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    Questions and contacts

    What happens if I’m late?

    We make best efforts to accommodate the late arrival of graduands, although, regrettably, once the proceedings have reached a certain point, latecomers will not be admitted. If you are running late, please call the main University reception on 01952 820 280 to let us know.

    Where will I sit?

    All graduands are assigned a specific seat within the ceremony marquee, in programme order.

    Where do my guests sit?

    Guests take their seats separately from graduands and are advised to do so in good time. Guest seating is not pre-assigned and fills very quickly.

    We will reserve seating for guests with disabilities where special requirements have been indicated via online registration. I you have requested accessible seating please advise your guests to enter the marquee via the accessible entrance where they will be greeted by a steward and shown to their seats.

    Can I bring more than two guests?

    Graduation is a ticketed event and in order to be fair to everyone all students are allocated two guest tickets when they register to attend.  We need to adhere to health and safety capacity limits and think about campus catering and car parking facilities on the day so please plan to only bring two guests.

    Note: unfortunately, we are unable to supply any additional tickets for the 2023 graduation ceremonies.

    How do I get to Harper Adams?

    Information on travelling to the University can be found on our How to get to Harper Adams page.

    What time should I arrive?
    • Morning ceremony: doors close for guest seating at 11:00
    • Afternoon ceremony: doors close for guest seating at 15:00

    The ceremony that students will attend is determined by their programme of study, as explained in the Am I eligible to graduate? section, and as noted in their registration confirmation email, which will be received once online registration has been successfully completed. 

    Please note that graduands need to collect their own ticket and their guests tickets on production of ID and a registration e-receipt. Your guests will not be able to collect tickets themselves.

    Guest tickets will grant entry to the relevant graduation ceremony, and access to the Graduation Village throughout the day. Tickets are to be collected by students only on the day. Guests will not be able to collect tickets themselves and should make arrangements to meet their graduate/student in the Graduation Village, prior to the ceremony, if traveling separately.

    For full details of timings, please see the On graduation day page.

    Will I be able to get something to eat?

    The Graduation Village, located in the area between the Main Building and the cricket pitch, will be your base camp for the day, where you and your guests can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments, choose from a range of street food vendors and celebrate your success with your guests, fellow students and faculty.  Your ticket will include a voucher for a complimentary glass of fizz which can be exchanged at any point in the day.

    Catering outlets on campus will also be open. Details will be available on the day.

    Is there somewhere I can store luggage?

    Unfortunately, we do not have a secure area for storing your luggage or belongings

    What accommodation is there in the area?

    Whilst we can not offer any accommodation on campus we have arranged for some special rates in the local area.

    What happens if it rains?

    Graduation will still go ahead if the weather is wet.  Please check the forecast and bring an umbrella if it looks like rain!

    What if I have unpaid fees?

    If you have unpaid fees you will need to have reached an agreement with the Director of Finance before graduation or you may not be permitted to attend.  This is set out in the published Collection of Student Debt Policy. Please contact the Finance Office for further information, if you are in this position, at or on 01952 815214.

    Can I defer my graduation ceremony?

    Unfortunately, deferrals are not possible. Please still register online to let us know that you will not attend.

    Can I opt out of my graduation ceremony?

    If you do not want to attend graduation, let us know by completing the graduation registration via the Student Dashboard.

    The graduation ceremonies will be filmed and streamed live on the Harper Adams University website, and the recordings will be available online for the month following the ceremonies. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the above please let us know at

    I’m not attending graduation, how do I get my degree certificate?

    If you qualify for your award but do not register to attend graduation, your certificate will automatically be sent to your registered home address, by secure post, usually within four weeks of graduation. Please ensure the University has your correct postal address by updating e:Vision.

    Please contact Exams Office for any queries in relation to your certificate.


    If you still have queries about Graduation 2023 please email the following contacts, remembering to include your name, student id and course.

    Service Contact
    General student enquiries
    Gown hire J. Wippell & Co Gown Hire  
    Honorary degree awards & University Guests
    Merchandise (hoodies/yearbooks) 
    Official Harper Adams merchandise 
    Online registration
    Photography services Ede & Ravenscroft
    0370 2421170

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