Summer graduation 2018 FAQs Summer graduation 2018 FAQs

When exactly does Graduation 2018 take place? 

Summer Graduation 2018 is taking place in the week commencing July 16 2018. A full schedule of ceremonies will be published in the week commencing December 18 2017. 


When will the online registration open for Summer Graduation 2018? 

Online registration will open by the end of April 2018. Once opened, we will email all eligible students with further information.  


Will I be able to get more than three tickets if I need them?  

If you would like to bring more than three guests and you indicate this in your online registration you will be entered into a ballot for any extra tickets that may be available.


Do other universities offer more guest tickets than UEA?  

No. Most universities have strict restrictions on tickets - usually only guaranteeing two guests per student, and usually imposing a charge. UEA is one of the few universities which does not make a charge for attending Graduation. 


Why does the venue have to change? 

Essential scheduled building repairs mean Congregation Hall will not be available during summer 2018.


Why can’t the ceremony be held in Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Theatre Royal, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Castle or Norfolk Showground? 

All of the above options have been seriously considered during our venue research but unfortunately all have been ruled out due to availability, infrastructure or capacity issues. Norwich Cathedral, for example, has less than half the capacity of Congregation Hall. Staging Graduation in the Cathedral would therefore mean either dramatically reducing the number of guests permitted per student or extending Graduation by an extra week. Another difficulty is that the Cathedral would have to remain open to the public throughout the event.


Has the university considered holding the ceremony in a marquee on campus? 

Yes. The university has carefully explored the option of staging Graduation 2018 in a marquee on campus. There were a number of concerns with this option, including

  • Weather – strong winds and/or rain can have a major effect, bringing many health and safety implications. Marquees can also become uncomfortable in hot weather.
  • Mobility issues - due to a lack of flat ground on campus, guests with mobility issues would have to make their way to a marquee that is some distance away from the nearest available drop-off point.
  • Restricted view – with up to 1,500 guests attending each ceremony, the marquee would have to be long and thin. This would mean a restricted view of the stage for some guests.


Will the new venue be easily accessible to all? 

Yes. Carrow Road Stadium is fully accessible to all and a viewing platform will be constructed to cater for students and guests with mobility issues. 


Will parking be available for guests?  

The stadium car park will be available for blue badge holders only. In close proximity to the stadium are Riverside Multi-storey Car Park and Rose Lane Multi-storey Car Park providing 24-hour parking. The stadium is on the First Buses (Blue Bus) Line with a stop immediately outside the ground, making access by bus an easy alternative.


What will happen if it rains? 

The bespoke stage will have its own sides and roof and guests in the stand will be seated several rows back to protect against adverse weather conditions. While there can be no absolute guarantee that guests would not get wet in the event of strong winds and heavy rain, the stadium will make every effort to minimise the risk as far as possible. 


It’s a shame my family and friends won’t get to see the campus. Can they still visit on the day?  

Yes. We appreciate that some students may be disappointed that Graduation cannot take place on campus this year. They will be very welcome to bring their friends and family onto campus before or after their ceremony, or at any other suitable time, to give them an insight into the exceptional student experience at UEA.