The graduation schedule contains details of the dates and times of the ceremony for each Department, School or Centre.
The ceremony will be held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. All graduating students (graduands) are seated in the balcony area at the back of the auditorium, with guests seated towards the front.
Your graduation ceremony will be held in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. The Hall opens 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. Graduands and guests should be seated 20 minutes before the ceremony start time and the doors will close 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. Guests will not be permitted to enter the Hall once the ceremony has started.
Stewards will be on duty at all times to help and advise you. An enquiry desk will be situated in the Lecture Theatre Building (LTB).
Parking in the University car parks is free during Graduation week.
With regard to disabled parking, students and/or guests can park in the South campus car park in a reserved area closest to the ICLH. Again you will need to complete Step 3 of the online booking system in order to provide us with details, for example, the car registration number and the name of the disabled person.
All academic robes will be available for collection from LTB 7 on the day of your graduation, 1-2 hours before your ceremony start time.
There will be a staffed cloakroom on the ground level of the Hall for you to leave your coat and belongings while you are at the ceremony.
The University's catering outlets on campus will be open during Graduation.
Your degree will be conferred in absentia and your certificate will be posted to your permanent home address during February. You will not be invited to a subsequent ceremony. Please note that it is very important that you keep your permanent home address and external email address up to date via myEssex.
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There is also a live screening of the ceremony.
The Graduation ceremony will be screened live for guests without tickets to attend the ceremony or for latecomers who were not able to enter the Ivor Crewe Hall. Children under five are welcome to watch the ceremony too so long as they are accompanied by an adult.
The service is free of charge and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ceremonies are filmed and recordings are produced for sale.
After the ceremony you can go to your Departmental Reception. At the reception, other Graduates from your Department, School or Centre and their guests will be there, along with members of staff from your Department. Light refreshments are also provided. Each guest ticket includes entry to the Graduation ceremony and Departmental reception.
Alternatively, you can visit the University's catering outlets on campus for refreshments which will be available throughout the day and will need to be paid for individually.
All academic robes must be returned by 7.45pm on the day of your graduation to LTB2. Please note that if you do not return your gown you may be charged by the gowning company.