Staff attending the ceremony

Staff are invited to attend graduation ceremonies. Find out about how to take part.

February 2023 graduation ceremonies

The February graduation ceremonies will take place from Tuesday 14 February to Thursday 16 February 2023 when we will welcome graduands with awards made by Tuesday 24 January 2023.

The full schedule of ceremonies for February 2023 is now available. 

Please see our Frequently asked questions page for a description of the cohort graduating in February.

Register to join the staff procession

Staff registration for the February graduations is now open and it will close on Monday 30 January 2023.

All staff who have previously registered to join the staff procession in November 2022 will already have an Ede and Ravenscroft eNet account. If you have forgotten your password, please use the Forgotten your password? option to reset it.

If you have not used eNet before, or if you are having trouble logging into your account, please email graduation-staff@bristol.ac.uk so that we can confirm your login and password.  

Please note that if you are if you are eligible to graduate with a degree in February, you will not be able to attend your ceremony as a member of staff, but you can still join the staff procession for any other ceremony.

A list of those receiving honorary awards during the February ceremonies is available online. We will keep updating this list as and when we get them confirmed. 

If you have any queries regarding attending the ceremonies, please contact graduation-staff@bristol.ac.uk

Gowns

To attend a ceremony, you must wear a gown. There is no charge to staff individually to hire gowns for graduations.

If you have previously registered to join the staff procession in November 2022, your gown information is stored in your Ede and Ravenscroft eNet account. If your attire requirements have changed, please update them in the ‘my account’ section.  

If you require a hat with your gown and are not sure of your hat size, please check the Guide to measuring your head (Office document, 32kB). For ‘Hat type’ please select ‘standard’ unless your attire has specific requirements.

If you miss the deadline for registering, unfortunately we will not be able to arrange an academic gown for you to wear.

If you have your own gown, you must still record your attendance via eNet and complete the registration form to inform that you will be processing at a ceremony.  

The ceremony

As a member of staff attending the ceremony, you will need to arrive at the Wills Memorial Building 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony.

You will join the staff procession and process up to the Great Hall stage. You will sit on the stage for the duration of the ceremony.

During the graduation ceremonies, we encourage you to be considerate of others. If you are feeling unwell, or have tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend.

We are offering live streaming of ceremonies which can be viewed online or in the Richmond Building at the Pegg theatre. Please visit the Graduation webpages for more details.

Access needs

If you have any health needs, or disabilities, that need additional support during the ceremony, please contact graduation-staff@bristol.ac.uk

The Great Hall is fitted with a loop system. Find out more access information about Wills Memorial Building.

Ceremonial officers

An image of the University ceremonial officers

You can also apply to take part in the graduation ceremony as a Bedell, a ceremonial officer.

This role is open to any member of staff at the University and involves organising and participating in the ceremonial aspects of the ceremony.

From leading processions to guiding graduands and being a friendly face to all of those in attendance, bedells are a huge part of what makes these events so iconic.

Donned in a maroon gown, as a bedell you’ll become immersed in the tradition of graduation and visibly contribute to an extremely special moment in the lives of University of Bristol students, their families and the University as a whole.

You’ll become part of a team, made up of staff from across the University, all who have very different daytime jobs but come together on these memorable occasions.

Bedells are entitled to take two days away from their usual work duties to fulfil their ceremonial roles. If a bedell wishes to offer more time, this must be agreed with their line manager.

This year due to the unusual high number of ceremonies we will be encouraging line managers to be flexible to support our graduation ceremonies.

So, if you enjoy a bit of acting, don’t mind being centre stage, are able to keep a cool head, keep the show on the road and are interested in becoming a bedell, please email ceremonial-officers@bristol.ac.uk

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