Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony at Henley Business SchoolFor qualification programmes based at our Greenlands campus, Henley-on-Thames.

Collecting your robes

You need to collect your academic robes on the day of your ceremony from the Institute of Directors Conference Room at least one hour before your ceremony (number 6 on the Graduation map).

Representatives from Ede & Ravenscroft will be on hand to help you robe. You will need to bring your robe hire confirmation with you.

Please leave your belongings (handbag, mobile phone etc.) with your guests as you will not be able to carry them in the procession. 

The Ceremony

Graduands should go to the procession room, in Greenlands Trust Suite, 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony where they will be registered and lined up in procession order by a marshal (number 12 on the Graduation map).

Graduands will be given instructions and led to the ceremony marquee before the start of the ceremony. Graduands must sit in order or their names will be read out incorrectly. At the appropriate time, graduands will be directed by their marshal to process down the right hand side of the marquee to the steps onto the stage.

Guests with tickets for the marquee will be permitted to enter 15 minutes before the ceremony and will be directed to seats by ceremony marshals.

Guests without tickets to the marquee can watch the ceremony live in the video relay room.

Processions

The Academic Staff Procession will enter the marquee and be seated on the stage. Chief Officers will then process in followed by the Maces. Once the Procession is seated, the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor will welcome graduands, guests and staff to Greenlands and to the ceremony. The University Secretary will then declare the Congregation open for the conferment of degrees.

Presentation

Graduands will be presented individually by the Dean of Henley Business School. You will be guided by your procession marshal up the right hand side of the marquee and you will ascend a short flight of stairs after your name is called. You will shake hands with the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor, walk across the stage and descend the stairs. You will be presented with your certificate on your way back to your seat.

Speech

Once all the names have been called, you will then be seated for the remainder of the ceremony for the Dean's speech. Please remember that you will be captured on the live web streaming and Graduation DVD. At the end of the ceremony, graduates will doff their cap to the Chancellor or Vice-Chancellor as they process out of the marquee. Graduands will then process out of the marquee following the Academic Staff Procession.

Please note owing to the very short timeframe in which the DVDs are produced it is not possible for anyone to opt out of filming, therefore images recorded at Graduation will assume the permission of individuals pictured.

Buy a copy of the Graduation DVD in advance.

View the Greenlands Graduation Ceremonies live (Graduation day only).