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Graduation 2020

Get all the important info you need about ceremonies, tickets and events at our 2020 celebrations

Graduation 2020 ceremonies will take place from Tuesday 14 July to Wednesday 22 July inclusive and you will be invited to attend the date applicable to your area of study as below*.

Dates and times for our 2020 graduation ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies 2020

1pm

  • Accounting and Financial Management (ACCFM) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management (OSHRM) – Undergraduate and postgraduate 

4pm

  • Portsmouth Law School (LAW) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Strategy Enterprise and Innovation (SEI) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

10am

  • Operations and Systems Management (OSM) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Economics and Finance (ECFIN) – Undergraduate and postgraduate 

1pm

  • Business Management and Generalist Business (BMGB) – Undergraduate

4pm

  • Business Management and Generalist Business (BMGB) – Postgraduate
  • Marketing (MKTG) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

10am

  • Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) – Distance Learning Undergraduate
  • Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) – BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology

1pm

  • Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) – Postgraduate
  • Institute of Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) – Undergraduate (not including Distance Learning Undergraduate or BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology)

4pm

  • School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature (SASHPL) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

10am

  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL) – Undergraduate
  • School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) – Undergraduate (not including Cert Ed, inc Grad Cert)

1pm

  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL) – Postgraduate
  • School of Education and Sociology (EDSOC) – Postgraduate (including Cert Ed, not inc Grad Cert)

4pm

  • School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science (SHES) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Department of Psychology (PSYC) – Postgraduate
  • Dental Academy (UPDA) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
     

10am

  • School of Biological Science (BIOL) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (PHBM) – Postgraduate
  • Department of Psychology (PSYC) – Undergraduate 

1pm

  • School of Health and Care Professions (SHCP) – Undergraduate and postgraduate 

4pm

  • School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (PHBM) – Undergraduate
     

10am

  • School of Film, Media and Communication (FMC) – Undergraduate and postgraduate 

1pm

  • School Art, Design and Performance (ADP) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Portsmouth School of Architecture (ARCH) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

4pm

  • School of Creative Technologies (CTS) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

10am

  • School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (SCES) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • School of Mathematics and Physics (SMAP) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG)

1pm

  • School of Computing (COMP) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • Learning at Work (LATW) – Undergraduate and postgraduate

4pm

  • School of Mechanical and Design Engineering (SMDE) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
  • School of Energy and Electronic Engineering (SENE) – Undergraduate and postgraduate
     

*Please note that whilst the date of your ceremony is guaranteed as outlined above, to ensure you have the best possible day, the University of Portsmouth may move the order of the ceremonies within each day. The exact time of your ceremony will be confirmed following the first round of bookings.

View our graduation terms and conditions

Next steps

To enjoy this special day there are some things you need to do, as follows:

 

Book graduation tickets for yourself and your guests 

First round – open from 1 April 2020 to 30 April 2020

This round of ticketing will give you the opportunity to book your own ticket and 2 free guest tickets. We'll send you a link to the online booking system when it opens.

Second round – open from 18 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

If there are additional guest tickets available for your ceremony following the first round of ticket bookings we'll send you a link to the online booking system on 18 May 2020. Additional guest tickets are £15 each and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Availability of additional guest tickets is dependent on the remaining capacity of the venue. 

Book your academic dress

Bookings – open from 1 April 2020

Graduation ceremonies are a formal occasion, therefore academic dress is essential. Academic dress is available to book from our third party supplier and we'll send you a link to the online booking system. We strongly encourage you to book your academic dress in advance.

Book your formal photography

Bookings – open from 1 April 2020 

Formal photography is available from our third-party supplier. We'll send you a link to the online booking system when it opens. A range of packages are available. We strongly encourage you to book photography in advance. 

Frequently asked questions about graduation day

Got a question to ask about tickets, your ceremony, photography or what to wear? Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about graduation here.

Frequently asked questions

Before submitting an application please ensure you:

  • carefully read and consider the Student Speaker Information Sheet including the terms of the speech and mandatory training dates
  • check to see if you have committed to any events which may occur during training and preparation process to ensure, as far as possible, that you can attend the mandatory training and have the time to develop your speech
  • consider any possible eventualities which might impact your ability to fulfil your responsibilities as a Student Speaker

If you think you’ve got what it takes, fill in the application form and submit no later than midnight Friday 31 January 2020.

Students who achieve a recognised award upon which they are registered are automatically eligible to attend the graduation ceremony following their successful completion. (This doesn't include short courses.)

Those awarded an exit award that's not the award upon which they are registered (for example, a student registered on a Master’s programme but who is awarded a postgraduate diploma/certificate on completion) is not normally eligible to attend the graduation ceremony.

If however, an undergraduate meets the criteria for an ordinary degree (or achieves 300 credits with at least 60 at level 3), then they will be expected to attend graduation following the award of the ordinary degree.

In some circumstances where an award is linked to professional accreditation there are further specific award and attendance regulations. Please contact your MyPort Hub to discuss.

Some UK and overseas partners hold their own graduation ceremonies – however, you may also wish to attend the University of Portsmouth graduation ceremony. 

Unless otherwise stated, students studying on a collaborative programme may attend the University of Portsmouth graduation, which is held in July each year, and is applicable to eligible awards only. 

Please refer to your partner institution for more details, or alternatively contact the University Graduation Office at graduation@port.ac.uk.

 

The first round of ticket booking is open from 1 April 2020 to 30 April 2020. This gives you the opportunity to book your own ticket and 2 free guest tickets. We'll send you a link to the online booking system when it opens.

If there are additional guest tickets available for your ceremony following the first round of ticket bookings, we'll send you a link to the online booking system on 18 May 2020. Additional guest tickets are £15 each and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Availability of additional guest tickets is dependent on the remaining capacity of the venue.  

Due to the quick turnaround between the Board of Examiners and graduation it's not possible to keep ticket bookings open this late. All students will therefore have to book their ceremony tickets, academic dress and formal photography before they find out their results. 

Any student who is unable to attend a graduation ceremony due to academic reasons will receive a full refund from University and/or any of its external providers. This does not include those who are eligible to attend the graduation ceremony if they have been awarded an ordinary degree.

Academic dress will be available to book from our third party supplier. We'll send you a link to the online booking system when this opens.

Formal photography is available to book from our third party supplier. We'll send you a link to the online booking system when this opens.

If you or your guests require a visa to gain entry into the United Kingdom to attend your graduation ceremony you can request a visa support letter when you book your ceremony tickets. You may only request a visa support letter for yourself and any guests that have booked tickets to the ceremony.

The University cannot intervene in any visa application procedure and any decision made by UK Visas and Immigration is final.

If you need any more guidance you can contact the international student advice team via international.student.adviser@port.ac.uk.

Students may not normally defer their graduation ceremony.

Under exceptional circumstances we may consider a deferral, for no longer than an academic year. You should email graduation@port.ac.uk with your student ID, your full name and your reason for requesting a deferral. The decision is made by the Academic Registrar and is final.

Watch our 2019 graduation ceremonies to get a feel for what your ceremony will be like.

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