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HE Graduation

This year’s graduation ceremony will be taking place on Saturday 30 October 2021 at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple.

Graduates wear a black hat to stand for congratulations on graduation

After many months of hard work and dedication, this year’s ceremony is a chance for Petroc students to celebrate with their friends and family, and we’re here to ensure that it serves as a day to remember for many years to come!

We were saddened by the cancellation of our graduation ceremony in October 2020, and are therefore inviting graduands from both 2020 and 2021 to celebrate their achievements.

Whether you completed a foundation degree, Higher National Certificate, a BA Honours degree, or a higher level apprenticeship, in August 2020 or August 2021, we cannot wait to celebrate your achievements – especially after a year like no other!

If you have any questions please contact our Graduation Team at marketing@petroc.ac.uk

Please note that the Graduation ceremony will be held in accordance with any government restrictions.

Graduation FAQs

Where will the Graduation be held?

The ceremony will be held at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple.

Address: Queens Theatre, 100 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, EX31 2PL

As a graduand, do I need to purchase a ticket?

No, as a graduand, you will only need to purchase the hire of your academic gown and photography package. The only people requiring tickets will be your guests (up to 4 tickets per graduand).

How do I purchase guest tickets?

Guest tickets can be purchased through the Queen’s Theatre from 13 September. A maximum of four guest tickets per graduand will be available.

What time do I have to arrive?

You will be allocated an arrival time closer to the event.

We ask that all guests are seated in the auditorium 15 minutes before the start time so the ceremony can begin promptly. Anybody who is late will regrettably be refused entry.

What do I have to wear?

Graduation has a formal dress code. Graduands are required to wear academic dress (gown, hood and mortarboard) during the ceremony. Graduation Attire are providing this, please book online.

You should wear smart clothing beneath your gown. Please do not wear jeans or trainers.

Smart but comfortable shoes are important – especially for walking onto the stage at the Queen’s Theatre.

Please leave all personal items (mobile phone, handbags etc.) with your guests.

Top tips: We suggest you bring safety pins to secure your hood in place and those with long hair might want to use hair grips to help secure their caps.

Will there be a photographer?

Yes, you will book your photography package at the same time as hiring your gowns from Graduation Attire, who will be taking the graduate photographs at the Queen’s Theatre.

Where can I park?

The Queen’s Theatre is located in Boutport Street, with parking close by at Queen Street and Bear Street car parks and bus and train links a short walk.

What is the schedule of the day?

Information will be emailed to graduands nearer to the event, but please refer to the overview below for your information:

  • Gowning and photography will occur from 8.45am on the morning of the ceremony (you will be allocated a time)
  • At approximately 10:45am, graduands will make their way to the Museum for programme photographs and to form the procession line
  • At approximately 11:40am, the procession will continue through Barnstaple High Street back to the Queen’s Theatre where you will be seated
  • Guests will be seated at the theatre up to 11:45am, when the doors will be closed
  • The Graduation Ceremony commences at 12noon and will last for approximately one hour
  • After the Ceremony, it’s time to de-robe and celebrate with family and friends!

30 Oct 2021

12:00am - 11:59pm


Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple

Booking for Graduation is now closed.