Published: 1 December 2017

All you need to know about Graduation


Graduation is the culmination of all your hard work during your time at University. It’s a chance to celebrate your achievements and look back at the years you have spent in Liverpool.

We’re keen to make the day a special one, so read our dedicated checklist below to ensure your day runs smoothly.

Before the day:

  • Double-check your ceremony schedule.
  • Check out the guide to the ceremonial dress of the University of Liverpool so you know what colour hood to expect.
  • Print out your gown order confirmation to bring with you on the day of your ceremony, so that your order can be processed quickly.
  • Check out parking options if you are planning to drive. Please be aware that parking on campus will be extremely limited during the week of the graduation ceremonies.
  • The public multi-storey car park on Mount Pleasant is the largest nearby parking facility. See Liverpool City Council Parking for a list of city centre car parks and how much they charge. On campus, the following visitor car parks will be available for a charge:

Mount Pleasant Car Park – accessed opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral

Brownlow Street Car Park – accessed from Pembroke Place

On the day:

  • Make sure you arrive at Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students (building number 501 on the University Campus Map, Grid Ref: D6) to collect your gown and tickets at least one hour and 15 minutes before the commencement of your ceremony. For the exact collection times, please refer to the information sent to you by email about graduation.
  • The following dress code is recommended:
    • Men: Dark suits, white shirt and tie. Mortar Boards should be worn throughout the proceedings.
    • Women: Dark skirts or trousers and white or light coloured blouses. Mortar Boards should be worn throughout the proceedings.
    • Footwear: You will be required to use stairs when being admitted to your degree, so suitable footwear should be worn.
  • Official graduation day photographs and University merchandise will all be available in the Liverpool Guild of Students on the day of your graduation. The official University class rings, cufflinks and charms which will be available from the Eva & Eva stall in the Guild and online.
  • Visit the Alumni team in the Guild of Students to pick up your alumni pin badge and get a photo of you and your friends in the graduation photo booth.
  • Use our official hashtags to share and view everyone’s graduation content on social media: #LivUniGrad #Classof2017.
  • You need to make sure you get to the Philharmonic Hall and are in your own seat (which will be clearly marked on your ticket) 45 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin. It’s important to check you are in the correct seat as, if not, you could be recorded as ‘absent’ and may not be admitted to your degree.
  • When it is your turn to go on stage you will be directed by staff to the right-hand side of the stage in a continuous procession. Give your name to the officer at the foot of the steps and then follow their instructions to proceed onto the stage to collect your degree.
  • After being admitted, you should continue to walk across the stage, collect your certificate, and then return to your seat as directed by the ushers.
  • You have graduated! Congratulations!

After your graduation:

  • You’ll need to return your gown on the day of your ceremony to Mountford Hall no later than 6:30pm on Tuesday, 5 December and 7:30pm on Wednesday, 6 December.
  • All ceremonies will be available to view on webcast. You can also order a professional recording of your graduation ceremony from Achievement TV.
  • Photographs of the moment you graduated will be available from Ede and Ravenscroft. To order photographs:

Email Ede and Ravenscroft ( to request your exclusive ceremony password. Please ensure you tell them your full name, institution and date/time of your degree ceremony.

Log on to their website and choose your graduation ceremony.

Enter your password and select your image from those listed.  You are then able to order the number of prints you wish to.

  • All undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree students graduating in December 2017 will receive a Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). Your HEAR is an electronic document which replaces the more traditional paper academic transcript or Diploma Supplement. At the graduation ceremony you will receive your award certificate and you will be issued with your HEAR electronically following your graduation ceremony. Please visit our HEAR webpages for more information.
  • Start making the most of our 215,500 strong alumni network via the dedicated Facebook page or by following the Twitter feed @LivUniAlumni, Instagram and LinkedIn group. You can find out more about the benefits of being a Liverpool graduate, and register for the alumni community, via our Alumni website.


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