You need to arrive at the Central Hall Westminster at least an hour and a half before your ceremony. Make sure you leave in plenty of time to arrive before your ceremony.
-Your photo ID for ticket collection
-Your ticket and gown hire booking confirmation email
-Your camera for personal photos
Something smart preferably with a button on the front to attach the robe to the hood or bring a pin.
- On arrival at the venue, make your way to registration in the Westminster Foyer on the Lower Ground Floor
- Once you have registered and collected your seating card and tickets, you will be able to collect your robes from the Aldersgate Room on the same floor
- Proceed to photography or, if short on time, take your photographs after the ceremony
All graduates will receive a Middlesex Gazette covering the ceremony proceedings. These will be available in Registration. The Gazette lists all students expected to complete their programmes of study in the 2018/2019 academic year and is not a confirmation that a student has completed their degree. The University is not held responsible for any students whose name may not appear in the Gazette.
A reception with drinks and snacks will take place after each ceremony for graduates and their guests in the Library/Lecture Hall on Level 1.
Please be in your seat at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts. Graduates should register and collect their seating card at least 30 minutes before the ceremony starts.
Graduates will have numbered seats on Level 3 – your numbered seating card will be given to you at registration. Marshals will be on duty to direct you to your seat and a presentation card will also be on your seat. You need to take your seating card with you when you go up onto the stage.
Guests will be seated on Level 4 and will be shown to their seats by a marshal.
Everyone wishing to enter the venue should be holding their own ticket. Please speak to a member of staff in registration if your guests have not arrived and you have their tickets as they will not be permitted entry without them.
At the beginning of the ceremony, everyone will be asked to stand for the entry of the academic procession.
The Vice-Chancellor will open the ceremony and the Academic Registrar will then introduce the University Orator. Candidates for Honorary Degrees will be presented to the Chancellor and after this the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will present candidates for Research Awards
Graduates and diplomats will then be presented to the Chancellor. You should proceed as follows:
-Pick up your seating card and take it with you
-A marshal will guide you to the right hand side of the stage
-Hand your card to a marshal who will be standing near the lectern
-Wait until your name is called out. Your name will be read out as it is on the card. If you do not use your first name and would prefer to have a different one read out please amend your card before you come up to the stage
-Walk across the platform, bow to the Chancellor and proceed to the Dean of School, shake hands and accept a scroll. If you would prefer not to shake hands please place your right arm across your chest. If you are to receive a prize this will be read out when your name is announced
-Proceed to the left hand side of the stage and return to your seat as directed
-Please remain in your seat until the end of the ceremony and until the procession has left the hall. You will then be asked to stand and follow the procession out of the main hall into the reception
-Marshals will be there to direct you throughout the presentation. Please note that you will not receive your certificate at the ceremony and the scroll is a memento to confirm your attendance at the graduation ceremony.
If you are a prize winner this will be announced as you walk across the platform during the ceremony. Prizes are not given out at the ceremonies and each Faculty will be making its own arrangements concerning how the prizes will be awarded or collected.
Please make your way to the Library/Lecture Hall on Level 1 where a drinks reception will be held. There will also be a number of photo opportunities to take part in.
Academic robes should be returned to the Ede and Ravenscroft Desk in the Library/Lecture Hall on Level 1
Come and find the Alumni Association on Graduation day to learn more about the lifelong support and benefits available to you as a graduate of Middlesex University.
We will have volunteers ready to tell you all about being part of the Alumni Association, and who can sign you up to myAlumniHub, our dedicated online area for alumni. Just look out for the Alumni Association t-shirts.