Graduation week is the highlight of the University calendar. The occasion is an opportunity for your family, friends, and those who've helped you along the way to join you in celebrating your success.
Please note: If you would like to attend your graduation ceremony you must book through the Portal. No bookings can be taken after the closing date. You are guaranteed to receive two guest tickets.
The 2020 graduation ceremonies have been postponed to the week of 12-16 July 2021, and students who were due to graduate in 2020 will be invited to a ceremony during this week. The graduation ceremonies for students due to graduate in 2021 will take place the following week of 19-23 July 2021. Ceremonies will be held at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton.
Further information on graduation arrangements will be available closer to the time of your ceremony.
Nearer the time we’ll provide you with useful information to help you get the most out of your graduation ceremony. For now, read some answers to common questions:
Where do the ceremonies take place?
All graduation ceremonies will be held at the Southampton Guildhall, located centrally, and close to Solent University’s Sir James Matthews building. The postcode for the Guildhall is SO14 7LP. For further information please visit the Guildhall’s website.
How long does the ceremony last?
Each graduation ceremony lasts for approximately an hour and a half.
Will I be seated with my family?
No. Students are seated in a designated 'students only' area. This is because students are required to walk across the Guildhall stage as part of the ceremony.
What happens on the day of the ceremony?
First you'll collect your graduation gown from The Spark, and then make your way over to the Guildhall to register. Registration will open one and a half hours before your ceremony, and will close 30 minutes before the start of each ceremony. You and your guests must be seated 30 minutes before your ceremony starts.
Your ceremony will begin with a welcome speech and the processional party will make their way to the stage before the Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor or their representative addresses the auditorium. Graduands will be announced as they walk across the stage, where they'll shake the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor's hand. Once all graduands have been announced, the processional party will leave the stage.
Where will I park?
Unfortunately car parking isn't available on campus. Details of parking in the city can be found on the Southampton City Council website. For further information about travelling to Southampton, including maps and alternative car parking information, see our find us pages.
Where can I go for refreshments?
Following your ceremony, you are invited to join your fellow graduates at the post-graduation reception being held in the graduation marquee that will be based in Guildhall Square. This is an excellent opportunity to meet up and celebrate with everyone involved in your studies.
If you have any queries about the graduation ceremonies, please contact us:
Assessments and ceremonies team: 023 8201 3500
Stay connected, stay Solent for life
Once you graduate, you'll become a fully-fledged member of the Solent alumni community. This is a network of over 60,000 talented individuals around the world, all with a special connection to our University.
As part of this global community, you can take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits, including:
- Discounted gym membership with Solent Sport.
- Continued access to the library
- Up to 50% off post-grad tuition fees if you return to study with us.
- Reduced price tickets to film screening with Sonar films.
If you'd like to take home a memento of the time you spent at Solent, head to our stand in the Spark during graduation week, where we'll have a range of alumni merchandise on offer. You can also buy this online.
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- Mock interviews
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- Guidance on careers options
Register now using a personal email address for Solent Futures Online to access jobs, ideas and more
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