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Graduation FAQs

Coventry University Awards

Am I eligible to attend a graduation ceremony?
Students who are expected to be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony will be sent an email to their university email account as an invitation to register. This invitation will be sent to all students who are registered on the final year of their course. Those students who have completed their full programme of studies, passed all their assessments and discharged all financial responsibilities to the University will be included in the graduation ceremony.

If you intend to enrol on a further stage of your course (eg a top-up to honours) or your Assessment Board determines that you have not met the requirements of a Coventry University award, you will not be eligible to attend the graduation ceremony this year.

If you are accepting your award and not continuing on your course you must inform the Academic Registry in writing one month before the date of your ceremony.

Contact Academic Registry
+44 (0) 24 7615 2200
+44 (0) 24 7615 2191
graduation.reg@coventry.ac.uk

I am not sure if I have any outstanding debts to the University, should I check?
Yes. Any student who has a financial obligation to the University will not be allowed to attend the graduation ceremony nor to receive their certificate, so you should rectify this at least one month before the ceremony.

Contact Finance
+44 (0) 24 7615 2266
debtenq.fin@coventry.ac.uk

Can I still attend if I have an appeal in progress?
If your appeal is still in progress you will not be able to attend the Award Ceremony, as attendance will indicate agreement with the award.

How will my name be printed on my Certificate and Diploma Supplement?
Your name will be printed as recorded on the University’s Student Database. However, you will be given the options to change the order in which the names are printed when you register online.

IMPORTANT:
Please take care and attention when registering your name because we are unable to change this in any way once your certificate and ceremony brochure has been printed.

Ceremonies

Where is my graduation ceremony?
All ceremonies will take place in Coventry Cathedral.

When is my graduation ceremony?
You will be graduating alongside other students from your programme of study. Please check the online schedule to identify which ceremony your course has been allocated to. Whilst it is not possible to join a different ceremony; your award can be conferred in your absence and your certificate posted to you after the event if you cannot attend.

See our 2014 schedule for dates and timings of ceremonies.

Where do I collect my tickets/gown hire from?
Tickets and gown hire should be collected from the Old Refectory in Priory Hall on the day of your ceremony. Please bring some photographic ID and your gown hire receipt with you.
Please note: Access to Priory Hall will be restricted to Graduands only. Please arrange to join your guests away from this building to avoid congestion.

What if my plans change and I realise I can no longer attend my ceremony?
Please inform Academic Registry of any changes to your registration so that we can ensure your certificate is processed correctly.

Where can I park?
The nearest Coventry City Council car park to the Cathedral is located opposite Coventry Sports Centre on Fairfax Street.

What happens if I am late for my ceremony?
It is extremely important that you arrive on time for your ceremony. The ticket desk will close 45 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.

The doors to the Cathedral will close 15 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.

If you are delayed for any reason, please telephone the Academic Registry.

Coventry Cathedral

Do I need to register if I am not attending my ceremony?
Yes. You must register online even if you wish your degree to be conferred in absentia.

Will I be allowed to sit with my guests?
No. Seats for graduands are allocated and labelled on the left-hand side of the Cathedral; guests are seated on the right.

How long does each ceremony last?
Each ceremony lasts for approximately one hour. During that time we ask you to switch off all mobile phones, remain in your seats and refrain from eating or drinking to make the ceremony an enjoyable and memorable occasion for all involved.

(For the November ceremonies it is advisable to wear warm clothing, as it can be cold in the Cathedral.)

Are children allowed to attend the ceremony?
Whilst we do allow well-behaved children to attend, we advise that the ceremony is unsuitable for children under 10 years of age.

If a child does attend as a guest, please ensure that they are accompanied by another adult as they will not be allowed to sit with a graduand.

Please note: any child regardless of age will require a ticket to comply with fire regulations in the Cathedral.

Anyone causing noise or disruption will be asked to leave.

Graduation Celebrations

Are there any further celebrations planned for my degree ceremony day?

July Graduation
‘Congratulations on your graduation! We hope that you will be able to join us for the International Office reception immediately after your ceremony. You are invited to celebrate your achievements with fellow graduates, family, friends and University staff with complimentary pastries, soft drinks, tea and coffee. We hope you take this opportunity to celebrate your time at Coventry University, your attendance will be greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you there.’

November Graduation
'Congratulations on your graduation! We hope that you will be celebrating your achievements with family and friends. Individual Faculties / Schools may also arrange hospitality events at the University to celebrate your graduation. Correspondence and tickets for these events are organised separately to the main ceremonies, so please direct any queries regarding hospitality to your faculty.'
 
Art & Design
Graham Sutherland Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8248 / Ellen Terry Building +44 (0) 24 7688 7435
 
Business, Environment and Society
William Morris Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8410 / George Elliot Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8256
 
Engineering and Computing
John Lang Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8166 / Engineering and Computing Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8888
 
Health and Life Sciences
Richard Crossman Building +44 (0) 24 7679 5800 / James Starley Building +44 (0) 24 7688 8565 / 8175