This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday 15 October 2021 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Below, you can find information about the ceremony and tickets as well as 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 other 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:
University of Huddersfield
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
Sheffield Hallam University
Please be aware:
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 1 October 2021.
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 a 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 1 October 2021 if you want to attend.
After the registration closing date has passed the number of spare tickets for the 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 5 October until Wednesday 13 October 2021 via William Northams. An email 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 Wednesday 13 October 2021. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only and entry will be refused to non-ticket holders.
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 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.
The refreshments will include:
*Vegetarian options available, please advise of any requirements 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.
This year William Northam are offering a special gowning and photography package deal for UCO students at a cost of £58.00. This comprises:
Alternatively, you can hire just your robes on their own; prices are available on their website.
You should place your order online at www.williamnortham.com or by telephone on 08702401852 (National call rates will apply – call centre opening hours 09:00 -17:00, Monday to Friday). Gown hire will open on Monday 21 June 2021 and orders must be placed by Friday 1 October 2021.
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.
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).
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 Tuesday 31 August 2021.
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 1 October 2021.
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.
Government guidance allowing, our graduation ceremony will take place on 15 October 2021 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham. We can’t wait to welcome all students who graduated in 2020 and 2021 to celebrate your terrific achievements.
C O V I D – 1 9 S A F E T Y M E A S U R E S
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we may have to put additional measures in place to ensure the safe access of graduands and guests. It is not yet clear what these measures may be, however, it is possible that they could include social distancing, wearing of face coverings (for those not exempt), the use of hand washing/sanitisation facilities and covid-19 testing prior to the event. It is not possible at this time to confirm if these measures will be required, however, if they (or any other measures deemed essential by our Health & Safety team or the QE Hall Management) are required, all guest and graduands will be expected to follow them. Non-compliance with Covid-19 Safety measures may result in you and your guests being asked to leave the event.