Before the ceremony
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).
Information on how to get to our Colchester Campus can be found on our visit us page, along with a detailed map of the campus.
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.
Facilities for students and guests
Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall
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.
Absence from the ceremony
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.
During the ceremony
- The ceremony begins with the procession of Academic Staff, Officers of the University and the Chancellor* entering the auditorium. The University Mace is carried in front of the Chancellor*, and signifies their authority to preside at the ceremony.
- The Chancellor* opens the ceremony and makes a welcome speech.
- This is followed by a representative from departments providing a short overview of the work of the departments.
- Each Graduand is then presented individually to the Chancellor*. Doctoral Research students will be formally presented with their caps. (If you prefer not to shake hands, for cultural or religious reasons, then as you approach the Chancellor or Presiding Officer, keep your arms lowered as a sign to them that a handshake is not required.)
- If there is an Honorary Graduand or the Alumnus of the Year attending the ceremony, they will then be presented to the Chancellor* and may make a speech.
- The Vice-Chancellor makes a brief closing statement and the Chancellor* formally closes the ceremony.
- The processions leave the auditorium, followed by the Graduates of the University.
- The Scintillo String Quartet play music in the Hall before and after the ceremony, and during the entrance and exit of the processions and graduates.
*or their representative
There is also a live screening of the ceremony.
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.