How to get here

Our Graduation celebrations will be held on University Park Campus. You can find a detailed campus map along with instructions on how to get here by different modes of transport on our visitor pages

When you arrive on University Park Campus, security will meet you and direct you to the nearest parking space. This will be on campus, but could be up to a 15-minute walk from David Ross Sports Village. If you or your guests are blue badge holders, please inform security when you arrive and they will direct you to suitable parking. There is no charge for parking and you can leave your car on campus all day.

Schedule of the day

Please select your ceremony start time to see your schedule for the day.

Check-in and gowning: from 8am

Ceremony doors open: 8.45am

Check-in and gowning must be completed by 9am

Graduates seated by: 9.15am

Ceremony: 9.45-10.45am

Gown return closes: 6:30pm

Check-in and gowning: from 8am

Ceremony doors open: 11.15am

Check-in and gowning must be completed by 11am

Graduates seated by: 11.30am

Ceremony: 11.45am-12.45pm

Gown return closes: 6:30pm

Check-in and gowning: from 8am

Ceremony doors open: 1.30pm

Check-in and gowning must be completed by 1.30pm

Graduates seated by: 1.45pm

Ceremony: 2.15-3.15pm

Gown return closes: 6:30pm


Guide to your day

On arrival

1. Make your way to David Ross Sports Village where you can check in for your ceremony and collect your tickets, for yourself and your guests, from the check-in desks. You will be informed of your seat number in the hall during check-in

2. Collect your gown, remember to take your booking number with you

3. If there’s time, before your ceremony, have your official photographs taken in the photography marquee outside David Ross Sports Village 

4. Visit the pre-ceremony marquee for free arrival drinks


Just before your ceremony

5. Check your ticket to confirm your seat number and ensure you are seated in the ceremony hall by the time shown on your ticket. In most cases, you will be sat with your fellow graduates from your course

6. Guest seating is not allocated, there will be stewards on hand to help find spaces. Arrive promptly to secure the best views of the stage. Guests need to be seated 30 minutes prior to ceremony starting

7. Scan the QR code on your ticket to view the digital Graduation brochure, which includes the programme for the ceremony and awards listings 


During the ceremony

8. The ceremony will commence promptly at the time advertised on your ticket

9. A video will be shown at the start of your ceremony which will explain what will happen.  There will be stewards present on the day if you have any questions

10. When it is your time, stewards will guide you towards the stage, before your name is called

11. Then it is your moment to cross the stage, have your photo taken and celebrate your achievements


After your ceremony

12. Head to East Midlands Conference Centre for post-ceremony celebrations. Food and drink will be available to purchase

13. There’s another chance for official photographs at the photography venue within East Midlands Conference Centre. You could also explore the campus for your own photos or visit our selfie stations

14. Return your gown no later than 6.30pm

Watch the video below for Graduation day tips.


Dress code

This is a ceremonial event so we expect you and your guests to follow a formal dress code. If you are graduating you will also be required to wear a gown, hood and hat, which you may want to secure with hair grips. 


Live stream

There will be a live stream of the ceremonies which will take place in the theatre in East Midlands Conference Centre, approximately a five-minute walk from the main Graduation hall. This is not ticketed and is free for any guests without a ticket for the ceremony hall.

The ceremonies will also be broadcast online through a live stream.

In addition to the live stream, your ceremony will be filmed, capturing your big moment. Available in a range of formats, digital download, via a downloadable link, or DVD. Copies of your ceremony are available to pre-order now or on the day from the post ceremony marquee.

Clothing and merchandise 

We have teamed up with Nottingham icon Paul Smith to offer unique keepsakes and mementoes of your time at the University of Nottingham. Items range from scarves, socks and cufflinks to ties, notebooks, wallets and hoodies. Products are available on the Paul Smith website or the Willoughby House store in the city centre.