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On the day – Exeter

Your graduation day is a special occasion to celebrate your academic achievements with your friends and family. Make sure you visit the graduation preparation page to plan and prepare for your graduation before the day. The information listed below explains all you need to know about your graduation day.

General Information:

Timetables

Please click here to see the timetable for your graduation day.

Travel

Please aim to arrive in good time for your ceremony. All graduands and guests are asked to take their seats in the Great Hall as soon as possible after the doors open (30 minutes prior to the ceremony).

For detailed travel information, please see our graduation preparation page.

Parking

University Parking - Friday 13 December

There is no University parking available on campus on Friday 13 December except for accessible parking booked in advance. We strongly recommend that you travel to the campus by public transport where possible. There will be a drop off point located at the top of Stocker Road, opposite the Northcott Theatre, for graduands and guests arriving by taxi or car.

University Parking - Saturday 14 December

There is very limited University parking available on campus on Saturday 14 December, in addition to the accessible parking booked in advance. Spaces cannot be guaranteed and we strongly recommend that you travel to the campus by public transport where possible. There will be a drop off point located at the top of Stocker Road, opposite the Northcott Theatre, for graduands and guests arriving by taxi or car.

Other Parking - Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December

There is limited council-owned parking located on Prince of Wales Road and Streatham Drive, both of which are located on the University Campus. There is a fee for parking here, which can be paid using the street meters.

For further information about car parks in Exeter please see the Council website here: https://exeter.gov.uk/car-parking/

There are also a number of Park and Ride services serving the City Centre, details of which can be found here: https://www.devon.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/parking/park-and-ride/

Dogs

Please be advised that dogs (except for registered assistance dogs) are not permitted inside the Great Hall or the Forum. We therefore strongly recommend that dogs are not brought to campus during graduation.

 

Advance Requests

If you gave details of accessibility requirements during online registration or in advance of the ceremony, a member of the SID Team will get in contact with you once registration has closed to discuss your preferences and confirm arrangements for you.

Disabled Parking

Parking for those who have requested an accessible parking space in advance will receive a parking ticket in their ticket pack, which will be sent approximately 7 days prior to the ceremony. Accessible parking is usually located in Car Park C, which can be found next to Building 83 on this map. You will need to provide your name to the attendant on duty in the car park when you arrive.

Step-Free Access

For graduands, there is step-free access to the Great Hall through Main Reception, located opposite Car Park C and next to the Northcott Theatre. 

For guests, there are lifts available to access the Great Hall, which are most easily accessed from the Forum. Please follow the signs or ask a member of staff if you are unsure on the day.

More Information

For more information, please contact us at sid@exeter.ac.uk or call us on 0300 555 0444.

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

University Outlets

OutletAvailable RefreshmentsFriday 13 DecemberSaturday 14 December
Market Place, The Forum Snacks, cold drinks, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soup and a wide range of other groceries and convenience items TBC TBC
Cafe Reed, Reed Hall Coffee, snacks, cold drinks. Full menu available. 8.30am-3.30pm Closed
Woodbridge Restaurant, Reed Hall Christmas lunches 12pm-2pm Closed
La Touche Café, Building One Hot and cold lunches, international dishes, salad bar, cakes and snacks, Barisca Coffee Co. hot drinks and cold drinks. 8.00am-4.30pm Closed
Barisca Coffee Co., Peter Chalk Centre Sandwiches, salads, snacks, cakes, cold drinks and Barisca Coffee Co. hot drinks 8.30am-4.00pm Closed

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

Guild Outlets

OutletAvailable RefreshmentsFriday 13 DecemberSaturday 14 December
Guild Shop, Devonshire House Sandwiches, cold drinks and snacks 8am-5pm 8am-5pm
The Ram Bar, Devonshire House Full menu including all the usual Ram favourites: basket meals, burgers, sandwiches, salads and of course curly fries! 10am-11pm 11am-5pm
Grove Diner, Cornwall House Breakfast, burgers, pasta and shakes 9am-6pm Closed
Italiano Pizza, Devonshire House Pizza and hot drinks 11am-3pm

Closed

Comida, Devonshire House Wraps, Bagels, Pasties, Jacket Potatoes, Cakes, Hot and Cold Drinks 8am-6pm

Closed

Pieminister, Devonshire House Pies, Mash and Gravy 11am-5pm

Closed

 

Cloakroom

Please note that large bags and suitcases are not permitted in the Great Hall and we reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone carrying an oversized bag.

A manned cloakroom will be available free of charge in Seminar Room 4 in the Forum on the day of Graduation where you can leave coats, bags and suitcases. The cloakroom will be open from 8.00am until 5.30pm each day. Please ensure you collect your belongings before 5.30pm each day.

The cloakroom will be manned all day. All items are left at your own risk and we cannot accept any liability for items left in the cloakroom.

Contact details

Our contact details are below. Should you need to contact us on the day of your ceremony, please call us.

SID Desk
University of Exeter Forum
Stocker Road Exeter
EX4 4SZ

UK callers: 0300 555 0444 / International callers: +44 (0)1392 724724
Email: sid@exeter.ac.uk

In case of emergency while on campus, please contact Estate Patrol of +44 (0)1392 723999

Information for Graduands:

Dress Code

For details of how to book your academic dress, please see our Graduation Preparation page.

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.

Robe Collection

Robes can be collected from the Terrace Restaurant in Devonshire House, next to the Forum Building. Representatives of the University's robing suppliers will be in attendance to help you when you collect your robes.

You can collect your robes at the following times:

10am Ceremony: Between 5pm and 7pm the evening before your ceremony, or from 8am on the day of your ceremony.

2pm Ceremony: From 10am on the day of your ceremony.

Please allow plenty of time for collection prior to the start of your ceremony.

How to wear your robe

Representatives from our robing supplier, Graduation Attire, will be on hand to help you when you collect your robe, however for those collecting in advance, there is also a helpful video guide here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1fwT0_og74.

Robe Return

If you have selected 1-day hire for your robe, please ensure you return it by 6pm on the day of your ceremony. If you have selected 5-day hire, please follow the return instructions provided by Graduation Attire when you collected your robe.

Graduand and Guest Tickets

Your ticket pack will be emailed to you approximately 7 days before the ceremony. 

Please remember to bring your tickets (either printed or on a mobile device) with you to the ceremony. Graduands and guests will enter via different entrances to the Great Hall - please ensure your guests have access to their tickets to gain entry to the ceremony.

If you forget your tickets and are unable to access them on a mobile device, please come to SID in the Forum, where we can print them for you. 

Unwanted Guest Tickets

If you have any spare guest tickets that you are unable to use on the day, please bring them to SID in the Forum. Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for tickets returned on the day of the ceremony.

On-the-day Tickets

If there are any additional tickets available on the day of your ceremony, they will be sold at the Student Information Desk (SID) in the Forum for £15.00 each. If you have any guests who do not have tickets but would like to attend the ceremony, please enquire at SID for last-minute availability.

Guests without Tickets

Guests who do not have tickets for the ceremony can watch the event via our live web stream on the big screen in the Forum Alumni Auditorium. Entry to the Alumni Auditorium is free: you do not require a ticket to enter, and all guests who watch the ceremony via the live stream are welcome to attend the Graduation Reception event in the Forum after the ceremony.

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

Professional Photography Services

Tempest Photography is the official photographer for the University of Exeter graduation ceremonies. They will be operating multiple studios on graduation day, which will be located in The Sanctuary, in the Great Hall Foyer. The photography studios will be open from 7.00am until 5.30pm each day. You are welcome to visit them at any time on your graduation day, though to avoid large queues we recommend that you visit before your ceremony. For more details of recommended photography times, please see our Timetable page.

You do not need to order in advance of the ceremonies - you can simply turn up to have your photographs taken, either on your own or with your guests. Instant proofs will be given to you in the studio after your photographs are taken, enabling you to choose your favourites and to place your order, either at the sales desk in the photography room, 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.

To view Tempest's range of products in advance of your ceremony, please see there website here: www.tempest-graduations.co.uk

Presentation Photographs

Tempest Photography will also be on hand to capture the moment you cross the stage and are awarded your degree by the Chancellor or his representative. These images will be available to view immediately after your ceremony and prints can be purchased to take away on the day. Alternatively, you can visit www.tempest-events.co.uk, allowing 7 days after your event to order the photograph.

Large Group Photographs

Immediately following the ceremony, the photographers will take a group photograph of all graduates in that ceremony. This will be taken outside on the Great Hall Piazza, or in the Great Hall in the case of inclement weather. These photographs will be available to view and order in the same area as the on-stage photographs or online at www.tempest-events.co.uk.

Ceremony DVDs

DVDs of the Ceremony will also be available to purchase on the day of your ceremony: ask the Tempest Photography representatives on the day of your ceremony for more details.

 Graduation Clothing

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 https://uk.campusclothing.com/Exeter. 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.

Students' Guild Merchandise

The Students' Guild will also be selling a range of Exeter-branded clothing and souvenirs. They will have a stall outside the Guild Shop in Devonshire House, next to the Ram Bar. You can view some of their products online here: https://www.exeterguild.org/places/guildshop/

Souvenir Brochures

All graduands will receive a free copy of the Ceremony brochure on their chair in the Great Hall. Additional copies for guests can be purchased either in the Ceremony hall, at Main Reception, or at SID in the Forum at a cost of £5. For Guests who do not wish to purchase a full brochure, there will also be Order of Ceremony cards available in the Great Hall for free, which give an outline of what to expect in the ceremony.

The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Streatham Campus and will last approximately 90 minutes. Full details about what to expect during the ceremony can be found on our What to Expect page.

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.

Dogs

Please be advised that dogs (except for registered assistance dogs) are not permitted inside the Great Hall or the Forum. We therefore strongly recommend that dogs are not brought to campus during graduation.

 

 

Receptions

Immediately following your ceremony, all graduates and guests are invited to a free reception taking place in the Forum Street. This is a chance to celebrate with live music and complimentary refreshments.

Please note that the receptions will last for one hour following the end of the ceremony. Please see our Timetable page for further details.

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

Access Information

Step-free access is available between the Great Hall and the Forum Street, either by using the slopes on the Forum Piazza, or by using the lifts inside the building. Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure.

Please note that the Forum can become very crowded during reception events, especially in wet weather. There is dedicated quiet space in the Career Zone area behind the SID Desk, and quiet rooms are available should you require one. Please ask at SID for details.

Information for Guests:

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. We also ask that no large banners or balloons are brought into the ceremony hall.

The Ceremony

Arrival at the Great Hall

Doors will open thirty minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. All guests are asked to take their seats in the Great Hall at least twenty minutes before the ceremony begins. You can check ceremony start times here and find out more about the day's timetable here.

Your ticket will specify whether your seats are allocated in the Main Hall (Lower Floor) or Balcony (Upper Floor) within the Great Hall. Please check your tickets to find out where to go.

With the exception of guests with specific requirements (please see the "Disabled Access Information" section above for more details), seats for guests are unreserved. You are welcome to sit in any seat without a reserved label on it. As Graduands are seated in a separate area of the hall, it is not possible for graduands and 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. For a detailed Order of Ceremony showing what to expect during the proceedings, please see the information here.

After the Ceremony

At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will process out of the Great Hall. We ask that guests remain in the hall until the graduates have left, at which point you may leave via the front doors and meet the graduates outside. We recommend that you arrange a meeting place away from the Great Hall to avoid overcrowding in the foyer areas.

Dogs

Please be advised that dogs (except for registered assistance dogs) are not permitted inside the Great Hall or the Forum. We therefore strongly recommend that dogs are not brought to campus during graduation.

Children

Children are welcome to attend graduation celebrations, however due to the length of the ceremony and the formal nature of the event we do not recommend that young children are brought into the Great Hall for the ceremony. Many guests with children prefer to watch the event via the live stream in the Alumni Auditorium (please see the "Live Streaming Section" below for further details), which is a less formal event. Entry to the Alumni Auditorium is free and no tickets are required. A separate guest ticket is required for any child over the age of two who would like to watch the ceremony in the Great Hall.

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 prior to the ceremony.

Graduation Live Stream

Guests without tickets to the ceremony in the Great Hall are welcome to watch the ceremony via our live web stream in the Forum Alumni Auditorium. Entry to the auditorium is free and no tickets are required to enter. 

All guests who attend the live stream event in the Alumni Auditorium are welcome to attend the Forum receptions after the ceremony and all other celebrations on campus.