On the day

Your day will be busy and enjoyable. Here is what to expect on the day and details about getting here and arrival times.

Specific details and timings for your ceremony will be sent to you in mid to late June.

The venue

All graduation ceremonies take place in the auditorium of the Bridgewater Hall. Registration, robing and photography will take place at the Midland Hotel, just across the road. The Bridgewater Hall is an international concert venue and a stunning backdrop for your ceremony.

Find out more about getting here


It is important that you arrive at the Midland Hotel two hours before your ceremony to have time to register, collect guest tickets, collect your robe, have photographs taken and to then make your way over to The Bridgewater Hall 45 minutes before your ceremony start time to find your seat and complete a roll call.

The ceremony

Graduands will be seated in the stalls of the auditorium and guests on the upper floors. Graduands are given seat numbers for the auditorium. Graduands MUST sit in their allocated seat, even if the seat next to you, or your friend, is empty, it is important you do no swap seats. If you do, it is likely you will not be announced correctly when being presented on the stage, and may even miss out on your important moment altogether.

Guest tickets are not allocated seat numbers, so it’s worth arriving early to ensure guests are able to sit together. Your ceremony will last 60-90 minutes.

Your ceremony will be available to view live on the website for guests that are unable to attend. A high definition video of your ceremony will be available to download soon afterwards.

After the ceremony

The celebrations may continue either at the hall, at pre-organised celebrations or with your family, friends and staff. Gifts and memorabilia will be available to purchase in the Choir Circle Foyer on the day.