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Here you'll find more information about our Graduation ceremonies. This page will be updated regularly with information about the next year of Graduation ceremonies.
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2018 Ceremony details
Invitations to Graduation were sent via email to your University email address and any other email address you provided in Summer 2018 (only once you receive your exam board letter and your award has been confirmed). You must have accepted the invitation and register your attendance at Graduation by the deadline date provided in the invitation. If you fail to respond to your invitation by the deadline, we will assume you will not be attending.
Note that students exiting their intended award early with a Cert HE or Dip HE will not be invited to a graduation ceremony.
Please ensure that any personal email addresses the University have for you are up to date by My Record.
Ceremony Dates: 16th - 19th October 2018
If you are a combined honours student and your subjects belong to two different faculties, you will graduate with your home faculty. Your home faculty will be noted on your student card.
If you are a combined honours student and your subjects belong to the same faculty, you will graduate with the subject that comes first alphabetically.
Please note: Further details for Graduation 2018 will be available soon.
In order to attend Graduation, you must register your place when invited via email. Your personal invitation will contain details of how to register your attendance, apply for guest tickets and order your cap and gown.
Graduands who have registered to attend Graduation do not require a ticket to Graduation but must be wearing the appropriate academic robes. Once you have confirmed your attendance, you will automatically be allocated a place on whichever ceremony you have been invited to. You will be checked off a list upon your arrival to ensure we are expecting you.
All Graduands attending a ceremony will be allocated 2 guest tickets. All tickets to Graduation are free of charge.
If one of your guests requires a carer, you may apply for an additional carer ticket. Evidence of the requirement of a carer must be provided before the ticket can be issued (for example, doctors note or carer badge).
Please note that the University does not have access to parking at the Cathedral so cannot provide disabled parking.
Tickets for Children
Any child over the age of 3 will require a ticket to attend a ceremony.
It may be worth noting that Graduation ceremonies are long services and are not particularly appropriate for young children who may become bored and restless.
Seating in the Cathedral
Guest seating within the Cathedral is not allocated. We ask that guests make their way to the Cathedral with plenty of time to be seated.
Graduands will be sat at the front of the Cathedral and arranged by programme and alphabetically. There will be ushers at each ceremony to assist with Graduands finding their seats.
If you or any of your guests have accessibility issues, please make us aware when you register for graduation. The more specific you are able to be with your requirements, the better we will be able to assist you.
On the day
There is no parking available at the Cathedral and public car parks will have to be used. Fortunately, there are several long and short-stay car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral and the Guildhall. You will find a map indicating where parking is available in the Graduation Information Brochure.
The Parking Office (01962) 848346 can also advise you on parking in the city.
You must collect your academic dress from the Winchester Guildhall (from 8am if you are attending a morning ceremony, or from 11am if you are attending an afternoon ceremony).
There will be an opportunity to purchase commemorative items or have professional photos taken before your ceremony in the Winchester Guildhall.
During the Ceremony
Please ensure you arrive and are seated at the Cathedral at least half an hour before your ceremony begins.
The ceremony normally lasts about one and a half hours but this depends on how many students are graduating and whether or not an honorary degree or honorary fellowship is conferred.
You will be sat with your cohort, in the order you will be greeted by the Chancellor. Please do not switch or change seats as you may miss your name being read and miss your opportunity to head up on stage.
Before and After
There is a full list of restaurants and hotels that you may wish to make reservations at for your day. You are able to wear your academic dress all day and can celebrate with family and friends who may not have been able to get tickets to the ceremony.
You will be able to have official photos taken and purchase commemorative items all day from the Winchester Guildhall.
You may want to attend the Graduation Ball. Details of the ball and how to purchase tickets will be advertised on the Student Unions' website, www.winchesterstudents.co.uk
Your certificate will be issued to you on the day of Graduation, if you attend. Please double check the information on the certificate is correct.
When will I receive my certificate?
Your certificate will be issued to you on the day of Graduation, if you attend. Please double check the information on the certificate is correct. Take good care of your certificate – it is a valuable and unique document that verifies your award. Your certificate will show your full name, award, programme of study, classification and the date your award was confirmed.
What if I do not attend Graduation?
If you do not attend a ceremony, your certificate will be sent to you by recorded delivery as soon as possible after the ceremonies. Your certificate will be sent to the home address which is held on our student records system – so it is important to check this is up to date!
Which name will appear on my certificate?
The name on your certificate should be your full legal name; we will use the name you provided at enrolment. If this is mis-spelt or missing any middle names, please double check this and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make any changes as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to ensure all of your details held by the University are up to date. Information currently held by the University such as your name and address can be seen on your 'My Record' screen on the University Intranet.
What if I do not receive my certificate?
If you have not received your certificate 6 weeks after Graduation, please contact the Awards Officer as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com
Graduation gifts and merchadise
Replacement certificates and transcripts
Do you need a replacement certificate or copies of your University transcripts?
If your award was made between 1978 and 1992, your award was conferred by the CNAA (now disbanded) and the Open University now issues CNAA replacement certificates. Please refer to the Open University website for details of how to apply for a certificate.
For all other replacement certificates, please visit the Online Store and purchase 'Replacement Certificate'. For Replacement Certificates there is a charge of £20.
If you require a certified copy of your original degree certificate, please send a scanned copy of your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org
This will then be stamped, signed and certified as a true and accurate copy and sent to you via email or post (whichever you require).
Requests for Transcripts
Most students awarded from June 2015 onwards will have a HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) which contains an academic transcript. Details of how to access your HEAR can be found by clicking here.
If your award was made from the year 2000 onwards, please visit the Online Store and purchase ‘Additional Transcript’. For Additional Transcripts there is a charge of £20 for up to 5 transcripts.
If your award was made before 2000, please complete the attached form. Please note that transcripts from before 2000 are not always available as transcripts were not produced as a matter of course at this time and not all module results have been kept on record.
Requests for Verification of Studies/Award
If you require a letter confirming your studies and/or award, please complete the attached form.
For any queries please email Awards Officer, Aimee Styles at email@example.com