Winter graduation is fast approaching and the excitement is building. On January 28th at the Royal Festival Hall, thousands of Roehampton graduands, family, friends and staff will come together to celebrate the hard work and achievements of those who have completed their degrees. If you’re one of the students who will be graduating, don’t forget to keep checking your emails for important updates and reminders. As well as the information in your inboxes, we have compiled a list of what you need to know, so read on and take notes!
Ceremony One, 10.30am:
- Roehampton Business School
- Life Sciences
- Media, Culture and Language
- Roehampton Online
- EU Business School
- Schiller International University
- Aventis School of Management
Ceremony Two, 2pm:
- Drama, Theatre and Performance
- School of Education
- English and Creative Writing
- Social Sciences
In advance of the big day, plan your outfit. It can often get very warm inside the auditorium, so bear that in mind – and don’t forget that the dress code is smart/formal. At the front of each graduation hood is a small button loop to attach to a shirt button, which can be useful. If you have no buttons, bringing pins to fix the hood to the shoulders of the gown is a good alternative. Print out your confirmation email or screenshot it on your phone, and locate your student (or other) ID, as you’ll need these to collect your tickets.
As students and guest are seated 20 mins before the start of each ceremony, it’s important to arrive at least an hour before your ceremony, in order to collect your tickets and robes and have any photos taken. Royal Festival Hall is a central London location, so bear in mind possible public transport delays and give yourself an extra few minutes. It’s best to get to London Waterloo, then it’s a two minute walk – head straight to Level One, with your confirmation email and ID, where you can collect your tickets and buy any extras from the enquiries desk. From there, keep your confirmation email out and go to the robing area on Level Two.
When you enter the ceremony, you will be directed towards the front stalls, away from your guests, and will need to collect your name card from your row’s steward – they will be dressed in a maroon robe so will be easy to spot! After a few speeches, each student will take it in turns to graduate by crossing the stage. You will be told when to line up, and will need to pass your name card, and any other cards you have been given, to the reader on stage. As your name is read, you will cross the stage and be congratulated by the Chancellor, Jacqueline Wilson. After everyone has graduated, all of the academics on the stage will put their hats on, and as a graduate, you will do the same!
After each ceremony, your department will have a reception with drinks and canapes that you should remain wearing your robes for. This is a great opportunity to celebrate your new graduate status, chat with friends, family and staff, and get a few informal photographs. Each reception will last around forty-five minutes to an hour, but you are able to leave at any point. All robes should be returned to Level Two by 4.30, the same time that the professional photography closes.
After you’ve finished your course and graduated, what comes next? Wherever and whatever you end up doing, the University of Roehampton will always be here to support you. As a member of the international Roehampton alumni community, you will benefit from the employment opportunities on CareerLink, mentoring through Roehampton Connect and a variety of opportunities offered by the Alumni Team – so keep in touch!