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Warwick Celebrates: On the Day

The Warwick Celebrates: On the Day FAQs below are for graduates from the Summer 2020, Winter 2021 and Summer 2021 graduating cohorts whose original ceremonies were postponed due to Covid-19. Full information can be found at Warwick Celebrates: 5-15 July 2022 Ceremonies.

Students due to graduate in July 2022 (including current finalist undergraduates and postgraduate students awarded their degree after December 2021) will not be invited to these ceremonies and should instead refer to the 18-27 July 2022 Ceremonies page for information about the normal July 2022 Degree Ceremonies and our Standard Degree Congregations FAQs.
Arriving for the Day

You will need to leave enough time on arrival to collect your tickets, collect your robes and for you and your guests to be seated 30 minutes BEFORE the start time of your ceremony. You should also allow time prior to the ceremony for any professional photos you wish to have taken on the day. For this reason we recommend arriving an absolute minimum of 90 minutes before your ceremony starts. Ensure that you read the Key Timings for the Day to know where you will need to go and what to do.

Please allow additional time for traffic, parking and walking to the Sports Hub if you are arriving by car.

It is your responsibility to ensure you arrive in time for the ceremony.

On campus parking (payable in advance) will be available for graduates and guests attending Warwick Celebrates ceremonies in July 2022. We will be contacting graduates with further details about parking facilities and a link to the booking form in June 2022 once full details are confirmed. More information about parking arrangements will be published on our Warwick Celebrates Travel and Parking page when this link is shared.

If you or your guest(s) require parking spaces for blue badge holders you should indicate this when you complete the graduation registration process. We will then be in contact in June 2022 with details for blue badge parking.

On arrival, graduates and their guests should make their way to the Sports Hub, where they will collect their tickets, robes and have any booked official photos taken. Graduates and guests will then make their way across the road to The Igloo, a temporary structure located on Cryfield Village car park, for a welcome and drinks reception, followed by the ceremony. After the ceremony, graduates and guests can enjoy refreshments and entertainment on Windmill Hill.

During the Ceremonies

Warwick Celebrates ceremonies will last approximately 90 minutes.

The ceremony will commence with the entrance of the academic procession for which all graduates and guests should stand. After an opening address from the Presiding Officer, the first row of graduands will be led down towards the stage.

All graduates present in The Igloo will be presented to the Presiding Officer by the Master of Ceremonies in order of qualification and course of study.

Graduates will be prompted to go up on stage as their name is read out, where they will be congratulated by the Presiding Officer as they cross the stage and have an official photograph taken.

Presentations of graduates will be punctuated by other speeches and awards approximately half way through the ceremony.

No, as we will need to seat you with other graduates in presentation order. Your guests will be seated in a separate guest seating area. Your guest tickets are not numbered and they will be shown to seats when they enter (read more).

You must collect your ticket before entering the ceremony and remain in the seat allocated to you (the number is shown on your graduate ticket). A member of the graduate seating team will guide you to your seat. Please ensure you are seated on time (at least 30 minutes before the start of your ceremony) and you do not move seats, otherwise you may not be able to graduate.

YOU MUST NOT SWAP SEATS WITH ANYONE ELSE otherwise you will be in the wrong order to be presented and the wrong name will be read out when you cross the stage. It may also mean that you will not be able to graduate if we cannot locate you in your seat when the graduate seating team are checking for absentees after doors close. You must remain in your specified seat so that we can confirm that you are present and that you will not be crossed off the list of proceedings as absent!

No, degree classifications are not read out during the ceremony. You will be presented in alphabetical order by faculty/department/qualification, then in alphabetical order by surname within your course.

Honours level qualifications will be listed before all non honours qualifications.

Only qualifications, course titles and names are read out.

Yes. The University's official photographers, Ede and Ravenscroft, will be present on the day to take your official photograph. It is this photo of graduates crossing the stage that is the free formal photograph included with the ticket. You can of course purchase more directly from Ede and Ravenscroft should you wish (read more).

Graduates will be asked to provide details of their/their guests' accessibility requirements when registering to attend. We will always seek to ensure we make appropriate arrangements if you need assistance/support on stage or in any other way.

The stage will have ramps at either side ensuring access for everyone. The seating area is entirely flat floor and accessible to all. Wheelchair access is available throughout The Igloo and marshals will be on hand to assist upon arrival should you require assistance.

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout all venues in use on the day. Please let us know in advance if you will be bringing an assistance dog. Assistance dogs may be taken into the ceremony or they can be cared for by a member of staff during the ceremony.

If for some reason you were not able to indicate that you require accessible seating or similar during the registration process please let us know as soon as possible.

We encourage anyone unwell not to attend the ceremonies. First Aiders will be in attendance on the day of ceremonies at all times, should anyone become unwell on the day.

The ceremonies can be quite long and tiring for children and we would encourage you to make alternative arrangements for young children on the day. Children are allowed into the ceremony, although children over the age of 2 will require their own seat and therefore a guest ticket (only 2 guest tickets are guaranteed, and so please plan accordingly).

There will not be a kid's club/crèche available on the day of the Warwick Celebrates ceremonies.

We are hoping to live stream the Warwick Celebrates ceremonies, but this is not yet confirmed.

After the Ceremonies

After the ceremony, graduates and guests can enjoy refreshments and entertainment on Windmill Hill.

Robe return will be at Windmill Hill. You can return your robes up to 45 minutes after your ceremony finishes.

We would encourage all graduates to allow time to have professional photographs taken before their ceremony.

Graduates attending morning ceremonies will be able to have professional photographs taken after their ceremony if required.

A variety of food and drink offerings will be available on Windmill Hill following the ceremonies.

Additionally, normal campus outlets will be open, with further information found on the Warwick Retail website.