Oct13

Graduation

13 October 2017    The Queen Elizabeth Hall

Event Overview:

This year’s ceremony will take place on Friday 13th October 2017 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Below, you can find information about the ceremony and tickets as well being able to order your gown and photography via the links in each section.If you have any questions or problems relating to the Graduation Ceremony please contact the UCO Graduation Team on 0161 344 8800.

Please Note:
As UCO a collaborative partner with other universities and some of you will also be invited to a Graduation Ceremony at those universities, you may, if you wish, attend either the UCO, the other or even both graduation ceremonies, it is entirely your decision, therefore you may well be contacted by these universities with details of their Graduation Ceremonies.​​


The University Campus Oldham Graduation Ceremony will take place on Friday 13th October 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham, OL1 1QJ.

Please be aware:

  • Invitations to the ceremonies are issued to all final year students in anticipation of the successful completion of their course in time for the ceremonies.
  • Invitations and booking forms will be posted out to your home address.
  • Gowning, Photography and tickets should be booked directly with WM Northams Gowning; the links to these sites are available in the relevant sections below.
  • Students may apply for TWO guest tickets in the first instance.
  • Closing dates for registration of attendance and payment for guest tickets must be adhered to in order to guarantee seats in the venue. The dates will be advertised as part of the invitation process. Due to the limited capacity of the Hall, requests to attend after these dates cannot be guaranteed.
  • Certificates are not issued at the ceremonies; these are posted to your home address within four months of your Course Assessment Board

​If you are eligible to graduate this year you will be sent an invitation shortly.

You can now book your tickets via the William Northam website along with your official robes and photograph.

Important Information

Payments must be made at the time of booking. A maximum of 2 guest tickets may be purchased. Tickets are £10 each. You must complete all puchases online by Friday 29th September 2017.

Graduand's Ticket

    There is no charge for the graduand to attend the ceremony. As the graduand you will receive the following:
    • An invitation to the Awards Ceremonies
    • A souvenir programme
    • Use of the University Careers Service for three years
    Guest Tickets Due to limited capacity, you can apply for up to 2 guest tickets within the hall at a cost of £10 each.

    Children aged 2 years and over must have their own seat in the hall and therefore must be included in your guest numbers. This is due to Health and Safety regulations that require all participants and guests at the ceremonies to be seated.

    Please book your tickets before the deadline of Friday 29th September 2017 if you want to attend.

    Additional Guest Tickets
    After the registration closing date has passed the number of spare tickets for each ceremony is calculated. Availability of these tickets is dependent on ceremony capacity, the number of students invited, the number of students who have applied to attend and the number of tickets which have been sold when registration is complete.

    Any spare tickets for the ceremony will be available from 10am on Tuesday 3rd October until Friday 6th October via William Northams. An email confirming the date and time of release will be issued nearer the time. They are available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to two per student.

    Please note that eligibility to attend the ceremony is still dependant on the successful completion of your degree; no graduand will be able to purchase a total of more than FOUR main venue guest tickets prior to the ceremony day - this is not negotiable

    Ticket Delivery
    All tickets are e-tickets and will be emailed to you after the ticket sales close on Friday 06th October 2017. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only and entry wil be refused to non-ticket holders.

The following will outline the procedures to be followed once you are inside the hall:

  • Once the procession arrives at the Hall, you will be put into seat order and process in to your seats.
  • Your guests will not be seated with you.
  • If you have not already advised us that you do not wish to shake hands with the Chair of Ceremony please inform an usher before you take your seat. Please ensure that all telephones have been turned off.
  • The ceremony will begin with a fifteen minute musical recital during which time members of staff will ensure that students are sitting in the correct seats.
  • At the conclusion of the music recital, you will be asked to stand as the academics process through the auditorium to the stage.
  • When the academics have taken their seats, you should sit down.
  • During the opening address, an usher will guide the first row of students from their seats to the stage. During the ceremony the usher will return to the end of each row in order to indicate when it is that row's turn to move. Please wait for the usher to appear before leaving your seat.
  • If you are receiving an undergraduate or postgraduate award you will stand at the edge of the stage until your name is called. You will then cross the stage to shake hands with the Chair of the Ceremony. This is the conferment of your award and no certificate will be presented.
  • On leaving the stage, you should follow the ushers' directions to your seat. It is possible that you may not return to your original seat.
  • The conferment of awards is followed by the official speeches. At the end of the ceremony, you will be asked to stand whilst the academics process from the stage to form the guard of honour, through which students will be directed row by row.
  • Once all graduates have left the ceremony venue your guests will be directed to join you.

Registration, gowning and photography will all take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The doors will be open from 8.30am.

There will be a procession through the town centre prior to the ceremony (weather permitting). All graduands are expected to take part in the procession except for special circumstances. Graduands will leave the Queen Elizabeth Hall and make their way to the Town Centre (location to be confirmed). Guests are asked to make their way directly to the the Queen Elizabeth Hall. ​Please note: the road surface of some parts of the route are cobbles, so it is advised that you don’t wear any high heels/stilettos.​​​

​We will be holding a Graduate Reception at the Queen Elizabeth Hall after the ceremony. We look forward to welcoming all graduates and their guests.

The refreshments will include:

  • Selection of Canapés*
  • Glass of Cava or Orange Juice
*Vegetarian opt​ions available, please advise of any requirments when booking.

Wearing academic dress at an award ceremony is compulsory and you cannot participate or cross the stage without it. It comprises of gown, hood and mortarboard and denotes your university and the title of the award you have obtained. On the day of your ceremony you should wear smart dress and it is recommended that you wear a shirt or blouse with buttons.

This year William Northam are offering a special gowning and photography package deal for UCO students at a cost of £59.00. This comprises of:

  • standard robe hire
  • 1 x 10” x 8” portrait
  • 2 x 5” x 4” portrait (of the same image)
Alternatively you can hire just your robes on their own; prices are available on their website.

Booking your gown & photography package:
You should place your order online at www.williamnortham.com or by telephone on 0870 2401852 (National call rates will apply – call centre opening hours 0900-1700, Monday to Friday). Gown hire will open Monday 21st August 2017 and orders must be placed by: Friday 29th September 2017.

Use of the William Northam online booking system will enable you to receive your confirmation and order reference in one easy transaction.

Before you order, you need to have the following information available:
  • The name of the award which you will be receiving
  • The time and date of your ceremony
  • Your chest size and your height – should you require any special requirements i.e. an extra large or small gown please make this clear when ordering. William Northam will endeavour to meet your requirements.
  • Your hat size - measure the circumference of your head approximately 2.5cms above your eyebrows, and state the measurement in centimetres or inches.
  • Your credit/debit card details.
  • You should wear the academic dress of the degree which you are being awarded, NOT the dress of a degree which you may already hold.
If you are unsuccessful in passing your course this time, you will need to cancel your robe. In order to receive a refund this must be done directly with Northam’s no less than 7 days prior to the date of your ceremony.

You should also ensure that you read the Terms and Conditions on the William Northam website, especially with regard to cancellation of robe hire.

Collecting & Returning Gowns
Gowns can be collected from the Queen Elizabeth Hall from 9am on the day of the ceremony and returned by 4pm the same day.

​​​​Please be aware that the UCO official photographers will be taking photographs on the day of the ceremony which may be used in UCO publicity. Wherever possible your consent will be obtained but this may not be practical in all circumstances (for instance crowd shots).​​

​If you are in debt to UCO (Oldham College), you will not be sent an online invitation to your awards ceremony. Additionally if you go into debt after the ceremony invites are issued your invitation will be withdrawn.

Please note: Outstanding items or charges on your UCO Library and Computing Centre (LCC) account are classed as a debt to UCO.

You must pay your debt by the deadline of Friday 1st September 2017 in order to attend the October 2017 awards ceremonies. It is your responsibility to inform the UCO Graduation Team that your debt has been cleared - an invitation will not automatically be issued.

Once we have been notified you will be sent an invite and you must register your attendance and book your goran and guest tickets before Friday 22nd September 2017.

If your debt is not cleared by the deadline you will forfeit your chance to attend the ceremony.

Please contact the Finance Office on 0161 785 4138 to make arrangements to clear any debt.​

Please contact the UCO LCC on 0161 344 8888 to make arrangement to clear any debt on your Library account.

    Event Details:
  • Friday, 13 October 2017
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • 0161 344 8800