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Graduation - information for attendees

We’re delighted that you and your guests are joining us for Graduation this year.

Here is some useful information to ensure you are able to enjoy the day and make the most of the event. Please make sure you read through the information before Graduation.

An email has been sent from Marston Events with details of how to book any additional guest tickets.

Key timings

  • 9.00-10.30am: Student registration, robing and photography at Salisbury Playhouse
  • 10.00-11:00am: Guest registration at Salisbury Cathedral
  • 11.15am: All guests to be seated in the Cathedral
  • 11.30am: Ceremony begins
    Please note that no photography or filming is allowed during the ceremony. We will be taking photos of the day and share these with you after the event.
  • 12.30pm: Ceremony finishes
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm: Robes returned at the Cathedral
Top tips for students graduating
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking for about 10 minutes from Salisbury Playhouse to Salisbury Cathedral, including over cobbles. The floor of the Cathedral is also uneven, so comfy footwear will mean you aren’t worrying about blisters or slipping.
  • We recommend that you wear smart clothes for underneath your robes. We promise, you won’t regret looking smart on such a lovely day!
    We kindly request no trainers or jeans.
  • Allow plenty of time to register, collect your gown and have your photos taken, if you ordered them.
  • Please do not bring any valuables with you, as there will be nowhere to keep them safe during the ceremony.
  • The weather in October can be unpredictable, so please make sure you are dressed appropriately for the day, as there may be some standing around outside.
  • Please make sure you have a good night’s rest the night before, so you are refreshed and ready to enjoy your Graduation.
  • Take advantage of the special offers we have organised with Salisbury businesses to celebrate after your Graduation - more details here.
  • Anyone experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms must not attend any of the graduation. We understand that this will be disappointing, but the safety of all attending is of utmost importance.
Robing and photography at Salisbury Playhouse
  • Please arrive at the Salisbury Playhouse (Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7RA) within your allocated time slot. You will need to wait a little as we get everyone through the same process in a short timeframe.
  • You will be checked in at the front desk and given a wristband. You must wear this wristband otherwise you will not be allowed into the Cathedral. In addition, your wristband will give you access to special Graduation Day offers from local businesses - find out more here. (Please note that some of these offers require pre-booking.)
  • You will then head upstairs to collect your robe where it will be fitted.
  • Heading back downstairs you will then have formal photographs taken if you have booked these.
    If you have booked a group photography package, your guests will need to leave in plenty of time to register at Salisbury Cathedral before 11am.
The procession

It is rare that graduands process through the streets now – only a few universities around the country still do this! So, make the most of it! It is a special moment.

You will follow our Principal and the VIPs, so you don’t need to think about where you are going.

Family can wait inside the Cathedral grounds to see you enter before they head to their seats.

Guest check-in at Salisbury Cathedral

Guest check-in is open between 10am and 11am at the North entrance of Salisbury cathedral and we ask that all guests are seated in the Cathedral before 11:15am, to allow the ceremony to start promptly at 11:30am.

At check in, we will ask your name and give you a wristband. You will not be able to enter the Cathedral without your wristband, so please ensure that you wear it at all times.

Car parking

Central Car Park

  • Address: Mill Stream Approach, Salisbury SP1 3SL
  • Short and long stay options (short stay is closest to the buildings)
  • Near the shops and restaurants
  • Close to the Playhouse

Cathedral Parking

  • Address: Salisbury SP1 2ES
  • Closest parking to the Cathedral – recommended for all those who have mobility requirements

The Cathedral itself does not have parking.

Wiltshire Council have the MiPermit app for online payments.

After the ceremony

Graduates will exit the Cathedral from the West entrance. You are welcome to take photos in the Cathedral grounds with your friends and family for one hour. You will then need to hand back your robe to us at the Cathedral. We will show you where when you enter the Cathedral after the procession.

Once you have returned your gown, you can head into the city centre and take advantage of the special Graduation Day offers available with local business. Find out more information here, including how to book. You will need to be wearing your graduate wristband to take advantage of the offers.

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