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Helping out during the Degree Congregations

Graduation Receptions

Individual Schools and Departments often organise their own Graduation receptions. Central Catering may be able to offer a tailored Graduation menu for Schools and Departments.

If you are the organiser for a reception you can help by notifying the Graduation Office of the time and location of the event. We can then inform our marshals who can direct guests accordingly.

Graduation Marshals

The Graduation Office relies on a team of marshals during the Degree Days to assist graduands and guests in making the most of their day. Marshals are provided with a complimentary lunch.

Staff Marshals

We are always looking for enthusiastic members of staff to help on the Degree Days in a variety of roles including:

  • Student Procession marshal- helping us to coordinate graduands and lead student processions into the Great Hall
  • Staff Procession marshal- leading the staff processions into the Great Hall
  • Great Hall marshals- helping to set up the Hall between ceremonies and usher graduands and guests.   

Welcome Marshals 

Staff and Students are also employed as Welcome Marshals. Welcome Marshals wear grey usher robes and are situated around the London Road campus to direct guests.

If you would be interested in helping out on the Degree Days please contact graduation@reading.ac.uk with the subject line 'Helping at Graduation'.   

Helping at the upcoming ceremonies?

Health and Safety Test

Marshals who wish to work the degree days should complete the online health and safety test before working at the ceremonies. You should complete this once you have been allocated a role at Graduation and before you start work.

Complete the Health and Safety test for Graduation.

Robe Hire

Marshals will have robes hired on their behalf from Ede and Ravenscroft. Where appropriate, staff will have their academic gown hired.

If you are a new staff marshal please email k.france@reading.ac.uk with the following information:

  • Your height
  • The circumference of your head (measured just above the eyebrows)
  • Institution from which you obtained your award (and country if outside UK)
  • Level of award e.g. BA, MSc, PhD
  • Year of Award
  • Faculty (if applicable)

Plain gowns are available for marshals not requiring academic dress.

Please email graduation@reading.ac.uk if you have any probelms or queries.

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