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September 2021 Ceremony Information

The deadline to register your interest for the September Ceremonies has now past, however, it is still possible to defer to another ceremony in either November 2021 or July 2022. Please see the details at the bottom of this page regarding deferral of your ceremony for more information.

If you registered your interest in attending the September ceremonies you will have been sent a follow up email explaining the next steps to follow, along with a link to this page for further information, you need to read the invitation guide and the information on this page, which explains everything you need to know before attending your ceremony.

To allow ceremonies to run in a safe and secure way, we have made some modifications which are important for you to know about:

•    This year the ceremonies will be at Newcastle Cathedral, St Nicholas Square, Newcastle. It is a very special venue that we are sure will make for a wonderful occasion for you and your loved ones.

•    You can apply for up to 2 guest tickets and should arrive and register as a complete group – additional guests or ticket transfers will not be permitted.

•    Official Photography will be available at a venue close to the Cathedral.

•    We’re unable to offer catering at the Cathedral but please do take advantage of the many cafes and restaurants close by in the city  - see your invitation guide for special congregation offers from local restaurants.

•    The ceremony will last approximately one hour with graduates and guests arriving 90 minutes before each ceremony to allow enough time for registration and robing.

•    Students will remain seated and not go onstage during the ceremony although individual names will be called as usual

•    Space outside the cathedral is limited and therefore guests will not be able to gather in groups before or after the ceremony

•    To secure a booking students will need to follow the link given in your email and book a gown with Ede & Ravenscroft – your booking will only be confirmed if both actions explained in the email are taken before the booking deadline of 15th August. After this date no further bookings can be taken.

•    We’re unable to accurately estimate how many students will place a booking and therefore how many ceremonies we need – at this stage we can confirm the date of your ceremony but confirmation of the actual time of your ceremony will be sent to you by email by 11.59pm on 20th August.

•    If your allocated date and time are unsuitable, we are unlikely to be able to allocate you a different day due to the huge response we have received for tickets.

•    Unlike previous years there will be no extra tickets available on the day or to purchase at any time. We will, however, provide a live stream for additional family members and friends to watch online at home.

•    If you have any concerns about attending a ceremony this year don’t forget the option to defer your ceremony until next year will be available 31st August. Attendance at congregation is optional and your certificate will be sent to your home address as usual.

•    Government advice is changing, and requirements will be confirmed nearer the date, but you should assume there will be additional Covid-19 measures in place to ensure your safety at this event, including but not limited to - wearing a mask, proof of double vaccination or a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours.

•    If you have any questions, please contact rg.congregations@northumbria.ac.uk

Deferring your Ceremony

Graduates who cannot attend their ceremony for personal reasons can apply to defer to a future ceremony. Please download the document found here and email back to us at the email address below to apply for deferral. Please note all applications for deferral should be completed at least 7 days before the original graduation ceremony is due to take place, any deferral applications submitted after this time will not be considered.

If you have any questions relating to your ceremony, contact the Congregations Office at rg.congregations@northumbria.ac.uk


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