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Graduation 2023 - latest information

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our 2023 graduation ceremonies in the week commencing 17 July 2023. Please read the following important information regarding the invitation process.

Stage 1

If you plan to attend your graduation ceremony, you need to let us know. Please register your interest on e-vision by 13 March 2023 to make sure you receive a formal invitation to your ceremony.

Stage 2

After you have confirmed your interest, we will then begin to allocate ceremonies. We advise you not to book any travel or accommodation until a date for your graduation ceremony has been confirmed.

Stage 3

Formal invitations will be sent in April and will include the specific date and time of your allocated ceremony. You will be able to request tickets for family and friends at this stage. You will also be provided with instructions on how to hire your gown and book photography once your booking has been confirmed.

The next ceremonies following summer 2023 will be held in summer 2024, the University no longer operates a winter ceremony.


How do I know if I will be invited to graduation?

The graduation population consists of all students who have been awarded an eligible award since the last ceremonies (awarded after 30th June 2022) and those that are expected to complete their studies and be awarded by the board before 28th June 2023. All students were invited to participate in an Expression of Interest survey in March 2023.

If you responded 'Yes' to the recent Expression of Interest survey, then you will be formally invited to register for the July programme of ceremonies. Invitations will be sent in early April with a link to the e-Vision registration portal.

If you believe you should have received an invite to attend a graduation ceremony already and you have not, please log an enquiry with Student Records via UNIverse

Students awarded after 28th June 2023 will be invited to the next scheduled ceremonies in summer 2024, dates and further details to be confirmed in due course.

How do I register to attend graduation?

If you are eligible to attend graduation you should receive an email invitation to register, you will be directed to log in to your e-Vision account, and select My Graduation from the menu.

From there you will be guided through the registration process.

Please note, you cannot register in any other way.

Once you have completed the registration process you will be returned to the home screen where a message will be displayed confirming your successful registration, you will also receive a confirmation email to the email address registered.

What is the graduation registration deadline?

The deadline for registering is Monday 1st May 2023.

We encourage everyone to register before the closing date. Whilst we try our best to accommodate those who have missed the deadline, late registrations run the risk of not being able to attend the same ceremony as their course-mates. If you have missed the deadline, please contact the Graduation Ticketing team by logging an enquiry via UNIverse for further advice.

If I register for graduation, does this guarantee my attendance?

If you have already received your results at the time of registration, your place at graduation will be guaranteed as soon as you complete the registration process (unless you have an outstanding debt to the University).

If you have not yet received your results, you will still be asked to register, but your eligibility to attend will only be confirmed once you have made the required academic progress and have received confirmation from us that you can attend - the date we send confirmation depends on your programme of study, but will be, at the latest, in early July. In addition, you won't be able to attend if you have any outstanding debts to the University.

If you receive a fallback award (not your intended award) in the summer boards then you will be invited to a later ceremony.

What happens if I have an outstanding debt, can I still attend graduation?

If you have an outstanding academic debt you will NOT be eligible to attend the graduation ceremonies. You will also not be able to receive your award certificate and you will not be included in the awards brochure.

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How do I tell you that I don't wish to attend graduation?

You can tell us that you do not wish to come to graduation on the e-Vision graduation portal. You have the option to select 'I do not wish to attend' or if for any reason you are unable to attend your ceremony but would have liked to, we offer you the option to defer. You will only be able to defer once. If you choose to defer, the next graduation ceremonies to be scheduled will likely be Summer 2024, the exact dates and times of ceremonies will be published at a later date and students who choose to defer will be contacted automatically when registration opens.

I have registered, should I order my graduation gown and make travel arrangements?

You should delay ordering your gown or making travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from the University that you have made the required academic progress and are eligible to attend graduation. You will receive this confirmation by early July at the latest. We advise ordering your gown as soon as you receive your confirmation.

If you have already received your ratified results and confirmation of your award then you can proceed with organising your travel arrangements and gown hire. If you are unsure please check with Student Records by logging an enquiry on UNIverse

Where do I hire my gown from and how do I arrange photographs?

All students must wear academic dress. Gowns can be hired though Ede & Ravenscroft.

The gowning company will be located on campus on your graduation day for collection and drop off.

Photography can be booked through Marston Events. We recommend you do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until the date and time of your Graduation Ceremony has been confirmed. The photography company will be based on campus on your graduation day.

Please note: we advise not to order gowns or make photography bookings until your registration has been confirmed. Please note, if you have not yet completed your studies your registration will remain provisional until your final award has been made. Please do not make any travel, accommodation, or academic dress arrangements until you have received confirmation of your award. This will be no later than Friday 30th June 2023.

What colour gown do I wear?

It is the level of your final award, and not the programme you were enrolled on to, that determines the colour of your gown.

A grey gown, with University hood and grey mortar board with grey tassel for:

  • Higher National Certificate
  • Higher National Diploma
  • Certificate of Higher Education
  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Certificate in Education
  • Foundation Degree

A Black gown, with University hood, black mortar board with black tassel for:

  • Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor of Science, Batchelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (in HE)
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Graduate Conversion Diploma in Psychology

A red gown, University hood, Black mortar board with red tassel for:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration

A red/Grey gown, University hood, cloth bonnet with red tassel for:

  • D Prof
  • PhD
  • Clinical Psychology (all taught Doctorates)

How can I get tickets for my guests?

During the registration process on e-Vision you will be asked to state how many guest tickets you require.

We guarantee two guest tickets.

You may request up to 4 guest tickets per student, but any additional tickets over the guaranteed minimum will only be issued should we have seating capacity at your ceremony.

Guest e-tickets will be sent to you via email for you to distribute to your chosen guests. Each e-ticket permits one guest entry.

I have applied for more than 2 guest tickets, will I get them?
It depends. We guarantee every student 2 guest tickets. The number of students choosing to attend each ceremony dictates the number of guest tickets above 2 that we can allocate.

If a ceremony has space, we will begin an additional allocation process. We make this allocation as fairly as we possibly can, but sometimes we have to make random allocations of remaining guest tickets. There may be instances where someone you know on the same ceremony has received more guest tickets than you. Please avoid making guest travel arrangements until the number of guest tickets has been confirmed.

For guests that can't get a ticket is there anywhere else on campus to watch the ceremony?
The ceremonies will be filmed and streamed live on this webpage and on large screens in the Campus Heart, and the Students' Union.

Can I bring children?

Children are welcome to attend the ceremonies, however families are reminded that the ceremonies can take up to 1.5 hours and are not children oriented. Children over 3 years of age will require their own seat and therefore their own guest ticket. Only children under 3 years of age will be allowed to share a seat with a guest.

Children will have to be removed from their pushchair, pram or buggy on entrance to the graduation venue. A storage area for pushchairs, etc., will be provided for the duration of the ceremony.

Is the graduation ceremony available via live stream?

For friends and family that can't get a guest ticket, the ceremonies will be filmed and streamed live on the University websitea and on large screens in the Campus Heart, and the Students' Union.

I have special attendance requirements, how do I let you know, and what will happen at the ceremony?

During the registration process, you will be asked to provide any information relating to any special attendance requirements you or your guests may have, for example if you or a guest uses a wheelchair. Advising us of special requirements at this stage helps to avoid last minute arrangements which may affect your enjoyment of the ceremony.

The graduation ceremony will take place in Olympia Building on campus. There is level access to the venue, and the ceremony takes place on the ground floor. Graduands are seated in rows of up to 13 people. This is not suitable for those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues, and in these instances we allocate a seat at the end of a row or in a specific wheelchair area. No matter where you are seated you will still receive your award along with your course colleagues.

The stage is accessed and exited by a gentle ramp with a gradient of approximately 1 in 5, which is sufficiently wide enough for wheelchair users. Those who feel they may have difficulty using the ramp should indicate this before arrival at the venue so that we can determine the best way for you to access the stage. In most cases we find that with help, which is in good supply, the ramp is manageable. But early warning is useful. Disabled parking is available on site to holders of disabled badges. Please refer to the University guide to parking which is available on the University website.

Only registered assistance dogs will be allowed within university buildings and marquees used for graduation.

Where do I go on arrival at the university on the day of my ceremony?

On arrival, please go immediately to the graduation registration desk located on campus. Here you will show yours and your guest's e-tickets.

E-tickets will be exchanged for a wristband that you must wear to get your gown and to gain access to your ceremony and to the refreshments area.

A full map of all key locations will be available on this web page closer to the time.

Where should I park on graduation day?

On campus
Free car parking, for you and your guests, is available in the University pay and display car parks on the day of your graduation ceremony.

You don't need to buy a ticket from the parking meter. Car parking is available on a first come first served basis.

Additional parking options
Additional pay and display car-parking is available in nearby Middlesbrough Council car parks. Please check the Middlesbrough Council website for a list and location of the long stay car parks.

Please ensure you pay sufficient car parking fees to avoid penalties in the council car parks.

What happens at the ceremony?

On arrival at Olympia Building (the ceremony venue) graduands will be taken to the student entrance where they will be shown to their seats. Guests will be taken to the 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 presentation of names 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.

University representatives will manage the ceremony, instructing you when to rise from your seat and make your way backstage 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 silent whilst backstage as noise can travel onto the stage.

We also ask that students respect the traditions of the event and cross the stage in an orderly manner. Please note that students are not permitted to use photography equipment or devices whilst on stage.

After all Graduates have crossed the stage the ceremony will be formally closed. Graduates and their guests are free to take photographs before proceeding to the Campus Heart where complimentary refreshments will be available.

Please note that your ceremony will start at the advertised time and that we cannot guarantee entrance to graduands or guests that arrive late.

When will I receive my certificate?

All certificates are usually distributed to students 6-8 weeks after the confirmation of results by the board. If your results are confirmed at the boards in June and you are planning to attend graduation, your certificate will be available to collect from the Student Life Building on your graduation ceremony day.

Alternatively, certificates will be posted to your home address as recorded on our student record system. It is important to ensure that your home address is correct on our system. You can edit your address details on e-Vision via Personal Details.

Diploma Supplements can be downloaded from e-Vision once you have received notification of your award. Diploma Supplements are only available to students studying a main award who achieve the intended award. The Diploma Supplement includes your transcript.

Transcripts and certified copies of your certificate are available for purchase from the online shop.

You can also pre-order items for collection on your graduation ceremony day on the online shop.

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Please email or call 01642 342080 for further help.

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