Graduation ceremony

Read the suggested timetable for the day for students to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Collecting your robes

You need to collect your robes from the robe hire room at London Road at least one hour before your ceremony, where representatives from Ede & Ravenscroft will be on hand to help you. You should return your robes as soon as possible after the ceremony.

The student procession

Postgraduate students processing at a Graduation CeremonyYou should go to the procession marquee at London Road at least 45 minutes before your ceremony starts, after collecting your robe. You should leave your belongings (coat, bag, mobile phone etc.) with your guests as you will not be able to carry them into the Great Hall.

Marshals will arrange graduands into four procession groups, ordered by course and then alphabetically by surname. A marshal will lead each procession of graduands through the cloisters and into the Great Hall.

If you are late or you are not wearing the appropriate academic dress, you will not be able to join the procession to the Hall and will be admitted in absence to your degree. The doors to the procession marquee close 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

The ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony in the Great Hall at the London Road campus, University of ReadingYour procession will be seated at the front of the Great Hall and when it is time you will process to the stage and the Dean of the Faculty will then present graduands individually by name and in the following order:

  • Higher degrees (Doctors, Masters)
  • Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates
  • Bachelor degrees
  • Foundation degrees  

Your degree classification will not be mentioned.

You will ascend a short flight of steps, with a handrail, on to the platform as your name is called by the Dean. You will shake hands with the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor and descend the steps by the same route. You will then be directed to collect your certificate and go back to a seat for the remainder of the ceremony.

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