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Graduation - Class of 2023
We’re pleased to announce that our next graduation ceremonies will take place from Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 November 2023.
You can view the full graduation schedule here: Graduation Schedule 2023.
It is unfortunately not possible to change to a different ceremony. If any students therefore find the date or time is not convenient for them, they will have to graduate in absentia (i.e., not attend). In some exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to defer graduation for one year although this is not guaranteed.
You can find further details about our 2023 graduation ceremonies here: Guide to Graduation 2023
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Frequently asked questions
Am I eligible for graduation?
You will be eligible to attend the November 2023 graduation ceremonies if you:
- Formally completed all required elements of your course (i.e. received your final exam board letter confirming your degree) by 1 September 2023; and
- Have no outstanding financial debts with the University, including with the library and multi-media centre, by 1 September 2023; and
- Have successfully completed a full programme of undergraduate study, including Foundation Degrees and Higher National awards, or a recognised postgraduate award
Please note that Certificate of Higher Education and Diploma of Higher Education awardees are not eligible to attend graduation.
Where is graduation taking place?
All 2023 graduation ceremonies are being held in Winchester Cathedral. All other graduation activity will take place in the Guildhall, Winchester.
When will I receive my official graduation invitation?
We will be sending official graduation invitations to eligible students via email over the summer. These will be sent to both students’ university email addresses and personal email addresses.
Is it possible to swap ceremonies?
It is unfortunately not possible to change to a different ceremony. If any students therefore find the date or time is not convenient for them, they will have to graduate in absentia (i.e., not attend).
In some exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to defer graduation for one year although this is not guaranteed. If you would like more information about deferring, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I order my gown?
Once students have received their official graduation invitation and registered their attendance, they will then be able to hire their gown through J. Wippell & Co., the University’s official gown supplier.
You can find further details about gown hire here: Guide to Graduation 2023
How many guest tickets can I purchase?
All students who register their attendance by the deadline will have the opportunity to purchase up to 3 guest tickets.
Once we have given everyone the opportunity to purchase 3 guest tickets, we will then look at the numbers of tickets available and re-open sales, as appropriate. Please note that ceremonies are very busy so it is unlikely that we will be able to offer extra tickets for all ceremonies
How can I purchase guest tickets?
Once students have received their official graduation invitation and registered their attendance, they will then be able to purchase guest tickets through Your Graduation, the University’s official ticket supplier.
You can find further details about guest tickets here: Guide to Graduation 2023
Is there any financial support available?
The University is pleased to be continuing the Graduation Assistance Fund for the 2023 ceremonies. This fund is designed to provide financial support to students who are due to graduate this year.
You can find further details about the fund, including details on eligibility here: Graduation Assistance Fund 2022-23
Which name will appear on my certificate?
Your degree certificate is a unique and important document. The name on your degree certificate should be the same as your full legal name (i.e. the name on your passport/birth certificate/driving licence) at the time you were a student here. If the name on your degree certificate does not match your official name you may have problems in the future, particularly if you are trying to get your qualification recognised abroad.
It is your responsibility to make sure your official name is correct on My Record before you finish your studies. If there are middle names missing, or anything is mis-spelled, please email some official ID (passport, driving license etc) to Registry and we will update your record for you. Please make sure you have checked your name before the 1 September 2023.
Please note that once your certificate has been printed it will not be possible to change your name except in very exceptional circumstances.
When will I receive my certificate?
If your degree is awarded between September 2022 and May 2023, you will receive your certificate in the post. This will be sent to your home address as shown on My Record. If your degree is awarded over the summer, you will receive your certificate at your Graduation ceremony. If you do not attend graduation, your certificate will be posted to your home address in December.