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The ceremony is a celebration of all of our graduating students' achievements – a truly unforgettable day. Students and their guests pack out the West Stand of the Stadium of Light for the summer ceremony as students receive their awards.

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Upcoming graduation ceremonies

School of Culture, School of Art and Design, School of Media and Communications, School of Computer Science and School of Engineering

Thursday 28 November 2019 10:30am

11/28/2019 09:30 to 11/28/2019 13:59

School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sunderland Law School, London Campus

Thursday 28 November 2019 3:00pm

11/28/2019 14:00 to 11/28/2019 16:59

Sunderland Business School

Friday 29 November 2019 10:30am

11/28/2019 17:00 to 11/29/2019 13:59

School of Education, School of Social Sciences, School of Psychology

Friday 29 November 2019 3:00pm

11/29/2019 14:00 to 11/29/2019 16:59

Past graduation ceremonies


Your graduation

Your graduation ceremony marks the culmination of all your hard work as you are formally presented with your certificates and awards.

The ceremony is a celebration of all of our graduating students’ achievements and we aim to make it an unforgettable day for you and your family. 

Graduation ceremonies are held in the magnificent Stadium of Light. Summer ceremonies take place outside in the West Stand, while winter ceremonies are a more intimate affair, taking place indoors inside one of the ground’s many suites.

All ceremonies are presided over by the University Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. They both follow the procession party out at the start of each ceremony and personally congratulate every graduation student on the stage.

Once you graduate you automatically become a member of the University’s Alumni Association and will have access to a whole range of benefits and services. Join our online community.


The 2019 winter graduation ceremonies will be held at the Stadium of Light on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November 2019.

The ceremonies are also an opportunity to honour those who have excelled in a particular field with an honorary doctorate or fellowship. Lord Coe, Ridley Scott and Lord Robert Winston are among those who have been recognised by the University in recent years.

After the ceremony, you can catch up with fellow students and family, join the Alumni network and perhaps even thank the University staff who have helped you with your studies.

Graduates attend the ceremony free and can bring up to two guests free of charge. More tickets are available to purchase should you wish to bring your whole family, and executive boxes can be hired for those wishing to bring a group of between five and 10 guests.

This is your special day – so be sure to savour it and celebrate with those who are closest to you.

StageClip – your special moment

StageClip is a new service that captures a video of the moment you cross the stage and receive your award. Your personalised video will feature your name, graduation date and degree award.

You'll be able to download the clip to your mobile device and share it to your favourite social networks. Keep an eye out for an email after your ceremony – this email notifies you when your clip is available and will contain a link to download it.