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.

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.
Paul Campbell
Chair of Governors

Programme for the Day

9.30am The Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre at the Wakefield City Campus will be open from 9.30am for registration, photographic and robing services. Refreshments will be available upon arrival. 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.
11.30am Cathedral open for guests. NB – all guests must be seated at the Cathedral no later than 12.30pm.
12.15pm Procession assembles from the Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre – Wakefield City Campus. NB – you will need to wait at the relevant procession point at 12.15pm prior to the start of the procession. Procession point details will be printed on the tickets that you pick up at the registration desk on the morning of graduation day.
12.40pm Procession leaves for Wakefield Cathedral.
1.00pm Graduation Ceremony begins.
2.00pm Informal return to College and refreshments.
Photographic services resume.
2.30pm End of proceedings.

The day begins at the Wakefield City Campus where you will register and be given a registration ticket which will indicate your place in the procession, your course leader and your seat number in the Cathedral. You will also be given any extra tickets which you may have ordered and your personalised Graduation Day programme. You can register from 9.30am onwards, but you must make sure you have done so by 11.30am. The registration desk can be busy so feel free to collect your robes and have your photography done before registration.

Ede and Ravenscroft are the official suppliers of academic robes and photography for the Graduation Ceremony. All graduands attending the ceremony are required to wear full academic dress appropriate to their award. Graduands ordering their robes online will receive a £5 discount.

What could be a better souvenir of the day than a photograph of you receiving your award? As the guest speaker presents you with your certificate, your picture will be taken. You can order a copy or copies of this photograph through Ede and Ravenscroft when you return to the photographer area. Photography is also available at the City Centre Campus before and after the Ceremony.

An integral part of the Ceremony is the procession from the new ASIC building, Wakefield City Campus on Margaret Street to the Cathedral via Wood Street and Cross Square. These and adjacent roads will be closed by the police for the duration of the procession to allow safe passage. The procession will be led by the Mayor’s ceremonial Mace Bearer followed by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Wakefield Metropolitan District, Wakefield College Principal and keynote speaker Craig Shepherd, senior college staff, governors, dignitaries, course leaders and graduates.

When asked to form the procession you will need to find your allocated procession marker. A Course Leader (usually your tutor) will be on hand to make sure that you are in the right order. It is very important that you keep your position in the procession as it is ordered according to the seating in the Cathedral. The procession will form at 12.15pm and leave for the Cathedral at 12.40pm.

On entering the Cathedral you will walk down the central aisle; seating for graduands will be on your left-hand side. The procession will be in seating order i.e. those with seats on the front rows will be at the front of the procession etc. Course Leaders will be on hand to ensure you are seated in the correct order.

The Graduation Ceremony itself lasts for approximately one hour. The ceremony will open with a short multi-faith prayer, followed by an address from our Principal, then the guest speaker will then deliver their speech and present each student with their award.

Course groups will go up to the front of the Cathedral in turn to receive their awards. Your Course Leader will ensure that you are in the right place as you go up to receive your award. Staff from Ede and Ravenscroft will also be on hand to ensure that your hood and robe are tidy. You will be photographed receiving your award from the guest speaker and you will have the opportunity to view and purchase this photography on the Ede and Ravenscroft website a few days after the event.

The presentation of awards will be followed by a short closing speech, delivered by our Chair of Governors that concludes the ceremony. Graduates and guests then make an informal return back to the Margaret Street Campus for refreshments.

  • Once you’ve received your formal invitation, please return your reply form confirming your attendance at the Ceremony ASAP.
  • You can collect your tickets for yourself and your guests on the day when you register.
  • Order your gown in plenty of time.
  • Order your photos (photography will be available on the day).
  • Make us aware of any special requirements, regarding diet or mobility.
  • Dress smartly and wear a button-through top or shirt on the day, to which you can attach your robe.
  • Bring along some hair clips to help make your cap stay on!

FAQ

You will receive a letter of invitation with a reply slip mid September. There will also be information on how to order your Graduation gown and Ceremony photography.

You will receive a letter of invitation with a reply slip towards the end of September. There will also be information on how to order your gown, tickets and ceremony photography.

Guest Tickets and Seating

All graduates are entitled to two guest tickets each. You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself. Tickets are £10 each. Children under the age of 3 years old will be allowed access into the Cathedral free of charge provided they sit on a lap. NB There is limited space in the Cathedral and we are trying to be as accommodating as possible for each graduate. You can purchase your tickets online at the Ede and Ravenscroft website.

Select Graduation Services, and then Hire or Purchase Academic Dress and complete the order online. If you have any difficulties, call the helpdesk on 01223 861 854.

There may be a limited number of extra tickets that become available towards the end of October. These are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis by adding your name to the waiting list. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will receive your requested number of extra tickets. Once the extra tickets are released, we will contact you to reserve and pay for them.

Extra seating at Mechanics’ Theatre

Extra seating is available at the Mechanics Theatre, Wood Street, where you can watch a live stream of the graduation ceremony. Tickets for the Mechanics Theatre are free of charge, but you will still need to let us know. Please contact the Marketing Department on 01924 789732 to reserve your seat at the Mechanics Theatre.

You are allocated two guest tickets each. You do not need to purchase a ticket for yourself.

Tickets are £10 each.

Children under 3 years old will be allowed access into the Cathedral free of charge providing that they sit on a guest’s lap and do not take a reserved seat.

Gown hire is priced from £45 from Ede and Ravenscroft. However, if you order online you will receive a £5 discount. The photography packages can be found on the photography section of the website.

You will receive information on how to order your gown and photography with the invitation letter mid-September.

You can order online from Ede and Ravenscroft. You will receive a £5 discount ordering this way.

The ASIC building will be open from 9.30am for registration, photography and robing services. Upon arrival, you can either register immediately or be robed and photographed first, but we do ask that you register by 11.30am at the latest. Will I receive my certificate on the day?

Graduates will not receive their award certificate at the Graduation Ceremony – this is usually posted out to you. However, you will receive a commemorative certificate on the day. Please make sure Learner Records have your most up to date address. If you need to update your details, please contact Learner Records on 01924 789312 or alternatively email learnerrecords@wakefield.ac.uk.

If you or any of your guests have any dietary requirements (vegetarian/gluten free etc.) or mobility issues, please let us know, as in most cases we can help.

Children are welcome at the Ceremony, but we do ask that noise is kept to a minimum during the formal parts of the event. Children under 3 years old will be allowed access into the Cathedral free of charge providing they are seated on a lap.

NB -There is limited space in the Cathedral and we are trying to be as accommodating as possible for each graduate.

The reception, registration, gowning and photography are all located at the ASIC Building, Wakefield City Campus. There is limited free parking on-site.