Please read all of this information ahead of your May graduation ceremony.
Graduation ceremonies are held on central campus in the Octagon Centre. The full address of the venue is:
The Octagon Centre
University of Sheffield
Don't forget to bring:*Your e-ticket showing your seat number
*Robe order confirmation
*Photography order confirmation (if you have this or you can purchase these on the day)
Graduation Enquiries Desk
The Graduation Enquiries Desk is located in the foyer of the Octagon Centre and will be open from 8.15am to 5.00pm each day (except on Wednesday when it will be open from 10.45am) .
For information on travelling by car, please see here.
We advise that you check with the Highways Agency m.highwaysengland.co.uk/ for advice regarding traffic disruption on motorways and trunk roads, prior to setting off.
Park and Ride
Supertram park and ride is a very convenient way for visitors arriving by car to travel to the University without having to drive through the city centre and find somewhere to park. You can find out more https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/visitors/maps-travel/park-and-ride.
We advise using public transport as parking on campus is limited.
If you are travelling by car, parking is available on campus at the Q-Park on Durham Road. This car park has 560 spaces however, it gets extremely busy and spaces cannot be guaranteed.
There is also parking on the edge of campus at Q-Park Rockingham Street. This is a 530 space long-stay off-street car park, approximately half a mile from the Octagon Centre.
A map detailing all the car parks in the city centre can be found on the following page: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/parking/city-centre-car-parking
Due to the limited amount of space available, we regret that we are unable to allocate parking spaces for disabled graduands or guests. If your guests have mobility difficulties, we would recommend that these guests are dropped off at the Octagon Centre prior to parking the car. Campus Wardens on duty will assist blue badge holders if requested.
You can download a copy of our Campus Map from the following web page: www.shef.ac.uk/visitors/mapsandtravel/university
The suggested timetable for getting to the venue is as follows:
Time of Ceremony
Arrive on campus (approx)
Seated in the hall
Doors to hall closed
10.00am 8.00am 8.00-9.15am 9.20am 9.50am
3.00pm 1.00pm 11.30-2.15pm 2.20pm 2.50pm
The safety of visitors to the university has always been and continues to be, our highest priority. We therefore have security procedures in place at our graduation ceremonies. All bags will be searched and there will be person searches on entry. Please do not bring large bags or suitcases to the Octagon Centre or the Sheffield Students' Union. Alcohol is not permitted in the Octagon Centre and anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol will not be permitted entry.
You should collect your pre-ordered robes from Uni Central, Level 4, Students' Union between the times below:
- 9.30am ceremonies - collect between 7.30am and 8.45am
- 10.00am ceremonies - collect between 8.00am and 9.15am
- 12.15pm ceremonies - collect between 9.15am and 11.30am
- 3.00pm ceremonies - collect between 11.30am and 2.15pm
- 3.45pm ceremonies - collect between 12.15pm and 3.00pm
Please ensure you return all robes to Uni Central by 6.00pm on the day of your ceremony. If you have paid to retain your robes for a longer period, you are responsible for the return of robes to Ede & Ravenscroft Limited.
**Please note: hair grips are not provided by the University or Ede & Ravenscroft. You are therefore advised to bring them with you if you wish to secure your hat**
Door opening times & seating
Door opening times and seats
Doors will open 50 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Please arrive at the Octagon Centre in plenty of time to pass through security and enter the building. Doors to the hall will be closed 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
Please ensure that you have either printed out your e-tickets showing your seat numbers, or have an electronic copy with you when arriving at the Octagon Centre. You must also make sure your guests have copies. Admittance to the hall will not be granted without e-tickets.
Graduates please ensure you sit in the seat you have been allocated and remain seated in order for Marshals to check that you are present and in the correct ceremony order. Arriving later than the times stated below, sitting in the wrong seat or moving from the seat you have been allocated will result in you being marked as absent and removed from the presentation list.
Graduates must be robed and seated by the following times at the latest:
- 9.30am ceremonies - graduates seated no later than 8.50am
- 10.00am ceremonies - graduates seated no later than 9.20am
- 12.15pm ceremonies - graduates seated no later than 11.35am
- 3.00pm ceremonies - graduates seated no later than 2.20pm
- 3.45pm ceremonies - graduates seated no later than 3.05pm
All graduates have been allocated up to 2 guest tickets. Guests can sit anywhere in the guest section of the hall. Anyone that has advised us of special seating requirements have been allocated seats and these will be marked as reserved in the hall.
Extra guest tickets
We sent an email regarding extra tickets. All extra tickets that have been applied for have been granted.
During the ceremony
Once graduates are seated in the hall, Marshals will carry out registration. It is important that you sit in the seat you have been allocated and stay seated to avoid being marked as absent and removed from the presentation list.
When indicated, please stand for the arrival of the processions and remain standing until the Presiding Officer has declared the ceremony open.
A Marshal will signal to you when it is your turn to be presented. You should immediately approach the platform by the steps to the left-hand side and join the queue. Once on the platform, you should give your name to the Marshal at the top of the steps to confirm that you are in your correct place for presentation. When your name is announced, the Marshal will release you and you should walk across the platform, doff your cap to the Presiding Officer and then proceed off the platform by the steps at the far right and return to your seat in the hall as directed by the Floor Marshals.
Floor Marshals on duty during the ceremony to guide you. At the end of the ceremony, please stand for the departure of the processions.
Graduates will then process out of the hall under the direction of the Floor Marshals. Graduates should arrange to meet their guests outside the Octagon Centre following the ceremony. You should not return to the hall once you have processed out.
Guests are permitted to take photographs but this must be done from their seat so as not to obstruct the view of other guests or interfere with proceedings. Tripods and other equipment are not permitted and there is strictly no admittance onto the platform at any time.
The Students' Union has arranged for Ede and Ravenscroft Photography to be located on Level 4, Students' Union for the duration of the ceremonies. You can buy photographs from them on the day.
Regulations regarding academic robes
The University's Regulation 17 concerning Academic Costume states that: "A graduand and any other person who is to be presented at a Degree Congregation shall wear the appropriate academic dress over suitable clothes of a subdued colour, or Naval, Military or Air Force uniform. The Marshal may exclude from presentation any candidate whose attire does not, in the Marshal's opinion, comply with this regulation".
If you have any queries regarding your robes please contact Ede and Ravenscroft:
Telephone: +44 1223 861 854.
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.
Ede & Ravenscroft and the University do not provide hair grips and we advise you to bring them with you on the day should you wish to use them to secure your hat.
Official university souvenirs will be available to purchase in the Octagon foyer area throughout the week.
Find out what the Students' Union has to offer throughout the week here.
We do not recommend bringing children to the ceremony, due to the length and formal nature of proceedings. Children in the main ceremony hall must have a ticket if they are 3 years old or over. We respectfully request that children are taken out of the hall immediately if they become noisy or restless during proceedings. Children are not permitted to walk across the stage.
Due to health and safety restrictions, prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the hall and should be left in the complementary cloakroom.
Please ensure that all mobile phones are switched off for the duration of the ceremony. Please don't set your telephone to silent mode as the signals can interfere with our sound system.
Mobile phones are not permitted on the platform. The Marshal may exclude from presentation, anyone who does not adhere to this rule.
Food and Drink
We regret that food and drink are not permitted in the hall.
Movement during the ceremony
Wherever possible, guests are requested to remain seated for the duration of the ceremony. Please note that anyone leaving the hall may be requested to wait until a suitable break in proceedings before being allowed re-entry.
Each ceremony will be streamed live on our website. Graduates and guests seated in Convocation Hall should be aware that they might appear on the live stream and on the recordings. Unfortunately there is no central hub on campus to watch the live stream as the ceremonies are taking place in term time.
For details regarding Data Protection and graduation visit ‘terms and conditions’ here.
Lost property and lost children
Please hand in lost property to the Enquiries Desk in the Octagon Centre. Staff at the Enquiries Desk will also deal with children who become separated from parents or carers.
Given the ongoing situation with Covid-19, keeping staff, graduates, and their guests safe is our utmost priority.
With this in mind, we are asking graduates to doff the cap instead of shaking hands when they cross the stage.
Public health advice says that while you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have Covid-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others if you have symptoms or if you have tested positive to avoid passing on the virus.
The wearing of face coverings is a personal choice, it is no longer mandatory to wear face coverings in indoor settings at the University. We should continue to be respectful of those that choose to continue to wear face coverings and also those that don’t.
The University will be doing the following at the ceremonies:
-Ensuring the venue is well ventilated
-Ensuring that the flow of attendees is managed and controlled into and out of the venue
-Providing hand sanitiser throughout the venue
-Cleaning the venue throughout the day
More information regarding the ceremonies can be found on our main May web pages.
Should you have a question which cannot be answered on any of our web pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.