Graduation Ceremonies

Your graduation ceremony at the University of Sunderland marks the culmination of all your hard work as you are formally presented with your certificates and awards.

The ceremony is a celebration of all of our graduating students’ achievements – a truly unforgettable day for them and their families.

Once there, you can catch up with fellow students and thank the University staff who have helped you with your studies.

This is your special day – so be sure to savour it and celebrate with those who are closest to you.

Ceremony information


There are two ceremonies every calendar year, with one taking place in the summer and the other in the winter. In recent years, they have both taken place at the Stadium of Light. Each ceremony tends to last around 90 minutes.

Students and their guests pack out the West stand of the Stadium of Light for the summer ceremony as students receive their awards.

The winter ceremony, meanwhile, is a more intimate affair taking place indoors, inside one of the ground’s many suites.


What to wear


The ceremonies are formal occasions therefore, students and guests should dress appropriately. Students can hire gowns from Ede & Ravenscroft.

The summer ceremony is an outdoor event, taking place on an erected stage above the stadium’s pitch. Therefore, students and their guests should dress accordingly for the weather conditions.

All ceremonies are presided over by the University Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. They both follow the procession party out at the start of each ceremony and congratulate every student on the stage.

After introductions from the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, students will be called up from each faculty to be presented with their award. When it is your turn, you will be called up from your seat and taken to the foot of the stage. Once your name is read out, you will head onto the stage, shake hands with the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, before being presented with your award.

After all students have received their awards, the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor will address the ceremony with their closing remarks before leaving the stage with the procession to end the ceremony.

Honorary graduates


The ceremonies are also an opportunity to honour those who have excelled in a particular field with an honorary doctorate or fellowship. Lord Coe, Ridley Scott and Lord Robert Winston are among those who have been recognised by the University in the past.


Your future with us


Your graduation will bring to an end one chapter of your association with the University of Sunderland. However, this doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. We hope to hear from you again through our Alumni Association, a network which connects professional graduates.

Join Media Production student Alex Burgess, as we reveal her nerve-wracking and ultimately triumphant moments before and during one of the most significant moments in her life: graduating from the University of Sunderland:



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