. Representatives of the University's robe makers will be in attendance to help you when you collect your robes.

Collection for the 9am ceremony ONLY can be made between 4.00pm and 6.00pm the evening before the ceremony, or from 7.00am on the day.

For the 11.45am ceremony, collection is from 9.00am. 

For the 3.00pm ceremony, collection is from 12.00pm.

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.

Tickets will be emailed to Graduands on 5 July 2019

Please remember to bring your tickets (either printed or on a mobile device) with you to the ceremony.

If you forget your tickets or are unable to access them, 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. 

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 via our live web stream in the Forum Alumni Auditorium. You do not require a ticket for this event and entry to the Alumni Auditorium is free.

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

Dress code

Guests are advised to dress as if they are going to a formal occasion. We kindly request that guests do not wear large hats which may obstruct the view of other members of the congregation.

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. We have professional photographers and videographers capturing the special day: please see our information regarding professional photography services here


Due to the length of the ceremony and the formal nature of the event, we do not recommend that children are taken into the Great Hall to watch the ceremony. Any child over the age of two will require a separate guest ticket in order to attend. If your child becomes restless during the ceremony, it would be a kindness to others to take them from the venue as quickly and quietly as possible. Ushers will be on hand to assist if necessary. Children are not permitted to cross the stage with their parents.

Please note that we are not able to accommodate pushchairs or buggies in the Great Hall. We kindly request that buggies and pushchairs are left in the cloakroom. 

Commemorative programmes

Commemorative programmes will be on sale for £5.00 from the Great Hall and SID desk. All graduands receive a complimentary 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 Hall or the Balcony. 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 7.00am until 5.30pm each day. You can visit them before or after your ceremony and at any time during the day, though to avoid large queues we recommend you visit in the morning before your ceremony.

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.

We have teamed up with Campus Clothing to offer you the chance to celebrate your graduation with an official University of Exeter "Class of 2019" hoodie or t-shirt. All garments are fairtrade, and already have your name and those of your fellow course mates printed on the back. You can even add bespoke personalisation to make your memento that extra bit special.

The friendly Campus Clothing staff will have a stall at your ceremony, but you can skip the queues and avoid disappointment by pre-ordering at Don't forget to follow their updates on Instagram and Twitter for live graduation updates and the chance to win prizes @CampusClassof.

Please note that your name will only appear on the clothing if you have indicated that you would like your name to be included on graduation memorabilia (you will be asked this during the graduation registration process). If you have any queries about this please contact SID.

The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Streatham Campus and will last approximately 90 minutes. 

Doors for the ceremony will open thirty minutes prior to the ceremony and all Graduands are to ensure they arrive to take their seats thirty minutes before the start of the ceremony. Please ensure you allow enough time to collect your robes before this. 

Graduands should enter the Great Hall via Main Reception. Please note this is a different entrance from the guest entrance to the Great Hall. You will enter into the back of the hall to take your seat. Your seat number will be displayed on your ticket and your seat will be labelled with your name. It is very important that you sit in the correct seat during the ceremony. If you have any difficulties finding your seat, please talk to a member of Graduation staff who will be on hand to assist.

For information about what to expect during the ceremony, please see our information document here: The Ceremony: What to Expect




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.

If you have requested specific arrangements during online registration, we will contact you closer to your ceremony to confirm arrangements.

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 no parking on campus on the day of Graduation except for accessible aprking booked in advance. 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 Graduation week, selling snacks, cold drinks, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, fresh soup and a wide range of other groceries and convenience items. Especially to help you celebrate graduation, also in stock will be flowers, University branded merchandise and the University's own brand of coffee 'Barisca' available by the bag or in a hamper.

Reed Hall

Streatham Drive, EX4 4QR

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

Give your graduation the recognition it deserves with a Celebration High Tea at Reed Hall - the quintessential English treat. High tea can be taken on the lawn amidst our stunning botanical gardens or in the cosy surroundings of the house itself. Find out more and book on the website.

La Touche Café (Building:One, Business School) and the Innovation Centre (located at the top of Rennes Drive) will be open throughout the day, selling hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and hot lunches.

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