Cambridge graduations

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Your graduation day is a day of celebration. We’ve advised times below for you to plan your day, and location details are further down the page.

Itinerary 11am ceremony 3pm ceremony 6pm ceremony
Check in - collect seat card – The Guildhall (enter via Peas Hill entrance) 8.30 - 10am 12 - 2pm 3 - 5pm
Collect pre-ordered gown – The Guildhall
8.30 - 10am 12 - 2pm 3 - 5pm
Professional photography – The Guildhall
8.30 - 10am 12 - 2pm 3 - 5pm
Corn Exchange doors open 10am 2pm 5pm
Be seated by 10.30am 2.30pm 5.30pm
Corn Exchange doors will close 10.55am 2.55pm 5.55pm
Ceremony starts (runs for approx. 1 ½ hours) 11am 3pm 6pm
Faculty post-ceremony reception - East Road Campus 12.30 - 1.15pm 4.30 - 5.15pm 7.30 - 8.15pm
Return your gowns by – East Road Campus  2pm 6pm 9pm

Please see the check list and map for the locations of check-in, gown collection and photography. It also highlights the location of the ceremony and post-ceremony reception.

When you arrive

Please make your way to the The Guildhall (enter via Peas Hill entrance) on arrival. You’ll need to check-in and collect your seating card first. You’ll then be directed to collect your pre-ordered gown and then meet back up with your guests to have professional photographs taken.

You’ll then make your way to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to take your seats in preparation for the start of the ceremony (see timings above).

The ceremony

Guests and students are seated separately, on arrival at the Corn Exchange you’ll be directed to different entrance doors. It’s important you keep hold of your seating card, and that your guests have their tickets.

Once you enter the student entrance, you’ll be shown to your seat by an usher. The seat is allocated to you and is indicated on your seating card. You’ll be seated in the order you’ll be called across the stage, so it's important you sit in your allocated seat. As an Anglia Ruskin University graduand you’ll wear academic dress and your mortar board is worn throughout the ceremony.

You’ll be advised by an usher when your row needs to rise and approach the presentation platform.

Once your name is announced you’ll be directed to walk onto and across the stage to the centre point, where the Vice Chancellor (or representative) will greet you and shake your hand. You’ll then continue across the stage, and return back to your seat.

Order of proceedings

  • Opening music
  • Academic procession of platform party
  • Welcome on behalf of the Governing Body
  • Vice Chancellor's address
  • Presentation of graduands
  • Presentation of Honorary awards (where relevant)
  • Presentation of graduands
  • Vote of Thanks by Student Speaker
  • Closing address - a member of the Governing Body will invite the Vice Chancellor to draw the proceedings to a close
  • Recession of platform party followed by graduates

Following the close of proceedings, all graduates are asked to process out, led by the platform party. Once all graduates have left the Corn Exchange, we invite guests to join graduates outside.

You’re then invited to attend the on-campus post-ceremony reception which will take place in the refreshment marquee on the Lord Ashcroft Building courtyard. 

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On arrival you and your guests can collect your glass of bubbly and chocolates (soft drinks also available), view the DVD recording of your ceremony and celebrate with family, friends and staff members. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase memorabilia to mark your special day, from rings and jewellery to teddy bears, hoodies and the yearbook and your presentation photographs.

Once you’ve finished your celebration, please drop your hired gown at The Street (on campus) before continuing your celebration.


Each faculty has a variety of prizes which are given to celebrate academic success among other things. If you’re a prize winner, this will be announced during the ceremony and your prize will be presented to you by your Faculty after the ceremony.

If you’re unable to attend a ceremony please contact your Faculty Office to make arrangements to collect your prize.

Travel and parking

It’s important to know how you and your guests are going to make your way to and from the ceremony.

Please view our Travelling to the Cambridge campus to plan your route. Unfortunately, parking is not available on campus, apart from Blue Badge holders, who are asked to contact us prior to the day to make arrangements.