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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.

General Information:


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

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


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 closes car park to the Cathedral is the Highcross NCP car park on St Clement Street (TR1 1DQ). Truro also has city park and ride services running from Langarth (A30/A390, West of Truro) and Tregurra (A39/A390, East of Truro). More details can be found here.

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.

Graduation Park and Ride Service

If you have requested seats on the University Park and Ride Service between Penryn Campus and the Cathedral during Graduation Registration, coach tickets will be emailed to you with your Ceremony E-Tickets. Coaches will depart from the designated coach stop as follows:

Ceremony 16: 8.00am

Ceremony 17: 12.00pm

Ceremony 18: 8.00am

Ceremony 19: 12.00pm

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 frton of the Cathedral and from there you will be led by the coach marshals back to the collection point. Coached will then return to campus to drop graduates and guests off in Car Park G. Upon arrival please follow signs to the graduation receptions.

Advance Requests

If you gave details of accessibility requirements during online registration or in advance of the ceremony, a member of the Cornwall Graduation Team will get in contact with you once registration has closed to discuss your requirements and confirm arrangements for you. If you or any of your guests are wheelchair users, we will be able to allocate you an appropriate seat.

For more information please email or call us on 01326 371816.

Disabled Parking on Campus

There are a number of disabled parking bays available on campus for blue badge holders. Should you require an accessible parking bay please request this during Graduation Registration or 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 and then park in the Highcross NCP Car Park which is around a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral.

The Stannary Refectory is open 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 Shop is open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm serving a wide choice of meals, snacks and treats.  

Koofi Café is open Monday - Friday and available at weekends serving hot and cold beverages and a selection of cakes.  Paninis and Koofi’s divine handmade pizzas, made with hand rolled fresh dough bases for that authentic taste, are available all day. 

Contact details

Our contact details are below. Should you need to contact us on the day of your ceremony, please call us or visit the Graduation Information Desk in The Exchange Building.

Telephone: 01326 371816 / 371815



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 the cobbles at the Cathedral and 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 or blouses 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 Yellow Seminar Room in The Exchange Building. Representatives of the University's robing suppliers will be in attendance to help you when you collect your robes. If you are collecting your robes early and will not be wearing them straight away, please consider bringing your own bag to reduce the number of plastic bags used on the day.

You can collect your robes at the following times:

Ceremony 16: Between 3pm and 6pm the day before your ceremony, or between 7.30am and 8.45am on the day.

Ceremony 17: Between 3pm and 6pm the day before your ceremony, or between 9am and 11.30am on the day.

Ceremony 18: Between 12pm and 3pm the day before your ceremony, or between 7.30am and 8.45am on the day.

Ceremony 19: Between 12pm and 3pm the day before your ceremony, or between 9am and 11.30am on the day.

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:

Robe Return

If you have selected 1-day hire for your robe, please ensure you return it by 6.45pm on the day of your ceremony. If you have selected 5-day hire, please follow the 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 printed graduand and guest tickets with you to the ceremony. If you forget to bring your tickets, we can accept a digital version but you must have all your guests with you at the time.

Unwanted Guest Tickets

If you have any spare guest tickets that you are unable to use on the day, please bring them to the ticket sales desk in The Exchange Building.

On-the-day Tickets

If there are any spare tickets available for each ceremony these will be sold on the day from the Ticket Sales desk in The Exchange building for £15 each. If you have any guests who do not have tickets but would like to attend the ceremony, please enquire at the Ticket Sales desk for last-minute availability.

Guests without Tickets

Guests who do not have tickets for the ceremony can was the event via our live web stream on the big screen in The Stannary. Entry to the Stannary 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 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 on the top floor of the Exchange Building in the Red, Blue and Green Seminar Rooms. The photography studies will be open from 8am to 17:30pm 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.

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, allowing 7 days after your event to order your photograph.

Large Group Photographs

Tempest will also be taking group photographs after each ceremony. These photographs will be taken outside the front of Tremough House at the following times:

Monday 20 July 2020

Ceremony 16: Biosciences - 14:00

Ceremony 17: Geography & Politics - 11:00

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Ceremony 18: English, History and Business - 14:00

Ceremony 19: CSM, Renewable Energy and Mathematics 11:00

The group photographs will be available to view and order from the sales desk on the Top Floor of The Exchange building, or you can order online at

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 the brilliant Campus Clothing to offer you the chance to celebrate your graduation with an official University of Exeter "Class of 2020" 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 Ordering in advance also means that you can guarantee your chosen size and colour as these can often sell out on the day.

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.

Souvenir Brochures

All graduands will receive a free copy of the Ceremony brochure on their chair in the Cathedral. Additional copies for guests can be purchased at the Cathedral at a cost of £5.

The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place at Truro Cathedral 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 as soon as possible once the doors open. Please ensure you allow enough time to collect your robes before this.


Please be aware that dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted inside the Cathedral.


All graduates and guests are invited to join us on the Penryn Campus after your graduation ceremony to celebrate your graduation at the College Receptions. The receptions will all take place in a marquee in the Italian Gardens which are located next to Tremough House.

Reception times are as follows:

Monday 20 July 2020

Ceremony 16: Biosciences   12.15pm-1.45pm

Ceremony 17: Geography & Politics    4.15pm-5.45pm

Tuesday 21 July 2020

Ceremony 18: English, History and Business   12.15pm-1.45pm

Ceremony 19: CSM, Renewables and Mathematics   4.15pm-5.45pm


Please be aware that dogs (except guide dogs) are not permitted inside the Cathedral or at the Reception events.

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 Cathedral

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.

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 Cathedral. We ask that guests remain in the Cathedral until the graduates have left, at which point you may leave via the main doors and meet the graduates outside.


Please be advised that dogs (except for registered assistance dogs) are not permitted inside the Cathedral.



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 Cathedral for the ceremony. Many guests with children prefer to watch the event via the live stream in the Stannary (please see the "Live Streaming Section" below for further details), which is a less formal event. Entry to the Stannary 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 Cathedral.

Please note that we are not able to accommodate pushchairs or buggies in the Cathedral.


Graduation Live Stream

Guests without tickets to the ceremony in the Cathedral are welcome to watch the ceremony via our live web stream in the Stannary on the Penryn Campus. Entry to the Stannary is free and no tickets are required to enter.

All guests who attend the live stream event are welcome to attend the College Receptions after the ceremony.