Graduation day at Gloucester Cathedral

Coronavirus update

Awards Ceremonies postponed

All 2020 and 2021 Awards Ceremonies have been postponed due to coronavirus. The information on this page is currently only available to provide an idea of the usual process.

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The address for Gloucester Cathedral is 12 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LX. View the location on a map. For further information about the cathedral, please visit the Gloucester Cathedral website.

Graduands will need to register their presence on arrival at the desks inside the south door of the cathedral. We recommend arriving approximately two hours before the ceremony begins.

Registration will begin at 09:00. All graduands must register their arrival at the cathedral one hour before the ceremony start time. The registration desk will close 30 minutes before your ceremony start time. It is essential that you have registered before this point.



Graduands sit in the designated seats in the north aisle.


Guest seats are numbered and correspond with tickets. Your guests can begin to take their seats in the main nave of the cathedral from 09:00. 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

Please contact the Graduation team to inform them of any access requirements you or your guests have. Access requirements need to be put into place before the seating plans are arranged, so please ensure that you make us aware of these before the registration deadline.

Wheelchair access is available at Gloucester Cathedral and appropriate seating will be arranged. The stewards will be pleased to show you to your seats when you arrive at the cathedral.


It is not possible to park at Gloucester Cathedral. There are a number of car parks close by that are well-signposted from the city centre. Alternatively, you can use one of the two Park and Ride services – view details on the Gloucester City Council website or contact them at tel: +44 (0)1452 396 576.


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

Guests taking photos

We ask that all guests be seated during the ceremony. However, photography is allowed from a seated position.


A professional DVD will be made of the ceremony by I am a UWE Gloucester DVDs can be ordered through the I am a website following the ceremony.

Guest filming

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


The Coffee Shop in Gloucester Cathedral serves light refreshments from 10:00 until 17:00. There are also many restaurants in the Gloucester Cathedral area.


The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

Depending on the time of your ceremony a typical graduation day will be as follows:

Time  Description
09:00 Arrive at the cathedral and register.
09:00 Collect academic robes from within the cathedral.
09:00 Photography studio opens for professional photographs.
(The studios are very busy throughout the day – arrive early if you require photographs to be taken.)
10:00–17:00 The coffee shop in the cathedral serves light refreshments.
10:00 If collecting a prize as well as having your award conferred, you should go to the stage areas where a steward will brief you about the prize presentation section of the ceremony.
10:45 Graduands and guests should be seated.
11:00 Ceremonies begin.
12:00 Ceremonies end, wine and soft drinks are served in the cloister area of the cathedral. These refreshments will only be available to graduating students and guests with tickets.
12:30 Graduates return their robes.

Live streaming

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

Discounted train travel

You could get cheaper rail travel to your Awards Ceremony if you book your journey in advance. Find out about discounted train travel.