On the day

Make the most of your big day

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Plan your day with the relevant schedule.

10.30am Ceremony

Academic dress

  • Earliest collection:8.15am
  • Latest collection:9.45am
  • Latest return:6.00pm

Photographic sessions

  • Earliest time:8.15am
  • Latest time:5.45pm


  • Earliest time for admission:9.45am
  • Latest time for admission:10.15am
  • Ceremony begins10.30am

Refreshment area

  • Opens:11.15am
  • Closes:12.45pm

1.30pm Ceremony

Academic dress

  • Earliest collection:11.15am
  • Latest collection:12.45pm
  • Latest return:6.00pm

Photographic sessions

  • Earliest time:11.15am
  • Latest time:5.45pm


  • Earliest time for admission:12.45pm
  • Latest time for admission:1.15pm
  • Ceremony begins1.30pm

Refreshment area

  • Opens:2.15pm
  • Closes:4.45pm

4.00pm Ceremony

Academic dress

  • Earliest collection:1.45pm
  • Latest collection:3.15pm
  • Latest return:6.00pm

Photographic sessions

  • Earliest time:1.45pm
  • Latest time:5.45pm


  • Earliest time for admission:3.15pm
  • Latest time for admission:3.45pm
  • Ceremony begins4.00pm

Refreshment area

  • Opens:4.45pm
  • Closes:6.15pm


Free car parking is available on a first-come first-served basis in the University pay and display car parks (you don't need to buy a ticket from the parking meter). Additional pay and display car parking is available in nearby Middlesbrough Council car parks. Disabled parking is available onsite for those with disabled badges.
Refer to the University guide to parking


When you arrive at the Olympia entrance you and your guests will be shown to your seats. You will sit with your course colleagues in alphabetical order and not with your guests - please don't change seats as the presentation of names is based on the seating plan. Your seat is identified with a name card, and a course name card if you are the first alphabetically in your course. Take this with you when you make your way up to the stage and hand to the presenter who reads the course card (if applicable) and your name before you cross the stage to shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor or senior University representative.

The stage is accessed and exited by a gentle ramp. If you feel you may have difficulty using the ramp please let us know before your arrival by calling 01642 342080 or emailing

The Ceremony

You will be instructed when to rise from your seat and make your way backstage in preparation for crossing the stage. Backstage checks ensure that your name is correctly stated on the card and that everyone is in the correct order. You must be silent whilst backstage and respect the traditions of the event, crossing the stage in an orderly manner.

You are not permitted to use photographic equipment or devices whilst on stage. After all graduates have crossed the stage, the ceremony is formally closed after which you and your guests are free to take photographs before proceeding to the Campus Heart where complimentary refreshments are available. You and your guests are free to take photographs outside of the Olympia building before proceeding to the Campus Heart.

Children are welcome to attend. Those over three years old will require their own seat and a guest ticket. Pushchairs and prams are not permitted in the ceremony and can be left in the venue storage area.

Your graduation ceremony is one of the most important events in your life, and one of Teesside University's most formal civic occasions in the calendar. It is an occasion to be celebrated by you, your family and friends, and all academic and support staff who have been involved in your education.

We want everyone to enjoy each graduation ceremony, and because of this we ask that you observe some simple rules of etiquette.
- You are expected to wear academic dress appropriate to the award you are receiving over smart clothing.
- You and your guests are expected to arrive in good time for your ceremony, find your seats promptly and remain seated until all graduands have been given their well-deserved recognition and the ceremony ends.
- You are expected to cross the stage and shake hands with our University representative in a manner befitting of the occasion and giving due consideration to the graduands next in line. Photography or outward shows of celebration on the stage are not permitted.
- You and your guests must avoid shouting out when another graduand crosses the stage as this can prevent the University representative from hearing their name or the course they have completed.
- When waiting to cross the stage you must queue quietly to avoid noise transferring to the stage.
- Mobile phones and other electronic devices must be switched to silent throughout the ceremony, and in no circumstances should these be brought on to the stage.

Thank you in advance for observing graduation etiquette.

Join our alumni association

Alumni association
Look out for the alumni team on your graduation day - they have a £100 Amazon voucher up for grabs and will be in the Campus Heart with University branded photo frames to capture every moment.