This year’s winter congregations are being held from 2 to 4 December 2014 in the King’s Hall, Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU. Whether you’ve visited our University before, or if this will be the first time you’ve been on our campus, we hope you will have a thoroughly enjoyable day at Congregation. Below is key information which should be of use to you when planning your trip to Newcastle and your day with us. We look forward to welcoming you!
A total of 14 ceremonies will be held in December 2014. Newcastle University’s small and intimate ceremonies are unique but this does mean a full schedule for the period.
An On the Day schedule is available, to help you plan your day.
Every candidate is offered two guest tickets free of charge. They are also invited to apply for extra guest tickets, but with no guarantee that they will receive the number of extra tickets requested (due to space restrictions). Most extra tickets will be for the TV Relay room (a lecture theatre in the Armstrong Building where the live ceremony will be projected to a large screen). TV relay room tickets cost £7 each and extra King’s Hall tickets (which are usually in short supply) cost £15 each. All candidates who apply will be emailed during week beginning 27 October to confirm their ticket allocation. If you have any questions about ticket allocations, you will need to speak to your candidate as, unfortunately, we cannot give out this information to anyone but the candidate. All tickets will be available for collection by the candidate on the day of their ceremony. The candidate needs to bring photo ID to pick up the tickets.
After each ceremony there will be a reception which is open to all guests with tickets. Some Schools make their own reception arrangements, and candidates may be contacted about these separately. Details of the reception venue and the start time will be specified on your ticket, and refreshments will be available for all candidates and guests who have a ticket.
The official university photographers, Ede and Ravenscroft, will be on campus throughout the Congregations period. They will be welcoming candidates, family and friends into their photography studios located in the Students’ Union between 8.00am – 7.30pm every day during the Congregations. Additionally, a photograph will be taken, wherever possible, of each candidate on stage during the ceremony.
Photography packages can be pre-ordered until 10 working days before the ceremony date. During the 10 working days before the ceremony, no pre-orders can be taken, but you can order on the day by visiting the sales desk in The Venue, Students' Union.
Photographs will be posted out within 4 - 6 weeks of the ceremony.
If anyone in your party has an additional need, such as wheelchair users, please ask your student to inform the Congregations Office of this so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Children are welcome to attend the graduation ceremonies; however we kindly request that parents remove them from the venue should they become restless, in order not to disrupt proceedings. Children will require their own ticket unless they will be sitting on the knee of a guest. Where a small child will be attending as part of the King's Hall party, the party will be given tickets for the gallery of King's Hall, from where it is easier to leave if the child is restless.
No matter how you plan to travel to Newcastle, the University web pages provide clear directions and a map of the campus to get you to the key locations. There will be signage on campus on the day, and marshals will be available to help point you in the right direction.
Candidates are asked to be on campus one and a half hours before their ceremony start time, and the first stop of the day will be to collect their tickets and academic dress. They will also be able to have official photographs taken. The Armstrong Building will open for guests approximately 15 minutes before the ceremony start time.
Once the ceremony is over, all candidates and guests will be directed to the Quadrangle, which is a good place to meet up before heading to the reception.
Each ceremony at Newcastle University is shown live on the Congregations website for those who may be unable to attend a ceremony in person. Footage of past congregations is available to view online indefinitely. Also, a DVD of each ceremony can be purchased from Achievement TV, priced £25 including postage and packing. You can place an order for the DVD by clicking here. The DVD includes the whole ceremony plus an introduction with views of the city and campus, and can be collected on the day if required. Queries should be directed to Achievement TV.
Our main aim is to create a memorable day for all candidates and guests and to help you celebrate the achievements of someone important to you. Why not make the day extra special and treat your candidate to a gift? The gifts below will not just be a treasured reminder of a day shared together but also of their time at Newcastle University.
Classic band and signet rings are available in silver, white gold and yellow gold. The rings can be engraved and there is a choice of finishes. Band rings also include the option to add a precious stone to your chosen design. View product details.
Made exclusively for graduates of Newcastle University by Horlogerie Kandahar AG, Interlaken, Switzerland, each individually-crafted watch is personalised with your name, degree and year of your graduation on the dial. View product details.
A full range of university memorabilia is also available from our Union Shop.