Graduation

HIGHER EDUCATION GRADUATION – ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST 2018 – ARMAGH CITY HOTEL

This year's Higher Education (HE) Graduation Ceremony is an important occasion for you as it marks the culmination of your years of hard work and determination. It is a proud day for you, your family and your friends and it is also a time to celebrate your achievement with your fellow students and College staff who have helped and guided you on your journey - we do hope that you enjoy your graduation day.
To ensure that you get the most out of your graduation experience, it is important that you pay particular attention to the information on this page to ensure that you prepare for the event in advance and that your graduation ceremony is both an enjoyable and memorable occasion for you and your family.

It should be noted that Graduation is not a suitable event for young children.

Eligibility to Graduate

If you are eligible to attend Graduation, you will have received an email invitation on 31st May to your SRC student email account. Clicking on this email invitation link will enable you to register and pay via the Eventbrite system. THE DEADLINE FOR PURCHASING ATICKET FOR YOUR AND 1 or 2 GUEST (S) IS FRIDAY 15TH JUNE 2018.

It is important to note that many students will not, at this stage, have received confirmation of their final mark and eligibility to graduate in September 2018.  It is however essential that if you wish to attend Graduation 2018, you MUST register and pay for your required number of tickets NOW.  Full ticket(s) refunds will ONLY be issued if it is deemed by SRC Finance or the Course Awarding Body that you have not paid your fees in full or passed your course respectively.  It is important to note that the refund policy also applies to guest tickets. 

Students who have to resit examinations during the summer months or who have to submit additional work will NOT be eligible to graduate until September 2019.

Any student who currently has outstanding tuition fees WILL NOT be eligible to graduate or receive their certificate until the matter is resolved through the College's Finance Department.

SRC Student Email

If you are having problems accessing your SRC student email account please contact David Millar from SRC’s IT department on millard@src.ac.uk or 0300 123 1223.

Additional Guest Tickets

Please note that should there be additional Guest Graduation tickets available after the closing date of 15th June, you will be notified of this via your SRC Student Email week commencing 25th June. These tickets will be available to purchase on a first come first served basis.

Graduation Admission Tickets

Upon successfully payment of your graduation ticket, you will receive your ceremony ticket for you and your guest(s) electronically.  It is essential that you PRINT your ticket and also PRINT a copy for EACH of your named guest(s).  Your ticket will be required to collect your academical dress from the hotel and also for you and your guests to gain admittance to the ceremony.  Please note that your ticket will have a unique reference number which will be checked to gain entry.  Please be aware that all SRC Learning Resource Centres/Libraries provide printing facilities which you can avail of.

Times and Arrival on the Day

Registration for Graduands opens at 8:30am and closes at 12 noon sharp.  It is essential that all Graduands register within this time period in order to gain admittance to the ceremony.  Guests can gain entry to the main auditorium at 1pm and must be seated no later than 1.20pm. 

Gown Collection

Gowns MUST be collected from the Armagh City Hotel on the morning of Graduation from 8:30am - 12pm sharp. Please note that if you do not collect your gown before 12pm, you WILL NOT be allowed to graduate.

Timings

Opus Photography Commences

(Booking ONLY through Opus Photography)      8.40am

Registration                                                         8:30am - 12:00pm sharp

Gown Collection                                                  8.30am - 12:00pm sharp

Graduands Admitted to Auditorium                     12.45pm

Guests Admitted to Auditorium                             1.00pm

Graduation Ceremony Commences                     1.30pm

After the Ceremony

Graduates are required to return their academical dress items to the Gown Collection area before 4.30pm on graduation day. Graduates will be required to sign-in items upon their return. Failure to return items will result in a fee being charged.  No academical dress items should be removed from the hotel. 

 Photography

Opus Photography is the official photographer for SRC Higher Education Graduation 2018. Photography orders and payments should be made directly to Opus Photography and NOT Southern Regional College. Opus Photography can be contacted via email: info@opusmemories.com and/or Tel: 028 4066 2718. If you wish to have your photograph taken we strongly advise that you contact Opus asap so that you are allocated a suitable time slot.

Refunds

Refunds will ONLY be issued if it is deemed by SRC Finance or the Course Awarding Body that you have not passed your HE course. Please note that students who will have to resit examinations during the summer months or who have to submit additional work will not be eligible to graduate until September 2019. Any student who currently has outstanding tuition fees will not be eligible to graduate or receive their certificate until the matter is resolved through the College’s Finance Department.

Academical Dress

Academical dress consists of a gown, a hood and a mortarboard.

What to Wear at Graduation

While the College does not prescribe what style of clothes should be worn under the gown, graduation is a formal ceremonial occasion marking an important achievement and stage in a student’s life. Graduands should, therefore, dress appropriately. Jeans, t-shirts, trainers and other casual items of clothing are not considered appropriate to be worn at graduation ceremonies.

Footwear: Please note we recommend that securely fitted shoes with a suitable heel height should be worn as Graduands are required to walk up and down ramps and/or steps to the platform to receive their award.

Certificates

Upon successful completion of your course you are awarded a certificate to verify your achievement. The certificate includes your name, the type of award (certificate, diploma, degree), the subject of study and the classification of the award (if appropriate).  

Collecting your Certificate

If you attend Graduation you will be presented with a Southern Regional College (SRC) certificate from the Chief Executive upon walking across the platform. On returning your gown you will receive your ‘official’ certificate from your awarding body.

If you choose not to attend Graduation in person, your award is conferred “in absentia” and your certificate will be posted to you in due course from the SRC Examinations Office.

Please do not forget the following:

* You MUST collect your gown/hood at the Armagh City Hotel on the morning of Graduation from 8:30am to 12:00noon sharp. When your register your attendance at the Graduation Registration Desks, you will be directed to your Gown Collection Point. Please note - it is ESSENTIAL that you collect your gown before 12noon or you WILL NOT be allowed to graduate.

* To contact Opus Photography (Email: info@opusmemories.com or Tel: 028 4066 2718) to book your memorable graduation portrait.

* To print and bring your tickets for both you and your guest(s).

* Have a great time!