Staff attending the ceremony

Staff are invited to attend graduation ceremonies. Find out about how to take part.

November 2022 graduation ceremonies

The November graduation ceremonies will take place from Monday 7 November to Monday 14 November 22 when we will welcome back graduands from the July 2022 cohort. The full schedule of ceremonies for November 2022 is now available. 

Please see our Frequently asked questions page for a description of the cohort graduating in November.

Register to attend

Staff registration for the November graduations will open in September. 

Please note that if you are if you are eligible to graduate with a degree in November, you will not be able to attend your ceremony as a member of staff, but you can still attend any other ceremony as a member of staff.

A list of those receiving honorary awards during the November ceremonies is available online. We will keep updating this list as and when we get them confirmed. 

If you have any queries regarding attending the ceremonies, please contact


To attend a ceremony, you must wear a gown. The registration form will ask you for your gown requirements. If you require a mortaboard with your gown and are not sure of your hat size, please check the Guide to measuring your head (Office document, 32kB).

If you miss the deadline for registering, we will not be able to arrange a gown for you to wear.

If you have your own gown, you must still complete the registration form. 

The ceremony

As a member of staff attending the ceremony, you will need to arrive at the Wills Memorial Building 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

You will join the procession, and process up to the stage. You will sit on the stage for the ceremony.

During the graduation ceremonies, we encourage you to be considerate of others. If you are feeling unwell, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We will be using Wills Memorial Building Great Hall at full seating capacity without social distancing, but continue to encourage face coverings are worn by staff, students and guests. Please use our hand sanitiser stations located around the building.

We are offering live streaming of ceremonies which can be viewed online or in the Richmond Building Winston theatre (which will be suitable for staff and guests who would prefer to remain socially distanced). Please visit the Graduation webpages for more details.

Access needs

If you have any health needs, or disabilities, that need additional support during the ceremony, please let us know when you complete the registration form.

The Great Hall is fitted with a loop system. Find out more access information about Wills Memorial Building.

Ceremonial officers

A female member of staff is dressed in a red gown and is holding a ceremonial staff featuring the University crest. She is leading a procession of staff members from the stage.You can also apply to take part in the graduation ceremony as a Bedell, a ceremonial officer.

This role is open to any member of staff at the University and involves organising and participating in the ceremonial aspects of the ceremony.

From leading processions to guiding graduands and being a friendly face to all of those in attendance, bedells are a huge part of what makes these events so iconic.

Donned in a maroon gown, as a bedell you’ll become immersed in the tradition of graduation and visibly contribute to an extremely special moment in the lives of University of Bristol students, their families and the University as a whole.

You’ll become part of a team, made up of staff from across the University, all who have very different daytime jobs but come together on these memorable occasions.

Bedells are entitled to take two days away from their usual work duties to fulfil their ceremonial roles. If a bedell wishes to offer more time, this must be agreed with their line manager.

This year due to the unusual high number of ceremonies we will be encouraging line managers to be flexible to support our graduation ceremonies.

So, if you enjoy a bit of acting, don’t mind being centre stage, are able to keep a cool head, keep the show on the road and are interested in becoming a bedell, please email

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