We are delighted to be welcoming graduates and their guests for in-person graduation ceremonies from Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 June 2021. These ceremonies are for last year’s graduates - the ‘Class of 2020’.  

(Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will take place in November 2021 as scheduled.)

The information below will guide you and your guests through the day’s locations and timings, as well as offering some guidance to help you prepare for your special event.

Following the Prime Minister’s latest announcement, we can now confirm the final arrangements.  

Email from the Vice Chancellor to Graduates - Tuesday 15 June

Dear Graduate

I am writing to update you about the final arrangements for next week’s Graduation Ceremonies.

These arrangements fully take into account the Prime Minister’s announcement last night.

These confirmed arrangements are in line with the latest Government guidance and we have worked particularly closely with health and safety experts and with Public Health Worcestershire to inform our approach. We have completed a very thorough risk assessment for every venue and activity and implemented a number of safety measures, which you can read about in detail on our Covid-Secure approach to Graduation webpages.

The ceremonies in Worcester Cathedral are at the heart of Graduation.

We are very happy to let you know that the ceremonies themselves will take place in the Cathedral, giving you and your classmates the opportunity to wear your very well-deserved academic gowns and be presented on stage to your Head of School, where a photograph will be taken.  

I will personally participate in every ceremony to celebrate your success.

My colleagues at the University have been doing a great deal of preparatory work to ensure that your friends and family can also participate in the day.

Your guests will be able to stay with you before the ceremonies, so that they can join you for professional photographs at the City Campus.  You will stay in your group, following the Government’s ‘rule of six’ guidance.

Your ticketed guests will then walk to watch the ceremony through a live broadcast at our nearby University of Worcester Arena.  

The inclusion of the Arena as a venue for guests means that we can consistently maintain a distance of at least 1m+ between seats for graduates and guests during the ceremonies.

Both the Cathedral and the Arena benefit from excellent ventilation and will be well below the 50% capacity permitted by government guidance.

You and your guests will then be re-united at the post-ceremony receptions at the City Campus. The receptions will be outdoors, following social distancing regulations, with service provided from airy marquees.

Please continue to follow the latest updates on our dedicated Graduation website and do get in touch with us on graduation@worc.ac.uk if you have a specific question.

I very much look forward to welcoming you back to the University for a wonderful and very well earned celebration of your success.

With all best wishes,

Professor David Green CBE DL
Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
University of Worcester

Approach to Graduation

Is Graduation still going ahead?

Yes, Graduation Ceremonies are going ahead. The final confirmed arrangements are fully in line with the latest Government announcement.

The ceremonies in Worcester Cathedral are at the heart of Graduation.

Graduates will be together with their classmates in the Cathedral for a full ceremony, delivered in the usual way. Academic staff will be there to present your award and you will have an opportunity for a photograph on the platform. Ticketed-only guests will come together to watch the ceremony in the Arena on specially set-up big screens. 

After the ceremony, we have added a new event, which is unique for this year. The post-ceremony celebration will take the form of an outdoor reception in a village of marquees at the City Campus. Your guests will be with you for this element. Sparkling wine and small picnic boxes will be served at tables in  the marquees. There will be live music throughout the day, and if the weather is sunny, you can enjoy the festivities from a deck chair pitched on the grass.

We know that many of our academic staff will be joining this part of the event as well, so it is an opportunity for you to introduce them to your friends and family.

Delivering Graduation in this way is allowing us to have people together for much of the event, and to hold the ceremonies in the Cathedral, while still following the very clear and strict social distancing guidelines issued by the Government.

Can you do this safely?

These confirmed arrangements are in line with the latest Government guidance and we have worked particularly closely with health and safety experts and with Public Health Worcestershire to inform our approach. We have completed a very thorough risk assessment for every venue and activity and implemented a number of safety measures, which you can read about in detail on the Covid-Secure approach to Graduation section on these webpages.

Can I defer attending ceremonies to another year?

These are the Graduation ceremonies for this year and it is not possible to defer to a future ceremony. 

Did you think about a further postponement to the ceremonies?

We know that the ceremonies in the Cathedral are a very important part of graduation for many students. The Cathedral is booked many months, if not years, in advance. When we postponed the original ceremonies last October, we immediately booked this week - it was the only week available throughout the summer and autumn 2021. This means that a further postponement was not possible, without having to cancel the ceremonies in the Cathedral.

This is why we have worked so hard to proceed with the event as best we can, given the challenging and changing circumstances posed by the pandemic. 

What’s included in the ticket price?

Tickets for guests include: 

  • A Seat in the University Arena, to watch the ceremony on specially set-up large screens. Only ticketed guests will be able to attend the Arena.
  • Free parking at the Arena
  • A printed programme
  • A glass of sparkling wine, a bottle of water, and a picnic snack box at the reception.

There will also be live music at the reception. 

Guests are also welcome to join graduates before the ceremony for professional photography in the Charles Hastings building.

Graduate tickets are free of charge.



There are three main parts to your graduation day: preparing for your ceremony, the ceremony itself and the reception. The locations currently are:

  • City Campus: you will arrive here first to collect your gown. This is also the location for the official photography. You will then make your own way to the Cathedral while your guests will make their own way to the University of Worcester Arena. Everyone will return to the City Campus for your reception.
  • Worcester Cathedral: This is where the Graduation will take place. Due to the Government’s postponing of the easing of restrictions on 21 June, only graduates will attend the ceremonies at the Cathedral, which will further enable social distancing
  • University Arena: This is where your guests will view the ceremony via a live broadcast.

We have included site maps below, which show you the locations and suggested walking routes for each of the venues. These maps also highlight disabled access and facilities. If you need further information, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with us on graduation@worc.ac.uk

Ceremony schedules

We will be running four ceremonies each day, in the below document you'll find a schedule for each ceremony.

On the day of your ceremony, we’ll also send you an event email, which will remind you of all the details you’ll need. Keep an eye out for this message, as it will be helpful to refer to it during the day. 

Information on this page

Below you'll find guidance on:

Preparing for your Graduation

Have you booked everything?

It’s essential that you book your academic gown in advance of your ceremony. All graduates must wear a gown for the ceremony and your gown and hat will be specially reserved for you. If you haven’t already booked, it’s essential that you do it now by visiting the Official Graduation Gown website

If you would like an official graduation portrait (which can also include photographs of you with your guests), this must also be booked in advance. You can choose your package and also pay for photographs online. You can find out more and make your booking here: Official Graduation Photography website

Can I request extra guest tickets?

Each graduate may purchase up to two guest tickets, which you should have booked at the time of booking your ticket. Due to the very careful safety arrangements and limited venue capacities due to Covid-19 it is not possible to have additional guest tickets.

Any additional guests are very welcome to watch along online, via the free live broadcast.

What’s included in the ticket price?

Tickets for guests include:

  • A Seat in the University Arena, to watch the ceremony on large screens
  • Free parking at the Arena
  • A printed programme
  • A glass of sparkling wine, a bottle of water, a picnic snack box at the reception.

There will also be live music at the reception.

Guests are welcome to join graduates before the ceremony for professional photography in the Charles Hastings building.

Graduate tickets are free of charge. 

What to wear

Most graduates generally wear smart attire under their academic gown, such as a suit. You may find it helpful to wear a shirt with buttons to help with securing the hood of your gown.

Graduates will need to make their own way to the Cathedral from the City Campus and we are expecting most people will choose to walk. Although it’s only a 20-minute walk or wheel, you may wish to think about wearing comfortable, sturdy foot wear!

All graduates, guests and staff will need to wear a face covering, then they are indoors and at the reception, so please make sure you bring one with you!

Your guests will need to make their own way to the University of Worcester Arena to watch the live broadcast. The Arena is just a 10-minute walk away from the City Campus via the Sabrina footbridge over the River Severn.

Be prepared for the weather!

Most people will be travelling by foot in between the Cathedral, University Arena and the City Campus. The post-ceremony receptions will be outdoors (although under cover in open-sided marquees). Take a good look at the forecast and do your best to dress appropriately and comfortably for the weather.

As it’s British summertime, this could be anything from light layers to a cosy raincoat! You might also like to have an umbrella handy!

What to bring with you on the day

Make sure you check your emails in the morning to pick up your event pack email, which will have reminders about all of the day’s details.

You can bring a small bag (i.e. such as a handbag) with you. If you bring a large bag with you, we may ask to search your bag, for security purposes.

Don’t forget to bring a face covering. Hand sanitiser will be available at all locations, but you may also wish to bring your own supply.

Travel and parking

Worcester is served by the M5 motorway and is accessible from Junctions 6 and 7. Under normal traffic conditions all University campuses can be reached in 15-20 minutes from Junction 7. The University is clearly signposted once you come off at Junction 7. The nearest car parks to the City Campus are Pitchcroft Car Park, Croft Road Car Park, Cattlemarket Car Park, The Moors Car Park and The University Arena Car Park.

Worcester is also served by several train stations. Worcester Foregate Street is a 5-minute walk from the City Campus, while Worcester Shrub Hill is a 10-minute walk from the City Campus or 5 minutes by taxi.

The City Campus is a five minute walk to the city Bus Station. Network West Midlands can help you plan your bus journey and find out when the next service will be arriving at the University of Worcester. National Express Coaches also serve the city of Worcester, arriving into Worcester Bus Station.

There is no parking at the City Campus or at the Cathedral.

Take a lateral flow test

All graduates, guests and staff are strongly recommended to take a lateral flow test the day before or morning of your ceremony. These free tests help to locate people who may have Covid-19 but do not have symptoms and are an important way to help stop the spread of the virus.

You can take a test at a local community test centre (where you can also pick up home testing kits). You can also order free kits to be delivered to you via the post.

Find out more and or order a test kit at: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

If you prefer, the University’s on-campus lateral flow test centre, which is located on the Severn Campus,  is open to staff, students and guests. You can pre-book an appointment or just drop in on the day. 


Our Accommodation Team have reserved a small number of rooms in our on-campus Halls of Residence for Graduates and their guests.

Flats will be available at a special rate, along with a food and drink options.

If you would like to find out more, visit our Graduation Accommodation information page, or email accommodation@worc.ac.uk

A Covid-secure approach to Graduation

Our ten key measures

We are delighted to be welcoming our graduates, guests and staff for in-person Graduation Ceremonies in June 2021.

We know that many people are excited to reunite and to celebrate, but also have questions about Covid-19.

Throughout the pandemic, Worcester has consistently focused on student-wellbeing, from academic, social, mental health and employment perspectives, while taking a highly responsible public health approach to Covid-19.

We have operated in line with Government guidance and have worked particularly closely with Public Health Worcestershire.

Our approach has seen the University remain a coronavirus coldspot and an educational hotspot, with much of our teaching continuing to take place in-person. Covid-19 rates at the University have remained very low throughout the entire pandemic and to the best of our knowledge there has been not one case of on-campus transmission during the entire pandemic.

We have applied this careful and measured approach to our planning for the Graduation Ceremonies taking place this June.

The situation with the pandemic is still unpredictable and we were prepared for a delay to the complete relaxation of regulations that was originally scheduled for 21 June.

We have increased the number of our graduation ceremonies from 10 to 16. This means that even our largest ceremony will be half the size of a usual year and will be well within the 50% venue limits described in the Government’s Guidance for the 17th May onwards, which states that: Indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity (whichever is lower). By having guests watch the ceremonies from the nearby University of Worcester Arena, everyone can be assured of at least 1m social distancing.

Here are 10 key measures in our Covid-secure approach:

We will:

  1. Complete a detailed COVID-19 risk assessment, following the latest Government advice and with guidance from Public Health England and other experts.
  2. Enable social distancing.

    Examples include:
  • Detailed, timed schedules for arrival and departure for Graduates and guests
  • Ticketed-entry only
  • Limiting guest tickets (no more than two guests per Graduate)
  • Utilising one-way systems for entry and exit to buildings, including the City Campus and the Cathedral. We will make this information easy to understand through the use of pre-event communications, clear signage and staff guides.
  • Ceremony times have been shortened, with most ceremonies expected to be an hour or less in duration
  • Graduates and guests can walk or wheel between venues, with no use of coaches for transportation
  • Graduates will self-robe, with no close contact between Academic Gown suppliers and Graduates
  • Photography will be ordered in advance, with timed slots and online payment minimising in-person contact on the day
  • Social distancing will be maintained at the outdoor reception, with table service only for takeaway food
  1. Strongly encourage the use of lateral flow testing. We will strongly encourage staff, graduates and guests to take a lateral flow test ahead of arriving on campus. Our pre-event communications will remind people how to access testing, including through community test centres and home test kits. The lateral flow test centre located at the University’s Severn Campus will also be available.  
  1. Take part in NHS Test and Trace. We will keep a record of all graduates, guests and staff who attend an event for 21 days, to assist with test and trace if needed.
  1. Provide adequate ventilation. This will include holding the post-event receptions fully outdoors. We will provide natural ventilation in the areas such as the Charles Hastings building, where robing and photograph are taking place (i.e. by opening windows and doors). The Arena benefits from a state of the art mechanical ventilation system.
  2. Require face coverings. When graduates, guests and staff are indoors we will require them to wear a face covering, if they are able. This is especially important as Graduation will bring together people who do not normally meet. Graduates will be permitted to remove their face covering as they step on to the platform and for their photographs, as there will be enhanced social distancing in place at these times (2 metres).
  3. Wash hands regularly. Staff, graduates and guests will be asked to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently. There will be sanitiser stations available at all key locations, including the City Campus, the Cathedral and the Arena.
  4. Clean more often.  We will increase how often we clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot, including the seating within the Cathedral, before and after ceremonies.
  1. Use pre-packed, take-away food. Food at the receptions will be served in sealed, take-away boxes.
  2. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member, graduate or guest (or someone in their household) has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should self-isolate and get a Covid-19 test. We will remind everyone of the symptoms ahead of the event and will ask them not to attend if they have any of these symptoms, have a positive test, or have been asked to self-isolate through NHS test and trace.

We will continue to update our graduation webpages and will stay in touch with you through email if there are any significant changes.

If you have any questions or would like further information about our Covid-secure approach, please get in touch with us at graduation@worc.ac.uk


Before the Ceremony

Arrival at City Campus

You should aim to arrive at the City Campus about 2 hours before your ceremony. This will give you time to collect your gown, have your photograph taken and make your way to the Cathedral.

When you arrive, you should make your way to the Charles Hastings Building (the main building on the campus), to collect your tickets and gown. Your guests can stay with you while you do this. 


There will be plenty of signage and staff on site to direct you, and we’ll also be running a one-way system.

Put on your face covering!

Unless you are exempt, everyone should wear a face covering whenever they are indoors. This includes, for example, while collecting your robe and during the ceremonies.

Please remember to clean your hands before and after touching your face covering – including to put it on or remove it.

Face coverings should be safely stored in individual, sealable plastic bags between use

If a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and should be replaced carefully. Please consider bringing a spare face covering to wear if your first face covering becomes damp during the day.

Face visors or shields should not be worn as an alternative to face coverings. They may protect against droplet spread in specific circumstances but are unlikely to be effective in reducing aerosol transmission when used without an additional face covering:

  • Graduates and guests can remove their face coverings for the professional photographs. The photographer will wear a face covering and will stand well back and the rooms will be well-ventilated
  • Graduates will be able to remove their face covering  when they cross the platform as platform guests will maintain a 2m social distance

Find out more about face coverings

Collecting your gown and tickets

The first thing you should do when you arrive is to collect your academic gown and mortar board (cap). 


Staff will be ready to take your name and to give you your specially reserved gown. In order to maintain social distancing, you’ll need to put on your gown yourself, but there will be images and videos to help you. Your guests can stay with you while you do this.

Collecting your tickets

When you collect your gown, you will also collect tickets for you and your guests. Please keep your tickets with you, as you’ll need them at the Cathedral (for you) and the University of Worcester Arena (for your guests). You will also need your ticket to access the reception. 


Once you’ve got your gown on, it’s time for your official photography. Follow the signs to the photography studios, which are also in the Charles Hastings building. You should have booked your photography in advance, so you simply need to arrive at the studio. Your guests are also very welcome to join you for the photographs.

You can bring  a small number of extra friends and family with you for the professional photography. As the photography is taking place indoors, you will need to follow the rule of 6, which means you can bring a group that is:

  • Up to 6 in number from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
  • Any size from up to two households

As we have to manage numbers very tightly in accordance with Covid-19 restrictions, all graduates are limited to two guest tickets, which you had to book in advance. So, although your additional guests can join you for photography, only your maximum of two ticketed guests can attend the ceremony and reception.

Rule of Six

You can find out more on the official photography website.

If you have chosen not to have photographs, you will be directed out of the building and can make your way to the Cathedral.

You are very welcome to take your own photographs on campus, including against the stunning backdrop of the historic Charles Hastings and Mulberry House buildings. 

Facilities at the City Campus

The City Campus has toilets, including disabled toilets, which will be open throughout the day.

Refreshments including tea and coffee will be available to purchase at the City Campus.

Staff will be available across the site, but if you need urgent help, please visit the Main Reception desk in the Charles Hastings Building.  

Travel to the Cathedral (graduates)

Once you have collected your gown and tickets and finished your photographs, it’s time to make your way to the Cathedral.

You will need to be at the Cathedral 30 minutes before your ceremony. This gives you time to get checked in and seated.  

Graduates will need to make their own way to the Cathedral and we expect that the majority of people will walk or wheel. The route is 0.8 miles (this is the same distance as travelling from the St. John’s reception to the Arena, to give you a sense of timing). It should take you about 15- 20 minutes to walk. This map suggests a route through town, but you can of course use any route you wish.

If you need to drive, the link below indicates the nearest, public pay and display car parks. There is no parking or drop off at the Cathedral itself.

Find out more at Worcester City Parking Sites.

Travel to the University Arena (guests)

While graduates are travelling to the Cathedral, their guests can make their way from the City Campus to the nearby University of Worcester Arena to watch the live broadcast of the ceremony.

The Arena is only a few minutes’ walk away from the City Campus and is most easily reached by leaving the City Campus by the bottom (Croft Road) exit and crossing the River Severn by the Sabrina footbridge. This map suggests a suitable walking route between the Arena and City Campus.

Guest seating at the Arena is on a first come, first served basis, so your guests will be able to choose where they sit.

Facilities at the University Arena

There are toilets, including disabled toilets, near the entrance to the Arena.  These will be well-signposted.

Arriving at the University Arena

Free parking is available at the Arena for guests attending the Graduation screenings.

Guests should not arrive in excess of 45 minutes before the ceremony time and should arrive in their guest group.

Whilst queuing, please maintain social distancing. You will be greeted by a member of the Arena team who will ask you to scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code for the Arena. Should you not have a phone/the App, the member of staff will take your details for track and trace purposes (which we will retain for 21 days).

Unless you are exempt, face coverings must be worn whilst inside the Arena.

Your ticket will be checked by the Arena team prior to admission through the turnstiles.

If you have any large bags, bag searches will be conducted in line with current bag search guidelines. Guests are advised to bring only essential items to the screening.

Seating is available both on flat surfaces (for guests with mobility issues) and in our tiered units (in a maximum of groups of 2). All seats are socially distanced at 1m+ and therefore face coverings should be worn throughout the screening.

The Ceremony

Arrival at the Cathedral

You should arrive at the Cathedral at least half an hour before your ceremony.

When you arrive at the Cathedral, you will be directed to the ‘College Green’ entrance, which is at the back of the Cathedral. You can see it on this map.

There will be staff outside the Cathedral to help direct you and answer questions.

As you make your way to the entrance, you will descend down a short series of steps. We have also mapped out a wheelchair accessible route from City Campus to the Cathedral. 

There is no parking or drop off available at the Cathedral itself. If you are driving, you will need to park at a public pay and display car park. If you need to be dropped off, you are recommended to stop in the King Street Car Park and make your way up Severn Street to the ‘College Green’ entrance.

The College Green entrance is shared with Kings School, so we are expecting it to be busy first thing in the morning and in the afternoon, as students begin and finish their school day. If your ceremony is at 9:30 or 3:30, you might wish to give yourself a little bit of extra time for travelling or using the drop off point.

You will need to wear a face covering, if you are able, when you are in the Cathedral.

Once you are in the Cathedral, it is usual etiquette to remove your cap. 

Seating for Graduates

When you arrive at the Cathedral, staff will guide you in. All Graduates sit together.  You will sit in an assigned seat, which will ensure that you are called up to the platform at the right moment. Staff will ensure that you are in the correct seat.

What happens during the ceremony?

During the ceremony, there will be speeches from University and Cathedral staff.

The highlight of the ceremony is the presentation of the graduates. A staff member will call you up from your seat at the right moment. When your name is read out, you will cross the stage and have a photograph taken. There is often lots of enthusiastic clapping!

You can remove your face covering just before you step on to the stage, so that it is not in your photographs. Staff on the platform will stand at least 2 metres away from you. 

You will need to access and exit the stage via a short ramp, so please remember this when choosing your footwear.

Photography in the Cathedral

You are not permitted to take photographs inside the Cathedral.

A professional photographer will take your photo when you cross the stage and you will be able to view and purchase this image, if you wish, through the official photographers.

You will be able to take your own photos when you return to the City Campus. 

Facilities at the Cathedral

There are toilets, including disabled toilets, near the entrance to the Cathedral.  These will be well-signposted.

The Cathedral café and shop will not be open during the Graduation week.

There is a hearing loop available during the ceremonies and staff will be able to advise you on this.

Find out more about the Cathedral and accessibility.

Leaving the Cathedral

When the ceremony concludes, there will be a short procession of staff from the stage, who will lead everyone out. Ushers will indicate when it is time for your row to stand and make your way out of the Cathedral.

When you leave the Cathedral, it’s very important that you continue to walk forward (i.e., not waiting by the doors) so that everyone can easily make their way out of the building.

You will have time to take a very quick photograph with fellow Graduates if you wish, but our staff will be encouraging everyone to begin their walk back to the City Campus as soon as possible. Current Covid-guidelines mean that it’s really important that large, informal crowds do not gather outside.

You will also want to be sure that you return in time for your reception!

Leaving the University Arena

Following the conclusion of the ceremony screening, guests are asked to leave the Arena as quickly as possible when prompted by our Arena team to ensure we can sanitise the Arena prior to admission of the following ceremony’s guests.

The exit will be at the back of the Arena and staff will guide you and be on hand to signpost you to the City Campus Reception.

Traveling back to the City Campus

Immediately following the ceremony, you should make your way back to the City Campus for your reception. This map indicates a suggested route from the Cathedral to City Campus.

Your guests should make their way from the University Arena to the City Campus at the same time. This map suggests a suitable walking route between the Arena and City Campus.

You will need to enter the City Campus at the bottom of the site, through the railway arches by The Hive. Staff and student ambassadors will be available to help direct you. 

The Reception

Reception location

The reception will be held outdoors at the City Campus, in a series of open-sided marquees.

You will need to enter the City Campus at the bottom of the site, by The Hive, through the railway arches. Staff and student ambassadors will be available to help direct you. 


Please have your ticket ready, as you will be checked in as you enter the reception. 

Once at the reception, you should stay with your household group. If you would like to speak with someone outside your household group, please maintain at least 1 metre of social distancing at all times. 

Reception timings

Depending on how quickly you return from the Cathedral, you should have about an hour at the reception.

Your schedule will indicate a departure time for you and your guests. As we are managing site numbers very carefully, to help maintain a Covid-secure environment, you will need to leave the site at your appointed time, so we are ready to welcome the next ceremony. 

Can additional guests join me at the reception?

No. As we are managing site numbers very carefully, to help maintain a Covid-secure environment, only you and your two ticketed guests are able to enter the site. 

Do I have to attend the reception?

You do not have to attend your reception. You are very welcome to make your own plans following the ceremony, but it is essential that you promptly return your academic gown and cap. You will return your gown at the City Campus, at a well-signposted drop off point near the Halls of Residence. 

What’s happening at the reception?

The reception is a friendly, informal reception, which will give you a chance to visit with classmates and staff.

There will be covered, open-sided marquees, offering shelter from any rain (or hot sunshine, if we are lucky), with live music in each marquee. Each of the marquees will be exactly the same, but the one on the right as you enter is particularly suitable for wheelchair access.  


A small, takeaway snack box will also available for you and your guests at no additional cost.

It is very important that you stay with your household group. If you are speaking to someone outside your household, please stand at least 1 metre away from them. 

The reception also offers you the chance to take your own photographs in your cap and gown. 

Food and drink

When you arrive, you and your guests will collect a summer snack box. The box will contain bite-sized food, which is packed in a sealed takeaway box and is easy to eat with your fingers.

It will include a:

  • Caesar Chicken Skewer
  • Cheese Puff
  • Strawberry and Cream tartlet

There will be vegan and gluten free options.

Please download the menu for full allergen information.

Available facilities at the reception

The reception will be hosted in covered, but open-sided marquees, which will offer protection from the weather, but as they are open at the sides, are considered an outdoor venue. This will allow excellent air circulation.

Refreshments including takeaway tea and coffee will be available to purchase at the City Campus.

There are toilets, including disabled toilets on the reception site as well as in Mulberry House, the Charles Hastings Building and The Hive library.  These will be well-signposted. 

Returning your academic gown

As you depart your reception, it is essential that you return your academic gown and cap. There will be a well-signposted drop off point, near to the City Campus Accommodation, which you will see as you exit the site.

You must return your gown on the day of your ceremony.  

Getting help on the day

Accessing assistance

If you need help on the day, look out for our many friendly staff and student ambassadors: most will either be wearing a blue student ambassador t-shirt, or a red academic gown, so they will be easy to spot!

If you have an emergency or require first-aid assistance, please report to the main reception desk at the City Campus. You can also telephone main reception on 01905 855 000

Other ways to follow along with Graduation

Accessing the livestream broadcast

Each of the week’s 16 ceremonies will be broadcast via a live, online video stream. Friends and family who are not able to join you can access this link from anywhere, including on a mobile device.

The link to the livestream will be published here shortly.

Follow us on social media

You can follow us on social media throughout the week, where we will be posting lots of stories, pictures, interviews and updates every day. Follow us using #WorcGrad

Please stay in touch and share your content with us!

Our local newspaper, the Worcester News, will also be covering Graduation. You can purchase a paper, or read the Worcester News online


Staying in touch after Graduation

Be part of the Alumni association

The Alumni Association is here to help you keep in touch with the University and with each other – you’ll be part of a worldwide network with thousands of other former students.

As one of our graduates, we’d love to keep you informed about careers support, alumni benefits, our suite of events and exciting opportunities linked with the University that you may be interested in. We also want to hear your news! We can help you keep in touch with old friends too.

Whether through practical or advisory involvement, the support and interest of our graduates makes a real difference to the experience of current and future students.

Get in touch with us at alumni@worc.ac.uk or search for us on Facebook. 

Careers Advisory Service

The University’s Careers and Advisory Service is here to support you after graduation.

We offer graduates:

  • Advice & guidance
  • Job vacancies
  • CVs and application support
  • Mock interviews

Contact us at: careers@worc.ac.uk , 01905 855166 and find out more on our Careers webpages.



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