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Graduation – what happens on the day?

26 June 2019

4 mins

Graduation is one of the most exciting days of the university experience and it’s filled with celebration! With so many different things going on it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. We don’t want you to miss a thing so we’ve put together a list of things to remember and outlined the timings of the day.

Things to remember:

1. Check the date & time of your ceremony

There are a lot of ceremonies happening all week, so as it gets closer make sure to double check you have the right date and time for your course. You wouldn’t want to miss it!

2. Check you have your E-tickets

You will need your E-tickets when you arrive to register. It is a good idea to have a screenshot of these saved on your phone or printed out so they are easier to access! If you still haven’t received your tickets a few days before your ceremony, please contact the graduation office.

3. Bring your camera/charger

We will have professional photographers around campus to make sure we capture the big day but it is handy to bring your own camera or phone! There will be plenty of photo opportunities to get a picture with so keep an eye out around campus. Consequently, your phone/camera battery won’t last all day so bring a portable charger if you have one!

4. Keep hydrated

With graduation being in summer and it being such a busy day, it’s important to keep hydrated! Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water with you on the day. However, there will be places to refresh and grab a drink on campus.

5. Giant letters

Our Lboro Grad 2019 giant letters will be located on Shirley Pearce Square and by the Hazelrigg Fountain until 6pm! This a great photo opportunity for you and all your family so it’s not one to miss. Student Ambassadors will be around in purple t-shirts to help take some photos for you.

6. Find the Lboro stickers on Instagram & Snapchat

We have some brand new stickers to decorate your graduation Instagram & Snapchat stories! All you need to do is search ‘lboro’ under GIF and you’ll be able to add them to your pictures.

7. Celebrate with us

Don’t forget to tag us (@lborouniversity) in your photos and stories on social media! Also, make sure to use the hashtag #LboroGrad2019 on Instagram and Twitter.

Timings of the day

There are two ceremonies per day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. We try to put together a timetable that fits everything in whilst making sure the day doesn’t feel rushed. In order to feel relaxed and have enough time for photographs / see friends, we do recommend that students arrive early with plenty of time before their ceremony.

Morning  |  Afternoon
8:30am-10am |  1pm-2:30pm
  • The first thing you should do is register in James France Exhibition Area with your e-ticket. This will provide you with your allocated seat number & guest tickets.
  • In the same room make sure to collect your academic dress!
  • Time for a photo! If you have time before the ceremony now is a great opportunity to get a professional photo taken by Tempest Photography, the University’s official photographers.
10am |  2:30pm
  • Sir David Wallace Sports Hall will open at this time and students should begin to make their way to their allocated seats.
  • Guests will be directed to seats by ushers.
10:15am |  2:45pm
  • By this time all students should be seated in their allocated seats, ready for the ceremony to start.
  • Guests should be seated in the ceremony hall or a webcast will also be available in a lecture theatre for guests who cannot be accommodated in the main venue.
10:30am |  3pm
  • The ceremony starts and will be approximately 90 minutes.
  • End of the day!
  • Please return your academic dress by 6pm.
  • If students from the morning ceremony could avoid returning their academic dress between 1-2pm, this helps to reduce congestion with students registering for the afternoon ceremony.

For more information on what happens on the day of graduation head to the graduation website here. We wish all graduates the best of luck!

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