Start: 18th Oct 2019 - 8:30AM
End: 18th Oct 2019 - 17:00PM
This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday 18th October 2019 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Below, you can find information about the ceremony and tickets as well being able to order your gown and photography via the links in each section.If you have any questions or problems relating to the Graduation Ceremony please contact the UCO Graduation Team on 0161 344 8800.
As UCO is a collaborative partner with several universities, some of you will also be invited to a Graduation Ceremony at those universities, you may, if you wish, attend either the UCO, the other or even both graduation ceremonies. It is entirely your decision, therefore you may well be contacted by these universities with details of their Graduation Ceremonies or you may check out further details yourself using the links below:
8.30am – 9.00pm:
Arrive at Queen Elizabeth Hall for gowning and photography
Leave Queen Elizabeth Hall for the town procession
Arrive at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Approximate end time – 2.00pm
The University Campus Oldham Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday 18 October 2019 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1QJ.
Please be aware:
If you are eligible to graduate this year you will be sent an invitation shortly.
You can now book your tickets via the William Northam website along with your official robes and photograph.
Payments must be made at the time of booking. A maximum of 2 guest tickets may be purchased. Tickets are £10 each. You must complete all purchases online by Friday 27 September 2019.
There is no charge for the graduand to attend the ceremony. As the graduand you will receive the following:
Due to limited capacity, you can apply for up to 2 guest tickets within the hall at a cost of £10 each. Guest seating is unallocated. Guests may choose their own seats and these are taken on first come, first served basis.
Children aged 2 years and over must have their own seat in the hall and therefore must be included in your guest numbers. This is due to Health and Safety regulations that require all participants and guests at the ceremonies to be seated.
Please book your tickets before the deadline of 27 September 2019 if you want to attend.
Additional Guest Tickets
After the registration closing date has passed the number of spare tickets for each ceremony is calculated. Availability of these tickets is dependent on ceremony capacity, the number of students invited, the number of students who have applied to attend and the number of tickets which have been sold when registration is complete.
Any spare tickets for the ceremony will be available from 10am on Tuesday 1 October until Friday 11 October 2019 via William Northams. An e-mail confirming the date and time of release will be issued nearer the time. They are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two per student.
Please note that eligibility to attend the ceremony is still dependant on the successful completion of your degree and no outstanding tuition or library fees.
All tickets are e-tickets and will be emailed to you after the ticket sales close on Friday 11 October 2019. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only and entry will be refused to non-ticket holders.
The following will outline the procedures to be followed once you are inside the hall:
Registration, gowning and photography will all take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The doors will be open from 8.30am.
There will be a procession through the town centre prior to the ceremony (weather permitting). All graduands are expected to take part in the procession except for special circumstances. Graduands will leave the Queen Elizabeth Hall and make their way to the Town Centre (location to be confirmed). Guests are asked to make their way directly to the the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Please note: the road surface of some parts of the route are cobbles, so it is advised that you don’t wear any high heels/stilettos.
We will be holding a Graduate Reception at the Queen Elizabeth Hall after the ceremony. We look forward to welcoming all graduates and their guests.
The refreshments will include:
*Vegetarian options available, please advise of any requirments when booking.
Tea and coffee will be available for graduands and guests to purchase before the ceremony, please note this will be a cash only service.
Wearing academic dress at an award ceremony is compulsory and you cannot participate or cross the stage without it. It comprises of gown, hood and mortarboard and denotes your university and the title of the award you have obtained. On the day of your ceremony you should wear smart dress and it is recommended that you wear a shirt or blouse with buttons.
This year William Northam are offering a special gowning and photography package deal for UCO students at a cost of £59.00. This comprises of:
Alternatively you can hire just your robes on their own; prices are available on their website.
Booking your gown & photography package:
You should place your order online at William Northam or by telephone on 0870 2401852 (National call rates will apply – call centre opening hours 09:00 -17:00, Monday to Friday). Gown hire will open on Friday 17 May 2019 and orders must be placed by Friday 4 October 2019.
Use of the William Northam online booking system will enable you to receive your confirmation and order reference in one easy transaction.
Before you order, you need to have the following information available:
If you are unsuccessful in passing your course this time, you will need to cancel your robe. In order to receive a refund this must be done directly with Northam’s no less than 7 days prior to the date of your ceremony.
You should also ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions on the William Northam website, especially with regard to cancellation of robe hire.
Collecting & Returning Gowns
Gowns can be collected from the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 9am on the day of the ceremony and returned by 4pm the same day.
Please be aware that the UCO official photographers will be taking photographs on the day of the ceremony which may be used in UCO publicity. Wherever possible your consent will be obtained but this may not be practical in all circumstances (for instance crowd shots).
If you have an outstanding debt with University Campus Oldham you will not be sent an online invitation to attend your awards ceremony.
To ensure the award of your qualification and your attendance at the graduation ceremony, all monies relating to Tuition related debt including outstanding items or charges on your UCO Library Resource Centre (LRC) account must be paid in full, the deadline for this is Friday 30 August 2019.
It is your responsibility to inform the UCO Graduation Team that your debt has been cleared – an invitation will not automatically be issued.
Once we have been notified you will be sent an invite and you must register your attendance and book your gown and guest tickets before Friday 27 September 2019.
Please contact the Finance Office on 0161 785 4138 to make arrangements to clear any debt.
Please contact the UCO LRC on 0161 344 8888 to make arrangements to clear any debt on your library account.