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Graduation mortarboards

Mortarboard management, what shoes to wear, what really happens during graduation and most importantly, is there food? Check out the below to find out more about your graduation day. 

What happens during the ceremony?

(Please don't try this at home!)

Your graduation ceremony will go something like this:

  • You will be seated with the rest of your course in alphabetical order. Your family and friends will sit in a separate seating area, ready to watch you cross the stage.
  • When it’s time for you to graduate, you will form a queue by the stage, staying in the alphabetical order you had been seated in.
  • When your name is called, head across the stage towards our Vice-Chancellor.
  • Shake the Vice-Chancellor's hand and you will be given your certificate, while our photographer takes a photo.
  • Exit the stage and return to your seat. Simple!

How is my mortarboard meant to stay on?

It's actually an all-day balancing act, but to save you an aching neck, bring some bobby pins/hair grips with you to fix your mortarboard in place.

Try making an 'X' at the back with two hair grips to keep it secure. You can thank us later. 

Also, remember to plan your hairstyle accordingly! Top knots and mortarboards make for an interesting combination...

Can my friends and family cheer when I graduate?

Absolutely. This is a celebration!

Your friends and family are welcome to give you a big cheer/whoop/clap when it's your turn to grace the stage. It's a great moment, so soak it up and enjoy it as much as you can.

My stilettos will be fine to wear, won't they?

Our advice is to wear something you can easily walk in, such as smaller heels, block heels or flat shoes for the ceremony. You can always change to higher heels or stilettos after the ceremony for your reception. 

As much as it would be comedy gold to capture you taking a tumble across the stage (does You’ve Been Framed still exist?) we recommend for your health, safety and dignity to wear shoes that are smart but easy enough to walk in.

Is there food?

Potentially the most important question, we’re not quite sure why it was left until last. Foodies, you will be delighted to know that yes, we will be providing some nibbles.

Once you have graduated, you will pass through to your graduation reception where there will be plentiful cake and fizz to celebrate.

If you're graduating this year, we hope you have a great day! Celebrate your hard work and achievements over the past few years, say your goodbyes (*sob*) and think of all the amazing memories you've made. 

Check out our FAQs for more details about graduation and don't forget to use the hashtag #UniSuffolkGrad on social media. 

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