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Graduation 2015

Monday 23 November to Monday 30 November 2015

Thousands of Teesside University graduates are set to celebrate this year's annual academic awards which will take place over six days.


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Honorary Graduates 2015

Stockton-born actor Stephen Tompkinson, world-class rock climber Steve McClure and business boss Maurice Dawson are set to receive honorary degrees this year.

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Graduation gifts

We have a range of stylish gifts - ideal as a lasting memento of your time here at Teesside.

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About Graduation

Here, you can find out all the information you need about your ceremony. Make sure you don't miss your photographs, when to get your gown, and the time of the ceremony itself. Check your e-vision account.

For more information on your course ceremony time please contact 01642 342080.

There are two graduation ceremonies each day between Monday 23rd November and Monday 30th November. Ceremonies commence at 10.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. each day.

Please allow sufficient time to make your journey, find a car-parking space (if required), walk to the University, collect your gown, sit for your photograph (if booked), walk to the Town Hall, and find your seat. Please refer to the Timing of Activities’ sheet available in the ‘useful links’ section.

Gown Collection

Gowns can be collected from the Main Hall in Brittan Building. Please refer to the timings sheet for collection (and return) of gowns.

At the Graduation Venue

On arrival at Middlesbrough Town Hall Graduands proceed to the North Door which is on Corporation Road, whilst guests proceed to the Main Door on Albert Road. Graduands will be met by University representatives and shown to their seats. Guests will show their tickets at the Main Door and will be shown to their seating area.

Graduands sit together, away from their guests, in alphabetical order by course. Graduands’ seats will be identified with a name card, and, if you are the first alphabetically in your course, a course name card also. When you have found your seat you must not change places as the issuing of certificates is based on the seating plan.

You must look after your name card and course card (where applicable) because you need to take this (these) card(s) with you when you make your way up to the stage. You will hand the card(s) to the presenter on the stage who will read the course card and your name before you cross the stage to shake hands with the Vice Chancellor or Senior University Representative and collect your certificate.

University representatives will manage the ceremony, instructing you when to rise and make your way back stage in preparation for crossing the stage. Backstage, final checks will be made to ensure that your name is correctly stated on the card, and that everyone is in the correct order. It is important that students are quiet whilst backstage as noise can travel up onto the stage. We also ask that students respect the traditions of the event and cross the stage in an orderly manner.

After receiving your certificate you will be guided back to your seat.

After all Graduates have received their certificates Senior University Representatives will make speeches. When the ceremony is formally closed Graduates and their guests are free to take photographs in the Town Hall and outside the venue before proceeding to the Students Union were refreshments will be available.

We have negotiated free car parking in Middlesbrough Council long stay car parks for each Graduand (with the exception of Gurney Street premium long stay car park). You must print off a car parking permit and display this in your vehicle in order to avoid car parking penalties. Click here to view a map of the car parks in Middlesbrough. Free parking is only available in the following car-parks:

  • France Street
  • Wood Street
  • Jedburgh Street
  • Denmark Street
  • Cannon Park
  • Station Street
  • Zetland

Prior to the day

  • Register attendance via e-vision
  • Read all graduation documentation thoroughly
  • Provide details of any special requirements
  • Order Academic Dress
  • Arrange photography (if required)
  • Give tickets to your guests
  • Print off car-parking permit (if required)
  • Arrange travel and accommodation (if required)
  • Pre-order a DVD of your graduation ceremony (if required)
  • Join the Teesside University Alumni Association (if required)
  • Arrange tickets for the Graduation Ball (if required)
  • Clear all debts (you may not be able to graduate if you have outstanding University debts)

On the Day

  • Park your car in a Middlesbrough Council long stay car-park (but not Gurney Street premium long stay or Captain Cook Square) and display parking permit (if required)
  • Collect Academic Dress from Main Hall
  • Sit for photographs (if booked)
  • Attend the ceremony at the Town Hall (please observe the entry times)
  • Enjoy a free buffet in the Student Union building
  • Return academic dress (must be returned by 6.00 p.m. on the day)

We film every ceremony - you can order a DVD by visiting the University's on-line shop.

Teesside University Students’ Union is right at the heart of Graduation with all the ceremonies screened live on big screens across the first floor of their building plus delicious hot food served all day in The Terrace. Graduates and their families can even enjoy free hot and soft drinks plus cakes, courtesy of the University, at receptions after every ceremony in The Hub on the second floor.

The SU Shop (ground floor, SU Building) is where you can buy official Teesside University clothing and merchandise while you can also grab meal deals, snacks, drinks, newspapers, magazines and more in there.

The Graduation Ball, which is held on Thursday 26 November in the stunning surroundings of Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, is also run by the Students’ Union and tickets are currently available for a three course meal and after party or the after party only. They are selling out fast and can be purchased from the SU Welcome Desk (first floor, SU Building) or from the SU website where you will find a range of other information and links about the role of the Students’ Union during Graduation.

Your Graduation

Friday 27 November 2015


Link to Freelance work led to permanent role for journalism graduate.

Freelance work led to permanent role for journalism graduate

Nathan Lee secured a job in television and made his first live appearance as a news presenter before even completing his journalism course at Teesside University.


Dr Stephen Tompkinson, Doctor of Art

Actor Stephen Tompkinson received a Doctor of Art from Teesside University.


Each day Storify will appear here at the end of the day - you can then view it on the day of your graduation just select your day from the dropdown on the left.

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Alumni Association

Graduation is just the beginning

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