Celebrate with us on Friday 24 November
We are celebrating the achievements of our higher education students who have successfully completed their course in 2016/17 in the stunning surroundings of Gloucester Cathedral on Friday 24 November 2017. Here, you can find all the relevant information about booking your tickets as a graduate, and for your family and friends, as well as other important information to prepare for the event.
Order Your Robes
You will need to order your robes from Ede and Ravenscroft.
Please make sure you order your robes in plenty of time before the ceremony.
There is no parking at Gloucester Cathedral.
Please see local car parks below.
Book Your Tickets
Tickets are available for invited graduates and their family and friends only. If you have not received an invite but think you should have, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I book my ticket?
Every graduate will need to confirm their attendance via Eventbrite at www.gchigherawards.co.uk, no later than Friday 27 October. Please have your student number to hand. There is no charge for you as a graduate to attend the ceremony. Graduate tickets are only available to students with an invite. If you think you should have received an invite, but have not received one by mid-October, please contact Hannah.Minchew@gloscol.ac.uk.
I have not received my invite...
If you think you should have received an invite to the Higher Awards Ceremony but haven't received yours by mid-October, please contact Hannah.Minchew@gloscol.ac.uk.
Can I book tickets for guests?
You can book tickets for your guests using the same link as booking your graduate ticket at www.gchigherawards.co.uk. There is a charge of £10.00 per guest to attend.
Guest tickets are limited to 2 tickets per graduate until Friday 27 October, after which guest tickets will be able to be purchased on a first-come-first-served basis from Monday 30 October. Ticket sales close on Friday 3 November.
What do I need to wear?
The graduation ceremony is a celebration of all that you have achieved over your course, and therefore we ask people to wear smart clothes, it is not advised to wear jeans or trainers. Please wear appropriate footwear for walking up and down the stage steps.
You will also be required to wear graduation robes, which can be ordered from Ede and Ravenscroft. Your robes will be fitted by a member of the Ede and Ravenscroft team but it is helpful to bring one or two safety pins to secure your hood (a buttoned shirt or blouse would enable you to hook on the hood). If you have long hair you may wish to use hair-grips to secure your cap.
What do guests need to wear?
Guests are advised to dress as if they are going to a formal occasion.
How do I order my graduation robes?
You will need to order your robes in good time before the ceremony from Ede and Ravenscroft.
When ordering your robes online, please select 'Graduation Services' from the main menu, and then 'Hire or Purchase Academic Dress'. Select 'Gloucestershire College' as your institution, and then 'Gloucester Cathedral, 24 November 2017' before pressing submit.
* NB: Any students graduating with courses in partnership with other institutions will still need to select Gloucestershire College as their institution.
You will then be asked to select the 'Level of Award' and 'Name of Award'. If you are graduating from a course validated by a partner institution (e.g. University of Gloucestershire or University of the West of England), please ensure you select the correct robe. Further details can be found on your postal invite.
Don't worry - if you find that you have ordered the incorrect robes you can contact Ede and Ravenscroft to amend the order by calling 01223 861854 (national rate).
Can I get official photography on the day?
Official photography can be booked along with your robes from Ede and Ravenscroft.
On arrival of the cathedral you'll be directed to where you will collect your robes and have official photographs taken, you'll need to return your gown as soon as possible after the ceremony. Official graduation robes must be worn to graduate.
What time do I need to arrive?
You'll need to arrive between 10:30am and 1pm to register, at this time you'll be asked to pick up your gown and get your pre-booked photograph taken. The ceremony starts at 2pm, anyone late to register will be marked as absent and will not have their name read out during the ceremony.
Will I need to give a case study?
The Gloucestershire College Communications team will be at the ceremony ready to collect information about what you've been doing since your course. We may also want to take your photograph to use as part of your case study, more information on this will be handed out on the day.
Where will I be seated?
We ask that all graduates please find their seat immediately after registration; your seat will have your name on it. Please do not rearrange the names on the seats as they have been set out in a particular order.
Please ensure that you and your guests have taken their seats by 1:50pm as this is when you will receive instructions about the ceremony from the head usher.
Where will guests be seated?
Guest seating is not allocated, however we ask that all guests are seated in the guest seating zone by 1:50pm. Guests will not be able to enter the cathedral after this time. Guests will be shown to the guest seating zone by members of the GC Team on arrival.
How long is the graduation ceremony?
The ceremony will begin at 2pm and will finish at approximately 4pm. You'll be invited onto the stage with the rest of your graduating class.
What if my guests include young children?
Please be aware of this if you are bringing young children with you as this length of time is often beyond the tolerance of many young children. We politely request that the parent/guardian(s) of young children sit in a position that enables them to exit the cathedral easily if the child becomes unsettled.
Does the cathedral have disables access?
There is a level approach to the main entrance and the door is wheelchair accessible. The flooring within the cathedral is made primarily of stone and care should be taken as it is uneven in places. For more information on access arrangements within the cathedral please visit their website.
Where can I park at the cathedral?
Visitors can be dropped off in the car park, however there is no public parking on site. There are several car parks in the centre of Gloucester, just a couple of minutes walk away. You can find out more information here.
Will I get my cerficate on the day?
You will not be presented your official certificate at the ceremony. Your certificate will be posted out as soon as the College receives it.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
More information about the cathedral can be found here. For any further enquiries please contact Hannah.Minchew@gloscol.ac.uk
What Level of Award should I choose when ordering my robes?
When ordering your robes, there are a number of different levels of award to choose from. Please make sure you choose the level of award which represents the course you are graduating from.
Level of Award
Bachelors / 1st Degrees - BCU Bachelors
Blue gown, hood is blue outer with part lined cream brocade edge of gold and cream brocade neck band, blue motarboard
Diploma in Education - BCU Dip Ed
Blue gown, blue outer lined cream brocade, blue mortar board
Gloucestershire College Awards - All Gloucestershire College Awards
Black gown, blue outer lined cream brocade with fully lined gold tipped with red, black mortar board
Post Graduate Awards (not PGCE) - BCU PG CERT (PCET)
Black gown, hood is red with outer lined blue, black mortar board
University of Gloucestershire - Diploma, FDeg or PG Cert PCET
Black gown, good is red fully lined blue, black mortar board
University of the West of England Awards - FDeg
Black gown, hood is black outer with red brocade, black mortar board