A unique graduation experience

We are proud that we are able to offer our university level students a unique graduation experience. With a grand procession through the city centre, culminating in a ceremony that takes place in Exeter Cathedral, we truly believe there is no better way to celebrate your achievements. This exciting and rewarding event is much enjoyed by our students and we are often told it is the perfect way to end their time studying with us.

Graduation is really exciting. I never thought I’d get to wear a cap and gown in my life, so my family are incredibly proud, and I am too – it’s great!

Graduation Ceremony 2021

This year’s graduation ceremony took place on Friday 15th October 2021.

We very much hope that you enjoyed this celebratory day.

Itinerary for the day

Time Itinerary
Between 12noon-1.45pm Students can arrive at the Rougemont Hotel on Queen Street to register.

Once you have registered, you will need to collect your cap and gown from Wippell Gown Hire in the Derby room at the Rougemont Hotel.

You’ll then have the opportunity to have professional photographs taken in the Cavendish room at the Rougemont Hotel.

2.00pm All students MUST meet in the Devonshire room in the Rougemont Hotel to get organised for the procession through Queen Street to the Cathedral. Students will be lined up by course, alphabetically. Students must stay in procession order as this is the order they will sit in at the Cathedral.
From 2.00pm Guest seating is available in the Cathedral; guests have the option of taking their seats or watching the procession. However, all guests MUST be seated by 2.50pm.
From 2.30pm Procession begins; students will leave the Rougemont Hotel and begin the walk to the Cathedral. The route will start in Queen Street, along the High Street, past the Guildhall and turning left into Broadgate street and Cathedral Yard.

In the Cathedral students will find their programme with name card attached, on their seats. Students need to take their name card on to the stage and their name will be read out.

Please note, we aim to process in all weather conditions, including rain so please wear sensible footwear. In case of severe weather, it may be deemed necessary to cancel the procession. If this is the case, we will let you know when you arrive and via our social media channels.

2.50pm Everyone takes their seats in the Cathedral.

All guests must be seated in the Cathedral by 2.50pm

3.00pm Ceremony Starts
4.30pm Ceremony Ends
4.30-5.00pm Course group photos will take place on the Cathedral green.
4.30-5.30pm There will be a second opportunity to have individual and family photos taken in the Cavendish room at the Rougemont Hotel.

Return cap and gown to Wippell who will be based in the Rougemont Hotel in the Derby room

Gowns must be returned to the Rougemont no later than 5.30pm.

Ordering your Cap and Gown

J.Wippell & Company Limited are providing the caps and gowns, which students must wear to attend the ceremony. The booking page will be available from the 21st June 2021 – 30th September 2021. To book your cap and gown please click here.

What to wear

Graduation ceremonies are a formal occasion so casual clothing is not considered appropriate. We suggest graduands and guests dress as if attending an interview.

All graduands are required to wear a cap and gown. This needs to be ordered in advance with Wippell Gown Hire (See above).


Professional photos will be taken by Marston Events in the Cavendish Room at the Rougemont Hotel before and after the ceremony. If you would like to book in advance please click the link or you can book on the day, but you should allow plenty of time!

The Standard package starts at £25 plus postage, but please visit the website above for more options/package deals.

Useful Links

For gown hire visit the J Wippell website.
For parking information visit the Exeter City Council website.

Covid-19 Guidelines for the day

The day will operate in accordance with any Covid-19 regulations in place at the time of the event. We will keep you informed of any measures we implement such as social distancing or wearing of masks.

Please contact us if you have any further queries by emailing or phone 01392 400872.