PGCE Graduation Ceremony 2017

The graduation ceremony on Saturday 21 October 2017 is for those students who have qualified with a PGCE award via the PGCE, School Direct or Teach First route in July 2017.

Before the Day

On the day

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Frequently asked questions

Before the Day

Attendance and guests

If you are eligible to attend the ceremony you should receive an invitation by email during the week commencing Monday 21 August 2017.  Please reply to this email by the deadline of Wednesday 20 September to guarantee your place at the ceremony, and if attending we can guarantee you places for up to three guests.  Please let us know in your reply how many guest tickets you require.

If you wish to invite more than three guests, we will register any extra guest requests over and above your guaranteed three on a waiting list and places will be released after the registration deadline: we will then email you with confirmation of your allocation of tickets.  You should let us know how many extra guests you would like to invite in your reply to the invitation email.

Please note that if we do not receive your reply by the deadline we may not be able to guarantee you a place at the ceremony.

Gown Hire

You will be required to wear the University of Bristol PGCE gown at the ceremony and this should be hired in advance from Ede & Ravenscroft, by Friday 6 October.  The advance gown hire cost is £45 online (via the link provided) or £50 by phone (via the call centre number on the Ede & Ravenscroft website).  Please note, you will not need to hire a hat or cap.

Access Requirements

If you or any of your guests have any health problems or disabilities that require additional support, e.g. restricted mobility, please email to let us know, as soon as possible.  This is essential, particularly if BSL interpretation or wheelchair access is required as we cannot guarantee arrangements if they are not requested in advance.

The Great Hall is fitted with a loop system.

On the day

Travel to the ceremony

Detailed information is available here on various ways of reaching the University, including maps of the precinct.

Car parking

There is no dedicated car parking on the University precinct.  However, there are various multi-storey car parks near to the University, the nearest of which are:

  • Trenchard Street, BS1 5AN (950 spaces)
  • West End (Berkeley Place), BS8 1EH (750 spaces)

Alternative car parks can be found on the Bristol City Council website.

Timetable for the day



8.30 am

Gown collection and photography opens 

10.00 am

Registration opens 

By 10.30 am

Attendees need to be robed and seated in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building

By 10.45 am

Guests to be seated in the Great Hall

11.00 am

Start of ceremony

12.00-1.00 pm

Drinks reception

2.00 pm

Deadline for the return of hired gowns and photography closes

The timetable is organised so that you can collect your gown early and have photographs taken from 8.30 am, and you are then free to leave the building until it is time to register at 10.00 am. 

Please note that there will be no admittance to the Great Hall until the times stated above.


It is essential that you register for the ceremony and collect your seat number before you go in to the Great Hall, so please ensure that you do so promptly from 10.00 am.  Your guests should also register at the reception desk, under your name.

Gown Collection

Gowns will be available for collection from 8.30 am from the Reynolds Lecture Theatre at the Wills Memorial Building on the day of the ceremony.


A professional photography service will be offered by Ede & Ravenscroft at the Wills Memorial Building from 8.30 am on the morning of the ceremony.  Scrolls and hats will be provided during the session.

A list of costs is available at E&R Photography Charges PGCE17 (PDF, 113kB), and you can pre-order your photographs direct from Ede & Ravenscroft, or book on the day.

Drinks reception

The ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception in the Reception Room at the Wills Memorial Building, from 12.00-1.00pm.

Where to go in the Wills Memorial Building

  • Registration – Mezzanine
  • Gown collection – Reynolds Lecture Theatre
  • Graduation ceremony – Great Hall
  • Photography – Ground floor
  • Drinks Reception – Mezzanine and Reception Room

Frequently asked questions

How many guests can I bring to the ceremony? 

We can guarantee you up to three guest places at the ceremony.  If you wish to invite additional guests over and above the three guaranteed, you should include the number of extra places you would like in your reply to the invitation.  These will then be registered on a waiting list and places will be released after the response deadline. 

What should I wear on the day?

The dress code for the ceremony is formal and smart.  You will also be required to wear a University of Bristol PGCE gown which should be hired from Ede & Ravenscroft.

What if I have missed the gown hire deadline?

If you miss the deadline for gown hire you can hire your gown on the day of your ceremony at the Wills Memorial Building.  

What should I do if I can no longer attend the ceremony?

If you replied to say that you will attend the ceremony but find that you are no longer able to come, please contact the Graduation Office as soon as possible by email at or telephone on 0117 331 1270.

Contact us

Postal address:
Graduation Office
Academic Registry
University of Bristol
2nd floor, Senate House


Alice Ouvry – Deputy Graduation Coordinator
Tel: 0117 331 1270 ext. 1270

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