On the day

What to expect on your graduation day

There's a lot involved in making your graduation day one to remember. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you’re in the right place at the right time. 

  • Do you have confirmation of your registration (either printed or on your device)? 
  • Do you have your Student ID or another form of photo ID?  
  • Do you have your order number for your robe hire from Ede and Ravenscroft? 
  • Make sure you leave plenty of time for your journey. We advise arriving on campus two hours before your ceremony start time, so you have enough time to register, collect your robes and, most importantly, relax before the big moment! 
  • There are over 2000 car parking spaces on Penryn Campus, and parking will be free for the duration of graduation. Dedicated parking for holders of special permits and blue badges will be available, but please notify the graduation team of this in advance (graduation@falmouth.ac.uk).  
  • Golf buggies will also be provided to get around campus for people who may have difficulty walking.  
  • Once you have parked, you will need to sign in and collect your physical tickets at the Registration Desk in the Exchange Courtyard. 
  • You will need to bring your student ID or another other photo ID to prove who you are.  
  • Once you have signed in and picked up your tickets, you will be shown where to collect your graduation robes. 
  • Remember, anyone not wearing their official robes will not be able to attend their graduation ceremony.
  • This will take place in the Exchange Courtyard Marquee. Once you have collected your tickets and robes, you and your guests can enjoy food, drinks, and garden games while you wait for doors to the Ceremony Hall to open.  
  • Doors to the Ceremony Hall open one hour before your ceremony start time and close 15 minutes before. Please make sure you and your guests arrive promptly as anyone arriving after this time will not be allowed to enter the hall.  
  • Graduands should leave all their belongings with their guests, including mobile phones. 
  • Make sure your guests have their tickets to hand. Anyone who has requested special seat reservations must make themselves known to the ushers on the door so they can be seated appropriately.  
  • Guests are seated separately from graduands. 
  • The congregation will stand as the procession makes its way to the stage in the Hall. University staff members will then deliver their speeches.  
  • During the ceremony, you'll be called to move towards the stage by an usher in the order that names will be called. 
  • When your name is called, you'll make your way across the stage, where you’ll be handed your commemorative chocolate gold coin (known as the Dawn Dubloon) from our Chancellor Dawn French, and then proceed to leave the stage before returning to your seat. 
  • Make sure you cheer and celebrate when your friends cross the stage. 
  • The ceremony will conclude with a speech from our Chancellor, Dawn French.   
  • If you leave the hall during the ceremony, you may not be allowed to re-enter straight away, until an appropriate moment between speeches.  
  • We have zero tolerance for bad behaviour, and you will be removed by security if your behaviour is deemed inappropriate.  
  • Straight after the ceremony you will be taken as a group for the department photograph with senior academics and the Falmouth University Chancellor, Dawn French. 
  • Meanwhile guests will be escorted to the Italian Gardens to begin the reception, where there will be food and drink available and the opportunity to purchase official photography.  

Further information

Social Media 

You can follow graduation across social media and take part by tagging your photographs with #falmouthforever to share your best moments with us. 

Live streaming 

If your guests are unable to attend the ceremony in the hall, or do not wish to watch from the hall, we have venues on campus where you will be able to watch the ceremonies live. Staff will direct you to those venues on the day.  

First Aid 

The First Aid team are located adjacent to the Sports Hall (Ceremony Hall). If you find you require first aid assistance please tell the nearest member of staff, who will contact them for you.  

Food and Drink 

There will be food and drinks available to purchase across campus, as well as several bars and retail outlets. Post-ceremony there is a bar and snack area as well as ice cream available. 

Dogs on campus 

Please do not bring your dog to graduation, unless it is an assistance dog. You will be asked to remove the dog from the event if you do.   

University Merchandise   

You’ve got the degree, now buy the t-shirt! We’ve teamed up with Campus Clothing to offer you the chance to celebrate your graduation with a ‘Class of’ hoodie or t-shirt. All garments are ethically sourced, and already have your name and those of your fellow course mates printed on the back. You can even add bespoke personalisation to make your memento that extra bit special.  

The friendly Campus Clothing staff will have a stall at your ceremony, but you can skip the queues and avoid disappointment by pre-ordering uk.campusclothing.com/Falmouth

Find out more

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Graduation 2018 crowds on Penryn Campus


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