A panoramic view of graduants and guests at an Awards Ceremony at Bristol Cathedral

Graduation day – Bristol Cathedral

View information about your Awards Ceremony at Bristol Cathedral.


Graduands will need to register on arrival at the desks inside the cloisters entrance of the Cathedral. We recommend arriving approximately two hours before the ceremony begins.

Registration for morning ceremonies will begin at 08:30, for afternoon ceremonies at 12:00 and for evening ceremonies at 15:00. The registration desk will close 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. It is essential that you have registered before this point.

Guest seating

Guests should use the north door entrance to the Cathedral. All guest seats are numbered and correspond with tickets. Your guests can begin to take their seats in the main nave of the Cathedral from 09:30, 13:00 and 16:00. View instructions for collecting your pre-purchased guest tickets.

Access requirements

Wheelchair access is available through the north door of the Cathedral and appropriate seating will be arranged. Stewards will be pleased to show you to your seats when you arrive at the Cathedral. Visit our accessibility information for details.


The professional photographers Ede and Ravenscroft (tel: +44 (0)1733 563565) will be available in the Cathedral after you have registered and robed. You may book your photography prior to the event or pay on the day.

Ceremony video and DVD

A professional DVD will be made of the ceremony by I am a Graduate.com. UWE Bristol DVDs can be ordered through the I am a Graduate.com website following the ceremony.


The coffee shop in Bristol Cathedral serves light refreshments from 09:30 until 16:00, and will remain open until 17:00 when an evening ceremony is to be held. There are also many restaurants in the Bristol Cathedral area.

Alumni reception

After your ceremony you will be able to join friends, family and tutors in the marquee adjacent to the Cathedral to enjoy drinks. Only graduating students and guests with tickets will have access to the marquee.


Depending on the time of your ceremony, a typical graduation day will be as follows:

Time Description
08:30/12:00/15:00 Arrive cloisters entrance of Cathedral and register.
08:30/12:00/15:00 Collect academic robes from Chapter House.
08:30/12:00/15:00 Photography studio opens for professional photographs (the studios are very busy throughout the day – arrive early if you require photographs to be taken.)
09:30–17:00 The coffee shop in the Cathedral serves light refreshments.
09:30/13:00/16:00 If you are collecting a prize as well as having your award conferred, you should go to the stage area, where a steward will brief you about the prize presentation.
10:15/13:45/16:45 Graduands should be seated at the front of the Cathedral. Guests should be seated in the nave.
10:30/14:00/17:00 Ceremonies begin.
11:30/15:00/18:00 Refreshments will be served at the Alumni Reception in the marquee adjacent to the Cathedral after the ceremony.
12:00/15:30/18:30 Graduates return their robes in the marquee.

View the Awards Ceremony dates and schedules.

Live streaming

All the ceremonies will be live streamed so guests who cannot attend on the day can watch live from a personal device.

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