On The Day
You will be invited to attend either the morning or afternoon ceremony depending on your subject area.
Morning Ceremony [Insert time]:
Afternoon Ceremony [Insert time]:
Please ensure you allow at least one hour before the ceremony begins to register, collect your academic gown, receive a pre-ceremony briefing and generally avoid any rushing so you can relax and enjoy your day.
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What to Wear
This is a formal event, so please dress smartly. Jeans, t-shirts, and other casual items such as these are not considered appropriate for the ceremony.
You may find it helpful to wear something with a button on the front to help prevent your gown from slipping off your shoulders.
Please wear appropriate footwear as the Cathedral floor is stone and you will need to walk a relative distance to collect your award.
Registration & Ticket Collection
To ensure you have enough time to register, collect your tickets and gown and take photographs without feeling rushed, please arrive at the Cathedral one hour before your ceremony begins.
Please register your arrival and collect your tickets in the South Transept in Norwich Cathedral. You will also receive your graduation brochure and may have the opportunity to buy any extra guest tickets should there be any available (£15 each, cash only).
Once you have collected your tickets please make your way to the Gowning Marquee outside the Cathedral on the South Lawn. This is where you will be able to collect the academic gown you ordered in advance from Ede and Ravenscroft (see our Preparing for Graduation page for more information).
Please ensure you return your gown to the gowning marquee by 5pm.
Academic Dress Information
If you are graduating from a UEA Degree or a Foundation Degree programme, your gown will be mid-blue with either a green (Bachelor of Science) or coral (Bachelor of Arts) hood.
For Dip HE or Cert HE awards, your gown will be mid-blue with a white hood.
For all other awards (including HND, AAT, Diploma in Education & Training, NVQ, etc), your gown will be black with a white and red hood).
Information for Guests
Guests, as well as graduands, are advised to dress formally.
You may take your seats from an hour before the ceremony starts. Please note that seats in the Cathedral are not allocated and are available from a first come, first served basis, therefore we are unable to reserve seats for guests. Please ensure you are seated 15 minutes prior to the Ceremony start time.
Please be aware that some seats have a restricted view – however, we do broadcast the ceremony on large screens to ensure everyone is able to see everything.
We encourage all graduands and guests to take photographs during the day however we ask to refrain from taking photographs and filming during the ceremony itself - we have our College Media Production Team covering the ceremony.
Graduands must gather in the Cathedral half an hour before the ceremony commences for check-in and a pre-ceremony briefing.
We ask that graduands are seated 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time. It is important you make sure you are sitting in the seat that matches the number you will be given on the day.
Once you have taken your allocated seat you will not be able to leave until the ceremony has finished. Therefore, it is recommended you take any required comfort breaks before you take your seat 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time.
The ceremony itself will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
What to expect during the ceremony
The ceremony commences with the Academic procession of management and lecturing staff from City College Norwich, Officers of the University, Guests of Honour, Representatives of the City of Norwich and Honoured Guests. The Representative of Norwich will welcome all to the ceremony with the Chair of the Corporation formally opening the ceremony. After a musical interlude, City College Norwich management will confirm the statements of authority.
Guided by City College Norwich staff, students will move from their seats in seat number order and proceed to the side of the stage. As soon as your name is announced you should walk across the stage and pause to shake hands with the Guest of Honour who will hand you a certificate tube.
You will then descend the stairs and walk down the centre aisle where you will be handed your certificate by a member of the Graduation team. You will then return to your numbered seat for the remainder of the ceremony, which will include the Guest of Honours and Principals address.
Following the ceremony, students will process out of Norwich Cathedral behind the main Academic procession.
Please be aware that filming and photography will be taking place during the event by our City College Norwich Media Production Team.
Once the ceremony has closed, photographs will be taken in the Cloisters for those who have booked a time slot (see our Preparing for Graduation page for more information) and a drinks reception will be available to those who have booked to attend after the ceremony on the South Lawn.
After each ceremony there will be a drinks reception held in the Marquee on the South Lawn:
The morning ceremony the drinks reception will be available between 12:45-14:00
The afternoon ceremony the drinks reception will be available between 15:15-16:15
A wonderful opportunity to gather with your friends, family, fellow graduands, teaching staff and local VIPs to raise a glass and celebrate this momentous day.
Disabled Access Information
Norwich Cathedral grounds can only cater for a small number of disabled drivers or guests.
If you, or your guests, are Blue Badge holders or have mobility issues, please let us know when you book your tickets (in the comments ‘Special Arrangements’ field) and we will do our best to accommodate you.
For wheelchair access there is level access to Norwich Cathedral from both the main Hostry entrance and the South door. If you or your guests use a wheelchair, please let us know when you book your tickets so we can make arrangements for you.
Travel & Parking
Unfortunately, there are no parking facilities at the Cathedral itself. However, there are many car parks in the city centre within close proximity or you can use one of Norwich's Park and Ride services.