We are delighted to be welcoming graduates and their guests for graduation ceremonies from Tuesday 1 November to Friday 4 November 2022.

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

Locations

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City Campus: you will arrive here first to collect your academic dress. This is also the location for the official photography. You and your guests will then make your own way to the Cathedral. Everyone will return to the City Campus for your reception.

Worcester Cathedral: This is where the Graduation will take place.

Ceremony Schedules

We will be running three ceremonies each day; in the below document you'll find a schedule for each ceremony: Ceremony Schedules [PDF]

 

Ceremony 1 (9:30 Ceremony)

Arrive at City Campus for academic dress collection and photography: Between 7:00 and 8:30

Walk to the Cathedral: 20 minutes

Arrive at the Cathedral by: 9:00

All Graduates and Guests seated in Cathedral by: 9:15

Ceremony: 9:30 to 11:00

Walk back to City Campus: 20 minutes

Reception at City Campus: 11:30 to 1:00

Depart City Campus: 1:00

Ceremony 2 (12:00 Ceremony)

Arrive at City Campus for academic dress collection and photography: Between 9:30am and 11:00

Walk to the Cathedral: 20 minutes

Arrive at the Cathedral by: 11:30

All Graduates and Guests seated in Cathedral by: 11:45

Ceremony: 12:00 to 1:30

Walk back to City Campus: 20 minutes

Reception at City Campus: 2:00 to 3:30

Depart City Campus: 3:30

Ceremony 3 (2:30 Ceremony)

Arrive at City Campus for academic dress collection and photography: Between 12:00 and 1:30

Walk to the Cathedral: 20 minutes

Arrive at the Cathedral by: 2:00

All Graduates and Guests seated in Cathedral by: 2:15

Ceremony: 2:30 to 4:00

Walk back to City Campus: 20 minutes

Reception at City Campus: 4:30 to 6:00

Depart City Campus: 6:00

Watch Live

Each of the week’s 12 ceremonies will be broadcast via a live stream which will be available from this page. 

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. Your guests can stay with you while you do this.  

We will publish detailed information shortly about the precise locations for gowning, photography and gown return. All three activities will be located on the City Campus.

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

Collecting your gown and tickets

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

Staff will be ready to take your name and to give you your specially reserved gown. 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 and your guests will need them at the Cathedral and to access the reception. 

Photography

Once you’ve got your gown on, it’s time for your official photography. Follow the signs to the photography studios, which are also at the City Campus. 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 (even if they are not attending the ceremony).

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 directly  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.  The Cathedral does not allow indoor photography. 

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 and guests)

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 and guests 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/prefer 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.

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

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The Ceremony

The Cathedral provides a splendid setting for the ceremonies, but due to the nature of the building some seats may have restricted views of proceedings.

To overcome this difficulty, the University arranges for screens to be placed around the Cathedral.

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 2:30, you might wish to give yourself a little bit of extra time for travelling or using the drop off point.

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.

Seating for Guests

When you arrive at the Cathedral, staff will guide your guests in. Your guests are able to choose their seats, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you indicated a special requirement when you booked (i.e. a wheelchair space, for example), our staff will be expecting you and will be able to assist.

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 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.

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.

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

Travelling back to the City Campus

Immediately following the ceremony, you and your guests should make your way back to the City Campus for your reception. This map indicates a suggested route from the Cathedral to 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 large, heated 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 tickets ready, as you will be checked in as you enter the reception. 

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 carefully 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 so only you and your ticketed guests are able to enter the site. You and your guests will need to show your tickets to gain access to 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. 

We will post further details shortly about the location of the gown return. 

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, heated marquees, offering shelter from any 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 and glass of sparkling wine will also be available for you and your guests at no additional cost.

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

Available facilities at the reception

The reception will be hosted in marquees, which will offer protection from the weather.

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

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

We will post further details shortly about the location of the gown return. 

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 12 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.

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.

I have a question that hasn’t been answered

If you have a specific question that hasn’t been answered by the information on this page, get in touch with us on graduation@worc.ac.uk