Maritime and Nautical - Graduation

Our higher education awards event is a spectacular occasion, representing the culmination of significant dedication and hard work, and the gateway to an exciting and rewarding future. To make sure your ceremony is one to remember, read through these pages carefully, taking account of all the things you need to do – we have included a checklist to help you.

Graduation ceremonies for the coming year will take place on:

  • Friday 15 November 2019 – Marine Hall, Fleetwood.


The ceremonies are always extremely successful and enjoyable events. To make sure everything goes smoothly we have put together the following checklist of things you need to be aware of and actually do before the event takes place.

Secure your place

You should register your attendance and request tickets using the online booking form. You need to return it to us by Friday 18 October 2019. If you don’t confirm your attendance, we will assume you are not coming. Everyone who is invited to the ceremony is expected to graduate and even if you feel uncertain about the outcome of your course you should still complete the booking form.


A maximum of two guest places will be issued for each student attending the graduation.

Disabilities and special requirements

For students or guests with disabilities or special requirements, please fill in the relevant section of our online booking form to enable us to make the necessary arrangements.

Robe hire

The ceremony is a formal occasion and so you are required to wear full academic robes, which you will need to obtain yourself. They can be hired from our official robe-makers, J Wippell and Co Ltd, however you will need to place your order by Friday 18 October 2019.

Recommended dress for beneath the robes is a suit and tie for men and a plain dress or skirt/trouser suit for women.


The official photographer on the day will be RS Studio.

Outstanding debts

If you have any outstanding debts to the College, including unpaid tuition fees or registration fees and library fines you must clear these by Friday 18 October 2019. After this date, if you still have debts outstanding, you will not be issued with a certificate nor allowed to attend the ceremony.

On the day

What to wear

As the ceremony is a formal occasion, you will need to wear full academic robes, which you must obtain yourself - please see the Robe Hire information above for details on how to book your gown. Beneath the robe we recommend wearing a suit and tie for men and a plain dress or skirt/trouser suit for women. Stewards will be available to assist graduands with gowning up.

When to arrive

The ceremony starts at 11.30am and we recommend arriving no later than 11am but not before 10.30am. When you arrive at the venue, there will be staff on hand to guide you to where you need to be.

Collecting your gown

Staff will be on hand to guide you to the room where you can collect your gown. We recommend you collect your gown as soon as possible after you arrive to avoid having to queue. After the ceremony you will need to return your gown to the gowning room.


Studio photographs – The event’s official photographer is RS Studio, available both before the ceremony and for half an hour afterwards (but not while the ceremony is taking place). The temporary studio will be set up in the foyer area.

Where to sit

Table plans will be situated in the main foyer. Stewards will be on hand to help you and your guests be seated.

  • Graduands – All those receiving awards have reserved seats.
  • Guests – All guests will have reserved seating.
  • Special requirements/disabilities – For graduands and guests with disabilities or special requirements, assistance will be available on arrival. If you filled in the relevant section of the booking form then seats will have been reserved for you.

The ceremony – What happens exactly

  • Opening fanfare – The ceremony will start with a fanfare and, led by the flag-bearer, graduands and members of the stage party will make their way to their allocated positions. Any graduand leaving the hall during the ceremony will not be re-admitted.
  • Welcome – Principal and Chief Executive will officially open the ceremony.
  • Awards presentation – The awards will be presented by the guest of honour, in group order according to the programme. The awards will be announced by a staff member, and as your name is called out, you will walk across the stage, shake hands with the guest of honour and receive a scroll. You will then make your way to the allocated seat
  • Closing words – Once all graduands have received their awards and are seated, the Head of Campus, Neil Atkinson will give a short address and introduce the guest of honour who will say a few words. Closing remarks and thanks will be given by the Student Representative.
  • Closing fanfare – A fanfare will play again and the stage party, staff and VIPs will process to the foyer. Graduates and guests should remain seated until the procession has left the room.


Once the ceremony has ended, graduands and their guests will be invited to join the Principal and staff for refreshments. A bar service will also be available after the conclusion of the ceremony.

Things to be aware of

  • Personal belongings – We recommend that graduands and guests do not leave their personal belongings unattended in any part of the venue.
  • Mobile phones – Please ensure your mobile phone is switched to silent during the ceremony.
  • Conduct – The event is a happy occasion and we want you to enjoy yourself. To ensure everyone’s experience is a positive one could we please ask you to exercise courtesy and respect at all times, especially during the ceremony itself. We reserve the right to refuse admission to the ceremony to anyone who is inebriated or likely to cause disturbance.

After Graduation

Our graduation ceremonies don’t have to mean goodbye. Maintaining links with the College has a number of advantages for graduates as well as being highly beneficial for existing students, especially with raising aspirations.

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Gifts and mementoes

We have a wide range of gifts and mementoes. They are available to order all year round. Visit to see the full range.

Contact us

Claire Titterington or Allan Cook
Fleetwood Nautical Campus
T: Claire Titterington or Allan Cook - (01253) 504747
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