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HE Graduation Ceremony 2023

This year’s graduation ceremony will be taking place on Saturday 4 November 2023 at the Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple.

Graduands in mortar boards and cloaks

After many months of hard work and dedication, our Higher Education Graduation 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!

Whether you completed a foundation degree, HNC, HND, an Honours degree, or a higher-level apprenticeship, we cannot wait to celebrate your achievements!

The celebration will take place at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple. From 8 September until 13 October, you will be able to book up to four guest tickets, as well as your academic dress and photography package. Please note that graduands do not need to buy a ticket for themselves – by ordering your gown, you will automatically secure your place at the ceremony.

If you have any questions, please take a look at the FAQs below, or contact our Graduation Team at graduation@petroc.ac.uk 


Where will the Graduation be held?

At the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple.
Queen’s Theatre
100 Boutport Street
EX31 2PL

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

No, as a graduand, you will have a ticket automatically allocated to you when you order your gown. 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. A maximum of four guest tickets per graduand will be available.

The graduand’s ticket is included when you hire your gown.

What time do I have to arrive?

You will be emailed an arrival time closer to the event.
We ask that all guests are seated in the auditorium by 15 minutes before the ceremony to 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 mortar board) during the ceremony. Ede & Ravenscroft are providing this service and you can book your academic dress online at the Ede & Ravenscroft 

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 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 Ede & Ravenscroft, who also 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. Bus and train links are a short walk away.

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 sessions will commence at 10:00am. You will receive an allocated time slot via email in October. Prior to the ceremony, we invite you to join us for a pre-graduation reception.
  • Your guests will be seated at the theatre up until 12:15pm, after which the doors will be closed.
  • The Graduation Ceremony commences at 12:30pm and will last for approximately one hour.
  • After the Ceremony, it’s time to de-robe and celebrate with family and friends!

04 Nov 2023

8:30am - 2:00pm


Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple

You will be able to book tickets, academic dress and photography from Friday 8 September.