Yeovil College University Centre congratulates all students who are due to graduate. The ceremony for the class of 2020 and 2021 is set to take place on Thursday 9th December 2021, at Westlands Entertainment Centre!
Class of 2020/2021
Yeovil College University Centre congratulates all students who are graduating in December 2021. The ceremony will take place on Thursday 9th December at Westlands Entertainment Centre.
This will be a chance to reflect on your achievements and finally come together and celebrate with family, lecturers and dignitaries.
This will be a special day as two Graduating classes will celebrate together, due to postponing the 2020 ceremony last year.
We can’t wait to celebrate this day with you, as for some it has been a long time to wait.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please get into contact with us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Graduation Ceremony
Your graduation ceremony will begin at 14:30 in the ballroom. You should report to the reception desk at the venue at least an hour before the start of your ceremony to register your attendance, and you will be allocated your seat.
Your seat will not be with your guests; it is important that you sit in your allocated seat during the ceremony.
The ceremony will comprise of speeches, congratulatory video message and the formal conferment of your achievements. This will be followed by a celebratory coffee and cake gathering, where you can catch up and reflect on your achievement and get any last minute photographs.
*Robes and photography can be ordered from the start of October*
Graduating students are expected to wear academic gowns for the ceremony. They can be ordered via Ede and Ravenscroft at least 2 weeks before the ceremony.
On the day of the ceremony you will need your Ede and Ravenscroft booking number to collect your gown, hood and cap. If you have long hair or intend to wear a delicate top, it is worth bringing hairgrips and safety pins to help fasten your cap and gown.
You will be able to collect your gown and hood from the Wheeldon Suite at the venue from 12:30 onwards. You are advised to collect your gown in good time to avoid congestion at the collection point immediately prior to the ceremony.
This is a prestigious occasion for all students, therefore it is mandatory that all graduands wear full academic dress (gown, hood and cap) and smart clothes to the ceremony. We kindly request that you do not wear jeans or trainers, but appropriate footwear for walking up and down stage steps!
Academic dress that is hired must be returned to Ede and Ravenscroft on the day of ceremony.
Photography is available for all Graduates attending the ceremony. The photographers can take professional portraits of you as an individual, with your family or friends and as you are presented “On the stage”. This activity will be available before and after the ceremony in The Wheeldon Suite at Westlands Yeovil.
To order, please visit Ede and Ravenscroft Photography (insert link)
You can order online in advance or there will be a booking desk available on the day.
Your photographs will be sent to you after the Ceremony.
Video and Flash Photography
During the ceremony, video and flash photography is not permitted. Graduands will be moving across the stage, which can be daunting for some, and audience members may be waiting for their turn. Both video and flash photography may disrupt the enjoyment of others.
You MUST report to the Marshal for your course AT THE VERY LATEST at 2:15pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil.
Seats will be allocated in the appropriate order for when you are presented, which will be by course and in alphabetical order.
It is essential that you DO NOT CHANGE SEAT once one has been allocated to you and you MUST NOT leave the ballroom again once you are seated (except in the event of an emergency).
Guest tickets will be sent to you in the post prior to the event. Guests should make their way to the Westlands Yeovil, Westbourne Close, Yeovil, BA20 2DD.
Due to the formal nature of the event, it may not be suitable for children under 5 years of age to attend.
1 guest tickets will be allocated free of charge.
Additional tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis. Please fill in on your registration forms how many additional seats you would like. These extra tickets will be free of charge.
There is wheelchair access to the ballroom and disabled facilities at the venue. However, you must prebook wheelchair spaces in advance on your reply form. Due to the nature of the seating arrangements we cannot accommodate wheelchairs after the tickets have been allocated.
Upon arrival at the venue please ensure your guests are made known to one of the Marshals who will show them to the appropriate seat.
If you have any other Accessibility requirement / queries please let the Graduation team know either on you reply form or emailing Sarah.Gorman@yeovil.ac.uk
Programmes and Memorabilia
Graduands are entitled to one free copy of the programme, additional copies will be available at Westlands Yeovil.
There is a small servery area and bar at Westlands Yeovil serving light refreshments.
After the ceremony there will be a tea, Coffee & pastries reception to celebrate with family, friends and staff.
We continue to be led by the Government and their COVID guidelines, so as it stands this event will take place, in the format we have described. However, we are working closely with Westlands and monitoring changes from the Government and will advise final arrangements with regards to any restrictions when we send your tickets out 7-14 days prior to the event.
The safety of our community is our main priority, we have all necessary risk assessments in place, as does Westlands. However, we respectfully ask that if someone within your party is showing symptoms that they don’t attend the ceremony and follow government advise.
Ede and Ravenscroft have made us aware if the ceremony is cancelled due to Covid or you can’t attend due to isolating, you will be entitled to a full refund on your robes and photography, minus the admin fee of £1.50.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may request guest tickets but these are subject to availability. The first guest ticket (subject to availability) will be allocated Free of Charge. Any additional tickets will be available on a first come first serve basis. These extra tickets are free of charge This DOES NOT include your own seat. We cannot guarantee you will receive all the tickets you request.
We can accommodate guests in wheelchairs with prior notice. Please indicate on the Registration Form that you have a guest in a wheelchair and individual arrangements will be made at the venue. We are not able to accommodate late requests for wheelchair spaces due to the fixed nature of the seating, so please ensure you mark clearly on the Registration Form if you require such a space.
We are unable to guarantee we can accommodate late requests because of the fixed seating arrangements at the venue. All persons present in the auditorium have to be allocated a seat, so seating may be limited as the date of the ceremony approaches.
As the ceremony is approximately one and a half hours, it may not be appropriate to bring young children. Children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult at all times (not the graduand).
You should still submit your Registration Form by the due date. Attendance is strictly on the proviso of you passing your course and pass lists are checked before tickets are allocated and sent. If you are in the unfortunate situation of not being eligible to attend the ceremony, you will be able to claim a full refund.
Log on to : www.gownhire.co.uk and click on “My Graduation” or contact Ede and Ravenscroft direct.
*Robes and photography can be ordered from the start of October*
To give everyone the greatest possible chance of obtaining their results in time, tickets and further information for the Graduation Day will not be sent out until approximately 7-10 working days prior to the ceremony.
If your certificate is available for collection on Graduation Day and is not subsequently collected, it will be sent to your last recorded address by Recorded Delivery. If you have not received this within four weeks of the Graduation Day, please contact the Graduation Day Awards Team on 01935 845454 or email: email@example.com
For some programmes, you may be sent your certificate direct from the Awarding Institution, so please do not be alarmed if your certificate is not available to collect on the day.