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Your graduation day


  • Register and collect tickets
  • Collect your gown
  • Attend photography if there is time before the ceremony (not compulsory)
  • Attend the ceremony
  • Attend photography if you haven't already (not compulsory)
Frequently Asked Questions

On the day

  1. Aim to arrive on campus two hours before your ceremony begins.  You should collect your gown from the Norcroft Centre.

    TIP: There will be limited parking available on graduation ceremony days*. Please see the Car Park Map (pdf, 172KB) for details of local car parks.

    * Parking is available for guests with disabilities who are Blue Badge holders, provided that you inform us of the badge number by Friday 1 December 2017.  If you have any queries regarding this please contact us urgently:

  2. When you arrive please make your way to the Small Hall where you will collect your graduand & guest tickets. 

    TIP: Please note you and your guests will need your tickets to enter the Great Hall, so ensure you do not lose them.  Duplicate tickets cannot be issued.

    TIP: We suggest having your photographs taken following your ceremony to prevent any delays getting to your seat. If you are late arriving to the hall we cannot guarantee you will be permitted to enter.

  3. Please be seated in the auditorium 30 minutes before your ceremony.

  4. Your graduand ticket will have your allocated seat number on it. Student seating will be at the front of the auditorium and guest seating will be at the back of the auditorium or in the balcony.

    TIP: Unless you have notified us that special seating is required, guest seating is unreserved and will be on a first come first served basis.  We would advise you to arrive early to ensure your guests are able to sit together.

  5. The ceremony will begin with a procession of the Chancellor and/or the Vice-Chancellor and members of academic staff. You will be guided to the stage where your name will be read out, you will then walk across the stage to shake hands with the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor (if you wish to opt out of the handshake please email by Monday 27 November 2017). When you reach the other side of the stage you will receive your certificate and be directed back to your seat.

  6. The ceremony will last approximately one and a half hours.

  7. If you have not already had your graduation photographs taken you can go to the Sports Hall where Success, the official Graduation Photographers, will be available to take individual or family photos. 

  8. Please make sure you return your gown to the Norcroft Centre by 6:30pm on the day of your ceremony.

In case of severe weather conditions

In the event of severe weather conditions on the dates of the graduation ceremonies, the University reserves the right to cancel them at short notice, if it is felt to be unsafe for the University to remain open.

We will contact all graduands with further information should this be the case.

Registration and guest tickets

Registration takes place in the Small Hall, D Floor of Richmond Building.  Registration will open at 8.15am until 3.30pm on graduation days.

You must register for your graduation ceremony no later than 30 minutes before your ceremony is due to start.  Please ensure that you register on time as we cannot guarantee you entry into the ceremony if you are late.

If you are running late due to unavoidable circumstances please call ahead and advise us on 01274 233002.

We will contact you about a week before the ceremony with information regarding your graduand ticket and further details about registration.

You will need to bring your UB number in order to register for your ceremony.  This will appear on your graduand ticket email or your student ID card.

At registration we will issue you with your seat number along with the graduation booklet and any guest tickets you have been allocated. Guest tickets are not numbered - guests will be guided to available seats by stewards in the Great Hall.

Once you have registered, you and your guests should proceed to the Great Hall and take your seats.

Dress code

The graduation ceremonies are an official occasion and although there is no formal dress code smart dress is required.

For ease of fitting your gown it is recommended that you wear a shirt/blouse with buttons.

Gowns and hats

Graduands receiving the following awards will wear a black gown and a hood with a saffron band appropriate to the award:

  • Diploma of Higher Education
  • Bachelors Award 
  • Undergraduate Masters (e.g. MPharm) 
  • Postgraduate Diplomas

Graduands receiving a Masters will wear a black gown and a hood fully lined with saffron.

Doctoral robes are scarlet with a saffron-lined hood.

Gowns will be available to collect from the Norcroft Centre on the day of your ceremony:

  • 10am ceremony - collection from 8.00am
  • 1.15pm ceremony - collection from 11.15am
  • 4pm ceremony - collection from 1pm.

Members of staff from Success Photography and Gown Hire will be available to help you with robing.

Gowns should be returned after your ceremony to the Norcroft Centre no later than 19:00 on 6th December or no later than 16:30 on 7th December 2017.

It is helpful if you bring your student ID card with you when collecting your gown.

The academic dress appropriate to your award must be worn at the ceremony. 

More information

See the Graduation Ceremonies page to see the schedule of ceremonies for your graduation day

Travel information and parking

The graduation ceremonies are held on the University's main city campus. The campus maps and directions section has details of how to travel to the University by road, rail, air and on foot.

When travelling to Bradford on the day of your graduation ceremony it is very important that you allow plenty of time to make your journey.

We recommend that you allow sufficient time to travel to the venue (Great Hall on City Campus) with ample time to collect your ceremony tickets, along with the graduation robing and photography.

If travelling from London we recommend that you leave approximately 5 hours prior to the event.


There will be limited parking available on City Campus on graduation ceremony days and this is provided on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, details of local car parks are on our Car Park Map (pdf, 172KB).

Parking is also available for guests who are Blue Badge holders provided that you inform us of the badge number by Friday 1 December 2017.

If you have any queries regarding this please contact us urgently:


Disabled access

Transport and parking

Bradford is well served by public transport, having good bus services and two train stations nearby. The local council also has a number of wheelchair-accessible taxis. 

The University of Bradford has car parking facilities available, but there are some restrictions which form part of our support for an environmental policy on car use.

If you are a blue badge holder you will have access to parking bays located in the visitors' car park near to the entrance of Richmond Building on City Campus.

You will need to enter the campus via the barrier on Tumbling Hill Street to be able to access these.

Please inform us of the blue badge number by Friday 1 December 2017 - please please email

On campus

Assistance is available on campus as necessary to access gowning, photography and catering facilities.

The majority of the University campus is wheelchair accessible, despite the difficulties of having changes in level. 

The Great Hall, where the ceremonies take place, can be accessed by taking the lift to the first floor (D floor) and entering the hall via the side doors facing onto the Atrium.

Stewards will be on hand to assist students and guests to their seats.

Access to the stage

Access to the stage for graduands is by a flight of steps.

If you are unable to climb the steps, arrangements can be made for access via the lift and seating arranged on the platform. Please provide details of any requirements on your e:Vison reply form

Access to guest seating area

Access to guest level seating can be made via the Great Hall side doors facing the Atrium.

When completing the e:Vision reply form please include details of wheelchair users and any guests with other mobility problems for whom level access seating is required

Additional requirements

If you and/or your guests require particular seating arrangements due to a disability, you must ensure that full details are provided when completing your reply form.

These details are important to ensure that the appropriate arrangements are made.

If you need to contact us directly regarding any requirements please email

Prayer room

You are welcome to use the Prayer Room on campus on Graduation day. It is located in the Carlton Building.

See our campus maps page for directions.