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The Ceremony: What to Expect
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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:


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


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 and directions, please see our Travel page.


University Parking

There is no University parking available on campus during Graduation week 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.

Other Parking

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.

Exeter Cricket Club (Prince of Wales Road, EX4 4PR) will also be offering parking for Graduation Week this year, for £5 per car per day. This car park is very close to Streatham Campus and around 5-8 minutes' walk from the Great Hall.

For further information about car parks in Exeter please see the Council website here:

There are also a number of Park and Ride services serving the City Centre, details of which can be found here:

» Downloadable map of Streatham Campus


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.


Streatham Campus Map

A map of the Streatham Campus can be found here: The Great Hall is marked as number 1 on the map, Devonshire House (for robing) is number 2, and the Forum is number 3. A more detailed map of the centre of campus can be found here:

Graduation-Specific Plan

A more detailed plan of Graduation-specific locations can be found here: Graduation Plan.

Accessable website

Here is a link to the Accessable website which has a guide to the Great Hall and the Forum. It has photos of the inside of the venue, the corridors, lifts, washrooms and other features including detailed information about the accessibility of these locations.

Quiet spaces on campus

The Exehale space is available as a quiet space in Devonshire House at our Streatham Campus. Other quiet spaces on campus can be found using the maps below:

Advance Requests

If you gave details of accessibility requirements during online registration or in advance of the ceremony, we 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.

» Downloadable map of Streatham Campus

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 SID.

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

University Outlets

OutletAvailable RefreshmentsOpening times
Market Place, The Forum Snacks, cold drinks, coffee, pastries, sandwiches, salads, soup and a wide range of other groceries and convenience items 8.00am-5.00pm
 OAK  Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks   8.30am-3.00pm
The Ram Bar Full menu including all the usual Ram favourites: basket meals, burgers, sandwiches, salads and of course curly fries! 11.00am-11.00pm
iSCA Eats  Full menu including pizzas,burgers,salads and hot and cold drinks 11.00am-9.00pm

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


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 5pm each day. Please ensure you collect your belongings before 5pm 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

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

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. 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:

9am Ceremony: Between 4pm and 6pm the evening before your ceremony, or from 7am on the day of your ceremony.

11.45am Ceremony: From 9am the on the day of your ceremony.

3pm Ceremony: From 12pm on the day of your ceremony.

6pm Ceremony: From 3.30pm 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:

Robe Return

If you have selected 1-day hire for your robe, please ensure you return it by the times below:

9am Ceremony: Return robes by 6pm.

11.45am Ceremony: Return robes by 6pm

3pm Ceremony: Return robes by 7pm. 

6pm Ceremony: Return robes by 9.15pm. 

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. 

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 7.30am until 6pm 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 online.

To view Tempest's range of products in advance of your ceremony, please see their website here:

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. You can visit, allowing 7 days after your event to view and 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 online at


The ceremony

Your ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on Streatham Campus and will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. 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 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.




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.

Quiet spaces on campus

The Exehale space is available as a quiet space in Devonshire House at our Streatham Campus. Other quiet spaces on campus can be found using the maps below:

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.


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 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.