The Ceremony

What happens before the ceremony?

After you register, you are free to meet your guests but you must not leave the venue. Announcements will be made frequently to confirm when both you and your guests are to be seated. 

What happens at the ceremony?

The ceremony starts promptly at 10:45am or 3:30pm.  The MC welcomes everyone to the Ceremony and informs you of some house rules after which he invites you to stand while members of University staff, Court, Senate, Honorary Graduand(s), senior officers of the university, the Mace and the Chancellor enter in procession to take their seats on stage.

A senior member of university Executive (normally the Chancellor) then opens the Ceremony. At most ceremonies at least one Honorary Award is given to someone of public interest. The graduands walk across the stage to be ‘capped’, shake the Chancellor’s hand, receive their certificate from a member of Student Administration Services and return to their seats.

There are closing speeches and everyone is invited to attend a drinks reception at The Armadillo.

Everyone stands as the Mace, the Chancellor, Honorary Graduate(s), senior officers of the University, Senate, Court, members of the university staff and graduates leave.

Can people without a ticket watch on screens?

No. No one is allowed in without a ticket and there are no screens.

How long does the ceremony last?

About two hours.

How many people are there?

Around 500 graduands from a mix of disciplines and their guests are at each of the ceremonies.

Do I and my guests have to stay for the whole ceremony?

Yes.