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.
Please be aware:
If you are eligible to graduate this year you will be sent an invitation shortly. You can book your tickets via the William Northam website along with your official robes and photographs.
There is no charge for the graduand to attend the ceremony. As the graduand you will receive the following:
A maximum of 2 guest tickets may be purchased. Tickets are £10 each. You must complete all purchases online by Wednesday 4th October 2023. Due to the limited capacity of the Hall, requests to attend after this date cannot be guaranteed.
Guest seating is unallocated. Guests may choose their own seats and these are 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.
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 Monday 9th October until Sunday the 15th October via William Northam. 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 dependent on the successful completion of your degree and no outstanding tuition or library fees.
Wearing academic dress at an award ceremony is compulsory and you cannot participate 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 gowning and photography package deal for UCO students. This comprises:
Alternatively, you can hire just robes, prices are available on the website. Order online at www.williamnortham.com. Gown hire is now open and orders must be placed by Wednesday 4th October 2023.
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.
Gowns can be collected from the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 8.30am on the day of the ceremony and returned by 2.30pm 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 images).
Registration, gowning and photography will all take place at 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 and any route restrictions 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 following will outline the procedures to be followed once you are inside the hall;
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 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.
In the event that the Graduation Ceremony cannot take place, is delayed, or times for the Graduation Ceremony are changed as a result of any events, omissions, or non-events that are beyond the reasonable control of UCO, including (without limitation) acts of God, riots, war, acts of terrorism, epidemic or pandemic, UK Government imposed restrictions and/or health and safety guidance related to Covid-19, period of national mourning, fire, floor, storm, earthquake or industrial action, UCO shall not be liable for any losses, direct or otherwise, incurred by Graduates and their guests.
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: