Staff attending the ceremony

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

Register to attend

All staff are welcome to attend and we encourage as many as can attend to support our graduating students and their families. 

The next set of ceremonies will take place from Friday 17 - Friday 24 July 2020.

Please note that when registration opens the link will be available on this page. If you have any queries with regard to attending the ceremonies, please contact

If you are graduating 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.


To attend a ceremony, you must wear a gown. The registration form asks you for your gown requirements. 

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.

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 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 leading the ceremonial aspects of the ceremony.

Bedells are entitled to two extra days of leave in the year they perform in a ceremony. 

If you are interested in being a Bedell, you should email

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