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Ceremony Protocol and Etiquette

At the Cathedral

Graduands and their guests must arrive at the Cathedral promptly before the ceremony starts. You are requested to remain in your seats. Graduands' seat numbers are printed on the ceremony tickets. All graduands must sit in their allocated seats.

Guests' seats are unreserved. No guests will be admitted to the Cathedral without a valid ticket or after the final admission time. Ushers, dressed in black and red robes with direct you to the correct seating areas and check that all graduands are in their allocation seats.


A Guide to Ceremony Protocol

  • The ceremony will last for approximately one and a half hours.
  • The ceremony will begin with a procession of Hope staff, members of Council and the Chancellor
  • Lord Guthrie, Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University will declare the congregation of the University open and Professor Gerald J Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University will address the congregation
  • Graduands of Liverpool Hope University will then be called up to receive congratulations from the Chancellor, to be acknowledged by the Vice-Chancellor, to be hooded by the Dean of Students and to receive their degrees. For more details you can watch the Graduation Walk Through
  • The Chancellor will declare the congregation closed and staff and members of the Council of Liverpool Hope University will lead the recession
  • The new graduates will join the recession out of the Cathedral
  • Guests should remain seated until the procession has left the Cathedral.

For the enjoyment of others, all members of the congregation are asked to remain in their seats during the ceremony.



Photography is allowed, but please be aware that other guests will be sitting behind you.

Ede & Ravenscroft offer a professional portrait service at Hope Park on graduation day. You can book your photographs in advance at their website.

An application to attend a Graduation event run by Liverpool Hope University constitutes an understanding that the event may be photographed or videoed and consequently you agree that you may appear in Liverpool Hope University's promotional materials.