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Graduation is a truly memorable event and gives you the opportunity to celebrate your success with your friends and family. The formal part of the event includes guest speakers and the conferment of your award.

Please read through the below information carefully as it contains everything you need regarding your ceremony, confirmation of attendance and hiring of gown.

The College’s graduation award ceremony takes place each year at Hull City Hall, a short walk away from the College and in a central location within the city. The ceremony for 2019 will take place on Thursday 24th October for all of our campuses (Goole, Harrogate and Hull). The Ceremony will begin at 13:30 with students able to arrive for their gowns from 11:00 in the Mortimer Suite at the venue.

You will need to arrive at Hull City Hall in plenty of time to register and be gowned and photographed (if applicable) before making your way to the Main Hall to be seated at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.


Registration will take place at the entrance to the Mortimer Suite at the City Hall. It is important that you register otherwise your name will not be announced during the ceremony.

Gowns and Photography

You will collect your gowns and have photographs taken at City Hall on the day of the ceremony. We work closely with William Northam, Robemakers and Photographers, who will be at Hull City Hall to fit you with your gown and take photographs before the ceremony starts. Alternatively you will be able to have your photograph taken after the ceremony closes.

Tickets and Seating arrangements

You must book your own ticket and tickets for your guests through William Northam. Please note that admission to the ceremony is by ticket only and non-ticket holders cannot be accommodated. You will be issued an e-ticket by William Northam to confirm your booking which you may need to produce on the day when collecting your gown. It is important when making the booking that you indicate if either you or your guests are disabled so that special seating arrangements can be made.

Due to the capacity of the venue, we can only issue two free guest tickets per graduate. Extra tickets can be bought after booking closes on September 27 and final numbers have been confirmed, however you should be aware there is a charge for additional guest tickets of £5 per ticket. We strongly advise you NOT to make travel or accommodation arrangements for extra guests without confirmation that you have extra tickets.

You will also be issued with a ticket on the day when you register, which will have your allocated seat number on. It is important that you are in your correct seat otherwise you may miss your name being read out and the opportunity to cross the stage.

Please note that graduands will sit separately from guests.

The City Hall’s Health and Safety regulations require that all participants and guests at the ceremonies must be seated. Children over 2 years of age must have their own seat in the venue and therefore need to be included in your ticket allocation. Children under two must be kept on a guest’s knee for the duration of the ceremony. Please note prams and pushchairs will not be permitted inside the Main Hall.


The ceremony is a lengthy formal event, which can be unsuitable for young children. Out of respect for other guests we request that small children and babies should be taken outside if they become unsettled during the ceremony so as not to disturb proceedings.

Format for the day

All students from all Faculties and all of our campuses will be participating in this one Ceremony. The Ceremony will commence at 13:30 with a number of introductory speeches from a range of speakers, there will also be a performance from our students and then graudands will be conferred their degrees. We anticipate the Ceremony will be finished by 16:00 so if you do want to make plans for afterwards then do so after this time. All students and guests must stay for the full ceremony.

Before the Ceremony, we will have entertainment from a variety of performers in Victoria Square. After the Ceremony, there will be a Drinks Reception for all of our Graduates in the foyer of the Hull School of Art and Design, just at the end of Queens Gardens.

What happens on the day of my graduation?

This is a formal occasion so please dress in a smart presentable attire. All graduands are required to wear full academic dress for the ceremony (gown, hood and cap.) Please note that you will not be able to pass across the stage to collect your certificate if you are not dressed appropriately.

When arriving at the City Hall you will enter via the Paragon Street entrance and make your way up to the Mortimer Suite to register, please make sure you sign in.

The official photographers will be in the Mortimer Suite and we suggest you are photographed immediately after being dressed as there may not be the opportunity once the ceremony has finished.

You should be seated in the Main Hall half an hour (by 13:00) before the ceremony commences. There will be staff on hand to show you to your seat.

At the opening and close of the ceremony please stand whilst the platform party process in and out of the Main Hall.

Award Certificates

Please note: If possible your certificate will be presented at the ceremony. Otherwise it will be posted to you as soon as possible afterwards. Please contact HE Quality and Registry (Email: if you have a query regarding your certificate. Please also make sure that your correct address is recorded with our Data Services team as the College cannot be held responsible for non-delivery of certificates. Should you require a duplicate certificate from the relevant validating University because you have lost it or failed to advise the College of a change of address, please apply directly to the University concerned. A charge will be incurred for replacement certificates.

Frequently Asked Questions

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