Graduation Day

A celebration of our students’ academic and personal achievements

You’ve worked hard, attending lectures, preparing presentations, burning the midnight oil to complete assignments, revising for exams, or working on your portfolio. We hope you’ve played hard too, making lasting friendships and perhaps taking up new interests.

Receiving your Degree, Diploma or Certificate is the crowning moment of your Higher Education experience and we want your Graduation Ceremony to be something you’ll always remember.

Graduation Day is one of the most important days in the University Centre’s calendar – a celebration of our student’s achievements, both academically and personally, during their time with us.

A highlight of the day is the procession of College staff, Governors, guests and graduates, which leaves the Wakefield City Campus on Margaret Street, and, headed by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Wakefield Metropolitan District, parades along Wood Street to the City’s Cathedral for the Ceremony itself.

Once at Wakefield Cathedral Graduates are presented with their certificates by a guest speaker. This year the guest speaker is Mary Creagh.

The Ceremony is followed by an informal reception, back at the City Campus, where you can relax and celebrate your success with family and friends.

It’s a wonderful occasion, and one which we’re sure you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy your special day – you’ve earned it.

Our Graduation Ceremony is a significant occasion, not just for the College, but for the community of the Wakefield District. It is great to see so many friends and family members all together celebrating the achievements of our Higher Education students.

Programme for the Day


Wakefield College City Campus open for photographic and robing services. Refreshments available.
NB: If the registration desk is busy when you arrive, you may have your photography done first and then register; please ensure you are registered by 11.30am.


Cathedral open for guests.


Procession assembles.


Procession leaves for Wakefield Cathedral.


Graduation Ceremony.


Informal return to College and refreshments.
Photographic services resume.


End of proceedings.

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