Summer graduation: volunteers needed

June 21st, 2023

Colleagues from across the university are invited to play a special part in this summer’s graduation ceremonies.

Volunteers are needed to be part of the graduation platform party for each of our ceremonies. Staff at all levels and from all job families are encouraged to take part.

The time commitment required to be a member of the platform party is two hours in total. You arrive 45 minutes before the start time of the ceremony to the staff robing room – upstairs at David Ross Sports Village – where you will be robed by Ede and Ravenscroft.

Around 20 minutes before the ceremony starts, you’ll be asked to form the academic procession which will be led down into the ceremony hall and marks the beginning of proceedings.

After an introduction by the Presiding Officer, students will be called to the stage to have their degrees conferred and you’ll be asked to applaud as the students cross the stage.

The ceremony generally lasts for an hour, after which the academic procession will leave the ceremony, returning to the robing room. Robes are collected back in and at that point you’re able to leave unless you want to stay and circulate with graduates in the post-ceremony refreshment area.

This summer we are holding graduation ceremonies between Tuesday 18 July and Wednesday 26 July 2023.

This is an amazing time to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and staff and feedback from students tells us that they really value seeing staff who have been involved in their learning and broader student experience at their ceremonies.

We are particularly low on-stage presence at the ceremony below:

Wednesday 19 July, 3:30pm – School of Medicine: BMBS

Thursday 20 July, 10:30am – School of Culture, Languages and Area Studies

Thursday 20 July, 3:30pm – School of Humanities: Classics and Archaeology, History

Friday 21 July, 1pm – Architecture and Built Environment

Saturday 22 July, (All ceremonies) – Faculty of Engineering departments

Monday 24 July, (All ceremonies) – Business School and School of Law

Tuesday 25 July, 1pm – School of Economics

Your support would be hugely appreciated – contact Laura Newton at to register by Monday 3 July 2023.

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June 26th, 2023 at 4:33 pm

Lue-Anne Fouche

Good Afternoon Team,

We are ResX team and would love to be part of the day!!

Thursday 20th July @ 3:30pm x5 are free to support.


Lue-Anne Fouche

June 30th, 2023 at 10:01 am

Cyrus M

Hi Lue-Anne, thanks for letting us know. If you could contact Laura Newton and let her know the dates you are free, that would be great. Thanks.

June 29th, 2023 at 8:36 am

Susan Tomlinson

I could do Wed 19th, Thu 20th or Tue 25th – one of these days.

June 30th, 2023 at 10:00 am

Cyrus M

Hi Susan, thanks for letting us know. If you could contact Laura Newton and let her know the dates you are free, that would be great. Thanks.

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