We are very happy to be able to invite University Centre Sparsholt students who have successfully completed their courses in 2020 and 2021 to attend their Graduation Day at Winchester Cathedral on Monday 1 November 2021. If you have graduated in both years please only book a place for the highest award you are graduating in.  

  • Which ceremony should I book to attend?


    There will be two ceremonies starting at 10am and 2.30pm 

    • Students of the following courses are invited to attend one of these ceremonies: 

    All HE students (MSc, BSc, FdSc and HNC), Diploma in the Management of Zoo Animals (DMZAA) and Access to HE students


  • I was due to attend both 2020 and 2021 ceremonies, which ceremony should I book to attend?


    If you are graduating with two awards, please select the afternoon ceremony and answer additional optional question ‘If you are eligible to gain more than one award, please provide details”. Your awards will then both be presented at the afternoon ceremony.  


  • Booking your place at the Graduation ceremony


    This year, our bookings are being managed by Marston Robing – to register your attendance and order guest tickets, gown hire (if applicable) and photography, please use the online booking form. 

    To make your booking, you will need your student ID number which will look like this: WHI12345678, and is your University Centre Sparsholt number (not your Portsmouth ID number). 

    You are able to invite up to two guests to attend the ceremony with you but you can request to be placed on the waiting list for additional tickets (which you will be contacted about once booking closes). Student tickets are free, as are tickets for children under 16 years of age. Adult guest tickets are £16 each. Please make sure you buy your ticket before the event, via the online booking form as detailed above. 


  • I requested extra tickets. How can I book these?


    All extra ticket requests will be looked at after the initial closing date of Sunday 10 October 2021; after this time and if extra tickets are available, you will be emailed instructions (to the email address you gave in the original booking) to let you know how to book these. Please do this as soon as possible once you receive the email. The deadline for ordering extra tickets is Sunday 24 October 2021.   

    When you complete your booking you will be sent an ‘order confirmation’ email. Please do check your junk/spam folders if you don’t receive it. Please print this off and bring it with you: it serves as your admittance tickets. 

    Please note: If you are unable to or do not want to attend Graduation Day we would really appreciate it if you could let us know – please email marketing@sparsholt.ac.uk .


  • Parking


    There is no parking available close to the Cathedral and students will not be allowed by the Cathedral to be dropped off in the inner close due to the construction of the Christmas Market . You can find information about parking in Winchester here. You can find a map with directions to the Cathedral here. 


  • What happens on the day of your Graduation


    Gowning and Photography will be available from 8am for the morning ceremony. Gowning and Photography will open at 12.30pm for the afternoon ceremony, and will remain open until 5pm. 

    Please arrive in plenty of time for your ceremony and no later than 30 minutes before it is due to start. 

    Graduands and Guests will be seated separately. Graduands receiving their degree will be seated by academic staff in specific sections of the Cathedral. Guests will be directed to their seats. We estimate that each ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half. Guest seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. There is also designated seating for any guests with disabilities so please do alert a member of the UCS team on arrival and you will be shown to this area. 

  • Booking photographs for Graduation Day


    Marston Robing Ltd are providing photography packages for students at Graduation Day. When you confirm your attendance through the online booking form, you will be given the option to purchase photographs in advance of the day – full details of these packages and the associated prices are provided in the online booking form. You can also order photography on the day of the ceremony – prices are the same as those paid online in advance of the event, with a wide range of packages available to suit every budget. 

  • Booking your gown for Presentation Day


    If you need to book a robe for Graduation Day, you will be prompted to do so when you are ordering your tickets through the online booking form. 

    Only students being awarded degrees will be prompted to book a gown. 

    Gowning will be undertaken in the Garden Marquee next to the Cathedral refectory.  The UCS Team will direct you to this gowning area. Gowns should be returned after the morning ceremony, by 11.30am at the latest.


  • What to wear


    The Graduation Ceremony is a formal occasion so students should wear smart clothes such as a suit, a dress or smart trousers. Please remember that you will be need to walk up steps to the stage so please consider your footwear. 

    Marston Robing are providing photography packages for students at Graduation Day. When you confirm your attendance through the online booking form you will be given the option to purchase photographs in advance – full details and prices for these packages are provided in the online booking form. You can also order photography on the day of the ceremony – prices are the same as those paid online in advance of the event, with a wide range of packages available to suit every budget. 

    Photography will open at 8am for those students attending the morning ceremony, and at 12.30pm for those attending the afternoon ceremony. This is located in the Garden Marquee near the Cathedral refectory. Photography will be well-signposted across the site and will remain open until 5pm following the afternoon ceremony.


  • Graduation videos


    Both the morning and the afternoon graduation ceremonies will be recorded in high definition. Copies of each ceremony may be downloaded free of charge after the event. We anticipate videos will be available from the third week in November (allowing for editing time); when ready, a link to the hosting website (Vimeo) will be made available here


  • Can I watch the Ceremonies on live stream?


    Yes, we are planning on live streaming both of the ceremonies on our website for those who can’t make it on the day to watch.

    The live stream can be found here.


  • Awards and certificates


    If you are not able to attend the presentation ceremony, it will not be possible to nominate anyone else to collect on your behalf during the ceremony. You may request your award after the day of the ceremonies (please contact marketing@sparsholt.ac.uk). 

    Please ensure that the College has an accurate and reliable postal address for you; please email degree-enquiries@sparsholt.ac.uk with any changes.


  • Data Protection Statement


    We very much hope that you will able to attend this day to celebrate completing your course. 

    Students, guests and staff attending should be aware that graduation ceremonies are regarded as public events. Names (and academic sections) of successful students (including those graduating in absentia) are published in the ceremony programme and provided to local press and media. Audio and visual images of the ceremony are publicly available via download of HD videography of the ceremonies, photographs, and may be used in College publicity. 

    Note to those not attending (graduating in absentia): If you object to the above publication of your personal data (name and section), please inform Marketing marketing@sparsholt.ac.uk


  • Contact us


    If you have a question or query relating to the 2020/2021 graduation ceremonies, please contact the Events team at Sparsholt by email marketing@sparsholt.ac.uk or by telephone 01962 797562. 

    Questions relating to gowning, photography or ticket purchases should be addressed directly to Marston’s Robing Ltd by email info@yourgraduation.co.uk or by telephone 01264 339706.