Graduation day tips

Here are our top tips for enjoying your graduation day – also available as a handy PDF download at the bottom of this page.

1. Arrive in plenty of time
We recommend that you arrive two and a half hours before your ceremony.

Our graduation day itinerary has some suggested timings.

(Need a reminder of ceremony dates and times? Check our graduation ceremony schedule.)

2. Check-in at our registration desks and collect your seating card and any pre-purchased guest tickets
Please bring your graduation confirmation from e:Vision with you when you check in. You'll find check-in desks in your graduation venue:


  • Chelmsford: Guy Harlings Marquee, opposite Chelmsford Cathedral
  • Cambridge: The Guildhall, Cambridge

3. Pick up your pre-ordered academic dress
You'll be able to collect your pre-ordered gown, hood and mortar board in the graduation venue.

4. Have your photographs taken (if desired)
Photography is based at the same location as gown collection.

5. Be seated at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts
We aim to open the venue doors one hour before the ceremony.

6. Enjoy the ceremony!
Celebrate your hard work and that of your fellow graduands.

7. Attend the post-ceremony reception to continue the celebration
Our post-ceremony receptions will be held on campus. Maps are available on our graduation guides below.

Visit the merchandise stands while you're there to buy a keepsake of your special day.

8. Return your gown after the ceremony
Once you've had fun graduating, being photographed and celebrating, drop your gown off at the return desk on campus (Cambridge and Chelmsford)

Download the details

Cambridge graduation day guide

Chelmsford graduation day guide

Peterborough graduation day guide