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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. When completing your booking, you can request an extra two guest tickets, and we will let you know two weeks before your ceremony how many tickets we are able to give you. Please do not make travel arrangements for your guests before you have received your allocated tickets.

Our 2017 graduation ceremonies will take place between 10 and 14 July 2017 and will be held at the O2 Guildhall Southampton. 

Watch the 2016 graduation ceremonies

Essential information

We've put together some useful information to help you get the most out of your graduation ceremony. If you are still unsure about something, please contact

Download the graduation handbook

View the 2017 graduation schedule

Other information about your day

Gown collection times

Nearer the time, we'll provide you with more detailed information about when your graduation ceremony will be taking place and when and where you need to collect your graduation gown. Our graduation handbook covers all the essential information for the day

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.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the graduation ceremonies, please contact us:

Awards team: 023 8201 3500

Summer Ball

The Solent Summer Ball is organised by the Solent Students' Union.  Keep an eye on the Solent Summer Ball website for updates on what will be happening and how you can get your tickets.

Keep in touch through the Southampton Solent University Alumni Association

During graduation week the Southampton Solent University Alumni Association will be selling items from its gift range, so that you can take home a memento of the time you spent at the University. A wide range of gifts is available from the Solent University Alumni stand, which will be situated in The Spark building from 9am to 5pm.

Once you've graduated, you'll automatically become a member of the Southampton Solent University Alumni Association, which currently has 45,000 members worldwide. The network aims to maintain lifelong links with past students, promote members' achievements and foster contact with old friends and colleagues. Members are sent our magazine, Forward, and can benefit from continued use of some of the University's facilities, as well as discounts on further study. For full information on the range of benefits and gifts, please visit the Southampton Solent University Alumni Association pages.

Solent Graduate Jobs

Find live graduate opportunities with regional and local companies through Solent Graduate Jobs.  

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