University of Sunderland Graduations 2019: Everything you need to know

UoS graduations

Published on 04 July 2019

Between July 8 and July 12 2019, The University of Sunderland’s Summer Graduations will take place at the Stadium of Light

Here’s all you need to know about what, where, and when everything is happening.


What time are the Graduation Ceremonies each day?

The actual ceremonies take place at 9.30am each morning and 3pm each afternoon


Who is graduating on Monday, July 8?

Students from the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries will graduate at both 9.30am and 3pm.


Who is graduating on Tuesday, July 9?

Students from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Well-Being will graduate both at 9.30am and 3pm.


Who is graduating on Wednesday, July 10?

Students from the Faculty of Business, Law and Tourism will graduate at 9.30am as well as 3pm, with London Campus students taking part in the afternoon session.


Who is graduating on Thursday, July 11?

Students from the Faculty of Education and Society will graduate at both 9.30am and 3pm.


Who is graduating on Friday, July 12?

During the 9.30am ceremony, students from the Faculty of Technology will graduate, while at 3.30pm, more students from the Faculty of Education and Society will graduate.


Who are this year's Honorary graduates?

Monday:    Nadine Shah (singer, songwriter and campaigner)

Wednesday:  Mitch Mitchell MBE QVS (Major General in the British Army)

Thursday:  The Right Reverend Dr Helen-Ann Hartley (Bishop of Ripon). Darren Henley OBE (Chief Executive, Arts Council England)

Friday: Martin Longstaff (singer, songwriter and teacher)


When will I get my graduation invitation?

Well, you should have received your invitation by the end of April 2019


Do I have to pay for tickets and how many guests can I have?

No you don't. Graduation is free for those taking part and you are entitled to two free guests.


Can I get extra tickets if I need them?

Yes, although any additional tickets allocated over and above the two free tickets will be charged at £29.00 per ticket.

Cost of ticket includes; Pre-ceremony tea and coffee; post-ceremony buffet; copy of the Awards Ceremony programme (one per family); parking

Will the new Chancellor of the University, Emeli Sande, be there?

Yes, Emeli will be in attendance on Wednesday July 10 - for one day only


Will former Chancellor Steve Cram also be in attendance?

Yes, Steve will be there for the first three days of the graduations


How do I hire my gown and how much will it cost?

Ede & Ravenscroft are the official gown hire company for the University's graduation ceremonies. Graduates will be emailed the link to the Ede and Ravenscroft website once they have submitted the Online Booking Form.


Can I bring my young child to the graduation ceremonies?

We recommend that due to the nature of a graduation ceremony, it may be unsuitable for children under five to attend. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact the Graduation team. 


Where is the closest Metro stop to the Stadium of Light?

St Peter’s Metro Station is just a five minute walk from the Stadium of Light. Although you can also use the Stadium of Light Station which is also close.


Where can my guests park their cars?

The Stadium of Light has plenty of free car parking spaces available.


Will the graduations ceremonies be screened live? And where can I watch them?

Yes, the ceremonies will be streamed live to the following page


So, what happens on the day?

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 congratulate every student on the stage.

Students will be called up from each faculty to be presented with their award. When it is your turn, you will be called up from your seat and taken to the foot of the stage. Once your name is read out, you will head onto the stage, shake hands with the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, before being presented with your award.

After all students have received their awards, the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor will address the ceremony with their closing remarks before leaving the stage with the procession to end the ceremony.


Will I receive my degree parchment at the ceremony?

No, however you will receive a ceremony attendance certificate. You can collect your degree certificate on Thursday 18 July from 9am to 4pm from Level 2, in the Gateway at City Campus.

The Sunderland Futures team will also be there, hosting their Graduate Café (11am – 3pm) where you will be able to grab a FREE coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnut and chat to the team about how you can 3 years of careers support after you’ve graduated.

If you are not able to collect your degree parchment, it will be posted out to you following the ceremonies.  


So what happens next?

It's time to celebrate. You and your family and friends can head for the bar inside the Stadium where you can enjoy refreshments and meet up with your fellow graduates to kick off the celebrations in style.


Where can my family and friends stay overnight?

There is a range of different accommodation in Sunderland.

The Hilton Garden Inn is offering rates of  £71.00 for a single room and £81.00 for a double room including breakfast, click here for info

The Grand Hotel in Seaburn, click here for info


I want to take my family/friends for a meal after graduation, where should I go?

Well there’s plenty to choose from in Sunderland, here’s the best places according to Tripadvisor


What about a drink?

We know it’s a big day for our students. They will be able to get a drink inside the Stadium but here’s a list of the best pubs and clubs in Sunderland according to Tripadvisor


Where are there rooftop bars so I can enjoy the sunshine (hopefully)?

Revolution in the city centre has a rooftop bar while ever popular Fitzgeralds has a outdoor area too.


My family and friends are staying in Newcastle; where's good to go out for a celebration drink?

Well, here's a list of Newcastle's top spots according to Tripadvisor


...and remember....drink sensibly.