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Information about the Event


G Live, London Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 2AA

Graduation Reception Desk

A Graduation Desk will be set up in the main reception of G Live from 4pm. Please ensure that you register at the desk immediately upon arrival at the venue, so that you can collect your auditorium ticket (with your seat number), drinks tokens and receive directions to the robe and photography rooms. Staff on the Graduation Reception Desk will be able to answer general queries about the ceremony.


Graduands should aim to arrive at G Live from 4.30pm in order to have enough time to collect their gowns, have their photographs taken and be seated in the auditorium by 6.45pm. 

The doors to the auditorium for the ceremony will open at 6.30pm. Graduands will be seated in the Stalls, so please make your way there promptly at that time. Please ensure that you are seated by 6.45pm. You will be allocated a numbered seat and given your ticket on arrival at the Graduation Reception Desk. Please keep to these arrangements as they reflect the order of the presentation of the certificates.

The Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony begins with a formal procession of academic staff up the central aisle of the auditorium. The audience is asked to stand and to remain standing until the Principal and special guests (Platform Party) are seated.

The Guest of Honour will present Graduands with their certificates. You will be called up by your subject area group, in alphabetical order; wait at the foot of the stage until your name is called. Walk slowly to the top of the stairs and across the stage, shake hands with the Guest of Honour and Principal, receive your certificate, and then walk to the end of the stage, back down the stairs and return to your seat.

There will be a member of staff on hand to check your details and ensure you are in the right place to receive the correct certificate.


The certificates for the ceremony are to commemorate the day only. You will need to collect your official certificate from the Examinations Office at Guildford College (Room G2) if you have not already received it.

Pre and post Event

The bars and all-day Café Bar will be open from 4pm for your guests to purchase refreshments, whilst they wait for you to collect your gown and have your photographs taken. You free drink can be claimed at the bars (using your ticket stub) either before or after the ceremony.


01483 88 40 00

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