Planning your day
This page contains information to help ensure your graduation day run smoothly.
Schedule of the day
Make sure you have a look at the programme before graduation day. That way you can make plans and ensure your day runs smoothly.
When you get here
Information on how to reach the campus can be found here.
There will be free parking available on the RAU campus. At the time of booking your ceremony tickets, you will be asked about the vehicles you will be bringing to the event.
On arrival, please follow the signage for parking for your ceremony. It is approximately a 25 minute walk from the University campus to the church where the ceremony will take place. Please note, there is very limited parking available in Cirencester town centre.
Transport to the church
There is the opportunity to book return transport from the University to the church for you and your guests at a fee of £5 pp return. Free parking is available at the University for Cars to be left for the day. Transport can be booked via the on-line shop.
Admission to the ceremony for all guests is by ticket only. Guests include children. Every student is elegible for four tickets for guests. The graduating student does not need a ticket, however they must ensure they have booked.
If you're hiring your gown from Ede & Ravenscroft, you can collect your gown from the Frank Garner Block and have your photographs taken (if pre-booked).
Please note, students will not be permitted entry to the Convocation ceremony without a gown.
Bring your own picnic
Bring your own picnic to celebrate your graduation with your friends and family here in the beautiful grounds of the University. There will be the opportunity to purchase soft and alcoholic drinks at a cash bar including Champagne, or you are welcome to bring your own.
Arrival to your ceremony
As soon as you've collected your tickets and gown, go directly to the Church of St. John the Baptist (Parish Church) in Cirencester. You will need to arrive at least 20 minutes before the ceremony starts. A timetable for the day can be found here.
To avoid obstructing the view of other guests or causing a distraction, we ask your guests to take photographs from their seats.
Please avoid flash photography.
After the ceremony
Following the ceremony a University reception will be held outside on the RAU campus, or inside the main building in the case of bad weather.
Return of hired hoods and gowns
Before you leave, please return your academic dress to the Frank Garner Block on the day of your ceremony.