Before the day - undergraduate ceremonies

Make sure you're ready for everything your graduation day has in store by reading all of the information on this page, which includes how to register and key deadlines.

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Eligibility and registration

Registration

Registration for the summer graduation ceremonies is now closed. The deadline to register was Friday 19 April.

Eligibility

You need to register your graduation intentions (attending or graduating in absentia) before results are published. In order to graduate at ceremonies in July 2024, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in your final year and have an 'Expected End Date' of June 2024
  • Register your graduation intentions by the deadline of 19 April
  • Successfully complete your programme of study
  • Your examination results must have been submitted to the Student Administration Service by their deadline of 25 June 2024 (your department or the Student Administration Service can provide you with information relating to their deadlines)
  • Have no outstanding debts to the University

You should complete the registration process on the assumption that you will successfully complete your studies. Receiving an  invitation to register does not imply you have completed your course; we invite all students who may successfully complete in time so they can make arrangements in advance. Don’t wait until you receive your results to register for the ceremony because this is after the registration deadline. If you have not successfully completed when we receive the examination results, we will automatically remove you from the attendee list.

Graduating in person

When you register for graduation, you will be able to apply for guest tickets and advise us of any special seating or access requirements that you or your guests may have. The registration also serves as confirmation of your personal details (eg: confirmation of your name as it will appear in the ceremony programme and on your certificate). For more information on your name, please refer to the your name section.

Graduating in absentia

If you are not attending in person, the registration process enables you to confirm your personal details (eg: confirmation of your name as it will appear on your certificate) and to provide the address your certificate should be posted to. You should also ensure that you have read the information relating to the postage of certificates.

Cancelling your place following registration

If you are no longer able to attend graduation, cancel your place. If you don’t cancel your place in advance, we will be unable to send you your certificate.


Your name

Printed name

When you open the registration form, your name will be shown. This is taken from your student record and will be the name printed in the programme and on your certificate. Names are printed following the naming convention at the University and will appear as forename, middle name(s), surname as held on the record. If this is incorrect, you need to change it before you register. 

To amend your name, you should contact the (SSiD) with documentary evidence (e.g: originals of either your deed poll document, passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate) and your student record will be amended. Once completed, you can then register your graduation intentions by the deadline. 

If you do not want your name to appear in the programme, please advise the Events Team in writing by Friday 31 May.

Name pronunciation

Your forename and surname (as held on your student record) will be announced as you cross the platform. If you have a name that is frequently mispronounced, you had the opportunity to provide guidance on how to say your name correctly. This deadline to provide this was Friday 31 May.

Examples

Name

Guidance notes

Roisin

Ro-sheen

Ionita

Yo-ni-tza

Swietochowski

Sventa-hoski

Grau

Rhymes with cow

Lishen

Lap-Sun


Certificates

Attending graduation

If you attend your ceremony you will receive your certificate on the day. 

Not attending graduation

If you are not attending graduation you need to register your intention to graduate in absentia. Doing so not only gives you the opportunity to confirm your personal details, but also to provide an address for us to post your certificate to following the ceremonies. If you don't complete this process, we are unable to send your certificate.

Postage of certificates

Certificates to the UK

Certificates sent to addresses within the United Kingdom are sent by second class mail as standard. However, if you would like your certificate sent by a tracked service, we can send it using .

The deadline for purchasing this delivery method is Friday 31 May. 

Certificates to overseas addresses

Royal Mail is unable to provide a tracking service for most overseas countries. Certificates are therefore sent by standard airmail.

However, if you would like to we can arrange this for you. The cost for this service is dependent on the destination country and is available to more than 220 countries worldwide.

The deadline for purchasing this delivery method is Friday 31 May.

Full list of countries that DHL services

Certificates lost in transit

Although the majority of certificates are received safely, occasionally some items will get 'lost'. In order to guarantee the delivery of your certificate, we would strongly advise you to use one of the guaranteed tracked methods above. If your certificate doesn’t arrive using these methods please contact us. If you choose a standard service for delivery and don't receive your certificate, you will need to order a replacement certificate (for which the usual fee will be charged) from Student Services.


Tickets

Guaranteed tickets

Two guest tickets are guaranteed for each graduand, if requested at the time of registration and before the deadline 19 April. This is in addition to your own ticket as a graduand. 

Additional tickets

It is unlikely that tickets over the two guaranteed will be available. However, if further tickets are available, you will be notified via email between Wednesday 5 & Friday 7 June. 

Downloading tickets

Your e-ticket (containing seat numbers for you and your guests), along with your statement of final results, will be available via on Friday 5 July at 2pm. 

On your statement of final results, you will see a link to 'Graduation Information'. Your e- ticket will show the seat numbers allocated to you and your guests and this will be required on the day. You need to download this information and have it available electronically or printed out, in order to gain entry to the ceremony.  Please ensure you also provide your guests with a copy so they can find their allocated seats.

Special seating arrangements / access requirements

You must inform us of any specific access requirements or special assistance that you or your guests may need in advance of the ceremony. There is a dedicated section of the registration form to do this.

Once tickets have been allocated, we may not be able to accommodate special arrangements but we will do our best to meet requirements where possible.

If you require the loan of a wheelchair for the day visit your local .

Children

Children over the age of three will require a ticket for the ceremony.

Due to the length and formal nature of proceedings we do not recommend bringing young children to the ceremony. Guests with young children may wish to watch the ceremony live in the Auditorium in the Students' Union, where the atmosphere is informal and tickets aren’t required.

Children are not permitted on the platform at any time.


Robe hire

It is a University Regulation that graduands wear the correct academic dress. You can hire or purchase these directly from the official robe makers for the University, Ede & Ravenscroft, or an alternative supplier that provides University Regulation compliant academic dress.

How to hire

Robes can be hired from Ede and Ravenscroft. Please use your personal email address when placing your robe hire order as University accounts are closed during graduation week. The deadline to hire robes is Friday 21 June.

Robing opening times

Robes will be available for collection from Uni Central on Level 4 of the Students’ Union Building, following the timetable below:

Ceremony Robe collection open
9.30am ceremonies 7.30am to 8.45am
12.00pm ceremonies 9.30am to 11.15am
3.30pm ceremonies 12.15pm to 2.45pm
6.00pm ceremonies 3.30pm to 5.15pm

All robes must be returned by 6pm Monday/Tuesday/Friday and 8pm Wednesday/Thursday.

Cancelling robe hire

You can cancel your order using the 'Review/Amend/Cancel' option on the Ede & Ravenscroft website. For security reasons, cancellations cannot be made over the phone.

Robe types and hood colours

View examples of the different types of robes and hoods for each level of study and department here:

Academic dress examples (PDF, 743kb)


Schedule

View full ceremony schedule


Photography and souvenirs

Official photographs

The official photographers are Ede & Ravenscroft Photography, and they located in the Students' Union on each day. You can pre-book photography packages when you order your robes through Ede & Ravenscroft or you can turn up on the day.

Opening times:

  • Monday/Tuesday/Friday - 7.30am to 6.00pm
  • Wednesday/Thursday - 7.30am to 8.00pm

Location: Level 4 Students' Union

Official graduation film

Your graduation ceremony will be recorded by the University and will be available for you to purchase on a USB memory stick. A link will be provided later for purchasing graduation footage.

University gifts and souvenirs

University gifts and souvenirs are an excellent way to remember your time at the University of ߲ݴý. A full range of gifts and souvenirs, including 'Made in ߲ݴý' items, will be available for purchase in the foyer of the Octagon Centre on graduation days.


Checklist

Task

Deadline

Register to confirm if you wish to graduate in person or in absentia

Friday 19 April

Ensure the name pronunciation form has been completed (if relevant)

Friday 31 May

Inform the Events Team if you do not want your name to appear in the graduation programme

Friday 31 May

All debts to the University must be cleared

By completion of your course

Ensure you have read all information on visas (if applicable)

 

Order your robes from Ede & Ravenscroft

Friday 21 June

Pre-order photography from Ede & Ravenscroft

Friday 21 June

Download your e-tickets containing seat numbers for you and your guests

Friday 5 July at 2pm

Ensure you've read the 'graduands instructions' for detailed instructions about the ceremony

Day before your ceremony


Terms and conditions

Cancellation or postponement of the event

While every effort will be made to host graduation ceremonies as planned, the University may cancel, delay, or postpone its graduation ceremonies due to circumstances beyond its control or where ceremonies can no longer reasonably or safely take place.

In the event of any postponement or cancellation, the University will communicate this clearly on its website and will contact each attending student directly with as much notice as is reasonably practical.  

The University will not be liable for any costs incurred by either the graduand or guests due to postponement or cancellation of the event.  This includes, but is not limited to, travel, accommodation and subsistence costs or any loss of business or earnings.  

Therefore, the University strongly advises that graduands and their guests ensure they have sufficient insurance protection to cover any losses they may incur as a result of postponement or cancellation of ceremonies and book flexible rates for travel and accommodation wherever possible.

Academic robes

By confirming your attendance at graduation, you the graduand confirm that you agree to wear official University of ߲ݴý academic robes provided by our robing company Ede & Ravenscroft Ltd, or an alternative, University Regulation compliant supplier at the ceremony.

Data Protection

Publication of names

The names of graduating students will be printed in the graduation programme which is available to all ticketed guests on the day.  If you would like your name removed from this publication, you must advise the Events Team in writing. Email graduation@sheffield.ac.uk giving your full name, student registration number and award title and clearly confirm that you wish to be removed from the programme by Friday 31 May.

We do not print degree classifications in the graduation programme.

Digital media

  • Graduation video - the ceremony proceedings are filmed and the recording is available to purchase after the ceremony. By electing to take part in the ceremony proceedings, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded.
  • Graduation live web cast of the ceremony - the graduation ceremonies are broadcast live over the University web site. By electing to take part in the ceremony proceedings, you are giving permission for your image to be recorded and broadcasted.
  • Photography - professional photographers will be on campus during graduation and their photographs may be used in the university's future promotional literature. By electing to take part in the ceremony proceedings, you are giving permission for your image to be photographed and used.

Graduand and guest conduct

Graduands and guests are expected to behave in a manner fitting for the occasion. Any person who becomes disruptive will be asked to leave the hall.