Graduation Ceremonies for the Class of 2024 will take place on 5th March 2024.

All graduands eligible to attend March’s graduation ceremonies will have received an email inviting them to their specific ceremony. 

On the day, you will first collect your tickets and gown as well as have the opportunity for professional photography in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building on the University’s Severn Campus.

You’ll then make your way to your ceremony, which will be held at the magnificent Worcester Cathedral.

Following the ceremony, all graduates plus their guests with tickets and University staff are invited to return to the Severn Campus for a celebratory drinks reception at the University Arena.

You can view the ceremony information below as well as checking our Ceremony Schedules for timings of the day. We also recommend taking a look at the Graduation FAQs, which are full of useful information about all aspects of graduation. If you have a specific question that you can’t find the answer to on these pages, then you can get in touch with us at graduation@worc.ac.uk

This page includes information on:

The Ceremonies

We will be holding two ceremonies on March 5th 2024. Please see below for full details of timings.

Ceremony One: Courses in Schools of Allied Health and Community, Medical School, Nursing & Midwifery, Science & the Environment, Sport and Exercise Science.

Ceremony Two: Courses in Schools of Arts, Humanities, Psychology, Institute of Education and Worcester Business School.

 

Ceremony One - timings

8:00am and 9:15am - Arrive at Severn campus for ticket collection, academic dress collection & photography

Walk to Cathedral 20 minutes

10:00am -  Arrive at Cathedral

10:10am - All Graduates & guests seated in Cathedral

10:30am - 12:00pm - Ceremony

Walk back to Severn campus 20 minutes 

12:30 - 2:00pm - Reception at Severn campus

2:00pm - Depart Severn campus

Ceremony Two - timings

Between 10:30 and 11:45 - Arrive at Severn campus for ticket collection, academic dress collection & photography

Walk to Cathedral 20 minutes

12:30pm -  Arrive at Cathedral

12:40pm - All Graduates & guests  seated in Cathedral

1.00 - 2.15pm - Ceremony

Walk back to Severn campus 20 minutes 

2:45 - 4:15pm - Reception at Severn campus

4:15 - Depart Severn campus

Watch Live

Both of the ceremonies will broadcast via a live stream which will be available from this page. Recordings will also be available to view for approximately two weeks.

Arrangements on the day

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

Before the Ceremony - Severn Campus

Download a map of Severn Campus.

Arrival at Severn Campus

You should aim to arrive at the Severn Campus about 2 hours before your ceremony. Full details are in our Ceremony Schedules. 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. 

There will be plenty of signage and staff on site to direct you.

Parking at Severn Campus

There will be limited free parking available at Severn Campus (WR2 5JN).

Should the Severn Campus car parks fill up then there is also free parking available at our St John's Campus car park M (WR2 6AJ) and the nearby Moors Car Park (WR1 3ED).

The nearest pay and display car parks to the Severn Campus are Pitchcroft Car ParkCroft Road Car ParkCattlemarket Car Park

Collecting your tickets and gown - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building

The first thing you should do when you arrive is to collect your tickets and your academic gown and mortar board (cap) from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building. This is the large, golden-clad building that now houses the Medical School and was the former Worcester News building. It will be well signposted on the day. 

Collecting your tickets

When you enter the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building your will be able to 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. 

Collecting your gown

Once you've got your tickets 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.

Photography - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building

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 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson 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 (even if they are not attending the ceremony). You will have the opportunity to buy your photos at the reception in the university of Worcester Arena.

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. The Cathedral does not allow indoor photography.

Facilities at the Severn Campus

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

Our Starbucks coffee shop will also be open for light refreshments.

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

Travel to the Cathedral (graduates and guests)

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

You and your guests will need to make your own way to the Cathedral. Transport is not provided.

There are two recommend walking routes to the Cathedral from Severn Campus. The shorter route includes steps and a short, steep hill. The slightly longer route is more accessible. Please view the route map for further details.

There are steps and a ramp for guests entering the Cathedral. Graduands access and exit the stage via a short ramp – please bear this in mind when choosing footwear. 

You may also choose to drive 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.

The nearest car parks to the Cathedral are King Street (Sidbury) Car ParkWorcester Cathedral Square NCPClare Street Car Park and Copenhagen Street Car Park

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

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

There is no parking at 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.

The nearest car parks to the Cathedral are King Street (Sidbury) Car ParkWorcester Cathedral Square NCPClare Street Car Park and Copenhagen Street Car Park

If you need to be dropped off at the Cathedral, you are recommended to stop in the King Street Car Park and make your way up Severn Street to the ‘North door’.

Two graduates standing in front of the screens at Graduation

The Ceremony - Worcester Cathedral

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 ‘North door’. There will be staff outside the Cathedral to help direct you and answer questions.

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 ‘North door’.

Once you are in the Cathedral, in order to respect the wishes of the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral you are requested to remove your mortar board whilst inside the Cathedral.

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 - this will be allocated and you’ll receive your seat number details prior to the ceremony. This ensures that you are called up to the platform at the right moment. Seating at the Cathedral is mainly fixed and mostly wooden chairs or pews.

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. Seating at the Cathedral is mainly fixed and mostly wooden chairs or pews

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.

Once you have collected your certificate, staff members will direct you around the Cathedral and back to your seat. We plan to broadcast each ceremony via a live, online video stream, allowing friends and family who are not able to join to access this link from anywhere for free, including on a mobile device. This will be available to view on our website for two weeks after graduation week. All graduates attending the graduation ceremony will be filmed on stage as part of this live broadcast.

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 Severn 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 photographs with fellow Graduates if you wish, but our staff will be encouraging everyone to begin their walk back to the Severn Campus as soon as possible.

The Reception - University Arena, Severn Campus

Reception timings

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

Full details are in our Ceremony Schedules.

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. 

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 to the Severn Campus. 

What’s happening at the reception?

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

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

Returning your academic gown - Worcester Arena

Gown return is located at the University of Worcester Arena building on Severn Campus and will be signposted.

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 Severn Campus. You can also telephone main reception on 01905 855 000.

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.