New College Swindon University Centre Graduation 2024

The Graduation Ceremony represents the culmination of years of hard work and is one of the high points in the calendar at New College Swindon. It is an excellent opportunity for students – along with their families, friends and college staff – to celebrate their achievements at a formal ceremony and to be part of a special event that we hope will be both memorable and enjoyable.

Date, Time & Location

Graduation day is taking place at 12.30pm on Saturday 23rd of November 2024 at STEAM Museum, Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY.

Parking is available at the McArthur Glen Swindon Outlet.

Graduation Day Programme

The ceremony will begin at 12.30pm. On the day of the ceremony, registration of attendance will open an hour and a half before your ceremony starts, and you should allow approximately one hour for gowning and photography if booked.

If you have guests with you, they can sit in the designated waiting area, and once you are ‘graduation ready,’ you can join them before the ceremony begins.

Nearer to the ceremony time, guests will take their seats and students will be called into their groups, ready to enter. Once the ceremony is completed, guests and students can meet in the food court area where they can share a celebratory drink and enjoy the buffet food. We anticipate that the registration, ceremony and celebratory refreshments will take approximately three to five hours.

Registration

As a graduating student, your attendance is free, however, all eligible students must register if they are attending, even if you are not buying guest tickets. If you do not register your attendance, your name will not be included in the awards list published within the Ceremony Programme, and your name will not be called out at the ceremony.

Guests & Tickets

We understand that many students will want to share this special occasion with their family members and perhaps have professional group photographs on the day. Due to the limited space available, we can only offer two guest tickets per student. Guest tickets are available to purchase at £15 each.

Children’s Attendance

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. You do not need to purchase tickets for children under the age of three. We cannot offer childcare facilities on the day, so children must be adequately supervised and looked after throughout their visit to the College.

Will it be possible to purchase additional Guest Theatre Tickets?

We cannot guarantee that students will be able to purchase additional tickets, however, once sales of initial tickets have been closed if there is remaining capacity, they will be released for students to purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis.

An email will be sent to all students to advise when additional ticket sales are available; we will reassess capacity.

What to Wear

It is advised that men wear a dark suit or jacket and trousers with a shirt and tie. Ladies will find that a front-buttoned blouse or dress, or a brooch or pin will provide some means of securing the hood in place, which is always helpful. You may also want to bring some hair pins to keep your cap securely in place.

Cap & Gowns

All students need to hire (or buy) their academic dress (gown, hood and cap) through Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd. You will be directed from the ticket sales page in order to do this. To complete your order you will need to know your head circumference, chest and height measurements and have your debit/credit card ready for payment. Please ensure you enter your award information correctly so that your academic dress is perfectly prepared for the day, with the correct hood colour for your award.

You will receive an order number, which you must bring to the Gowning Desk on the ceremony day.

Please ensure that you return your full academic dress to the Ede & Ravenscroft gowning desk before you leave, or you may be charged.

Photography

If you wish to purchase formal portrait photographs of you and your family, taken on the day, there will be photography studios set up in the College for your convenience after gowning.

Ede & Ravenscroft offer a variety of different photography packages that can be purchased, in advance, when you go through the online Graduation registration process, along with any photo/certificate frames you may also wish to purchase.

Please make sure you bring any photography pre-order details with you on the day.

Food and Drinks

There will be food served outside of the main ceremony room afterwards. You can spend some time relaxing, chatting and celebrating your success with family, friends, classmates and staff. There will be celebratory drinks, light refreshments and food for you to share and enjoy. The graduation event and celebratory food and drinks afterwards are included in the ticket price.

Special Requirements/Arrangements

When you register for Graduation and purchase your tickets, you will be asked if you or any of your guests have any dietary, additional or mobility requirements. If we require any further information, such as access requirements, we may contact you on the contact details you provide. If you or a guest requires an accompanying carer, please get in touch with the University Centre team at university.centre@newcollege.ac.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the online purchasing of tickets/gowning/photography or have any issues with the Ede & Ravenscroft website, please complete this form on the Ede and Ravenscroft website.

Any Other Questions?

If you have any other questions regarding the Graduation day please email university.centre@newcollege.ac.uk.

Ten Top Tips For a Good Graduation:

  1. Be on time
  2. Ensure you have eaten before the ceremony
  3. Bring hairgrips for your mortarboard (cap)
  4. Wear a garment with buttons down the front or bring a pin to attach your hood
  5. Wear comfortable shoes
  6. If you bring a bag, designate one of your guests to look after it during the ceremony
  7. Make sure those attending know the arrangements and timings of the day
  8. Organise childcare arrangements
  9. Make sure if you or your guests have any special requirements that you tell us well in advance of the ceremony.
  10. It’s your day! Smile and enjoy it!
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