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Graduation is a unique occasion, marking a watershed moment in your life and ushering in an exciting new era. As you prepare to get started on the next stage of your career, graduation offers the chance to celebrate your hard work and achievements to date with your friends, family, and fellow graduates.

Every year, our eagerly-anticipated ceremony is held at one of Manchester’s many prestigious venues, where you can put on your full academic dress and make lifelong memories in the company of your nearest and dearest.

You are eligible to register for the graduation event if you have finished your studies, or are in the process of doing so, during this current academic year.

For more information about anything related to our graduation ceremony, call 03333 222 444 or

Your Guide to Graduation 2018

Find out everything you need to know about the UCEN Manchester and Total People Graduation 2018 - which is taking place The Bridgewater Hall on Wednesday 21 November - with our Guide to Graduation below.

Your cap, gown and photography will be provided by Marston Robing, if you order online prior to the event you will receive a reduced rate. Your cap, gown and photography can be ordered via the registration link below. You will receive a confirmation email once you have confirmed your order and you must bring this with you to thegraduation ceremony.  

Please see costings below:

Cap and gown

Online hire – £30

On the day hire - £35


Stage picture available immediately after ceremony - £10

Photography packs range from £24 plus P&P, you can order or add to your pre-order on the day, just speak to a member of the team.

On the day

Cap and gowns can be collected and returned to Marstons Robing who will be situated in Charles Halle suite. Staff from Marstons Robing will help you with your robing. It is advised that you wear smart dress under your robes.

Marston Robing photographers will be located in the Barbirolli suite. Please arrive in enough time to have your photographers taken before the ceremony starts. Please note that the photography service will not be available during the ceremony.

Book your cap, gown and photography

To book your cap, gown and photography for the ceremony please click the link below:

Marstons Robing and Photography

Please note, cap, gown and photography bookings will close on Wednesday 31 October.

Please consult your ceremony timings email as to whether you will be graduating in the morning or afternoon session.

Morning Session

Time                       Activity                                                                                                                      

Registration, cap & gown collection and photography opens Graduates will be able to collect their own & guest tickets


Cap and gown hire to close. Call through for graduates and guests


Procession enters ceremony




Drinks reception at The Bridgewater Hall


Afternoon Session

Time                      Activity                                                                                                                       

Registration, cap & gown collection and photography opens. Graduates will be able to collect their own & guest tickets


Cap and gown hire to close. Call through for graduates and guests


Procession enters ceremony




Drinks reception at The Bridgewater Hall

The Bridgewater Hall is in the centre of Manchester, easily accessible by public transport and by road.

For Google directions on getting to the venue please visit Google Maps

The venue itself doesn’t offer parking, however, it is in the city centre and there are a number of car parks within close proximity of the venue.

For further information on getting to the venue and roadworks in the area that may affect your journey, please visit the Transport for Greater Manchester and GM Roadworks websites.

The address of the venue is: The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS


Children are welcome at the ceremony; however the ceremony can prove to be too long for younger children who may become restless.  For the comfort of other guests, guardians may be asked to take any child that becomes agitated or distressed out of the auditorium. 

Children over two years of age must have their own seat in the auditorium and therefore must be included in your guest numbers. Children up to the age of two may sit on an adults lap and do not require a separate ticket.

Children under the age of 16 are not allowed into Bridgewater Hall without being accompanied by an adult.  Graduands and guests are seated separately within the auditorium.  If graduands wish to bring children under the age of 16 the children must be accompanied by another adult and cannot be seated with graduates.

Guests should be in their designated seats 30 minutes before the ceremony begins and should listen for the announcements asking graduates and guests to take their seats.

Graduates should be in their designated seats 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.  It is vital that you sit on the seat/row stated on your ticket (you will sit within your curriculum departments). Please ensure that the stage pass on the back of your seats states your name. 

You are required to leave your seats in rows in order to process across the stage, as such you must have nothing in your hands, apart from your hat and stage pass. 

The venue staff will indicate when you should leave your seat and where to stand at the side of the stage, as you walk to the stage you will hand your stage pass to the Compere who will read out your name and curriculum area as you cross the stage.

We advise that you do not bring any bags or large items but if this is necessary, please ask a guest to look after them for the duration of the ceremony to ensure that all aisles are clear. 

Under no circumstances must you leave your bags under your seats as this may pose as a health and safety risk and in some instances you may not return to your original seat after processing across the stage.

Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates we ask that you do not leave the ceremony until the event finishes.  

If you have any questions prior to the day, please call 01904 420229 or email

Should you require any assistance on the day, please approach the Graduation Information Desk in the main reception foyer of Bridgewater Hall, or ask any member of the event staff. Or, in the event of a problem prior to your arrival on the day please phone 07912 573 626 or 07590 244 659 and speak to a member of staff from UCEN Manchester.

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