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Graduation day details

Two graduation ceremonies are held on each day of graduation.

Times and arrival

The ceremonies start promptly at 11am in the morning and 3.30pm in the afternoon.

Graduands should arrive at least one hour and a half before the ceremony to allow sufficient time to collect and don academical dress.

Graduands are required to attend a short rehearsal starting 60 minutes before the ceremony at which they are to be presented for their award.

Please ensure you are seated at least 45 minutes before the ceremony begins otherwise you will not be able to participate.

If graduands wish to have photographs taken before the ceremony they should arrive even earlier. Guests are admitted to the hall 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Attendance at graduation

Additional information for your Graduation Day:

Jordanstown and Belfast graduates:

Coleraine and Magee graduates:

After the ceremony graduates meet up with their family, friends and tutors for light refreshments, to talk and take photographs.

Finally, graduates return their academical dress before they leave, most to have lunch or dinner to celebrate their achievement.

The ceremony

The graduation ceremony commences with a fanfare and processional march which heralds the arrival of the academic procession.

The procession is lead by the Stave Bearer and includes Senior Officers of the University, members of Council and Senate and academic staff. The Chancellor or, in his absence, the Vice-Chancellor presides at each graduation ceremony.

There is an opening address by the Chancellor or the Vice-Chancellor who then, in accordance with the University's statutes, confers degrees and other academic distinctions on all students who have been deemed eligible by Senate.

Each year the University recognises the outstanding contribution that a number of individuals have made to academic life or to society at large by conferring on them an honorary degree. There is normally one honorary degree or Distinguished Award presented at each ceremony.

Following the presentation of the Honorary Graduate or Distinguished Award recipient, students are presented to the Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor for their award by the Dean of their Faculty. Their names are called out, one at a time, by course.

Graduands walk across the platform, stop and bow to the Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor and collect their certificate before returning to their seat in the auditorium.

After all graduates have been presented, the Honorary Graduate or Distinguished Award recipient addresses the congregation. A new student graduate will also speak on behalf of those graduating at the ceremony.

The formal proceedings conclude with closing remarks from the Provost of the campus where the ceremony is held.

The academic procession, led by the Chancellor/Vice-Chancellor, leaves the hall. The new graduates join the procession after the academic staff to symbolise their new status.

Adverse weather

In the case of adverse weather conditions the graduation ceremonies will take place as planned and graduating students are asked to make every effort to attend the ceremony for which they have received tickets.

We regret that it will not be possible for graduands to switch to a different ceremony at the same, or another campus or to defer to the summer of 2017.