Frequently asked questions

FAQs about graduation.

When will my ceremony be held?

For a list of ceremony dates and times, along with who is eligible to attend, please visit Dates of upcoming ceremonies.

I registered to attend graduation but now I can't come. How can I cancel my place?

You can cancel your place at graduation and provide an address for your certificate to be posted to by completing the following form: http://www.shef.ac.uk/graduation/changeofintention

How many guest tickets can I have for my ceremony?

Each candidate attending a ceremony is guaranteed two guest tickets. Every ceremony is shown on a live stream in the Students' Union Auditorium.

Can I get extra guest tickets for my ceremony?

It is only possible to guarantee a maximum of two guest seats to each candidate attending. A small number of extra guest seats may become available, however, this cannot be guaranteed. If additional seats are available for your ceremony, you will be notified via email during the advertised week.

Do I have to wear a gown?

If you wish to attend a ceremony you must wear academic dress in accordance with University regulations.

Where do I order my gown from?

You should hire or purchase these directly from the University's official supplier, Ede & Ravenscroft: http://www.edeandravenscroft.co.uk/graduation-services/

What colour will my gown be?

You can find details on the colours and designs of robes and hoods here.

What should I wear underneath my gown?

The ceremonies are formal occasions and we recommend that candidates dress smartly. We welcome national dress and military uniforms. Jeans, t-shirts, trainers and similar casual attire are not considered appropriate for graduation ceremonies.

I'm graduating in July, how do I find out my seat numbers?

Your seat numbers will be available for you to view and print approximately one week prior to your graduation ceremony. You access this via your statement of final results.

To access your results:

  • Go to www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/exams/results
  • Click on myResults in the Online Results box (top right)
  • Type in your University username and password
  • You can then access your Final Year Exam results from this point.
  • Scroll down the page and click on the box marked 'Graduation Details'. You will then be able to view and print your seat numbers. You will need to print this information for yourself and any guests and retain it to gain admission to the hall. No tickets or other information will be sent by post.

I'm graduating in January, how do I find out my seat numbers?

If you are a postgraduate taught student, you will be able to download your seat numbers online. Please visit our ticket web page for full details.

If you are a research student or a previous graduate, your tickets will be sent to the address you provided when you registered for graduation.

Where can I park on the day of the ceremony?

We advise that your guests do not bring a car to the Octagon Centre. Parking is limited and the ceremonies take place on working days for University staff and others in the area. Traffic wardens patrol the area regularly. Sufficient parking space cannot be guaranteed so leave plenty of time if you must bring a car.

We recommend that guests travelling by car make use of the Supertram Park and Ride. This is the most convenient way to get to the University if you plan to arrive in Sheffield by car. Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel/parkandride for full information.

You may wish to visit the Information for Visitors web pages which has lots of useful information, including maps and travel advice: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors

Parking is available at the Q-Park on Durham Road, located next to the Octagon Centre. There is also a Q-Park on Rockingham Street, a short walk from the Octagon Centre.

Is there provision for disabled parking?

Due to the limited amount of space available, we regret that we are unable to allocate parking spaces for disabled graduands or guests. However, if you are a blue badge holder, normal procedures for parking on double yellow lines apply. Blue badge holders can also speak to the wardens who will be happy to direct them to a suitable parking space.

Due to the high volume of people attending a ceremony in any one day, it is advisable that anyone with mobility difficulties is dropped off at the Durham Road entrance to the Octagon Centre prior to parking the car.

What time do I need to arrive?

You should plan to arrive at the University at least 90 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.

Graduands are required to enter the hall 45 minutes prior to their guests. This is because University marshals undertake graduand registration once students are in their seats.

Doors to guests will then be opened approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests must be seated in their allocated seats in the hall 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Doors to the hall will be closed 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduands and guests not seated by this time will not be admitted.

Where do I collect my gown?

See the gown hire web pages for details of the collection point and robing timetable:

How long does the ceremony last?

Each ceremony usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

I registered to attend my ceremony but I didn't attend on the day and didn't advise you I wasn't coming. How can I receive my certificate?

As you did not advise the Events Office that you would not be attending your ceremony, your certificate will be held by SSiD until claimed. To request the release of your certificate, you should complete the following form https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/degree-certificates/unclaimed-certificates. Please do not try to collect your certificate from the Events Office as it will not be available.


Useful links

Twitter

Follow the Events Office on Twitter for graduation updates #ShefUniGrad
@shefunievents

Robes

Ede and Ravenscroft are the official robe suppliers of the University. 
Tel: +44 1223 861854
Email: student@edeandravenscroft.com

Photography

Ede and Ravenscorft are the official photographers of the University. 
Tel: +44 1223 861854
Email: photography@edeandravenscroft.com

DVDs

DVDs are supplied by the University of Sheffield. See the University online shop.

Unclaimed certificates

If you did not respond to your graduation invitation your certificate would not have been posted to you (as you were advised at the time). If this is the case your certificate will be held by SSiD. You can request your certificate by completing the form found at the above link.

Replacement certificates

If you have lost your certificate you can purchase a replacement. Details of how to order a replacement certificate can be found at the above link.

Transcripts

Transcripts are issued by SSiD. 

Alumni

The Alumni web pages allow you to keep in touch with the University, stay up to date on the latest University news and attend exciting events and reunions.

Graduation live stream

During graduation, you can watch the ceremonies live. Watch undergraduate ceremonies here and postgraduate ceremonies here

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