Ashton Gate Stadium graduation day

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The address for Ashton Gate Stadium is Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2LQ. View the location on a map. For further information about getting to Ashton Gate Stadium, visit the Ashton Gate Stadium website.

Graduands will need to register on arrival at the desks in the Lansdown Suite, please make your way to the VIP 2 entrance on arrival. We recommend arriving approximately three hours before the ceremony begins.

Registration for morning ceremonies will begin at 08:00, for afternoon ceremonies at 11:30 and for evening ceremonies at 15:00. The registration desk will close 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. It is essential that you have registered before this point.

Seating

Graduands

Graduands must sit in designated seats in stand W13. You will be sat alongside your course and your name will be called in the order you are sat, so it is important that you sit in the seat assigned to you and do not swap.

Guests

Guests will be asked to enter the stadium via the South Entrance. All guests will be sat within stands W12–W14. All guest seats are numbered and correspond with tickets. Your guests can begin to take their seats from 30 minutes before the ceremony starts. View instructions for collecting your pre-purchased guest tickets.

Due to health and safety restrictions we cannot allow standing during the ceremony. All guests must have a ticket and be seated 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

Access and parking

Access requirements

Ashton Gate Stadium is accessible for wheelchair users and appropriate seating will be arranged. Stewards will be pleased to show you to your seats when you arrive to Ashton Gate Stadium. We have limited accessible parking available. If you’d like to request an accessible space, please email us at graduation@uwe.ac.uk. Visit our accessibility information for details.

Parking

Unfortunately, parking at and around the stadium is extremely limited. The University plan to provide a free park and ride service to and from the venue. More details will be available here soon.

The stadium has also provided a document with travel options (PDF) to help visitors get to and from the venue.

Photography and filming

The professional photographers Ede and Ravenscroft, (tel: +44 (0)1733 563565) will be available in the South Concourse after you have registered and robed. You may book your photography prior to the event or pay on the day.

Guests taking photos or filming

We ask that all guests be seated during the ceremony. However, guests are allowed to take photos or film from a seated position.

Refreshments

The coffee shop at Ashton Gate Stadium serves light refreshments.

There are also many other outlets within the South and West concourses of the stadium serving a range of refreshments.

Alumni reception

After your ceremony you will be able to join friends, family and tutors in the West Concourse to enjoy a drinks reception. Only graduating students and guests with tickets will have access to this area.

Timetable and schedule

The ceremony will last approximately one hour and 30 minutes.

View the Awards Ceremony schedule for Ashton Gate Stadium 

Depending on the time of your ceremony, a typical graduation day will be as follows:
Time Description
08:00/11:30/15:00 Arrive to VIP Entrance 2 of the stadium and make your way to the Lansdown Suite to register.
08:00/11:30/15:00 Collect your academic robes from the Lansdown Suite.
08:00/11:30/15:00 Photography studio opens for professional photographs in the South Concourse. If you have any guests that you will be having photos with, you can meet them here (the studios are very busy throughout the day – arrive early if you require photographs to be taken).
10:45/14:15/17:45
Graduands should be seated within stand W13. 
Guests should be seated in stand W12–W14. 
11:00/14:30/18:00 Ceremonies begin.
12:30/16:00/19:30 Refreshments will be served at the Alumni Reception in the West Concourse after the ceremony.
13:00/16:30/20:00 Graduates return their robes in the West Concourse.

Live streaming

All the ceremonies will be live streamed so guests who cannot attend on the day can watch live from a personal device.

Accommodation and travel

If you need accommodation, we recommend that you contact Destination Bristol on tel: +44 (0)845 408 0474 or search for accommodation at Visit Bristol.

Ashton Gate Stadium is located on the south-west side of the City of Bristol, less than two miles from the city centre. The stadium’s full address is: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2LQ. Find out more about travel to your ceremony.