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Before you graduate

Invitations to our graduation ceremonies are issued to all final year students in anticipation of the successful completion of a course. Therefore, you must register for your graduation ceremony before you receive your results.

A graduate poses for a photo with his family next to the lake on the western side of campus while wearing his graduation robe and mortar board.

These pages guide you through a checklist of what you need to do in preparation for your graduation.

If you have any queries about preparing for your graduation, please email [email protected].

Graduation merchandise will be available to purchase in the Hub on the day of your graduation. You can also pre-order graduation teddies and premium graduation hoodies either in person at the SU shop or by calling 01695 657301.

To confirm you wish to attend your graduation ceremony, you will need to complete the online registration process. You will receive details of how to register in an email and postcard invitation.

Registration

A graduate poses for a photo with his family next to the lake on the western side of campus while wearing his graduation robe and mortar board.

To confirm you wish to attend your graduation ceremony, you will need to complete the online registration process. You will receive details of how to register in an email and postcard invitation.

Registration dates for the July 2023 ceremonies will be announced in Spring 2023.

If you have not yet received your results, you should still register your intention to attend.

Upon submitting the online registration form, an email acknowledging receipt of your request will be sent to your Edge Hill University account.

If you have changed your name since enrolment, you must complete a Change of Personal Details form, available from the Student Information Centre, to ensure that your award is issued in the correct name. Supporting documentation to verify your change of name will be required. Please note, it will not be possible to change the name on your certificate retrospectively.

If you have left the University, your Edge Hill student account has been reinstated so you can register for your graduation ceremony. If you have forgotten your password and need to generate a password recovery email to your previously registered alternate email address, please visit Password Reset – Edge Hill University. If you know your password and need to change it, please visit Change Password – Edge Hill University. If you need help and support, please email [email protected]  for assistance.

If you choose not to attend your graduation, your degree will be conferred ‘in absentia’. It will not be possible to attend an alternative ceremony at a later date unless there are compelling exceptional circumstances.

Guest tickets

A graduate and her parents stand on the piazza overlooking the lake on the western side of campus.

Graduation ceremonies are ticketed events and seating capacity is limited.

In addition to your own ticket, you are entitled to two complimentary guest tickets. These are not automatically allocated and you must request guest tickets when you register to attend your graduation.

Additional guest tickets may be requested during the registration process but these cannot be guaranteed.

Children require a guest ticket and must be accompanied by an adult. Please remember that graduation is a formal occasion and very young guests may struggle to find the ceremony an engaging experience. Live screenings of each graduation ceremony is held in the Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education (Lakeside) building) and outdoors in the Rock Garden (near to the Arts Centre). These areas may be more suitable for very young children.

If you or your guests have any special requirements, for example due to disability, please notify us using the Special Requirements section of the online registration form. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] . We will make every effort to accommodate the needs of all graduands and guests providing we are informed in advance.

Robe hire

A graduate poses for a photo in his robe and mortar board at the front of the Main Building on campus.

You must hire the appropriate academic dress and collect it on your graduation day.

To ensure you are wearing the correct academic dress for your award please order it from the University’s official robe maker, Wippells of Exeter, at www.wippellgownhire.co.uk.

The hire fee for a gown, hood and hat ranges from £46-£50.

The dates for ordering your robes for our July 2023 ceremonies will be announced in Spring 2023.

You will need to supply Wippell with your height, chest/bust measurement and hat size (i.e. the circumference of your head, taken just above your ears).

If you have any questions or issues with ordering your robes, please complete the Wippell contact form.

It is recommended that you choose a smart outfit with buttons on it to wear under your gown on graduation day. This will make it easier for your hood to stay in place. You will have to walk up and down steps within the theatre so suitable footwear should also be worn.

The appearance of your academic dress will vary depending on your award.

Certificates, diplomas and foundation degrees

  • Hat: Black mortar board;
  • Gown: Black London University style;
  • Hood: Black hood in a CNAA shape lined in green.

Bachelor degrees

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board;
  • Gown: Black London University style;
  • Hood: Black hood in a CNAA shape lined in green with the cowl edged inside with one inch purple.

PGCerts, PGDips and PGCEs

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board;
  • Gown: Black London University style;
  • Hood: Black full shaped hood with square corners on the cape. Lined in purple and edged with one inch green inside the cowl.

Masters degrees

  • Hat: Black Mortar Board;
  • Gown: Black Masters style featuring straight opening and straight ends at the bottom of the sleeve;
  • Hood: Black full shaped hood with square corners on the cape. Lined in purple with one inch of green inside the cowl. The cape edged outside with one inch of gold.

Doctorate

  • Hat: Black Cloth Bonnet, trimmed with a purple cord and tassel
  • Gown: Blue/Purple Oxford Doctors style with the front facings five inches wide in green taffeta. The sleeve ends trimmed in five inches of the same green taffeta.
  • Hood: Purple full shaped hood with square corners. Lined in green with one inch of gold inside the cowl.

Photography

Three graduates stand outside the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Tempest Photographers provide the official photography service at all Edge Hill University graduation ceremonies. The photography studios on campus will open two hours before your ceremony commences.

Studios will close prior to the start of your ceremony to enable graduands to be seated. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to have your photograph taken prior to your ceremony getting underway. The studios will be open until approximately one hour after the last ceremony has finished on each day.

Although you do not need to choose your photo package in advance, you can view the options available at www.tempest-graduations.co.uk. Tempest staff will be on hand on the day to answer any queries you may have in relation to photography.

Results

Two graduates, wearing their caps and gowns, stand on the piazza on the western side of campus.

To be eligible to attend your graduation ceremony, you must have successfully completed your programme before the ceremony takes place.

To find out when your results will be published, please email [email protected] or contact your department. There is no need to notify us of your results once you have received them.

If you do not complete your programme successfully in advance of your scheduled graduation date, you will not be able to attend your ceremony. In these circumstances, you will be invited to attend a future ceremony following the eventual completion of your course.

If you have ordered a gown and are unable to attend your ceremony for any reason, Wippell will be happy to refund your payment. Please contact Wippell directly on 01392 254234 to arrange this.

Payments

A graduate stands in her robe and mortar board with arms folded outside the front entrance to the Main Building on campus.

To be eligible to attend your graduation ceremony, you must not be in debt to the University.

If you are unable to attend your intended ceremony due to being in debt to the University, you will not be eligible to attend a future ceremony unless there are compelling exceptional circumstances.

If you are unsure whether you are in debt to the University, please contact the Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries Team by emailing [email protected].

If you have ordered a gown and are unable to attend your ceremony for any reason, Wippell will be happy to refund your payment. Please contact Wippell directly on 01392 254234 to arrange this.

Pre-ceremony pack

Pre-ceremony information will be sent to your permanent home address in the week prior to your graduation.

Travel

A graduate poses by a direction information sign on campus, wearing his graduation robe and mortar board.

All our graduation ceremonies take place at the Edge Hill University campus in Ormskirk where there is on-site parking for graduands and guests (subject to availability).

There are good transport links to the University and a free Edge Link bus service runs regularly between the campus and Ormskirk town centre.

If you or your guests require accommodation, there is a wide choice of hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses situated near the University and in surrounding towns and cities such as Burscough, Southport and Liverpool.

To search for suitable accommodation online, visit www.booking.com/city/gb/ormskirk.en-gb.html.