What to expect

We want you all to enjoy the graduation ceremonies, so please take time to find out what happens during the event at St David's Hall.

Security arrangements

We want you all to enjoy the graduation ceremonies, so please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the security measures that are in place.

  1. Please be mindful to plan more time to accommodate additional security measures especially if you have any mobility issues. We recommend allowing an hour and a half between visiting City Hall to collect your tickets and academic dress and taking your seat in St David’s Hall.
  2. No large bags or luggage will be allowed inside St David’s Hall. We appreciate that you may not be able to avoid having luggage with you so we are arranging a bag storage area in City Hall. All bags will be checked.
  3. Please bring your student ID card with you as you will be required to show this in order to receive your tickets.
  4. There will be bag checks and ticket checks in the foyer entrance of St David’s Hall. Guests will not be allowed entry without a ticket.
  5. Any additional security updates will be posted here.

Your seat

You will need to be seated one hour before your ceremony start time.

When you arrive at St David's Hall, make your way to level two.

Please make sure you are in the seat allocated to you - this number is on your registration card.Staff will be in attendance to assist you.

Please ensure that any items you bring with you, such as handbags, cameras, etc are left with your guests as you will not return to the same seat during the actual ceremony.

It is important that you sit in the seat number shown on your registration card. The seating arrangements are carefully planned so that you arrive on stage when your name is being called.

Please do not lose your registration card as it will be given to the presenter so that they can read out your name when you cross the stage. Please ensure that you keep it safe and have it with you in St David's Hall auditorium.

Rehearsal

The rehearsal will ensure that you know what to do during the ceremony, and you will be guided by staff throughout the ceremony itself. Take a look at videos of previous ceremonies to get a clear idea of what to expect.

During the ceremony

All graduating students

There is an order of ceremony that all graduates need to follow. Just relax and enjoy the experience as you will be carefully guided by the staff throughout the ceremony.

Unless there is an emergency, graduates are expected to remain in the auditorium throughout the ceremony.

At the start of the ceremony, all attendees will stand as the academic procession enters the hall.

Following a welcome and the reading of the Proclamation, graduates will be presented to the Vice-Chancellor who will receive them to their awards.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students

You will:

  • be prompted by a staff member to move forward in the order listed in the graduation programme. You will hand your presentation card to a member of staff, who will pass this to a presenter (a senior member of the academic staff) who will read out your name and the names of your fellow students receiving the same award
  • hear your name called, then please cross the stage, walk towards the Vice-Chancellor and shake his hand
  • then leave the stage and return to sit in a seat
  • hear the Vice-Chancellor ask you to stand and will formally receive you to your award
  • then "doff" in reply and be prompted by members of staff to sit down.

Graduates of the Health Profession award

In addition to the above, if you are a graduate of the Health Profession award you will also be required to stand to recite the Oath (the text of which will be detailed in the graduation programme). At this point, the academic staff on stage will also stand. You will need to read the Oath, first in Welsh and then in English.

Doctor and Senior Doctorates (DClinPsy, DDS, DDSc, DSc, DScEcon, EngD, MD,  PhD)

You will:

  • be prompted by a member of staff to move forward in the order listed in the programme
  • hand your registration card to a member of staff, who will pass this to a presenter (a senior member of the academic staff) who will read out your name
  • shake hands with the Vice-Chancellor, the President/Vice-President and the Students' Union President or representative
  • then return to a seat where the Vice-Chancellor will ask you to stand and will formally receive you to your award
  • then "doff" in reply and be prompted by members of staff to sit down.

How to "doff"

To doff, look towards the Vice-Chancellor, nod your head slightly and either touch the front peak of your cap or raise it very slightly, using your right hand.

Your seat

Please ensure you arrive at St David's Hall and take your seat at least 30 minutes before the ceremony start time.

Commemorative programme

A free commemorative programme will be given to you at St David's Hall.

Use of video cameras

Although there are no restrictions to the use of video cameras outside the auditorium, video cameras should not be used whilst the ceremony is in progress.

You should remain seated once the actual ceremony commences.

Roving cameras create an unwelcome distraction to other guests. Please remember that you will be among some 500 students graduating in your ceremony. Your co-operation and consideration for others will be very much appreciated.

A webcast of the ceremony will be available after the event. You may also order photos, and a DVD of the ceremony which we recommend you pre-order in advance.

People with disabilities

If you have have specific access requirements, or have any other needs that we could assist with, please contact the graduation team prior to the ceremony on +44 (0)29 2087 9000.

A passenger lift is available in St David's Hall to carry all persons with mobility problems to level three.

Children

We do not recommend that children are taken to the ceremony, due to the length and formal nature of proceedings.

Any child over the age of two will also require a separate guest ticket to attend.