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FAQ

How will I know the time, date and venue of my ceremony?

This year's Graduation ceremonies will take place at the Chichester Festival Theatre on Sunday 5 and Monday 6 November 2017. Details of the courses in each ceremony are available on the Graduation Ceremonies page.

How to I apply to attend graduation?

The invitations to this year’s graduation ceremonies have been posted. If you think you are eligible to graduate this year and haven’t received an invitation please email graduation@chi.ac.uk with your name and student number and the address you would like the invitation sent to.

I cannot access my Registration and Ticket Application form on SONAR

Please contact the SIZ desk help@chi.ac.uk 01243 816000.

How much does it cost to attend graduation?

There is no charge for graduands’ seats. All graduands must wear full academic dress, the costs of hiring this are available from www.williamnortham.com

How many guest tickets can I have?

Information on guest tickets and how to apply for additional tickets will be included with your invitation. Any additional tickets will be subject to availability will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis from the date you completed your form and paid for your guest tickets.

Are children permitted to attend the ceremonies?

Please note that children under 5 are free, but due to health and safety restrictions at the venue they must have a seat and will be included as one of your guests. Please let us know using the ‘additional information’ section on your Registration and Ticket Application Form if you will be bringing young children so we can allocate them a seat close to an exit.

I cannot pay for my guest tickets using the online store

Please contact the Cashier's Office via the SIZ Team.

Can I apply for extra guest tickets?

You will be able to apply for extra guest tickets on your ticket application and registration form. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability.

Graduands and guests with additional requirements

Please indicate on your Registration and Ticket Application Form if you or your guests have any additional requirements in order to fully participate in this ceremony, eg wheelchair access, sign language interpreter, no stairs, special seating request such as end of row seat etc. The University will make every reasonable adjustment to meet your needs within the licence arrangements of the Chichester Festival Theatre. Please note there are a limited number of wheelchair spaces and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Do I have to wear academic dress for my ceremony?

All Graduands taking part must wear full academic dress of gown, hood and hat to take part in the ceremony.

How do I order my academic dress?

To order your academic dress please visit www.wmnortham.co.uk.

What do I wear with my academic dress?

Graduation is a formal occasion, smart dress is appropriate. It is helpful to have something, a tie or button for example, to hook your hood onto.

When and where do I collect my academic dress?

This information will be available in the information booklet which will be sent to you by early September.

What should my guests wear?

There is no formal dress code for guests, dress should be appropriate to the occasion.

How do I order my photographs?

To pre-order your graduation photographs on-line visit www.williamnortham.com.

Do I have to attend the graduation ceremonies?

It is not compulsory to attend your graduation ceremony. Once you have received your invitation if you are not attending please let the Graduation Team know so that we can allocate your seats to another graduand who may wish to invite more guests. You can do this by emailing graduation@chi.ac.uk. Please include your name, ceremony number and course in the email. Your certificate will be posted to you after the graduation ceremonies have taken place.

I will not be attending the graduation ceremony how will I receive my certificate?

Your certificate will be posted to you after the graduation ceremonies have taken place. Please ensure that the Student Records Office has an up to date postal address for you StuRecords@chi.ac.uk. If you need your certificate sooner please contact the Examinations Team on examinations@chi.ac.uk.

I am not sure if I owe any debts, where can I go to check?

Please contact the Finance Office via the SIZ team.

Will my name be published in the Graduation Programme?

We will publish the full name and course of all students eligible to graduate this year in the Graduation Programme. If you do not want your name to be printed in the programme please let us know using the tick boxes in the Data Protection Section of your Registration and Ticket Application Form.

Will my name be published in the local newspaper?

We will publish the name and course of all students eligible to graduate this year in the Chichester Observer newspaper. If you do not want your name to be included please let us know using the tick boxes in the Data Protection Section of your Registration and Ticket Application Form.

Will my name be published on the ‘Year of 2017’ T-shirts?

We will publish the name of all students eligible to graduate this year on the on ‘Year of 2017’ T-shirts. If you do not want your name to be included please let us know using the tick boxes in the Data Protection Section of your Registration and Ticket Application Form.

Will my tickets be posted or do I collect them?

Your ticket will be given to you when you register on the day of your graduation ceremony. Your guest tickets will be available for collection after you have registered.

Do you have an overview of graduation ceremonies?

An information booklet will be sent to you by early September, this will contain the timings for registration etc for each ceremony.

How long does each ceremony last?

Each ceremony is approximately 1.5 hours long.

What happens during the ceremony?

This information will be included in the information booklet which will be posted to you by early September.

I have already received my certificate in the post do I have to bring it with me to my graduation ceremony?

There is no need to bring your certificate with you to the ceremony.

Is there parking available at the University?

Parking will not be available at the University. Pay and display car parks are available in Chichester..

Will there be any refreshments?

Refreshments are available at Otters Restaurant on the University campus and at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

What do I do if I feel unwell during the ceremony?

If you feel unwell during the ceremony please make yourself known to one of your ushers, they will be able to help you. Ushers are identified by their royal blue robes, these ushers will either be University staff or student ambassadors.